William Henry Buck painting a $200K seller in Neal’s $2M auction
The sale’s top lot was a 12 by 20-inch gem of a painting by William Henry Buck (Norwegian/New Orleans, 1840-1888) identified as The Hotel at Spanish Fort on Bayou St. John. The masterful landscape commanded substantial regional attention, selling to a phone bidder for $203,150.
A pastoral 16 by 20-inch painting by Richard Clague (French/New Orleans, 1821-1873), titled Cow Grazing on the North Shore, also drew its share of suitors. The work was purchased for $73,200.
With an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000, a Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans (French, 1801-1888, active New Orleans, 1836-1856) oil painting titled Portrait of Antoinette Decuir (1826-1896), soared above expectation amid fierce competition on the saleroom floor to achieve a record auction price for the artist at $72,895.
Amid the opulent furniture and exceptional fine art, there was room for sparkle in the form of a 7.66-carat platinum and yellow radiant-cut diamond ring with white trilliant shoulders. The regal bauble, which had been modestly estimated at $60,000-$80,000, exceeded its December 2004 Graff London purchase price of $108,000 to achieve $113,525. Against considerable interest, it sold to a New Orleanian bidding on the phone.
Neal Auction Company’s July Summer Estates Auction will feature two local estate collections of Asian art, including hundreds of Chinese jades, snuff bottles, Ming and Qing porcelains, and ivory, purchased throughout Asia during the 1960s and early 1970s. As is the case with all of Neal Auction events, LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate the Internet live bidding.
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