Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Zachary Taylor: A Rare and Sought After Lithopane Portrait. Made for Henry Clay and Winfield Scott as well as Taylor, these rare items are among the most sought after political display items of this era among sophisticated hobbyists. Probably fewer than five examples of the Taylor are known in collections. The technique involves executing a portrait in a parian-like material with carved out design elements which, when light is shone through from behind, show remarkable subtlety and texture by varying the thickness of the material. The Edward C. Gillette collection is perhaps the only one of which we are aware that had two of these rare lithopanes. The Scott example was hotly contested in our March 2008 auction, where it sold for $10,456.25. This Taylor specimen is in beautiful condition, the lithopane itself measuring 6" x 8.375". From the Edward C. Gillette Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 825

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 June 6 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search