NEW ORLEANS – A pair of antique Chinese watercolors on silk depicting The Ten Courts of Hell, a pair of Imperial cloisonne and enamel lingzhi fungus jardinieres, and items from the estate of the Sarkis Kaltakdjian, the former prominent rug dealer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be part of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Estates Auction slated for November 12-14. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Sarkis Kaltakdjian was a native of Damascus, Syria who studied interior design in Paris and eventually moved to Baton Rouge. It was there where he and his wife, Nora Keshishian, established Sarkis Oriental Rugs in 1976, which they operated until 2015. Equipped with a unique taste and style, he collected an eclectic array of decorative art, paintings and antiques throughout his life and travels. These very items are in the auction and present a unique opportunity for collectors.
The three-day, 1,100-lot auction will be held online and live in the Crescent City Auction Gallery showroom, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The November 12 session will start at 11 am Central time, and the November 13 and November 14 sessions will begin at 10 am Central time.
The pair of Chinese watercolors on silk depicting The Ten Courts of Hell are from the 18th or 19th century and might possibly be titled The Second Court of Hell with Yama: King Chujiang and The Ninth Court of Hell with Yama: King Pingdeng. They are being offered as one lot, with a modest estimate of $10,000-$12,000.
The pair of Imperial cloisonne and enamel lingzhi fungus jardinieres both show the raised Qianlong mark and have lids that are removable for use as jardinieres (ornamental pots or stands for the display of growing plants), with the interior showing a Sotheby’s Hong Kong label. The pair carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
The sale features items ranging from a selection of pre-Colombian pottery, estimated at $300-$500 each; to a 72-piece set of sterling flatware by Buccelatti in the Old Italian pattern, totaling 80.1 troy oz. and estimated at $2,500-$4,500; to an 18th or 19th century Continental three-panel, hand-painted leather screen, estimated at $2,000-$4,000; to a 1970 Kawai carved mahogany baby grand piano, estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
An oil on panel painting by Niek van der Plas (Dutch, b. 1954), titled Preservation Hall Brass Band, has an estimate of $1,800-$2,500, and a pair of 1875 signed oil-on-panel nature paintings by Michelangelo Meucci (Italy, 1840-1890), titled A Woodcock and Mallard Duck and Hungarian Partridge and Woodcock, should command $800-$1,200.
A pair of large cast iron Campana form garden urns made in the 20th century carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.
A fine antique Persian Kirman carpet, crafted circa 1910 and measuring 9 ft 6 in by 12 ft 9 in, carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,500-$2,000. Also, a 19th-century Continental gilt bronze figural mantel clock with a seated figure of a classical warrior should reach $800-$1,200.
French period furniture is a staple at Crescent City auctions. In this sale, it will be offered in abundance. Two expected top lots, each with an estimate of $1,200-$1,800, are a late 19th-century Louis XVI-style carved beech giltwood five-piece parlor suite consisting of a settee and four fauteuils; and a circa 1800 Louis XIV-style carved walnut commode. Fine American furniture will be offered as well, including a mid-19th-century New Orleans carved mahogany rococo single-door armoire, possibly by William McCracken, estimated at $700-$1,200, and a 19th-century Southern carved mahogany New Orleans-style bed (formerly a half tester bed), estimated at $600-$900.
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