NEW ORLEANS – An oil-on-board folk art painting by Clementine Hunter, 19th-century clocks and clock sets and dazzling estate jewelry are all part of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Spring Estates Auction, planned for the weekend of March 18 and 19. Bidding starts at 10 am Central time on both days. More than 900 lots will be offered in categories that include French period furniture, original works of art by noted local and regional artists, couture items, silver, bronzes and decorative items. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The oil on board by Clementine Hunter (American, 1887-1987), titled Fish Fry, is a wonderful example of the artist’s work. It is signed at the lower right and is expected to bring $4,000-$8,000. Hunter was a self-taught artist who worked as a farm laborer when young and only began painting in her fifties. She sold her earliest paintings for as little as 25 cents.
Clocks in the sale will include an unusual three-piece French gilt brass and copper porcelain plaque clock set from the late 19th century – a clock and two garnitures – that carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$2,000; and a 19th century M. T. Kaltenberger gilt bronze and porcelain mantel clock, estimated at $800-$1,200. The estate jewelry includes emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, diamonds, South Sea pearls and other tantalizing pieces.
Portrait of Mrs. Ford, attributed to Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839), dates to the 19th century and is unsigned. The work should realize $1,000-$2,000. The 19th-century unsigned portrait after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642), is titled Portrait of Beatrice Cenci and has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
An unusual and striking patinated bronze seahorse fountain figure, made in either the 20th or 21st century, should bring $5,000-$7,000. Also, a 20th-century patinated bronze after Charles Valton (French, 1851-1918), titled Hunting Dogs, is estimated at $700-$1,200.
A 94-piece set of sterling flatware by Durgin in the Fairfax pattern, dating to circa 1910 and weighing 98.7 troy oz., carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Also, a pair of large gilt bronze mounted Imari baluster porcelain vases has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Couture items on offer include names such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi, Hermes and Gucci.
Paintings by noted, listed regional artists will include a 20th-century oil on board by William Hemmerling (American, 1943-2009), titled Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and estimated at $2,000-$4,000; and a circa-1972 oil on canvas by Joe Moran (American, 1915-1999), titled Shrimp Boats, estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
A 20th century oil wash on paperboard by Alexander John Drysdale (American, 1870-1934), titled Bayou Landscape at Sunset, is expected to achieve $1,500-$2,500; while a 20th-century signed oil on canvas by Alberta Kinsey (American, 1875-1952), titled Little Theatre Courtyard, New Orleans French Quarter, has the same estimate.
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