• The Miller-Plummer Collection  auction at Christies

    Sale 2279

    The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 575


    Self Portrait, c. 1974

    Price Realised  


    Self Portrait, c. 1974
    unique chromogentic Polaroid print
    signed in pencil (on the reverse of the original mat); blindstamp credit (on the inside window mat)
    4½ x 3½in. (11.5 x 8.8cm.)

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    The print, deliberately made to resemble an ivorytype, was acquired directly from Mapplethorpe at the Bowery home of Sam Wagstaff. Mapplethorpe knew that Miller and Plummer were collecting ivorytypes at the time so he made this specifically for them. Ivorytypes were popular in the 1850s and 1860s. A photographic image was printed on an ivory-colored material, hand-colored and highly waxed and polished to resemble a miniature portrait painted on ivory.


    From the artist; to the present owners; acquired 1973-1974


    Contemporary Work from the Collection of Harvey Shipley-Miller and Randall Plummer, Philadelphia College of Art, 1983