NEW ORLEANS – A fossilized woolly mammoth tusk, a Steinway Model L ebonized baby grand player piano, a collection of 19th century Russian icons, a pair of superb men’s Rolex wristwatches and an oil painting by English artist Richard Hume Lancaster (1773-1853) are all part of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next major auction. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The Important Fall Estates Auction will be held the weekend of Nov. 16 and 17, at 9 a.m. Central on Saturday, Nov. 16 (lots 1-600), and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 (lots 601-862). Times quoted are Central. Internet bidding is provided by the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
The fossilized woolly mammoth tusk is 66 inches across from tip to tip and is nicely mounted on a steel stand, giving the piece an overall height of 51½ inches. It’s expected to bring $10,000-$15,000.
The Steinway Model L ebonized baby grand player piano (1981, serial #477074) comes with a lift-top music bench (est. $8,000-$15,000).
The 19th century Russian icons include the Virgin of Kazan (St. Petersburg), with a silver and enamel oklad and the maker’s mark of Ivan Khlebnikov. The signed oil painting by Richard Hume Lancaster, 35 inches by 50¾ inches, is titled Repairs to a Pier (est. $3,000-$5,000). Lancaster was a British artist and clergyman. He was rector at Warnford Rectory in Hampshire.
The men’s Rolex watches include a Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual wristwatch with a black dial and stainless band (est. $5,000-$7,000); and a Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual Milgauss wristwatch with a black dial, green sapphire crystal and stainless band (est. $4,000-$8,000). Both come with original invoices and presentation boxes.
The auction is packed with the broad mix of merchandise people have come to expect from a Crescent City auction: fine period French, American and European furniture, original artworks by New Orleans and other regional artists, original artworks by American and foreign artists, estate jewelry, French clocks, Asian objects, Russian icons and gorgeous decorative accessories.
Items will range from a group of 12 20th century Chinese polychromed glazed clay figures (est. $6,000-$8,000); to an African power board from the Ejagham people of Upper Volta and Nigeria, the Leopard Spirit Society (est. $4,000-$8,000); to a fine pair of 19th century Venetian polychromed carved wooden blackamoor gondolier figures, 21½ inches tall (est. $700-$1,200).
Original artwork by New Orleans artists will feature a mixed media painting by Noel Rockmore (1928-1995), titled Osiris (circa 1990), from Rockmore’s Egyptian Series, 47½ inches by 35½ inches (est. $1,000-$2,000). Also sold will be an unsigned 19th century French School oil on canvas painting titled Battle Scene, measuring 28¼ inches by 35¾ inches (est. $600-$900).
Two oil on canvas portraits attributed to Frederic R. Spencer (New York, 1806-1875), titled Portrait of a Gentleman in an Armchair and Portrait of a Woman in a Lace Scarf, will be offered as a single lot, with an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Also, a 19th century oil on canvas painting by Charles Warren Eaton (American, 1857-1973), titled Bare Trees on the Edge of a Field at Sunset, signed lower left, carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
French period furniture items, a staple at most Crescent City auctions, will feature the following:
- A 19th century French Empire style ormolu-mounted carved mahogany bonnetiere, 95 inches tall by 47 inches wide (est. $1,000-$2,000).
- A 19th century French provincial Louis Philippe carved cherry sideboard, 43 inches tall by 68 inches wide (est. $800-$1,200).
- A 19th century French provincial carved inlaid walnut vaisselier, 85 inches tall by 67 inches wide (est. $800-$1,200).
- A circa 1850 French Empire style carved cherry commode, 34¼ inches tall by 45½ inches wide (est. $800-$1,200).
American-made period furniture will include a 20th century Victorian style carved rosewood high-back double bed, 94 inches tall by 76 inches long (est. $800-$1,200); and a 19th century American Classical ormolu-mounted carved mahogany settee, 77 inches wide (est. $700-$1,000).
Exceptional 19th century clocks will be led by a French Empire style gilt bronze figural mantel clock, 18½ inches in height (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a French gilt bronze figural and ocher marble mantel clock with a large allegorical figure of “Knowledge” and the outer ring of the face mounted with the 12 relief figures of the zodiac, standing 22½ inches tall (est. $600-$900).
Also offered will be an impressive three-piece patinated spelter figural clock set from the late 19th century, with a clock depicting Neptune on a shell borne by two horses, together with a pair of 19½ inch tall patinated spelter garniture vases depicting maritime rescuers (est. $500-$900).
Estate jewelry will feature a selection of platinum and gold pieces, to include diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Lighting will feature a circa 1970 Lightolier Art Deco-style tiered glass rod 21-light chandelier by Italian designer Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994) (est. $1,000-$2,000).
For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.