NEW ORLEANS, La. – It will be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery hosts a major two-day Important Summer Estates auction the weekend of July 17-18. The sale is replete with over 800 quality lots of fine French, English and American furniture, mantelpiece mirrors, original paintings by local and regional artists, fine jewelry and couture pieces, a piano, sterling silver, nativity scenes, model ships and more.
Tee times on both days will be at 10 a.m. Central Time. The top lots expected include a large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure from the Four Seasons, 87 inches high by 53 inches wide (estimate: $5,000-$10,000); an oil on canvas by the French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), titled Countryside road, signed lower left, 17 ½ inches by 20 ¾ inches (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); and paintings by Knute Heldner and AJ Drysdale.
The oil on canvas by Swedish artist of Louisiana origin Knute Heldner (1875-1952) is titled Shrimp Boats, #5 and is signed lower right. It measures 29 ½ inches by 35 ½ inches and is expected to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000. The oil on canvas placed on cardboard attributed to the Louisiana painter of Norwegian origin William Buck (1840-1888) is titled Covington Scene. It should end between $3,000 and $5,000. Both would be great additions to any Southern collection.
This is an eclectic sale, with merchandise ranging from vintage couture (Chanel, Hermès, Prada, Louis Vuitton, others) to fine jewelry (white, yellow and black diamonds, tanzanites, emeralds, sapphires, pearls from South Seas, etc.) to a Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914), depicting a 21-karat gold and enamelled sterling silver oklad, measuring 12½ inches by 10½ inches (estimate : $500 – $1,000).
A 19th century American-made Rococo Revival gilt and gesso figurine on a mantelpiece mirror set on a later white marble base, having a total size of 96 inches high by 75 ½ inches wide, is expected to cost between 3,000 $ and $5,000; while an American spelter glass lighted base lamp, probably Edward Miller, 21 inches tall, should knock down for $500 to $900.
A circa 1940 44-piece Stieff sterling silver flatware set in the “Williamsburg Queen Anne” pattern, weighing a total of 53.75 troy ounces, is estimated at $1,000-2,000. Additionally, a silver sliver/centrepiece, with a silver circular mirror top, with embossed fruit and scrollwork decorated rims (two pieces) should fetch $400-$800.
A large oil on canvas by Scott Upton (NC, b. 1958), titled Preview of the hidden, signed and titled on the reverse, 47 ¾ inches by 71 ¾ inches, should fetch between $3,000 and $5,000. Tops in the American furniture category is a circa 1880 Victorian carved walnut sideboard, measuring 76 inches high by 58 inches wide (estimate: $600-$900).
French furniture, a staple of nearly every Crescent City auction, will feature the following examples:
- An early 1800s Louis XV French provincial style carved cherry sideboard, measuring 42 ¼ inches high by 55 ¼ inches wide (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).
- A 19th century French Empire carved mahogany marble center table, 29 inches high and 38 ½ inches in diameter (estimate: $800-$1,200).
- A 19th century carved mahogany marble chest of drawers in the French Empire style, measuring 34 ¾ inches high by 50 ½ inches wide (estimate: $700-$1,200).
- A Louis XV French provincial carved walnut dresser (furniture for storing and displaying china), 85 inches high by 52 inches wide (estimate: $600-$1,200).
- A 20th century French style domed ebonized mahogany parlor cabinet, mounted in gilt bronze, measuring 38 ½ inches high by 39 ½ inches wide (estimate: $600-$900).
Equally ubiquitous is original artwork by New Orleans and regional artists, led by an early 20th-century oil-on-panel painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (La., 1870-1934 ), titled Louisiana Bayou at Dusk, signed lower left (estimate: $800-1,200); and a 20th-century mixed metal sculpture by New Orleans artist Thomas Mann, titled Techno Rabbit Clock, with a carrot-shaped stand, 6 inches high, signed (estimate: $800-$1,200).
An oil on panel by Colette Pope Heldner (New Orleans, 1902-1990), titled swamp idyll, signed lower left and signed and titled verso, 19 ½ inches high by 15 ¼ inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $500 to $800. Also, a large gelatin silver photographic print by George Valentine Dureau (New Orleans, 1930-2014), titled two young boysunsigned, 41 inches high by 34 inches wide, should command between $400 and $800.
On the Way to Europe, where an early 20th-century oil on canvas painting by Henry Schouten (Belgian, 1857-1927), titled horse and donkey, signed lower left and measuring 17 ¼ inches by 25 ¼ inches, is estimated between $1,500 and $2,500. Also, an oil on canvas Portrait of a lady in whiteinitialed (“VJ”) and initialed and dated (1836), should end between $1,200 and $1,800.
A 19th-century patinated bronze sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875), titled eagle with spread wings9 ½ inches tall and impressed “F. Barbedienne Fondeur”, has an estimate of $1,000 to $2,000; while an early 20th century Continental School gilt bronze figure classic man The athlete, 25 ½ inches tall, possibly a souvenir from the Grand Tour, is expected to fetch $800-$1,200. These are just a small sample of what bidders can expect.
Live, in-person auctions, as well as exhibition previews, will be held by appointment only, at the Crescent City Gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The previews take place every day (except Sundays) and started on July 8. A preview on Saturday, July 10 will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To book an appointment for live bidding on auction day or for a preview, call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected]
Internet auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Mail-in and telephone bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. central time on Friday, July 16. A 25% buyer’s commission will be applied internally (3% cash back 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 the Crescent City Auction Gallery and the Important Summer Estates two-day auction scheduled for the weekend of July 17-18, visit crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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