NEW ORLEANS – An early 20th century four-piece sterling tea and coffee set by Whiting, a patinated bronze bust of Napoleon I by Renzo Colombo, still life oil on board by Hovsep Pushman and a 1909 sculpture proof by Russian artist Boris Oskarovich Frodman-Cluzel will all come up for bid in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next auction slated for July 19, 20 and 21. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The three-day, 1,207-lot Important Summer Estates Catalog Auction, will be is conducted online as well as in Crescent City’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19 (lots 1-162), and 9 a.m. Saturday (lots 163-800) and Sunday (lots 801-1,207), July 20-21. All 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, original artworks by American and foreign artists, bronzes, sterling silver, estate jewelry, French clocks and an array of gorgeous decorative accessories.
The fine jewelry portion of the sale will be held on Friday, July 19. The merchandise was seized by the New Orleans Police Department and is being sold by Order of the Court in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Many hidden treasures are lurking in the cache; all will be sold to the highest bidder.
With an estimate of $6,000-$9,000, the 1909 sculpture proof by Boris Oskarovich Frodman-Cluzel (1878-1969), titled Ballet Dancer, is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. The work (above) is 8¼ inches tall. The patinated bronze bust of Napoleon I by Renzo Colombo (Italian, 1856-1885), 22 inches high, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
The oil on board painting by Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), titled Still Life of Metal Flagon and Bowl (1920), signed and dated lower left and measuring 4¾ inches by 5½ inches, is expected to realize $3,000-$5,000. The oil on canvas by Pal Fried (1893-1976), simply titled Leslie, is artist signed lower left and titled verso. The 29½ inch by 23½ inch work should make $800-$1,200.
The early 20th century four-piece sterling tea and coffee set by Whiting features a 9-inch-tall coffeepot and has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Also selling will be an 1806 George III sterling and cut crystal cruet set, made in London by Paul Storr and weighing 81.5 troy ounces (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Decorative accessories will be led by a set of four Royal Worcester figures of The Four Seasons (1968), modeled by Sir Arnold Machin (1911-1999), each figure 17¾ inches tall (est. $800-$1,200); and a large 20th century cloisonné baluster urn, 30½ inches tall (est. $700-$1,000). Also offered will be a French three-piece bronze and marble clock set, circa 1880 (est. $700-$1,200).
Estate jewelry will be complemented by a nice collection of Rolex and Geneve watches.
Original paintings by New Orleans artists are a staple at Crescent City auctions. This sale will include an oil on canvas by Zella Funck (1917-2009), titled Abstract Landscape with Trees; an oil on board by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Tree; and Swamp Idyll, Louisiana Bayou Country by Colette Pope Heldner (1902-1990). All should go for $800-$1,200.
Artworks by other American artists include an oil on Masonite by Heine Hartwig (Califprnia, b. 1937), titled Rio Grande Camp, signed lower left and titled verso, 23¾ inches by 35¾ inches; and a sculpture of a standing nude woman by Don Finkeldei (Kansas, New Mexico), the figure 64 inches tall (with slab, 71 inches tall, 32 inches wide). Both have estimates of $1,000-$2,000.
Artworks by painters not from America will feature an unsigned 19th century oil on canvas attributed to Sebastien Pether (British, 1790-1844), titled A Lake by Moonlight, 19¼ inches by 23½ inches (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on canvas by Theodore Valenkamph (Swedish, 1868-1924), titled Venice,circa 1905, signed, 15½ inches by 19¼ inches (est. $700-$1,200).
For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery 504-529-5057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.