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Portraits 1 Dec, 2020
Consuelo Kanaga photograph
I was preparing to reframe a small hand-cut silhouette that I bought at a local (SF Bay area) flea market about 25 years ago. When I removed the art from the frame, my little silhouette fell to one side, revealing a small photograph, signed "Consuela Kanaga". I did a bit of research online and found that she was a significant American photographer. (She later started using Consuelo instead of Consuela.) I also learned that that the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited her work. I believe her husband donated most of her photographs and negatives to them after her death in 1978. (I was referred to you from the Brooklyn Museum website. ) While this piece is clearly not part of her more well-known work depicting African-Americans, I'm curious as to who the family could be, and if this print has any value. I've attached photos showing the photograph and where it has been residing for 30+ years. The original photograph (just under 3" x 4") is mounted on a heavyweight card-stock type of paper (7.25" x 9.25") and I have not attempted to lift it from its backing. The photo itself is in great condition, has a matte finish (a silver print?) and a slight warm sepia tone. I was preparing to reframe a small hand-cut silhouette that I bought at a local (SF Bay area) flea market about 25 years ago. When I removed the art from the frame, my little silhouette fell to one side, revealing a small photograph, signed "Consuela Kanaga". I did a bit of research online and found that she was a significant American photographer. (She later started using Consuelo instead of Consuela.) I also learned that that the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited her work. I believe her husband donated most of her photographs and negatives to them after her death in 1978. (I was referred to you from the Brooklyn Museum website. ) While this piece is clearly not part of her more well-known work depicting African-Americans, I'm curious as to who the family could be, and if this print has any value. I've attached photos showing the photograph and where it has been residing for 30+ years. The original photograph (just under 3" x 4") is mounted on a heavyweight card-stock type of paper (7.25" x 9.25") and I have not attempted to lift it from its backing. The photo itself is in great condition, has a matte finish (a silver print?) and a slight warm sepia tone. I was preparing to reframe a small hand-cut silhouette that I bought at a local (SF Bay area) flea market about 25 years ago. When I removed the art from the frame, my little silhouette fell to one side, revealing a small photograph, signed "Consuela Kanaga". I did a bit of research online and found that she was a significant American photographer. (She later started using Consuelo instead of Consuela.) I also learned that that the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited her work. I believe her husband donated most of her photographs and negatives to them after her death in 1978. (I was referred to you from the Brooklyn Museum website. ) While this piece is clearly not part of her more well-known work depicting African-Americans, I'm curious as to who the family could be, and if this print has any value. I've attached photos showing the photograph and where it has been residing for 30+ years. The original photograph (just under 3" x 4") is mounted on a heavyweight card-stock type of paper (7.25" x 9.25") and I have not attempted to lift it from its backing. The photo itself is in great condition, has a matte finish (a silver print?) and a slight warm sepia tone.
Estimate: $3,500 - $7,000

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