NEW ORLEANS, La. – Gorgeous original oil paintings by Fernand Toussaint (French/Belgian, 1873-1956) and André Gisson (American/French, 1929-2003), six fine pieces of matte-glazed Newcomb pottery, a collection of bronzes (including an excellent example of Harry Jackson, American, 1924-2011), magnificent sterling silver (including a large pair of urns covered in .800 German silver) and a selection of six gold coins will all be part of the Important May Estates at the Crescent City Auction Gallery. Auction, scheduled for the weekend of May 13 and 14.
The auction will be held online and in the gallery at 1330 Saint Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Departure times are 10 a.m. Central Time on both days. More than 900 lots will be auctioned, in categories including French, English and American period furniture, original works of art by renowned local and regional artists, china, pottery, bronzes, silverware, mirrors and decorative objects.
Early 20th century oil on canvas Portrait of a lady with a fan by Fernand Toussaint is the artist signed lower right and measures 23 inches by 19 ¼ inches (est. $3,000-$5,000). The oil on canvas depiction of our Lady by Andre Gisson (a pseudonym; real name is Anders Gittelson), is signed lower right, and measures 17½ inches by 23½ inches (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Harry Jackson’s remarkable patinated bronze sculpture, titled Silent Partners (1973) is a key lot in the bronze collection. It stands 14 inches tall and is signed and dated on the entire base (estimated between $2,000 and $4,000). The large pair of .800 silver-covered German urns, from the late 19th century, stand 17 ½ inches tall and weigh a total of 120.45 troy ounces. (estimated between $1,500 and $2,500).
Also in the silver category, a 141-piece set of sterling flatware from International, in the “Continental” pattern, produced in 1936 and weighing 209.6 troy ounces, is expected to fetch $4,000-6,000. The mirrors will be led by a 20th century French gilt and gesso Louis XVI style mirror, an impressive 72 inches high by 40 inches wide. He should make between $800 and $1,200.
Paintings by renowned regional artists will boast an approximately 2002 Abstract by George Bauer Dunbar (La., b. 1927), signed center right, 23 ¾ inches by 42 inches (est. $10,000-$15,000); a 1968 acrylic on masonite Rooftop Stage by Noel Rockmore (New Orleans, 1928-1995), signed and dated lower right, 17½ inches by 23½ inches (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on panel early 20th work signed titled moonlit bayou by Will Ousley (La., 1866-1853) (est. $1,000-$2,000).
From England, an oil on canvas painting by British artist Alan Wolton, titled aspen row (1985), signed and dated lower right and titled verso, 23 ¾ inches by 29 ½ inches, should fetch $1,200-$1,800.
French furniture, always a hit at Crescent City auctions, will feature these beautiful pieces:
- A carved walnut sideboard in the 19th century French Louis XV provincial style, measuring 38 ¾ inches high by 93 inches wide by 24 inches deep (estimated $1,500-$2,500).
- An early 19th century French provincial carved walnut double-door armoire, measuring 95 inches high by 72 inches wide by 27 inches deep (est. $800-$1,200).
- A late 19th century French Louis XV style inlaid domed marble top chest of drawers, 34 inches high by 51 inches wide (estimate $800-$1,200).
Equally beautiful but not-from-France furniture will include a 20th-century gilt and polychrome Italian console table, 62 inches wide (est. $1,000-$2,000); a late 19th-century American Revival oak 13-piece suite in the style of RJ Horner (est. $2,000-$4,000); a 20th century English carved cherry Georgian leather desk, 62 inches wide by 35 ½ inches deep (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a large c.1860 carved walnut Gothic double-door armoire, possibly New Orleans, 91 ½ inches high by 64 inches wide (est. $800-$1,200).
A large English fine china and brass figurine of a knight on horseback by Richard Sefton (1987), #4 by 15, 24 inches high and contained in a perspex case on a custom carved mahogany stand, should end at $1,200-$1,800. Also on sale will be a late 19th-century gilt bronze and French crystal 8-light chandelier, 29 inches tall and 29 inches in diameter (est. $800-$1,200).
Porcelain offerings will include a 19th-century Royal Vienna painted porcelain charger, 16 inches in diameter, in a gilt shadowbox frame (est. $1,000-$2,000); a set of four 19th century Meissen porcelain trimmings, measuring 22 inches high and 11 inches in diameter (estimated between $1,000 and $2,000); and a late 19th-century gilt-bronze mounted Sèvres porcelain mailbox and inkwell (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Previews of the exhibition will take place daily, May 4-12 (except Saturdays and Sundays), at the Crescent City Gallery, located at 1330 Saint Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans.
Internet auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Remote and telephone bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. Central Time the day before the auction. A 25% buyer’s commission will be applied internally (3% cashback or check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected]
Crescent City Auction Gallery is always looking for quality submissions for future auctions. To consign a unique item, estate, or collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can email [email protected] All phone calls and emails are confidential.
To learn more about Crescent City Auction Gallery and the Important May Estates auction scheduled for the weekend of May 13-14, visit crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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