Crescent City Auction Gallery features Newcomb Pottery in Sept. 16-17 sale

More than a dozen lots of Newcomb Pottery will be sold on day one of the auction. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


NEW ORLEANS – Fine collections of Newcomb Pottery, original artwork by Southern artists, silver, estate jewelry, French and American period furniture, mantel and tall-case clocks, are a few of the fine items that will be sold Sept. 16-17 by Crescent City Auction Gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Headlining the auction will be items from the estates of Dr. and Mrs. David S. Miller of Baton Rouge, La., and Maurice and Eunice Lion of Metairie, La.; the contents of The Sword and Pen Shop, at 528 Royal St., New Orleans; and items from other prominent estates and collections.

The Newcomb Pottery includes vases, a teapot, a sugar bowl and more. Newcomb Pottery was a brand of Arts & Crafts pottery produced from 1895-1940. It grew out of the pottery program at H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, the women’s college in New Orleans now associated with Tulane University. It is highly prized by collectors.

The large collection of bronzes will be highlighted by a large garden fountain, as well as sculptural pieces by Antoine Bofill, Eugene Aizelin, Desiree Marie and Marilyn Newmark.

The jewelry selection, mainly from an Alabama estate, will include diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, tanzanite, South Seas pearls, black diamonds, opals, garnets and a Rolex wristwatch.

Several Russian icons are included in the auction including a19th-century image of Christ Pantocrator (below), featuring a silver oklad mounted with oval cabochon purple stones, 10 3/4 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000).


Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator, 10 in. high. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


A 61-piece set of Herend porcelain dinnerware in the Queen Victoria pattern, made in Hungary, has a $2,500-$4,500 estimate.

Crescent City Auction Gallery is known for featuring original artworks by New Orleans and other regional painters, and this sale will be no exception. Featured will be multiple offerings from Robert Rucker (Louisiana, 1932-2000) and Alexander J. Drysdale (New Orleans, 1870-1934).

Rucker’s oil on canvas titled Moss Gatherer in the Swamp, signed, is expected to fetch $2,000-$4,000; while his oil on canvas titled Steamboats on the River should command $2,000-$3,000. Drysdale’s Moss Draped Oak, pencil signed, should hit $2,500-$4,500; while his 1911 work titled Moss Draped Tree in the Swamp, should make $1,500-$2,500. Both are oil wash works.

Also sold will be an oil on canvas by Knute Heldner (New Orleans, 1877-1952), titled Crawfish Shack Barataria (est. $8,000-$12,000); an oil on tile backed board by Clementine Hunter (Louisiana, 1886-1986), titled Wash Day (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a charcoal bust portrait of an African American male by George Valentine Dureau (New Orleans, 1930-2014), which is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.


Knute Heldner (1877-1952, New Orleans), ‘Crawfish Shack Barataria,’ 20th century, oil on canvas, 45 5/8 in. x 39 1/2 in. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


Original paintings by artists not from the region will include an oil on canvas by Thomas Sully (British/American, 1783-1872), titled Portrait of a Young Woman with Wheat and Flowers on her Bonnet, painted in 1841 (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on canvas by Warren Sheppard (New Jersey, 1858-1937), titled Waves Crashing on the Rocks (est. $1,800-$2,500). Both works are artist-signed.


Oil on canvas by Thomas Sully (British/American, 1783-1872), painted in 1841. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


French period furniture is another category for which Crescent City Auction Gallery is renowned in the area. Star lots will include a pair of late 19th-century Belle Époque Louis XVI-style bronze mounted marble-top marquetry inlaid mahogany corner cabinets (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a Louis XV-style carved oak wedding armoire, early 1800s, 91 3/4 inches tall (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Period American furniture will also come up for bid, with a circa-1860 rococo carved rosewood half tester bed, probably made in New Orleans, expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000.

The silver category will be highlighted by a rare silver-plated pitcher from 1825, presented by the New England Guards to Watson Gore, elected orderly sergeant in 1822-1825.


Silver-plated presentation pitcher, 1825, 11 1/2 inches high. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or