NEW ORLEANS – Crescent City Auction Gallery will greet the busy fall season with a two-day Important September Estates Auction on September 18 and 19, starting at 10 am Central time both days. More than 800 lots, pulled from prominent estates and collections, will be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A large collection of Old Master paintings will be on offer, led by a 19th-century oil on board after Domenico Tintoretto, titled The Penitent Magdalene, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Also, an unsigned 18th century oil on board painted in the manner of Antoine Watteau, titled Fete Galante Picnic, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
The renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter will be represented twice in the auction, first with a circa 1965 oil on canvas board titled Uncle Tom in the Garden with Little Eva, estimated at $4,000-$8,000, and second with an oil on canvas board, also painted around 1965, titled Cotton Picking with African House, which should finish at $3,000-$5,000.
Original artworks by noted New Orleans and other regional artists are a staple at most Crescent City auctions, and this sale will be no exception. In addition to the aforementioned paintings by Clementine Hunter, the auction will also feature an untitled oil on canvas by John T. Scott from the artist’s The Slum Series, estimated at $4,000-$8,000.
A Newcomb College art pottery Moon and Moss matte glaze baluster vase, crafted in 1921 by Anna Frances Simpson, is expected to change hands for $4,500-$6,500. Also, a pair of French bronze and alabaster 12-light chandeliers from the late 19th century has a pre-sale estimate of $800-$1,200.
American furniture will be led by a gorgeous mid-19th century rococo carved mahogany four-poster bed, estimated at $800-$1,200, and an iron and brass vanity and stool as well as a matching double bed and an ebonized iron and brass floor lamp by the New Orleans artisan Mario Villa, which will be sold as three separate lots.
The merchandise mix is broad, with items ranging from a 20th century human medical or dental skull, estimated at $600-$900; to a group of four early 19th century Andrew Jackson campaign ribbons, each estimated at $3,000-$5,000; to an antique brass-inlaid rosewood Erard baby grand piano, estimated at $1,500-$2,500).
Rounding out the highlights are a 92-piece set of sterling flatware by Reed and Barton in the Francis I pattern, with a total weight of 83.6 troy oz., estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a large 20th-century patinated bronze erotic figural garden group of a seated satyr and a nude woman, estimated at $500-$1,000.
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