RUTH BERNHARD (American, 1905-2006)
    Gift of the Commonplace Portfolio (Ten photographs), 1930-76
    Platinum-palladium, printed 1994
    6-3/8 x 7-5/8 inches (16.2 x 19.4 cm)
    Each signed in pencil margin recto; titled, dated, editioned '15/40', and annotated 'Vision Editions (c) 1993' in pencil verso.

    Images included: Creation, 1936; Teapot, 1976; Two Leaves, 1952; Skull and Rosary, 1945; Straws, 1930; Lifesavers, 1930; One World, 1946; Angelwing, 1943; Candy, 1942; Door Knob, 1975.

    Colophon included, each photograph with individual folder by Molino by Mohawk Paper; in linen case by Lucille Tenazas and fabricated by Klaus-Ullrich Rotzscher. Edition printed by Sal Lopes in Boston, all prints approved by the artist.

    "My enjoyment of life began with my eyes. Even as a small child, curiosity possessed me. The visible and invisible was my world, my fairy tale. Now, after many decades, this world holds the same magic. Looking at everything as if for the first time reveals the commonplace to be utterly incredible. Each animate and inanimate part of the whole exists in a tight network, interdependent and timeless. I consider a minute insect, a mountain range and a human body of equal significance. As I see it life and death are two words for the same thing: all components of the living order. For this portfolio I have chosen discoveries, now transformed into images, which in their total simplicity were a revelation to me. They are an attempt to express my sense of wonder at the amazing and miraculous world in which I find myself and the mysteries which lie beyond. ...For me the act of photographing is a heightened emotional response- most akin to poetry and music. I am inspired by intense experiences that have touched my life. Each image results from a compelling impulse I cannot deny." - Ruth Bernhard

    Estimate: $18,000 - $22,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Each photograph unmounted with margins to an overall paper size of 14 x 11 inches; each inside their individual folder inside the portfolio case. No visible condition issues.

    *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. 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. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    16th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 878

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 33 days left to consign to the 2018 April 25 Silver & Vertu - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I was very pleased with the results and with the professionalism of Alissa and Heritage Auctions! I will definitely auction with them again.
    Phyllis R.,
    Laramie, WY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,098,328