Fine art—much of it by noted, listed artists—will dominate the day’s list of top achievers, but the expected overall top lot is a rare antique clock. The diminutive, 17th century burled walnut tall-case clock, made by Joseph Knibb of London (1640-1711), has an estimate of $20,000-$40,000. It stands 72 inches tall and is engraved “Joseph Knibb” on the brass face.
A pair of original 20th century watercolors by Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) will cross the block, each carrying an estimate of $12,000-$20,000. One is titled Cockroach and measures 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. It is signed lower right “WA” in a circle. The other is titled Lesser Scaups and is numbered “503, 13” in pencil. It is also 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches.
Other artwork expected to do well includes a 1918 oil on board by Antonio Nicolo Jacobsen (1850-1921), titled Schooner Florence B. Phillips, est. $15,000-$25,000; an oil wash on board rendering by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks With Lily Pads, est. $2,500-$3,500; and two 20th century oil on canvas Abstractions by Mildred Wohl.
Period furniture will be offered in abundance. An American carved rosewood double-door armoire, executed in New Orleans circa 1860 and attributed to Prudent Mallard, should fetch $3,000-$5,000; while an identical estimate has been assigned a carved rosewood rococo Revival armoire, also New Orleans circa 1860, attributed to Mallard or Alexander Roux.
Other furniture pieces of note include a French provincial carved oak armoire, circa 1860, Brittany, est. $1,800-$2,500; an American Victorian carved rosewood marble-top etagere parlor cabinet, circa 1860, est. $1,500-$2,500; a Georgian banded mahogany chest-on-chest, circa 1800, est. $1,500-$2,500; and a small Georgian banded walnut Queen Anne-style lowboy.
What would an estate sale be without fine estate jewelry and watches? This sale’s got some dazzlers. Watches will feature a man’s 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet automatic wristwatch, 2.87 troy ounces; a lady’s 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe wristwatch, Model No. 4286/2J; four women’s Rolex wristwatches; and a Mathey Tissot woman’s 14K diamond wristwatch.
A fabulous selection of jewelry will include diamonds, rubies and sapphires. And fans of Tiffany will be thrilled to find a selection of six bronze desk sets, including a 13-piece set in the Ninth Century pattern, plus other individual desk pieces and a group of 20th century Tiffany Furnaces bronze items. Also sold will be a five-piece sterling coffee service by Durgin, circa 1930.
Rounding out a list anticipated top lots are a comprehensive 335-piece assembled set of Haviland Limoges china, circa 1900, est. $1,200-$1,800; a nice selection of Lalique crystal, to include a rare Oceanside statue, still in the box, and a 9 3/4-inch Bacchantes vase; and a group of Jaeger LeCoultre clocks, including three Atmoses and a rare double-sided partner’s desk clock.
Crescent City Auction Gallery LLC is a locally owned and operated full-service auction house, located in a historic building in downtown New Orleans. The firm conducts auctions featuring fine art, particularly works from Louisiana and the South, pottery, silver, jewelry, art glass, furniture (American, English and Continental), lighting, rugs and bric-a-brac.
Previews will be held during the week leading up to the sale, by appointment, as well as on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on auction day, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A tiered buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. A catalog is available on request, and a full-color catalog of all the lots may be viewed online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
Call Crescent City Auction Gallery them at 504-529-5057; or e-mail them at email@example.com.
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