NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – A two-day auction featuring a 17th-century oil painting attributed to Belgian artist Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert (1614-1654), a collection of Russian icons from the 18th and 19th centuries, original works of art by regional painters) and more will be held Nov. 15-16 at the Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the Company’s Gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave.
Tee times for both days will be at 9 a.m. Central Time. For those who cannot attend live, internet auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Offers by telephone and correspondence (left) will also be accepted. A full-color catalog can be viewed now on the company’s newly redesigned website: www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. A total of 1,357 lots will be put up for auction.
Bosschaert’s painting is an attribution, but it presents features consistent with his style (he rarely signs his paintings). The artwork, titled Caritas and measuring 38 inches by 29 inches, is expected to fetch between $ 30,000 and $ 50,000. Other artists in the auction include Robert Rucker, Alexander J. Drysdale, Alberta Kinsey, Georges Schreiber, James Fairman, and Collette Pope Heldner (three paintings).
The auction will also include antique clocks and watches, period furniture (American, French and Continental), Asian items (mainly from China), porcelain and other decorative accessories. About twenty lots of gold coins will also be offered. The group will feature one-ounce and half-ounce coins honoring Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Frank Lloyd Wright and Willa Cather.
Clocks will include an unusual Louis XV-style gilt bronze mantel clock, made circa 1880, with a top topped by an embossed winged dragon (est. $ 1,000 to $ 1,500); a three-piece clock in bronze and verde antico (“antique green”) marble from the beginning of the 20th century set by AD Mougin (est. $ 900 to $ 1,200); and a large German carved oak clock made circa 1890 by German manufacturer Lorenz Furtwangler & Sohne, interesting in appearance and measuring 101 inches (est. $ 800 to $ 1,200).
Original works of art will often be auctioned off throughout the sale. There will be three paintings by New Orleans artist Collette Pope Heldner (1902-1990). Two are Swamp Idyll, Louisiana Bayou Country and Old Creole Patio, New Orleans. Both are signed and titled and fetch between $ 1,000 and $ 1,500. An oil wash on paper by another iconic New Orleans artist, Alexander John Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Misty Morning in City Park, also signed, is expected to fetch $ 3,500 to $ 4,500.
Other paintings by notable New Orleans artists include an oil on canvas affixed to a panel by Alberta Kinsey (1875-1952) titled Le Petit Theater Courtyard, French Quarter, signed lower right (est. 3000 $ – $ 5,000); and an oil on canvas by Robert Rucker (1932-2000), titled The Paddlewheeler Imperial on the River, signed lower right and estimated between $ 2,500 and $ 4,500.
Works by painters from outside the region will include a watercolor by Belgian-American artist Georges Schreiber (1904-1977), titled Cotton Pickers (est. $ 5,000 – $ 7,000); an exterior panoramic rendering by Scottish-American artist James (Colonel) Fairman (1826-1904), titled Sunrise Pastoral Scene with the Village Church and Cattle Watering (est. $ 3,000 – $ 5,000); and an oil on canvas by German artist Hans Heinrich Brandes (1803-1868), titled Mountain Landscape with Lake, signed and dated 1848 (est. $ 2,000 to $ 4,000).
The period American-made furniture will be led by a six-room rococo carved rosewood lounge suite (two sofas, an armchair and three occasional chairs), made in the mid-19th century and attributed to Alexander Roux ( est. $ 2,500 – $ 3,500); a 19th century classic carved rosewood and marble top wig dresser, also made in the 19th century (estimated between $ 800 and $ 1,200); and an American neo-Rococo carved mahogany cabinet, probably made in New Orleans (estimated between $ 1,000 and $ 2,000).
Antique French and Continental furniture will also be served in abundance. Examples include a Louis XVI style Continental inlaid mahogany marquetry secretary bookcase, circa 19th century, 84 inches tall (est. $ 2,500 – $ 4,500); a 19th-century French Empire-style gilt bronze mounted mahogany trumeau table (estimated between $ 900 and $ 1,500); and a French provincial Louis XVI-style carved oak chest of drawers, also from the 19th century, valued between $ 1,100 and $ 1,500.
Also sold will be a 19th century Louis XV style carved cherry wood French provincial cabinet, 91 inches high (est. $ 1,100 to $ 1,500); an early 20th century Louis XV-style curved chest of drawers in gilt bronze marquetry inlaid with marble (estimated at $ 2,200 to $ 3,200); an early 1800s French provincial-style Louis XV style marquetry double-door cabinet inlaid with carved walnut, 97 ½ inches high (est. $ 1,400 to $ 2,200); and a 20th century French Empire style carved mahogany and marble sideboard, 39 ½ inches by 49 ¼ inches (est. $ 1,100 to $ 1,800).
Decorative accessories will include a set of 201 pieces of 20th century Copeland Spode porcelain in the Irene pattern (est. $ 1,000 to $ 1,500); and an ornamental French Louis XVI style mirror, gilded and gesso, dating from the 19th century and measuring 75 inches high by 56 inches wide (est. $ 2,000 to $ 3,000).
Lots 1-800 will be sold on Saturday November 15th and lots 801-1357 will be auctioned on Sunday November 16th. The vernissages of the exhibition will begin on Thursday, November 6 and will continue until Friday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (except Sunday, the gallery’s closing day). There will be a preview at the end of the evening on Wednesday November 12, until 8 p.m.
Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC always accepts quality shipments for future sales. To consign a single item, estate, or collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can email them to [email protected] A catalog for the November 15-16 auction is available on request. All the lots can now be viewed online, on www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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