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5 PANEL PANORAMA F Russian Mtns Alaniya Park area

Lot 2263 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Cigit-bashi Kaya (unexplored) (700); Mt Eddera (701); Mash Kapas-fall, Mt Ciziv-gik Mt. Koruldu (702); Gestolu, Syohtau, Koshtautan (703); Ghiouliuk (704) Panorama from Stoului-Zek 3000 m., c. 1889-1890, Sella number CIV 700-704. 10.6x65.9" collodion print, printed c. 1892-1893, mounted on 66 1/8x12 1/2" heavy tan board.
1. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Cigit-bashi Kaya (unexplored)/ 700.
2. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: unexplored/ Mt Eddera/ 701.
3. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Mash Kapas-fall, Mt Ciziv-gik, Mt. Koruldu, Shkara/ 702; Inscribed on mount verso: 700-704; Partial paper label attached to mount verso with red boarder.
4. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Gestolu, Syohtau, Koshtautan/ 703.
5. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Ghiouliuk - unexplored/ 704 Panorama from Stoului-Zek (fall) from Digoria to/ 3000 m. CIV; Print recto embossed with artist's credit stamp in bottom right corner; Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: Photograph / CIV (illegible) 700-704/ To (illegible, Alpine crossed out) Club/ Vittorio Sella/ 1983.1396; Stamped in ink on mount verso: Depose / Tous droits - reserves / V. Sella - Biella; Printed paper label adhered to mount verso and Inscribed in pencil: No. 700-704 Prix Fr./ Photographie Inalterable/ de/ Vittorio Sella/ From the Stoului-Zek-fall/ in the Caucasus/ Biella, Agosto 1894.
The Urukh, known as Kharves in its upper reaches, is a river in North Ossetia–Alania and Kabardino-Balkaria (Russia), which flows northeast to join the Terek as a left tributary northwest of Vladikavkaz. The length of the Urukh is 104 km, the area of its drainage basin is 1280 square km. The Urukh originates in the glaciers of the Greater Caucasus. The river freezes up in December and remains icebound until March. Alaniya National Park in Russia, is a heavily glaciated, mountainous section of the northern slope of the Central Caucasus Mountains. It covers the southern third of the Irafsky District of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. To the west is the Kabardino-Balkaria Reserve (another mountain-peak protected area), and to the east is the North Ossetian Reserve. Altitudes range from a high at Mount Uilpata of 4,646 metres (15,243 ft), to 800 meters in the Urukh River valley below. he main ridge and side ridge is composed of granites, gneisses, and schists, with the younger sedimentary rocks gathered in large fan-shaped folds. There are mineral springs in the upper valleys, waterfalls, and forest glades on terraces. Named glaciers include the Masota, Tana, Karuaugom, Songuti, Bart, Fastagstete, and Tasmazov.

In Sella's era photography was the primary tool of Eurasian and American science, exploration, and ethnography studies. Much of the earth had been mapped and explored, and by 1890 the few remaining frontiers were the most remote, inaccessible environments and habitations of the world's highest mountains and the North and South Poles. Patrons for exploration excursions included governments, private railroads, mining and land development magnates and companies, and royalty. Photography made on these expeditions was used for promotion, education, and for the scientific content it offered.

During his lifetime Vittorio Sella was celebrated for the photographs he exhibited from his daring expeditions. According to one reviewer, his annual exhibition of mountain photographs at the Alpine Club in London was "inconveniently crowded." Sella sold his prints to people from Italy, France, Germany, and England, and was represented by a London dealer named Spooner. His photographs satisfied a growing public hunger to know more about distant places on the earth that few would ever see first-hand, while providing a satisfying blend of artistic, scientific, intellectual, and even spiritual elements. Sella's primary goal was to provide the empirical evidence of what he and his party had seen on their expeditions, and to convey reality as it was perceived by the human eye. His approach was governed by rigorous technical and aesthetic standards that he called "la realta severe" - severe reality.
Although small in stature (only 5 foot 6 inches, today he would be considered an elite athlete) Sella possessed tremendous strength and endurance. He carried heavy, large-format cameras and glass plates, scaled treacherous slopes, worked in challenging weather conditions, and endured storage conditions that sometimes ruined his negatives. He made photographs with both stereoscopic and handheld Kodak cameras, afterward enlarging his prints by various means. His masterful compositions of sublime peaks captured crisp details and the vast array of tonal ranges enhanced by high-altitude light and shadow. His most celebrated works are large, multi-plate panoramas.
Condition
Good: Moderate wear, dirt, scratches, abrasions, spots; 1" on lower L corner missing from 700 back; 2 vertical lines of wear from upper to lower edge of 704. Mount has dirt, wear, marks, missing corners and is fragile.
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5 PANEL PANORAMA F Russian Mtns Alaniya Park area

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Lot 2263 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Cigit-bashi Kaya (unexplored) (700); Mt Eddera (701); Mash Kapas-fall, Mt Ciziv-gik Mt. Koruldu (702); Gestolu, Syohtau, Koshtautan (703); Ghiouliuk (704) Panorama from Stoului-Zek 3000 m., c. 1889-1890, Sella number CIV 700-704. 10.6x65.9" collodion print, printed c. 1892-1893, mounted on 66 1/8x12 1/2" heavy tan board.
1. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Cigit-bashi Kaya (unexplored)/ 700.
2. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: unexplored/ Mt Eddera/ 701.
3. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Mash Kapas-fall, Mt Ciziv-gik, Mt. Koruldu, Shkara/ 702; Inscribed on mount verso: 700-704; Partial paper label attached to mount verso with red boarder.
4. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Gestolu, Syohtau, Koshtautan/ 703.
5. Inscribed in pencil on mount recto: Ghiouliuk - unexplored/ 704 Panorama from Stoului-Zek (fall) from Digoria to/ 3000 m. CIV; Print recto embossed with artist's credit stamp in bottom right corner; Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: Photograph / CIV (illegible) 700-704/ To (illegible, Alpine crossed out) Club/ Vittorio Sella/ 1983.1396; Stamped in ink on mount verso: Depose / Tous droits - reserves / V. Sella - Biella; Printed paper label adhered to mount verso and Inscribed in pencil: No. 700-704 Prix Fr./ Photographie Inalterable/ de/ Vittorio Sella/ From the Stoului-Zek-fall/ in the Caucasus/ Biella, Agosto 1894.
The Urukh, known as Kharves in its upper reaches, is a river in North Ossetia–Alania and Kabardino-Balkaria (Russia), which flows northeast to join the Terek as a left tributary northwest of Vladikavkaz. The length of the Urukh is 104 km, the area of its drainage basin is 1280 square km. The Urukh originates in the glaciers of the Greater Caucasus. The river freezes up in December and remains icebound until March. Alaniya National Park in Russia, is a heavily glaciated, mountainous section of the northern slope of the Central Caucasus Mountains. It covers the southern third of the Irafsky District of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. To the west is the Kabardino-Balkaria Reserve (another mountain-peak protected area), and to the east is the North Ossetian Reserve. Altitudes range from a high at Mount Uilpata of 4,646 metres (15,243 ft), to 800 meters in the Urukh River valley below. he main ridge and side ridge is composed of granites, gneisses, and schists, with the younger sedimentary rocks gathered in large fan-shaped folds. There are mineral springs in the upper valleys, waterfalls, and forest glades on terraces. Named glaciers include the Masota, Tana, Karuaugom, Songuti, Bart, Fastagstete, and Tasmazov.

In Sella's era photography was the primary tool of Eurasian and American science, exploration, and ethnography studies. Much of the earth had been mapped and explored, and by 1890 the few remaining frontiers were the most remote, inaccessible environments and habitations of the world's highest mountains and the North and South Poles. Patrons for exploration excursions included governments, private railroads, mining and land development magnates and companies, and royalty. Photography made on these expeditions was used for promotion, education, and for the scientific content it offered.

During his lifetime Vittorio Sella was celebrated for the photographs he exhibited from his daring expeditions. According to one reviewer, his annual exhibition of mountain photographs at the Alpine Club in London was "inconveniently crowded." Sella sold his prints to people from Italy, France, Germany, and England, and was represented by a London dealer named Spooner. His photographs satisfied a growing public hunger to know more about distant places on the earth that few would ever see first-hand, while providing a satisfying blend of artistic, scientific, intellectual, and even spiritual elements. Sella's primary goal was to provide the empirical evidence of what he and his party had seen on their expeditions, and to convey reality as it was perceived by the human eye. His approach was governed by rigorous technical and aesthetic standards that he called "la realta severe" - severe reality.
Although small in stature (only 5 foot 6 inches, today he would be considered an elite athlete) Sella possessed tremendous strength and endurance. He carried heavy, large-format cameras and glass plates, scaled treacherous slopes, worked in challenging weather conditions, and endured storage conditions that sometimes ruined his negatives. He made photographs with both stereoscopic and handheld Kodak cameras, afterward enlarging his prints by various means. His masterful compositions of sublime peaks captured crisp details and the vast array of tonal ranges enhanced by high-altitude light and shadow. His most celebrated works are large, multi-plate panoramas.
Condition
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Good: Moderate wear, dirt, scratches, abrasions, spots; 1" on lower L corner missing from 700 back; 2 vertical lines of wear from upper to lower edge of 704. Mount has dirt, wear, marks, missing corners and is fragile.

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