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    Attributed to Felix Moissenet (American, b. ca. 1814)
    Canal Street, New Orleans, circa 1857-59
    Mammoth-plate Ambrotype
    8-1/4 x 10 inches (21.0 x 25.4 cm), framed

    On the back of the frame is a photocopy of a letter dated 1975 from photo-historian Eugenia P. Janis to photography collector Arnold Crane referring to the research done on the Ambrotype by architectural historian Arthur Krim. His research concluded that this Ambrotype can be dated from between 1857 and 1859 by the gap between the buildings connected by a colonnade on the right side of the image. On that site stood the former home of Judah Touro (1775-1854). The home was converted in 1846 from the Church Rectory of the second Christ Church, later Touro Synagogue, which stood to the left. The Touro home was demolished in 1857. On either side of the gap are two Touro-owned buildings that were joined together by 1859 to form one large Touro Building. Further down Canal Street can be seen the D.D. Holmes block (1849) and the third Christ Church (1846). The columned building to the left of the church is Union Terrace by James Dakin, 1836.

    Judah Touro was a New Orleans businessman with interests in shipping, trade and real estate. His legacy though is as a philanthropist. He built a synagogue, almshouse and an infirmary which became the largest free hospital in Louisiana. He give to Jewish, Catholic and Protestant charities as well as being co-builder of the Bunker Hill Monument and founder of the first free public library in America.

    Felix Moissenet operated a gallery at 1 Camp Street on the corner of Canal Street from 1851 to 1858.

    The term Mammoth plate is used for anything larger than whole (or full) plate which is 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Some collectors feel that the term Mammoth should only refer to plates 10 x 12 inches or larger.


    Condition Report*: Scattered is flaking, craquelure and uneven coating to the reddish brown varnish across the plate.  In a modern mat made to look of the period and in a period frame.  Additional photographs available upon request.   Framed Dimensions 15.4 X 17.1 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    November, 2015
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