NEW ORLEANS – A bronze sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876-1973), a 155-piece set of Tiffany sterling flatware in the Harlequin pattern, and a French Empire-style figural mantel clock and pair of four-light candelabra are just a few top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Winter Estates Auction slated for Jan. 16-17. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Start times both auction days are 10 a.m. Central time. The sale will be headlined by items from the Estate of John C. McNeese of New Orleans; property deaccessioned from the private collection of Freeport-McMoran Inc., New Orleans; contemporary art sold to benefit Café Reconcile, New Orleans; and items deaccessioned from the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, La. The catalog is an eclectic one, packed with 820 lots of French and American period furniture, original artworks, bronzes, sterling silver, jewelry, French clocks and mirrors and decorative accessories.
With an estimate of $30,000-$50,000, the early 20th century patinated bronze sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington (above) is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. The piece, titled L’Orage (The Storm) is 15½ inches tall. Huntington was once one of New York City’s most prominent sculptors. In an era when few women were successful artists she had a thriving career.
Two other artworks expected to generate interest are an oil on canvas by Doug Oliver (American, b. 1942), titled Grand Finale (1981), 31½ inches by 53½ inches, artist signed, dated and titled; and an early 20th century oil on board by Viktor Marais Milton (French, 1878-1948) titled The Cardinal in his Study, 18 inches by 14½ inches and signed lower right (both est. $1,500-$2,500).
The 105-piece set of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware in the Harlequin pattern (1956), has a total weight of 145.75 troy ounces and an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
The French clock and pair of candelabra will be offered as separate lots – the mid-20th century gilt bronze Empire style figural mantel clock and the circa 1870 gilt and patinated bronze four-light candelabra (both est. $800-$1,200). Also, a French Louis XV-style gilt bronze and cloisonne mantel clock by Japy Freres (below), manufactured in the 20th century, 18 inches tall, carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
A set of 12 Peruvian .900 sterling service plates from the mid-20th century, marked “Old Cuzco,” 11 inches in diameter, with a total weight of 242.55 troy ounces, should fetch $4,000-$8,000.
Original paintings by New Orleans artists, a staple at most Crescent City auctions, will be led by a 19th century oil on canvas Portrait of Col. William Claiborne of Kent by Alexander Alaux (1851-1932), signed (est. $5,000-$10,000); and an early 20th century oil wash on board by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Oak Tree on the Bayou, signed (est. $2,500-$4,500).
Additional oil on canvas paintings from the Louisiana region will include a 20th century Fall Landscape with Lake by William Henry Stevens (La., 1887-1949), signed lower left and 13¾ inches tall by 11¼ inches in width (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a Louisiana School Portrait of a Young Creole Gentleman, measuring 24½ inches tall by 19¾ inches wide (est. $2,500-$4,500).
Paintings by European artists will include an 18th century oil on canvas Portrait of a Child attributed to Andries Cornelis Lens (Flemish, 1739-1822), 22 inches tall by 17¼ inches wide (est. $1,000-$2,000); and an oil on panel by Niek Van Der Plas (Dutch, b. 1954), titled A Day at the Beach, artist signed lower right and 5¼ inches tall by 7½ inches wide (est. $800-$1,200).
An oil on canvas figural painting by Edward Armfield (English, 1817-1896), titled Hunting Dogs and Pheasants in a Field, signed lower right and 19½ inches by 29½ inches, is estimated to bring $1,500-$2,500. Also, an English gilt and gesso over-mantel mirror from the 19th century, 46 inches high by 32 inches wide, is expected to change hands for $600-$1,200.
Fine French period furniture will be plentiful and includes these marvelous examples:
– Mid-19th century Empire carved walnut marble-top commode (est. $1,000-$2,000);
– Henri II-style carved oak sideboard, circa 1880, 80 inches high (est. $700-$1,200);
– Louis XVI-style carved mahogany marble-top sideboard, 20th century (est. $500-$1,000);
– Carved cherry Louis XV-style armoire, early 19th century, 87 inches tall (est. $500-$1,000);
– French Provincial carved oak farmhouse table, 86½ inches wide, 19th century (est. $600-$900);
– Louis XVI-style ormolu-mounted inlaid mahogany marble-top commode (est. $600-$900).
Two very different sculptural works carry identical estimates of $1,000-$2,000. One is a carved white marble bust of Napoleon from the 19th century, 20½ inches tall. The other is a large 20th century patinated and gilt bronze blackamoor figure, 92 inches tall. Jewelry items will feature diamonds, sapphires, rubies, tanzanites, South Seas pearls and other dazzling estate selections.
For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or email@example.com.