Crescent City Auction features local artists Nov. 14-15
NEW ORLEANS – A rare New Orleans .900 silver fireman’s speaking trumpet from 1891, plus original paintings by Clementine Hunter, Sarah Ashley Longshore, Hovsep Pushman and Jose Puyet are just a few of the expected top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Fall Estates Auction slated for the weekend of Nov. 14-15. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction is an eclectic one, with merchandise ranging from carved wooden santos (small statues of saints or angels) to fine estate jewelry (to include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, Tahitian pearls, tanzanite and tourmaline). Also offered will be French and American period furniture, original works of art, French clocks, silver, bronzes and wonderful decorative accessories.
The mixed media painting (above) by New Orleans artist Sarah Ashley Longshore popularly known as Ashley Longshore, is titled Audrey Hepburn with Butterflies and is expected to bring $6,000-$9,000. Longshore is a painter, gallery owner and entrepreneur. Her art focuses on pop culture, Hollywood glamour and American consumerism. She’s been compared to Andy Warhol.
The 19th century silver fireman’s speaking trumpet (below) is engraved, “Presented by Star Hook and Ladder Company to Simon Oesterly as a Token of Respect and Acknowledgement of His Services, New Orleans, 1891.” It features a mouthpiece of coin silver, with engraved and repousse oak leaf and acorn decorations and weighs a total 26.4 troy ounces (est. $12,000-$18,000).
Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) will be represented multiple times in the auction, beginning with a circa 1966 oil on board painting titled The Honky Tonk on Cane River, Saturday Night, which has been authenticated by a Hunter expert. The painting, measuring 15½ inches by 23¾ inches, has a reasonable estimate of $2,500-$4,500.
Also from Hunter is an oil on Masonite still-life painting titled Zinnias from 1969, measuring 23¾ inches by 9¾ inches (est. $2,000-$4,000); and one lot consisting of two clay ginger beer bottles paint-decorated by the artist, one with zinnias and the other with two figures: a flower and a bird. Both were executed around 1980 and together have an estimate of $800-$1,200.
The oil on board painting signed by Hovsep Pushman (Armenian-American, 1877-1966), titled Armenian Girl (early 20th century) is 11 inches by 8½ inches and should garner $2,500-$4,500. Pushman was known for his contemplative still lifes and sensitive portraits of women, often in exotic dress. He was represented by the Grand Central Art Galleries from 1922 until his death.
The oil on canvas painting by Spanish modern impressionist Jose Puyet (1922-2004), titled In the Salon, 31 inches by 38¾ inches, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,500. Puyet lived and worked his entire life in Spain, but his popularity spread to the United States. His paintings can be found in museums and collections.
Original artworks by local and regional artists will feature a watercolor and graphite painting signed by Walter Anderson (Mississippi, 1903-1965), titled Eggplants (est. $8,000-$12,000); a 1915 painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (New Orleans, 1870-1934), titled Bayou Scene with Moss Draped Oak and Water Lilies (est. $1,500-$2,500); a 1961 oil on Masonite by Mildred “Millie” Wohl (New Orleans, 1906-1977), Painting No. 13 (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a silver gelatin photograph by George Valentine Dureau (New Orleans, 1930-2014), titled Jeffrey Cook (est. $600-$900).
Paintings by artists outside the U.S. will be headlined by an oil on canvas by the Israeli artist Itzchak Tarkay (1935-2012), titled Tea Time (est. $2,000-$4,000), and an oil on panel by Niek van der Plas (Dutch, b. 1954), titled Horses on the Beach (est. $1,000-$1,500).
A wood sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1936), titled Hands and Head, diminutive at just 8 inches high, should go for $800-$1,200, while a patinated bronze sculpture by Eutrope Bouret (French, 1833-1906) titled Jeanne d’Arc on Horseback, is expected to make $700-$1,200.
Decorative accessories will be led by a pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze mounted gray marble urns, 19th century, each one 12 inches tall (est. $2,000-$3,000); a large pair of cast-iron campana-form garden urns, 20th or 21st century, 46 inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a four-piece sterling tea and coffee set by Gorham in the Buttercup pattern, 55.1 troy ouncs (est. $1,200-$2,000).
The weekend event is packed with 817 quality lots in a variety of collecting categories including fine French period furniture.
For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or email@example.com.
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