Saturday, August 10, 2013

Oldest Roubo Bench Photograph


In the year leading up to the FORP I did quite a bit of research into the Plate 11 bench. Thanks to the internet, I can access libraries from Chicago to Paris, and all sorts of private collections with an online presence as well. And while I'm no Jeff Burks, I have unearthed some real gems that get my heart rate up late at night.

As I amass my photographic database of historic Plate 11 benches, the game soon morphs into finding the oldest picture of the bench. So far, this is my best. This is the Paris workshop of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor and designer of the Statue of Liberty. Circa 1870's, just 30 or so years after the first photographs (daguerreotypes) were made.

Especially in the bench on the right the holdfast, tool rack (ratalier) and leg vise can be clearly seen.

If you have found earlier, please drop me a line.

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