NEW ORLEANS – A beautiful Gallé mold-blown Clematis vase, an unusual carved oak Robert Jupe-style dining table, a 152-piece set of sterling flatware by Gorham, a lovely Pairpoint reverse painted lamp and an outstanding collection of bronze sculptures are just a few of the highlights in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next big event, May 11-12. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 864-lot auction will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, (lots 1-600) and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 12, (lots 601-864). Both times are Central.
The auction is packed with the broad mix of merchandise people have come to expect from a Crescent City auction: fine period French and American furniture, original artworks by New Orleans and other regional artists, bronzes, sterling silver, estate jewelry, Newcomb College pieces, antique mirrors, spectacular bedroom suites and marvelous decorative accessories.
The circa 1900 Gallé Clematis vase, 9¾ inches tall and signed on the side in cameo “Gallé,” is a candidate for top lot of the auction, with an estimate of $6,000-$9,000. It boasts mold-blown decoration of clematis flowers and dark amber leaves and stems against a frosted pale-yellow background. Emile Gallé (1846-1904) was a major force in the French Art Nouveau movement.
The carved oak circular, expandable dining table done in the style of Robert Jupe was crafted in the 20th century by DeWitt Designs. It has an open diameter of 72 inches, and 53 inches closed (est. $3,000-$5,000).
The 152-piece set of sterling flatware by Gorham is in the Melrose pattern and has a total silver weight of 164.55 troy ounces. The set is expected to bring $2,500-$4,500.
The 20th century Pairpoint reverse painted lamp is signed “Pairpoint” on the bottom and stands 20½ inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,000). The collection of bronze sculptures includes pieces by Victor Seifert (Austrian, 1870-1953), Isadore Konti (Austrian, 1862-1938), Janos Pasztor (Hungarian, 1881-1945), Georges Morin (German, 1874-1950) and Charles Anfrie (French, 1833-1905).
The sale is eclectic and will feature a collection of African masks and figures, a 20th century carved marble swan fountain, 70 inches tall (est. $2,000-$4,000), a Newcomb College brass mailbox and door plate made by Alice Leigh Moise in the early 20th century (est. $600-$900 and $400-$600) and a Young Chang ebonized highly polished baby grand piano (est. $1,000-$2,000).
French period furniture will include an Henri II-style carved oak bookcase, made circa 1880, 95 inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,500), an Empire style ormolu mounted carved mahogany marble-top commode, made around 1850 (est. $1,000-$2,000), a 19th century French Provincial Louis XV- style carved cherry farmhouse table (est. $1,000-$2,000), and a Louis XV-style carved walnut double door armoire made circa 1820 and standing 109½ inches in height (est. $1,200-$1,800).
Also from France is a three-piece mother of pearl and marquetry inlaid ormolu mounted burled walnut bedroom suite, circa 1900, consisting of a marble-top nightstand, a matching double bed and a matching three-door armoire (est. $800-$1,500); as well as a 19th century Biedermeier -style walnut commode, 48¼ inches in width (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Original artwork by noted New Orleans painters will include a watercolor on board by Roy Ferdinand (1959-2004), titled Old Woman in the French Quarter (1992), signed and dated lower right, 27¼ inches by 21½ inches (est. $600-$900); and an oil on paper by Martin Laborde (b. 1943), Bodo on a White Horse, signed lower right, 12 inches by 9¾ inches (est. $400-$800).
A 1993 silkscreen by the renowned Louisiana artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013), titled Mardi Gras Dogs, signed and numbered “109/190” should rise to $2,000-$3,000. A 20th century oil on plywood by Florida artist Purvis Young (1943-2010), titled Four Figures, signed upper right and framed in reclaimed wood boards, 48¼ inches by 35 inches, is expected to fetch $800-$1,200; while a 19th century oil on canvas by French painter Daniel Strain (1847-1925), titled Sheep Grazing in a Field, signed lower left, carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
Fine estate jewelry will feature vintage and modern diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, rubies and more. A large pair of patinated bronze seated lion figures, made in the 20th century and perched on integral stepped rectangular bases, 46 inches tall, should make $6,000-$8,000.
An Italian marquetry inlaid mahogany cheval mirror, circa 1900, 80 inches tall by 37½ inches wide by 25¼ inches deep, is estimated to hammer for $1,000-$2,000. Also, a Federal style bull’s-eye mirror sconce from the 19th century, with the bottom issuing three gilt candle arms, 45½ inches tall by 27 inches wide by 12 inches deep, carries an estimate of $800-$1,200.
For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or email email@example.com.