NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The Crescent City Auction Gallery will welcome the busy fall season with a major two-day September auction on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time both days. More than 800 lots, drawn from leading estates and collections, will be offered for auction, online and live in the gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Ave.
An important collection of paintings by old masters will be on offer, led by a 19th century oil on panel after Domenico Tintoretto (1560-1635), entitled The Penitent Magdalen, measuring 24 ½ inches high by 18 ½ inches wide (estimate: $1,000-$2,000). Also, an unsigned 18th-century oil on panel painted in the manner of Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721), titled Galante Picnic17 ½ inches high by 21 ¼ inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
Renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) will be featured in the auction twice, once with a circa 1965 oil on canvas titled Uncle Tom in the garden with Little Eva, signed lower right and measures 17 ¼ inches by 23 ¼ inches (estimate: $4,000-$8,000); and another oil on canvas board, also painted around 1965, titled Cotton picking with African House, 17 ½ inches by 23 ½ inches. The work should finish between $3,000 and $5,000.
A Newcomb College art pottery Moon and Moss matte glaze baluster vase, made in 1921 by Anna Frances Simpson, measuring 10 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter, is expected to change hands for $4,500 to $6,500. Additionally, a pair of late 19th-century French bronze and alabaster 12-light chandeliers, measuring 42 inches tall and 39 ½ inches in diameter, have a pre-sale estimate of $800 to $1,200.
The American furniture will be highlighted by a magnificent mid-19th century Rococo carved mahogany canopy bed, measuring 90 inches high by 61 inches wide and 75 ½ inches deep (estimate: $800 to $1,200 ); and an iron and brass vanity and stool, matching double bed, and blackened iron and brass floor lamp, by New Orleans craftsman Mario Villa (1953-2021) and sold in three separate lots.
The range of merchandise is wide, with items ranging from a 20th century human medical or dental skull (estimate: $600-$900); to a group of four early 19th century Andrew Jackson campaign ribbons (each estimated between $3,000 and $5,000); an Erard grand piano in rosewood inlaid with antique brass (estimate: $1,500 to $2,500); to fine couture items from Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Chanel.
Original artwork by renowned New Orleans and other regional artists is a staple of most Crescent City auctions, and this sale will be no exception. In addition to the aforementioned paintings by Clementine Hunter, the auction will also feature an untitled oil on canvas painting by John T. Scott (New Orleans/Houston, 1940-2007), from the artist’s The Slum Series (estimate : $4,000 – $8,000).
Other paintings by renowned artists from the region will include the following:
- An oil on canvas by James Michalopouolos (Pa./New Orleans, b. 1951), titled New Orleans Center Hall Cottage (1988), signed lower left and signed and dated on the reverse, 27 ¾ inches high by 21 ¾ inches wide (estimate: $4,000 – $6,000).
- Another work by Michalopouolos, an oil on canvas titled Noting the passion (2004), signed lower left, signed and dated verso, 40 inches by 29 ¾ inches (estimate: $2,000 – $4,000).
- A 20th century oil on panel by Clarence Millet (La., 1897-1959), titled Bayou Bridgesigned lower right and titled verso, 15 inches by 18 inches (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
- An acrylic on Masonite by Noel Rockmore (New Orleans, 1928-1995), titled Son of Stovall (1969), artist signed, dated and titled, 12 ¾ inches by 7 inches (estimate: $1,500 – $2,500).
- A mixed technique on paper by Roy Ferdinand (New Orleans, 1959-2004), titled Voodoo priestess in a graveyardunsigned, 27 inches by 21 inches (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).
From France, a late 19th/early 20th century oil on canvas painting by Louis Charles Bombled (1862-1927), titled Napoleon and the French cavalry during the Russian campaign in winter, signed lower left, is expected to reach $1,000 to $2,000; and a 19th-century French Louis Philippe carved mahogany chest of drawers, measuring 37 ¼ inches high and 50 ½ inches wide, is expected to cost between $600 and $900.
Other notable furniture lots include a 19th-century carved mixed-wood Chinese four-poster bed with alcove (estimate: $2,500-$4,500); a four-piece Baker Biedermeier style ebony-inlaid burl walnut parlor suite consisting of a sofa, matching armchair, two-drawer lamp table and matching oval coffee table (estimate : $1,500 to $2,500); and a 19th-century Dutch carved mahogany cantilevered roll-top desk, 42 ¾ inches high by 52 inches wide (estimate: $600-$900).
Rounding out this short list of some of the best expected lots is a set of 92 sterling cutlery from Reed and Barton in the Francis I pattern, with a total weight of 83.6 troy oz. (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000); and a large 20th-century patinated bronze erotic figurative garden group of a seated satyr and a nude woman, measuring 58 inches high by 22 inches wide (estimate: $500-$1,000).
Exhibition openings will be held daily (except Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day), by appointment only, at the Crescent City Gallery, beginning Thursday, September 2. A preview on Saturday, September 4 will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time. To schedule a preview appointment, call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected] COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.
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, September 10. 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 the Crescent City Auction Gallery and September’s major two-day auction scheduled for the weekend of September 11-12, visit crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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