Carl Gustav Oehme, Berlin Biedermeier scene, circa 1844
Quarter-plate gold-toned daguerreotype, in original paper surround with gilt ornament, photographer's Gustav Oehme, Opticus Mechanicus & Daguerreotypist in Berlin, Jägerstr. No. 20 label on the verso.12,4 x 15 cm.
Originally a mechanic, Oehme learned the daguerreotype technique from Daguerre himself during a stay in Paris in 1840-1842. As early as 1841 he publically displayed his daguerreotypes, and in 1843 he established a studio as a professional daguerreotypist in Berlin. He was especially well-known for his carefully composed group portraits such as the daguerreotype offered here. He was considered one of the best and prominent daguerreotypists in Berlin in the 1840s. – Some oxidation in lower and left edge, glass renewed and resealed with paper tape, otherwise in very good condition and in original state.
Lit.: Bodo von Dewitz and Reinhard Matz (eds.). Silber und Salz. Zur Frühzeit der Photographie im deutschen Sprachraum 1839-1860. Cologne 1989, see p. 675.