Paintings by George Rodrigue and Clementine Hunter are at the Crescent City Estates auction in September….


Original oil on canvas painting by George Rodrigue (Louisiana, 1944-2013) from the artist’s famous Blue Dog series, titled Flames of Hope (1992), signed and titled (est. $20,000 – $40,000 ).
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NEW ORLEANS, La. — Original oil-on-canvas paintings by renowned Louisiana artists George Rodrigue (1944-2013) and Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), plus a fine selection of designer handbags from some of the most respected names in couture, are just a taste of what bidders will find at the Crescent City Auction Gallery’s estate auction scheduled for the weekend of September 11, 12 and 13.

George Rodrigue’s painting is from the artist’s famous Blue Dog series and is titled flames of hope (1992). The signed and titled work, 13 ½ inches by 10 ¾ inches, carries an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Pop art legend Clementine Hunter’s oil painting, titled wash day (circa 1985), is signed lower center right. It measures 17 ¾ inches by 23 ½ inches (est. $3,000-$5,000).

The selection of designer handbags includes fashionable examples from names such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Prada, Fendi, Céline and Hermès. Part of the auction is entirely devoted to couture and includes an embroidered silk coat by Oscar de la Renta (circa 2000), a vintage dark brown mink coat by Jay Lester, and a belt and bracelet Hermes.

Rodrigue and Hunter aren’t the only local artistic talents in the sale. Also on offer will be an oil on board by Knute Heldner (1877-1952, New Orleans), titled Pirate’s Alley, Old New Orleans, signed lower right (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an oil on Masonite by Alberta Kinsey (1875-1952, New Orleans) titled His patio, 823 Royal Street (1934), signed lower right (est. $1,200-$1,800).

Wonderful decorative arts will be plentiful and include a pair of 19th century continental polychrome white porcelain covered urns, 26 inches high (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a finely enameled 17th-century yellow Chinese bowl, 9½ inches in diameter (est. $500-$1,000).

The lighting category will be led by an unusual and ornate circa 1890 silver plate 9-light candelabra centerpiece, 30 inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,500); a pair of large 20th-century weathered and gilded composite putti floor candelabra, 48 inches high (est. $600-$900); and a collection of art glass table lamps, including examples from Salem Brothers, Miller, HE Rainaud and Handel.

Original oil on canvas painting by Clementine Hunter (Louisiana, 1886-1988), titled Wash Day (circa 1985), signed lower center right, 17 ¾ inches by 23 ½ inches (est. $3,000 – 5 $000).
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Fine French decorative items, a staple of most Crescent City auctions, will include a monumental 19th-century Louis XV-style carved walnut wall clock with surmounting winged putto, 42 inches high by 27 inches wide (est. $3,000 to $5,000); and a French gilt and gesso Belle Epoque mantel mirror circa 1890, 72 ½ inches high by 66 inches wide and one foot deep (est. $1,000-$2,000).

American-made period furniture will include a late 19th-century carved pineapple four-poster double bed, measuring 84 inches high by 56 ½ inches wide (est. $700-$1,200); and a c.1880 assembled four-piece parlor suite consisting of a carved rosewood serpentine double-back sofa with matching armchair, lady’s chair, and matching ottoman (est. $600-$1,200).

Europe will also be represented in the sale, furniture-wise, with an impressive 19th-century English Victorian carved mahogany bookcase, 104 inches high by 125 inches wide (est. $1,500-$2,500 ); and a mid-19th century inlaid walnut continental secretary bookcase measuring 72 ½ inches high and 49 inches wide (est. $700-$1,200).

Returning to works of art, pieces by American artists include a silkscreen ink on canvas by Deborah Kass (Texas, b.1925, New York), titled 4 Black Barbarians (1993), signed, titled and dated on verso (est. $5,000 to $10,000); a 19th century oil on canvas by Wilson Henry Irvine (1869-1936 Conn./Ill.), titled Autumn forest landscape, signed lower left (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a 20th-century oil on panel by Guy Martin Chapel (1871-1954 Ill./Mich.), titled French Quarter, Patio (est. $1,000 to $2,000).

Canine-themed oil on canvas painting by Edouard Joseph Dantan (French, 1848-1897), titled Deux Chiens sur la Pointe, signed lower right (est. $2,000-$4,000).
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Paintings by European artists will include a canine-themed oil on canvas by Edouard Joseph Dantan (1848-1897, French), titled Two dogs on the tip, signed lower right (est. $2,000-$4,000); a 19th century oil on canvas by Auguste Henri Musin (1852-1923 Belgian), titled Port scene with sailboats, signed lower right (est. $2,000-$4,000); and an oil on panel by Niek van der Plas (born 1954, Dutch), titled Brass Band in the French Quarter, signed artist (est. $2,000-$3,000).

In the silver category, a 140-piece set of Reed & Barton sterling flatware in the “Francis I” pattern, weighing 175 troy ounces, is expected to find a new home for $3,000 to $5,000; while a sterling silver tea tray made circa 1925, also by Reed & Barton, in the “Heritage” design, pattern #940C, measuring 27 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches, is expected to change hands for $3,500 at 4 $500.

An unusual carved and polychromed Venetian blackamoor, made in the 19th century and larger than life at 82 ½ inches tall, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also, a 19th century cast iron garden figure of a classically draped woman perched on a cast iron stand, 91 inches overall high and 23 ½ inches wide, is expected to cost between 800 and 1 $200.

The three-day weekend event is filled with 975 quality bundles in a variety of collectible categories. Internet auctions will be provided by, and Mail-in and telephone bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. central time on Thursday, September 10. A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected]

The gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, will be open for exhibitions beginning Thursday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. central time, by appointment only (except Sundays). A live Saturday preview will take place on September 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., also by appointment only. To make an appointment, 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 three-day auction scheduled for September 11, 12 and 13, visit Updates are released often.

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