NEW ORLEANS – Crescent City Auction Gallery’s three-day Important Spring Estates Auction will begin Friday, March 12, at 1 p.m. Central time, with a collection of couture purses from names like Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Judith Lieber and Chanel, plus fine jewelry items that include emeralds, rubies, diamonds, tanzanite and sapphires. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The Saturday session promises to be especially strong, with items ranging from three large 19th century Victorian blown glass taxidermied bird domes, being sold as individual lots; to a 31-piece partial set of sterling flatware by Gorham in the Cambridge pattern, 1889 (est. $1,200-$1,800); to a 19th century New Orleans carved rosewood full tester bed, probably made by Prudent Mallard, (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Fine art in Session II will be led by an oil on board painting by Luigi Loir (French, 1845-1916), titled On the Beach in a Harbor Town, signed lower left and presented in a gilt and gesso frame (below; est. $1,000-$2,000); and an oil on board painting by Niek van der Plas (Dutch, b. 1954), titled simply Beach and artist-signed lower right, diminutive at 5 inches by 6 inches (est. $700-$1,000).
An oil on canvas painting by Charles Coumont (Belgian, 1822-1889), titled Animals in Landscape (below), unsigned and housed in a gilt and ebonized frame, has an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Also, an oil on canvas board painting by Adolf Dillens (Belgian, 1821-1877), titled Family, signed lower right and measuring 21½ inches by 16¾ inches, should bring $1,500-$2,500.
Fine French furniture, a staple at Crescent City auctions, will include an exceptional 19th century provincial carved elm farmhouse table 79 inches wide by 32½ inches deep (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a 19th century oak monastery table 76¼ inches wide by33 ¼ inches deep (est. $800-$1,200).
Also offered will be a 20th century French Louis XVI-style carved walnut marble-top sideboard, 39½ inches tall by 98¼ inches wide (est. $1,000-$2,000); an early 20th century French Louis XV-style carved walnut six-piece parlor suite (est. $800-$1,200); and a 19th century French Henri II-style carved walnut buffet a deux corps, 100 inches tall by 50 inches in width (est. $500-$900).
Asian furniture pieces will also come up for bid, including a Chinese Ming-style double-door armoire (Shanghai, 17th century), 80½ inches tall by 43¾ inches wide (est. $2,000-$4,000); and an unusual, early 20th century Chinese carved elm folding altar table (est. $500-$900).
Original paintings by New Orleans artists is another category bidders have come to expect from Crescent City Auction Gallery. This sale is no exception and includes the following examples:
– Two oil on board paintings signed by Alberta Kinsey (1875-1952), one titled Le Petit Theatre Courtyard, French Quarter, 19½ inches by 15½ inches (est. $2,000-$4,000), and the other titled Her Patio, 823 Royal St., 11½ inches by 8½ inches (est. $1,000-$2,000).
– A watercolor by George Louis Viavant (1872-1925), titled Cedarwax Wing and Eastern Blue Bird (1913), 19½ inches by 12½ inches, signed and dated (est. $2,000-$4,000).
– An oil on canvas by Charles Whitfield Richards (1906-1992), titled Sailboats on Lake Pontchartrain, signed, housed in an ornate gilt frame with linen liner (est. $600-$900).
Decorative accessories will feature an adorable early 20th century six-piece Tiffany bronze and slag glass Grapevine desk set with letter rack, expected to change hands for $1,500-$2,500.
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