A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973), cast by Francois and Peter Hugo of Paris in the mid-1950s, is the anticipated top lot of a massive multi-estate sale planned for March 2-3 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s new gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.
The plate, numbered 6 of 20 and titled Tete de Taureau (“Head of Bull”), is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. It is verso stamped “Picasso” and the rim carries the Hugo mark. It is 16 ½ inches in diameter. In all nearly 1,500 quality lots will change hands in a variety of categories: fine art, Asian objects, silver, jewelry, furniture, gold coins, clocks, chandeliers, rugs and more.
Start times for both days of the weekend sale will be 9 a.m. (CST). Live Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held from Thursday, Feb. 21, through Friday, March 1, from 10-5 (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed). The Wed., Feb. 27 preview will last until 8 p.m.
Included in the sale will be items from the collection of Bobby Hebert (the retired New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons football player), numerous local and Southern estates and a major Spanish art collection, featuring works such as an oil on board by Manuel Marola (Sp., 1905-1986), titled Abstract Composition, impressive at 40 ½ inches by 75 ½ inches (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Antique Asian objects are a hot category, and this auction has several high-end pieces. They include a pair of mid-20th century uncarved elephant ivory tusks, 49 inches from tip-to-tip (est. $6,000-$9,000); a late 19th century Chinese Export gilded filigree silver and enamel tea caddy decorated in colored enamel, with turquoise and coral stone accents (est. $600-$900); and exciting examples of Chinese ivory, porcelains and antiquities.
Just as popular, in light of the skyrocketing value of precious metals, are gold coins, and this sale features an astounding collection of 75 American gold pieces. An example is an 1889-CC (Carson City mintage) Double Eagle gold coin, estimated to fetch $4,000-$6,000. Also, estate jewelry items will feature a dazzling array of tanzanites, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and more.
The fine art category will be dotted with offerings by noted regional artists. Examples will include a 1923 oil on board by William Woodward (La., 1859-1939), titled Adirondack Mountains, artist signed and in the original frame (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on board by Rolland Golden (La., b. 1931), titled French Quarter Rooftops, signed (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Regulars at Crescent City Auction Gallery, and art aficionados in general, will recognize the name George Rodrigue (La., b. 1944), famous for his Blue-Dog series (inspired by his long-deceased childhood pet, Tiffany). This auction will feature a pre-Blue-Dog work – a circa-1970 oil on canvas titled Drawn Wagon Mule, from Rodrigue’s Acadians and Oaks series (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Three works by the Georgia-born Louisiana painter Alexander Drysdale (1870-1934) will come under the gavel. They include an oil wash on paper work (a rare vertical example by the artist) titled Moss Draped Cypress Trees and Oaks (est. $4,500-$5,500); and an oil wash on paper titled Moss Draped Oaks at Sunset (est. $3,500-$4,500). Both were done early 20th century.
One other noteworthy local artist is Colette Pope Heldner (Minn./La., 1902-1990). Her signed oil on canvas work titled Old Creole Patio, New Orleans, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, should bring $1,000-$2,000. Also, a patinated bronze sculpture by French artist Jules Moigniez (1835-1894), titled A Pheasant and a Weasel, is expected to realize $3,500-$5,000.
The furniture category will feature around 30 pieces of Mid-Century Danish Modern, to include a set of ten Hans Wegner carved teak arm chairs from “The Chair” series (circa 1950), with caned seats, each one 30 ¼ inches tall (est. $7,000-$10,000). Also sold will be a circa-1700 Louis XIII-style carved walnut homme debout, or two-door men’s garment cupboard (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Other star furniture lots will include an early 19th century Louis XV-style carved cherry sideboard, 50 ¼ inches tall by 64 ¾ inches wide (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a circa-1800 French provincial carved cherry armoire, 105 ½ inches tall by 74 ½ inches wide (est. $1,800-$2,500).
The auction will also feature a selection of Russian icons, to include a 19th century icon of the Virgin of Kazan with silvered metal riza, mounted with fresh water pearls and rhinestones and measuring 12 ¼ inches tall by 10 ½ inches wide by 1 ¾ inches deep (est. $3,500-$5,000).
Clocks will feature a 19th century fine gilt bronze and white marble three-piece clock set by Japy Freres, retailed by Black, Starr & Frost (est. $5,000-$8,000); a bronze and verde Antico marble three-piece clock set (circa 1870), with works marked P. Bonnet and P. Pottier, with a green bronze lion surmount (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a 19th century Louis XV-style bronze and alabaster three-piece clock set by A.D. Mougin, with clock and candelabra (est. $1,200-$1,800).
A large selection of sterling silver will include a large handled serving tray by Fisher, 27 ¾ inches wide and weighing 120.1 troy ounces (est. $5,000-$7,000); a 19th century French First Standard Louis XVI four-piece coffee service, 58.49 troy ounces (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an 87-piece flatware set by Gorham in the Strasbourg pattern, 92.51 troy ounces ($2,500-$4,500).
Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is a locally owned and operated full-service auction house based in New Orleans. The firm conducts sales featuring fine art (particularly works from Louisiana and the Southern United States), pottery, silver, jewelry, art glass, furniture (especially American, English and Continental), lighting, rugs, bric-a-brac, decorative accessories and more.
Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can e-mail them at email@example.com. A catalog for the March 2-3 sale is available on request. All lots can be seen online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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