NEW ORLEANS – A painted and partially glazed ceramic tile by Pablo Picasso, bronzes deaccessioned from the private collection of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. in New Orleans and original paintings by noted artists will come up for bid Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at Crescent City Auction Gallery. The Important July Estates auction, starting at 10 am Central time both days, is loaded with nearly 1,000 lots, including a wide range of French, English and American furniture; original paintings and watercolors; well-known prints and etchings; Oriental carpets and decorative art items. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The painted and partially glazed ceramic tile made in 1968 by Pablo Picasso (Spanish-French, 1881-1973) is titled Visage au Nez Vert and is presented in a giltwood shadowbox with Plexiglass measuring 8 ¼ by 5 ¼in. Its verso is numbered “J127,” “6/100” and is impressed with the phrase “Madoura Empreinte Originale de Picasso.” The tile is from the private collection of Dr. Donald and Deborah Bell from the Little Oaks plantation in Mississippi and is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
Other fine items from the collection of Dr. Donald and Deborah Bell include an 1882 painting by Charles John De Lalia (English, 1837-1901), titled Ships at Sea, signed and dated at the lower left, sporting a gallery label on the verso and estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Another Bell collection standout is, in fact, a bell: a 19th-century cast iron church tower bell, marked “Steel Alloy” and “Church Bell Co.,” 48 ½in tall by 36in in diameter, presented on a four-inch-tall steel stand with an original 36in rope wheel and clapper, estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Also of note from the Bell collection is an 18th- or 19th-century Continental School oil on canvas laid on board titled Grisailles Landscape of Figures on the Rocky Shore. It is unsigned and has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.
The selection of bronzes from the private collection of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. in New Orleans will include a 1975 patinated bronze by Truman Bolinger (American, b. 1944-), titled Heading for the Green River Rendezvous, signed and numbered “8/13” and dated on the verso, measuring 16 ¾in tall on a custom-made two-inch mahogany stand. Its estimate is $4,000-$8,000.
A circa-1939 painting by Clarence Millet (American, 1897-1959), titled Louisiana Cabin, signed at the lower right and titled and inscribed on the verso, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000; while a 2003 unframed oil on panel by William Hemmerling (American, 1943-2009), titled Gathering by the River, signed and dated on the verso, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
A circa-1840-1850 painting from the circle of Joseph Whiting Stock (American, 1815-1885), titled Portrait of Two Girls with Dog, has an estimate of $400-$600. Also sold will be two watercolors by Morris Henry Hobbs (American, 1892-1967), who was a prolific artist in pencil, watercolor and oil, best known for his depictions of the New Orleans French Quarter.
An unframed 1931 silver gelatin print by Theodore Fonville Winans (American, 1911-1992), titled Cajun Boy and signed and dated, is estimated at $1,200-$1,800. The auction also features a pair of early 20th-century French gilt and patinated bronze putti six-light candelabra, each one with a patinated putto upholding five scrolled arms with relief grape bunches, which is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
French furniture choices will be led by a 19th-century French Provincial carved walnut Gothic-style 13-piece dining room suite that includes a breakfront sideboard (120in tall by 102in wide) and a breakfront bookcase (120in tall by 88in wide) with an estimate of $4,000-$8,000; and a French Provincial carved oak monastery table with a shaped oval top on large baluster supports to trestle bases, which is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Rounding out the highlights is an American 19th-century carved walnut full tester double bed, possibly from Louisiana, the ogee rounded corner tester having a cloth insert, on a four-cluster column post, flanking a three-panel headboard with a carved leaf, floral and scroll carved crest. It carries an estimate of $2,500-$4,500.
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