Paul Frecker
Fine Photographs

Madame Sainval
Charles of Bordeaux

A carte-de-visite portrait of an elderly black woman wearing a plain dress and a patterned headwrap. A faint, pencilled inscription verso in a period hand identifies her as ‘Mdme Sainval.’

Photographed by Charles of 3 rue Mautrec, Bordeaux.

Charles Chambon, known professionally as ‘Charles,’ operated a studio at this address between 1857 and 1870. According to Voignier, in 1871 he relocated to 46 allées de Tourny, where the studio remained until it closed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Condition: the print presents a few small marks in the area of the background, mostly peripheral, but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount presents an uneven upper edge, a few small marks recto in the margins and some minor wear at one lower corner; it is otherwise crisp and clean.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approximately 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).

price:  £100
code: cat010
black Victorian, black Victorians, black history, black history month, Bordeaux