Acquired from the recent liquidation of the extensive estate of actor Charlton Heston and his wife Lydia, this is an original photograph, unsigned/unattributed, measuring 13 1/2" by 17 3/4", unframed, in a clean white mat. There are a number of contemporary notations in pencil on the mat, including "STILL LIFE MID 1920", and a $300 asking price. The photo seems to be perhaps earlier, so "circa 1900" might be reasonable. Lydia Heston was active as a professional photographer, and the estate had numerous works by her. In her expansive studio within the home, there were a number of loose and unframed old and antique photographs, and this was found among them. Within the home were signed works by photographers such as Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Edward Curtis, and Lang Jingshan. It is certainly possible that this was by someone well known but at this point it would be difficult to cross that bridge. The photo presents a generally clean appearance though upon close study one can see faint lines from the mat, appearing almost as fine penciled lines. It is taped to the mat folder only at top corners. The surface is matte. The entire mat folder measures 16" by 20".
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