Crescent City Auction’s July 21-22 sale stars local artists

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Original oil painting by Clarence Millet (Louisiana, 1897-1959), titled ‘Moss-Laden Oak Trees,’ signed lower left and 15¼ in. 19¼ in. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

NEW ORLEANS – An exceptional early 20th-century French Louis XV-style carved walnut seven-piece bedroom suite, beautiful early 20th-century Russian icons and original oil paintings by Marie Madeleine Seebold Molinary (New Orleans, 1886-1948) and Clarence Millet (Louisiana, 1897-1959) will headline Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next big sale July 21-22. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The two-day Important Summer Estates Auction will be held in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s showroom  starting at 9 a.m. Central time on Saturday, July 21 (lots 1-650), and 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 22 (lots 651-1004). Featured will be an outstanding array of fine art and antiques from local New Orleans and regional Southern estates.

The paintings by Clarence Millet and Marie Madeleine Seebold Molinary both carry estimates of $4,000-$6,000. The Molinary is an oil on canvas titled Still Life of Chrysanthemums in Vase 1889, signed and dated lower left and measuring 19½ inches by 25½ inches. The Millet is an oil on board titled Moss-Laden Oak Trees (above), signed lower left and 15¼ inches by 19¼ inches.

Nearly 20 Russian icons will be available on Saturday, July 21. The Russian icons include one of Christ the Pantocrator (Moscow, circa 1896-1908), with gilt silver and enamel oklad, 9¾ inches by 8½ inches (est. $5,000-$8,000); and one of the Virgin of Vladimir (Moscow, circa 1908-1917), with a gilt silver filigree oklad by Ivan Khlebnikov, 13¼ inches by 10½ inches (est. $2,000-$4,000).

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The nearly 20 Russian icons in the sale will include ‘Christ the Pantocrator’ (Moscow, circa 1896-1908), with gilt silver and enamel oklad. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Going up for bid will be period French furniture (plus antique furniture made in the Unite States, Italy and England), original artwork (to include paintings by notable regional artists), antique French clocks, estate jewelry and decorative items, like the four Steele Burden crackle glazed ceramic figural groups (each est. $800-$1,200).

With an estimate of $5,000-$7,000, the French Louis XV-style seven-piece bedroom suite is an exemplary lot of the auction. The grouping consists of a pair of verde antico marble-top nightstands, a double bed, a pair of bedroom chairs, a verde antico marble-top dresser and a double beveled mirror door armoire, impressive at 110 inches tall by 61 inches in width.

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Louis XV-style gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock, made circa 1850. Estimate: $700-$1,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

French clocks will feature a Louis XV-style gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock, made circa 1850 (est. $700-$1,000); and a French gilt and patinated spelter and onyx figural mantel clock (below), circa 1880 (est. $400-$600). Also offered will be a 19th-century Scottish Georgian carved mahogany tall-case calendar clock by Alex Mitchel Gordals of Glasgow (est. $1,000-$2,000).

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French gilt and patinated spelter and onyx figural mantle clock, circa 1880. Estimate: $400-$600. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Original artworks by local and regional artists are a staple at Crescent City auctions. The sale will include an oil on canvas by the Baton Rouge artist John Korver (1910-1988), titled Two Clipper Ships in Rough Seas, signed lower right (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a 1966 oil on board painting by Rhoda Brady Stokes (Louisiana, 1901-1988), titled Smokehouse, signed, dated and titled (est. $1,200-$1,800).

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John Korver (1910-1988, Baton Rouge, La.), ‘Two Clipper Ships in Rough Seas,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Fine period French furniture will be on full display. Pieces will include a 19th-century French Renaissance-style carved oak cupboard (est. $1,000-$2,000); a nice 19th-century French Empire ormolu-mounted carved mahogany triple-door bookcase (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a lovely circa 1930 Art Deco maple and mother-of-pearl inlaid burled walnut parlor cabinet (est. $800-$1,200).

Additional furniture will include a 19th-century English carved mahogany secretary bookcase, 91 inches tall by 48 inches wide (est. $1,200-$1,800); a 20th-century Italian-style ormolu mounted pietra dura desk, 43 inches tall by 40 inches wide (est. $1,000-$2,000); and an 1870 American rosewood rococo Revival-style marble-top center table, 50 inches in width (est. $400-$600).

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