New Orleans Auction to conduct major sale March 2-4

Ninety-four piece Set of Wallace's Romance of the Sea sterling silver flatware, designed in 1950 by William S. Warren (1888-1965). Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Ninety-four piece Set of Wallace’s Romance of the Sea sterling silver flatware, designed in 1950 by William S. Warren (1888-1965). Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc. will conduct a three-day Major Estates Auction, which will take place Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4. This auction is the gallery’s first of the year and represents collections from a variety of private estates. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Bidding begins at 1 p.m. Central on Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Featuring 1,961 exquisite lots, the Estates Auction includes fine artwork, porcelain, furniture, jewelry and furs. Thursday, March 1, New Orleans Auction Galleries welcomes guests to enjoy a late evening exhibition from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This sale offers something for everyone, from works by academic artists with long auction track records, to lesser-known upcoming names, to contemporary art installations of glass and metal (like the curious and stunning Breathe), as well as some favorite Southern artists like George Dunbar, whose bold works of layered clay, silver and gold leaf, fittingly adorn the exposed brick walls of this Arts District restored warehouse gallery.

The exhibition staff at New Orleans Auction Galleries pride themselves on the placement and layout of furniture, artwork and decorative items, creating interesting and livable rooms. One eye-catching vignette consists of a comfortable Provincial Louis XV-style bergere, a period Provincial Louis XV walnut writing table with tooled leather top, an interesting and unusual halltree composed of antique French mirrored doors, a chinnoiserie and gilt bombe commode, and a Provincial oak narrow armoire. The setting is completed with bronze lamps, a long footstool in daring leopard fabric and various pillows. One could imagine taking the entire room home.

The eclectic mix of items also comes with a variety of price points, with bidding for some lots starting below $100. New Orleans Auction Galleries also has select fashion pieces including jewelry, handbags and furs.

“We are excited to once again feature some beautiful fashion pieces in our Major Estates Sale,” says Jean Vidos, president of New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc. There are two vitrines overflowing with vintage Chanel, Prada, Bottega Venetta, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior handbags and accessories.

Bidding can be done in person, over the phone or online with LiveAuctioneers.com.

Lots available for sale in the auction came from several private estates. Notable pieces include:

– Important George III sterling silver Neoclassical Turneen-on-Stand, by Robert Sharp;

– Philip Russell Goodwin’s Moose Trappers, oil on canvas presented in a polychrome and parcel-gilt frame;

– Fine cased four-volume set of Abbeville Edition, double elephant folio of The Birds of America after John James Audubon;

– Antoine Blanchard’s Boulevard de l’Opera, oil on canvas presented in a floral-molded giltwood frame;

– Marcel Dyf’s Fleur au Pot Chinois, oil on canvas presented in a Louis XV-style polychrome frame;

– Rare, spectacular Chinese embroidered silk altar panel, elaborately embroidered in satin and forbidden stitch on a gold brocade ground;

– Tiger maple Kentucky long rifle and Kentucky silver julep cups;

– Large private collection of Georgian and Regency silver including makers Paul Storr, Hester Bateman, Elizabeth Morley and Emes & Barnard;

– Impressive collection of period bronzes including works by A.L. Barye, M.C. Clodion, Sir Jacob Epstein, E. Laurent, P.J. Mene, Auguste Moreau, and F.H. Rigaud.

For more information regarding this Major Estates Auction and New Orleans Auction Galleries go to www.neworleansauction.com, call 504-566-1849 or visit the Gallery at 801 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Ninety-four piece Set of Wallace's Romance of the Sea sterling silver flatware, designed in 1950 by William S. Warren (1888-1965). Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Ninety-four piece Set of Wallace’s Romance of the Sea sterling silver flatware, designed in 1950 by William S. Warren (1888-1965). Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Marcel Dyf (French, 1899-1985) 'Fleur au Pot Chinois,' oil on canvas, signed lower right 'Dyf,' label on the stretcher verso printed with the artist's name, title and inventory number of work, 28 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Marcel Dyf (French, 1899-1985) ‘Fleur au Pot Chinois,’ oil on canvas, signed lower right ‘Dyf,’ label on the stretcher verso printed with the artist’s name, title and inventory number of work, 28 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Suite of five French polychrome terra-cotta figures of St. Peter and the Four Evangelists, 19th century.Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Suite of five French polychrome terra-cotta figures of St. Peter and the Four Evangelists, 19th century.Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Fine Chinese cloisonne altar offering bowl, 18th century. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Fine Chinese cloisonne altar offering bowl, 18th century. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Fine cased four-volume set of Abbeville Edition, double elephant folio of 'The Birds of America' after John James Audubon, featuring 435 fascimile plates. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Fine cased four-volume set of Abbeville Edition, double elephant folio of ‘The Birds of America’ after John James Audubon, featuring 435 fascimile plates. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Clifford Rainey (Irish/American, b. 1950) 'Breath,' metal and optical glass installation. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Clifford Rainey (Irish/American, b. 1950) ‘Breath,’ metal and optical glass installation. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Featuring a large private collection of Georgian and Regency silver. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

Featuring a large private collection of Georgian and Regency silver. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

A large collection of designer handbags. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.

A large collection of designer handbags. Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc.