Crescent City Auction marks 10th anniversary at Sept. 22-23 sale
NEW ORLEANS – A Russian icon of the Virgin Akhtirskaya made in Moscow between 1896 and 1908, a rare oil on window shade painting rendered circa 1950 by folk artist Clementine Hunter and an early 19th-century French Louis XV-style gilt bronze three-piece clock set are expected top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s upcoming Sept. 22-23 auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
This auction marks Crescent City Auction Gallery’s 10th year in business. The sale will start at 10 a.m. Central time both days. The sale will feature hand-selected fine art and antiques and include property from Oak Alley Plantation; a Gulf Breeze, Florida, estate; and the estate of Dr. Ball of Jackson, Mississippi.
Clementine Hunter (American, 1887-1988) is often called the black Grandma Moses, since both lived to be 100 years old. Her painting in the sale, Saturday Night at the Honky Tonk, is signed lower right and measures 34½ inches by 37½ inches. It was exhibited Zigler Art Museum, Jennings, Louisiana in “Exploring Clementine” in March 2010 and carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
With a presale estimate of $40,000-$60,000, the Russian icon is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. Made by the Russian artisan Ivan Khlebnikov and measuring 40 inches tall by 27 inches wide, the oklad icon weighs 11 pounds. Another Russian icon in the sale – of Saint Nicholas (St. Petersburg, circa 1855), 14 inches by 12¼ inches, is expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery will offer over 20 icons on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Louis XV-style French three-piece clock set is exceptional and consists of a clock and two candelabra. The set is expected to bring $7,000-$12,000. Also up for bid will be French and American period furniture, estate jewelry and watches, French clocks, lamps and lighting, sterling silver, and original paintings, many of them by New Orleans and regional artists.
The 10th anniversary auction features a merchandise mix that includes a massive and scarce pair of 20th century Chinese cloisonné cranes, 96 inches tall (est. $10,000-$20,000); Newcomb Pottery cases by Henrietta Bailey and Sadie Irvine; and two shotguns, one an 1895 Winchester lever-action Model 95 and the other a William Powell percussion cap 20 bore shotgun, 1815-1845.
The estate jewelry features an 18K yellow gold diamond and enamel strawberry brooch; women’s 14K gold wristwatches; a Tiffany & Co. 18K yellow gold and diamond leaf brooch designed by Angela Cummings; and a Tiffany & Co. 18K yellow gold link bracelet.
Men’s wristwatches include a Rolex model 1601 stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch; an Omega stainless steel Seamaster professional chronometer; and two Omega Seamaster Professional 300 M ‘Bond’ stainless steel automatic wristwatches.
Original artwork by New Orleans painters will feature an oil on canvas by Simon Gunning (b. 1956), titled French Quarter Scene with Buggy, signed lower right and 48 inches by 36 inches (est. $4,000-$8,000); and an oil on paper by Henry Casselli (b. 1946), titled Portraits of Durphy, signed upper right by Casselli and measuring 19 inches by 28½ inches (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Fans of sterling silver will be impressed with the extraordinary late 19th-century sterling punch bowl by Whiting (#2958), able to hold 20 pints and weighing a 129 troy ounces (est. $4,000-$8,000); and the set of a dozen sterling goblets from the early 20th century by Frank W. Smith (#G59), weighing a combined 51.5 troy ounces (est. $1,000-$2,000).
A rare Robert E. Lee autographed carte de visite from 1866 by Vannerson and Jones, Richmond, Virginia, will likely ride off at $3,000-$5,000.
For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.