Pieces from a prominent French Quarter collector, other local estates, and Part 3 of the John Scheffler Mardi Gras Collection are just a hint of what will come up for bid at Crescent City Auction Gallery Feb 15-16.
The auction will take place at the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. Over 1,300 works of art will be up for grabs, including Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, American and European (mainly French) furniture, sterling silver, estate jewelry, fine decorative accessories and more.
Exhibition previews will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, through Friday, Feb. 14 (excluding Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the preview will be open until 8 p.m. and include a book signing for the newly released Noel Rockmore and Shirley Marvin – Our Journey to the Discovery of Rockmore, by Shirley, Rich and Tee Marvin.
An oil on canvas by Rockmore (La., 1928-1995), featured on the cover of Self Portrait of the Artist, will be auctioned for $3,000-$5,000. An oil on board by renowned Louisiana folk artist Clemetine Hunter (1887-1988), titled The Watermelon Picnic (circa 1960), is also expected to yield a similar profit.
A 19th century oil on canvas by Belgian artist Petrus Van Schendel (1806-1870), signed and titled Young Woman by Candelight (38 inches by 28¼ inches), is estimated to gavel for $10,000-$15,000. A 1902 oil on canvas titled Portrait of a Gentleman With a Cigarette (possibly Czar Nicholas II of Russia) by Marc Decoster is expected to command $2,000-$4,000.
The auction will also feature two works by Georgia-born New Orleans artist Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934). The first is an early 20th century oil wash on cardboard titled Moss Draped Oak Tree, pencil signed (est. $4,500-$6,500). The second is an early 20th century oil on canvas titled Moss Draped Oak and Cypress, also signed (est. $6,000-$9,000).
The French furniture is expected to wow the crowd, boasting a 12-piece Renaissance Revival carved mahogany dining room suite by Emile Leger (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a carved oak vasselier (traditional French-style china cupboard serving hutch and buffet), circa 1874, from Brittany with inlaid relief carved Maria Regina cupboard and doors ($1,400-$1,800).
A French Empire-style ormolu mounted carved mahogany four-piece salon suite from the late 19th century, including two side chairs, a fauteuil and a settee (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a massive late 19th century Baroque Revival carved oak bookcase, 97 inches tall (est. $1,200-$1,800) will also be up for auction.
Part 3 of the John Scheffler collection will feature a Mardi Gras parade bulletin dated Feb. 7, 1910 (Proteus), titled Astrology (est. $450-$650), plus 25 other bulletins; a Mardi Gras ball invitation dated Feb. 11, 1902 (Comus), titled The Fairy Kingdom (est. $400-$600), plus 32 others; and the cape and collar worn by Lucille Armstrong a the Queen of Zulu in 1973, and several crowns and scepters.
Returning to artwork, an original oil on canvas by Robert Rucker (La., 1932-2001), titled The Steamboat Natchez, signed and framed, 15 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches (est. $4,000-$6,000); and two works by Alberta Kinsey (La., 1875-1952), one titled French Quarter Patio With Winding Staircase, the other titled French Quarter Patio (both est. $2,500-$4,500).
Antique clocks and lighting will include a rare pair of cut crystal gasoliers (59 inches tall by 39 inches in diameter), possibly Baccarat, made around 1900 and now electrified (est. $8,000-$12,000), and a late 19th century three-piece brass and rouge marble clock set, measuring 20 ¼ inches tall by 12 ½ inches wide (est. $1,000-$1,500).
Rounding out some of the auction’s expected stars are a Newcomb Pottery matte glaze vase made in 1927 by Sadie Irvine, 3 ½ inches tall; two pieces of George Ohr pottery (a cup and a candlestick); an 86-piece set of sterling flatware by Wallace, in the Grand Baroque pattern (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a fine pair of gilt bronze and marble dog bookends (est. $1,400-$1,800).
Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com (the new name for Artfact.com). Start times will be 9 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, Feb. 15 (when lots 1-750 will come up for bid), and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 (when lots 751-1,293 will cross the block). A buyer’s premium of 18.5 percent will be applied to all purchases (cash or check).
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 Feb. 15-16 sale is available on request. All lots can be seen online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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