NEW ORLEANS – A set of four atlas portfolio volumes of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, a felt on paper artwork by Pop art icon Keith Haring and paintings by acclaimed artists E. S. Cooper and Eugene Louis Boudin are just a few of the expected top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s September Selects Auction. It is slated for Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, starting at 11 am Central time on Friday and 10 am Central time on Saturday. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Birds of America four-volume set by John James Audubon, plus other volumes (11 pieces total), is a limited-edition full-size facsimile, with color reproductions of the full set of ornithological illustrations. It’s a reproduction of National Audubon Society’s copy, one of 350 sets printed in 1985 by Abbeville Press and contains 435 double elephant folio unbound color plates and four octavo text volumes bound in green leather gilt. The set is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
The 1984 felt pen on paper by Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) is titled If You Want to See More….. , and has writing on the bottom that reads, “If you want to see more….New works by Keith Haring now until Jan. 07, 1984.” It’s also signed at the lower right and bears a Keith Haring Estate stamp at the top right on the verso. It carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
The painting by E. S. Cooper, an 1888 work titled Wooden Bridge in a Louisiana Bayou Landscape, is artist-signed and dated at the lower right and is estimated at $20,000-$40,000. The work is included in the book Louisiana Painters and Paintings: from the Collection of W. E. Groves. An almost identical painting by William Henry Buck was sold at auction in 2005, suggesting Buck could have had a student.
The 19th-century painting by Eugene Louis Boudin (French, 1824-1898) is titled Bateaux sur la Plage de Bretagne (Boats on Brittany Beach) and is signed at the lower left, with an old gallery label featuring information about the artist and painting attached on the verso. It has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. He was a marine painter and an expert in rendering all that moves upon the sea and along its shores.
An 1882 framed gouache on paperboard by Howard Pyle (American, 1853-1911), titled The Promenade and the Reverend, is signed and dated at the lower right, with a photocopy attached on the verso that gives information about the artist from the book Biological Sketches of American Artists. Its estimate is $6,000-$9,000.
A circa-1903 oil on canvas by Mexican artist German Gedovius (1867-1937), titled Woman in Archway, Mexico, has an estimate of $7,000-$12,000.
A late 19th-century group of 38 pieces of U.S. Revenue Cutter china, with floral decoration showing the U.S. Revenue Cutter insignia, has an estimate of $7,000-$12,000. Produced by Greenwood China of Trenton, N.J., the dinner plates each measure 9 ¼in in diameter.
Period French and American furniture will be offered in the September sale. Standouts include a Louis XV-style three-piece ormolu mounted kingwood bedroom suite consisting of a marble top nightstand, a matching double bed and a single-door armoire with an arched crown over a mirror door with a central oval Sevres style plaque. The suite is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Another head-turner is a 19th-century Venetian sleigh-form figural grotto rocking chair. It sports a plank seat and back panel carved to resemble a seashell, with figural dolphin arms. In addition, it is on long carved rockers with dolphin heads and serpent-like dragon supports, and is decorated with a silvered and gilt washed finish. Its estimate is $3,000-$5,000.
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