Lillian Russell (December 4, 1860– June 6, 1922), actress and singer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence.
“A Bull’s Mouth shell carving, set in a high-carat yellow gold archaeological granulated and corded mount, circa 1870. The subject is based on the Fuseli painting The Three Witches [after 1783], depicting the three witches from Macbeth; yet stylized in a mythological form, portraying the goddess of Retribution, Nemesis [centre] holding her finger to her lips to command silence and flanked by Themis, a personification of Justice and the nymph, Adrasteia. The carving is fine, capturing a sense of movement and purpose.”
Photographer/Fényképész: Wilhelm Auerlich, 1853-1917
Hermannstadt (Nagyszeben/Sibiu), Heltauergasse 53.
(Today it belongs to Romania)
Vienna (Favoritenstraße 21.), 1884 - 1917
Nagyszeben: 1880 -1904.
Successor/Utód: Jónás György, from 1904.
CDV, 1880, to mid 1880s, checking the fashion and the design of reverse.
Other Auerlich photos from my Flickr friends:
When the mat was removed from the small tintype we see the face of the woman holding the baby. She leans away and looks down. Perhaps it was an attempt to stay out of the frame although her large buttons still give her away.
We did not attend our usual mounty antique show since they have moved to a venue with $10 parking. We did attend a different smaller show and found four images - three tintypes and one postcard.
This is a detail of a 5X7 inch tintype of a house behind a picket fence which includes seven children and a large dog. I was only half listening to the dealer while I was puzzling over the decision to buy it but I remember that he said it came from a woman who was a member of a prominent family in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) who also lived in Virginia at one time. I have no confidence in my memory. I do think it is special. I am linking to the full tintype below.