NEW ORLEANS – On July 25-26, New Orleans Auction’s affiliate, St. Charles Gallery, will hold their Summer Estates auction featuring a lifetime collection of fine porcelains, furniture, art and silver from a St. Charles Avenue estate, New Orleans. The sale will also feature important 19th- and 20th-century art, as well as property from numerous other local estates. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Art buyers will be able to take their pick of several genres. An artist whose star continues to rise, George Rodrigue (American/Louisiana, b. 1944) is represented by a 1975 work titled Before the Bourre Game. An oil on canvas, it is signed at lower left, and signed and dated on canvas verso “Rodrigue 75,” with the artist’s copyright stamp on stretcher. Measuring 30 inches by 40 inches and presented in a contemporary giltwood frame, the painting is expected to make $20,000-$40,000 at auction.
Although a New Orleans artist, William Woodward (1859-1939) expanded his horizons to paint beautiful scenes wherever he went. His 1926 oil on canvas board titled Sunlit View of the Mission Santa Barbara, California is signed and dated at lower left “W. Woodward ’26.” Its frame retains a label reading “Francis Hendricks Co., Inc., Syracuse, New York.” Measuring 13¾ inches by 19 7/8 inches, the nicely framed artwork is estimated at $5,000-8,000.
The inimitable style of Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) is typified by Dollar Sign, a 1982 screenprint in colors on Lenox Museum board. Pencil-signed “Andy Warhol” and numbered 59/60 in pencil at lower right, the 19¾-inch by 15 5/8-inch shadowboxed work could realize $6,000-$9,000.
An eye-catching pair of 18th-century-style Italian cast-brass figures of youthful blackamoors holding large cornucopiae is a leading lot in the decorative arts section. Gilded and black patinated, the blackamoors are nude but for hoop earrings and gilt breech clouts. Standing 71 inches tall, the impressive duo is estimated at $3,500-$5,000.
The dramatic history of 19th-century Europe comes to life in a rare French Napoleonic engraved-bone triptych, its interior panels of gouache and watercolor depicting a portrait of Napoleon as First Consul, Emperor Napoleon I with the Tsar of Russia, the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Austria; and a portrait of a Napoleonic marechal. All three panels are glazed, and the exterior of the 12¾-inch-tall by 15½-inch-wide triptych is of embossed period blue velvet. An estimate of $800-$1,200 has been set for this lot.
Also from the fourth quarter of the 19th century is a pair of large Sèvres-style porcelain covered garniture vases. The gilt-brass-mounted, richly gilded and polychromed matte ivory two-handled vases are designed in the Louis XVI taste. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.
Another exceptional lot is the Louis XVI-style giltwood and marble-top side table with an inset taupe marble surface above a paneled frieze with a central ribbon and torchere carving. On raised acanthine-carved, fluted, tapering circular legs joined by a shaped stretcher and ending in toupie feet, it stands 38½ inches tall. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.
For additional information on any lot in the sale, call New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery Inc. at 504-586-8733. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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