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GLORIOUS Bezengi Citizens at Festival oversize

Lot 2276 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Northern Valleys: Festival at Bezinghi, c. 1889-1890, Sella number CVI 553. 11.1x15" collodion print, printed c. 1892-1893, mounted on 16.1x20.9" heavy brown board. Print is matted and backed with 26 1/2x22" modern archival matboard. Inscribed in ink on mount recto: 553 Festival at Bezinghi; Inscribed in blue pencil: C VI; Print recto embossed with artist's credit stamp in bottom right corner; Stamped in ink on mount verso: Depose / Tous droits - reserves / V. Sella - Biella.

Sella's photographic work among the local populations was not ethnographic in the sense of studying primitive cultures. These people were contemporary peoples having migrated from Europe, the Middle East and Russia and festivals here were not unlike those held in Switzerland for example.
Bezengi is in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic of Russia
Sella lived in an era when geographical societies, exploration and mountaineering clubs, and mercantile (research) libraries proliferated in many towns and cities. The Sella family had helped found the Italian Alpine Club in 1863; a European equivalent of the AMC co-founded in 1876 by Charles E. Fay. The Alpine Club fraternity was a small, international network modeled after the first club of its type founded in London in 1857. Members corresponded with each other, sharing publications and information about guides, porters, and climbs in foreign lands. Such clubs provided scientific, ethnographic, and intellectual materials that were a valuable cultural asset for professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike. In their lecture's photographers, naturalists, explorers, and artists often used photographs and printed illustrations as a means of disseminating information about the latest artistic and scientific ventures.
The sale of lots from this auction will directly benefit the Appalachian Mountain Club Trails Protection Fund; Conservation Research and Climate Action; and the Modernization and Preservation of the AMC Library and Archives.
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Good: moderate wear, abrasions, dirt, scratches, spots. Mount has wear, dirt, marks.
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GLORIOUS Bezengi Citizens at Festival oversize

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Lot 2276 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Northern Valleys: Festival at Bezinghi, c. 1889-1890, Sella number CVI 553. 11.1x15" collodion print, printed c. 1892-1893, mounted on 16.1x20.9" heavy brown board. Print is matted and backed with 26 1/2x22" modern archival matboard. Inscribed in ink on mount recto: 553 Festival at Bezinghi; Inscribed in blue pencil: C VI; Print recto embossed with artist's credit stamp in bottom right corner; Stamped in ink on mount verso: Depose / Tous droits - reserves / V. Sella - Biella.

Sella's photographic work among the local populations was not ethnographic in the sense of studying primitive cultures. These people were contemporary peoples having migrated from Europe, the Middle East and Russia and festivals here were not unlike those held in Switzerland for example.
Bezengi is in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic of Russia
Sella lived in an era when geographical societies, exploration and mountaineering clubs, and mercantile (research) libraries proliferated in many towns and cities. The Sella family had helped found the Italian Alpine Club in 1863; a European equivalent of the AMC co-founded in 1876 by Charles E. Fay. The Alpine Club fraternity was a small, international network modeled after the first club of its type founded in London in 1857. Members corresponded with each other, sharing publications and information about guides, porters, and climbs in foreign lands. Such clubs provided scientific, ethnographic, and intellectual materials that were a valuable cultural asset for professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike. In their lecture's photographers, naturalists, explorers, and artists often used photographs and printed illustrations as a means of disseminating information about the latest artistic and scientific ventures.
The sale of lots from this auction will directly benefit the Appalachian Mountain Club Trails Protection Fund; Conservation Research and Climate Action; and the Modernization and Preservation of the AMC Library and Archives.
Condition
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Good: moderate wear, abrasions, dirt, scratches, spots. Mount has wear, dirt, marks.

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