NEW ORLEANS, La. – More than 1,150 premium lots – many of them pulled from prominent estates in Mobile, Ala., Jackson, Miss., New Orleans and elsewhere throughout the South – will be sold at a two-day estates auction slated for April 18 (starting at 9 a.m. Central time) and 19 (at 10 a.m.) by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery, located at 1330 St. Charles Ave.
Offered will be many desirable pieces of original Louisiana artwork, by artists such as Clarence Millet, Knute Heldner, Robert Rucker, and Clementine Hunter; French and Italian furniture; American furniture, to include a circa-1870 American Renaissance carved and burl walnut bedroom set; antique lamps, including a Pittsburgh Lamp Company reverse painted lamp; and a Sevres-style porcelain vase.
A strong candidate for top lot of the auction promises to be the oil on canvas painting by New Orleans artist Clarence Millet (1879-1959), titled Studio Courtyard. The work, signed lower right and presented in a period frame, is expected to bring $20,000-$40,000. The oil on canvas by Louisiana artist Robert M. Rucker (1932-2001), titled Day’s End, should hit $3,000-$5,000.
Several paintings by the Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952) will come up for bid. They include a signed and framed oil on canvas work titled Swamp Scene With Cabin (est. $3,000-$5,000); a signed oil on board titled French Quarter Street Scene With Mule Drawn Cart (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a signed oil on canvas titled Marsh Scene (est. $2,000-$4,000).
The American Renaissance carved and burl walnut three-piece bedroom suite, made around the 1870s, consists of a bed, dresser and armoire and is signed “P. Dejan, N.O.” It carries a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. From Italy, an Italian Renaisssance style, highly carved oak triple door bookcase, made in the 19th century and standing on block feet, should make $1,000-$1,500.
The large and beautiful Sevres-style champlevé and gilt bronze mounted porcelain vase, made circa 1900 and standing a majestic 28 ½ inches tall, carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Also, a Daum pate de verre vase, made of green and yellow frosted glass and executed sometime in the 20th century, should command $1,500-$2,500. The vase, titled Orchids, stands 12 ¼ inches tall.
The Pittsburgh Lamp Company reverse painted landscape lamp, produced around 1920, is 23 inches tall and 17 inches in diameter and is expected to illuminate the room for $2,000-$3,000. Also, a Royal Vienna hand-painted porcelain covered stein, made circa 1900 and titled on the bottom Ein Frischer Trunk, #34699,” 6 ½ inches tall, has a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
The clocks and watches category will feature an 18kt yellow gold minute repeater pocket watch made in the early 20th century by Swiss maker A. Golay Leresche Fils (est. $2,000-$4,000); a German highly carved oak tall case clock, 19th century, of open well design, standing 101 inches tall (est. $1,200-$1,800; and a three-piece, highly figured 19th century rouge marble and bronze clock set by Japy Freres (France), with a large gilt bronze eagle surmount (est. $800-$1,200).
French period furniture will be served up in abundance. A Louis XV-style carved cherry sideboard, made circa 1800 and standing on large paw feet, 48 inches tall by 59 inches wide, is estimated to finish at $1,600-$2,400, while a Louis XV-style inlaid ormolu bronze mounted bombe rosewood marble-top commode made in the 20th century should make $1,400-$1,800.
A pair of traditional Louis XV (or XVI) style inlaid mahogany marble-top, kidney-shaped night stands, made in the early 20th century and each standing 28 ¾ inches tall, should realize $1,500-$2,500 the pair; while a rare pair of Louis XV-style carved beech confituriers (small, free-standing jelly cupboards), late 19th century, both 38 inches tall, should sell for $1,000-$1,500.
A French Provincial carved oak, double-door wedding armoire from Brittany, France and measuring 97 ½ inches tall by 60 inches side, is expected to fetch $1,300-$1,800; and a monumental inlaid carved cherry French Louis XV-style double-door armoire, early 19th century, 98 inches tall by 79 inches wide, should gavel for $1,000-$1,500.
Returning to paintings by noted, regional artists, a circa-1976 signed oil on board by folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), titled Wash Day, accompanied by a photo of Hunter holding the painting, should command $2,500-$3,500; and an oil wash on board, signed by Alexander John Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Cypress Trees in Autumn, is expected to top out at $3,500-$4,500.
Other artworks will include a 19th century oil on panel, signed by the Belgian artist Eugene Verboeckhoven (1799-1881) and titled Sheep and Goat in the Field, housed in a period gilt and gesso frame (est. $2,000-$4,000); a signed oil on canvas by Maurice Baudin (Fr., 1843-1907, titled L’Escaut Pres d’Anvers (1893), also is a gilt and gesso frame (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a patinated bronze figural statue on a carved marble base by Thomas F. Cartier (Fr., 1879-1943), titled Snarling Panther and standing 15 ½ inches tall by 24 ¾ inches wide (est. $1,000-$1,500).
Internet bidding will be provided by Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and left (absentee) bids will also be accepted. Lots 1-750 will be offered on Saturday, April 18th and lots 751-1,150 will be offered on Sunday, April 19th. All sales are final. A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive at the gallery before the start times.
A full color catalog is up now, online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. A printed catalog is also available on request. Exhibition previews will start on Thursday, April 9th, and continue up to Friday, April 17th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed). There will also be a late evening preview on Wednesday, April 15th, lasting until 8 p.m.
Crescent City Auction Gallery is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can e-mail them at email@example.com. To learn more about Crescent City Auction Gallery and the upcoming April 18th-19th auction, please visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
Crescent City Auction Gallery
1330 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana