Crescent City Auction Gallery will hold inaugural sale at new facility March 24-25 Outstanding works of art from the estate of Dr. James W. Nelson will be sold at a premiere auction event planned for March 24-25 by Crescent City Auction Gallery at its new facility in New Orleans, La
Duluth) before eventually settling in New Orleans in 1923, residing on St. Peters Street in the French Quarter (the Vieux Carre).
The two works by Ms. Heldner, both signed oil on boards, are titled Senora on Stairway in the Brulatour Court (1935) and Madame John’s Legacy Old French Courtyard in Dumaine Street (1935). Each should bring $1,200-$1,800. The painting by Mr. Heldner is an oil on canvas titled The Old Man and the Sea. The signed, 20th century painting should realize $1,000-$1,600.
Period furniture pieces will feature a 16th century Renaissance-style carved oak sideboard having an upper section with angel carved corners over a curved panel back (est. $2,500-$3,500); and an 18th century French provincial Louis XV-style carved oak double-door armoire (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Other furniture pieces will include a circa-1880 carved oak Jacobean style banquet table, possibly made by the renowned furniture maker R. J. Horner (est. $1,200-$1,800); a Louis XVI-style carved wood marble-top console table, circa 1900, in green paint (est. $1,200-$1,800); and a circa 1830 Charles X marble-top gueridon on a hexagonal support (est. $1,200-$1,800).
Decorative accessories will feature an English trophy centerpiece, circa 1910, with two ivory tusks holding a reticulated shaped, silver-plated center bowl on a mahogany base (est. $2,000-$3,000; a Restoration gilt bronze figural mantel clock, circa 1840 (est. $1,000-$2,000); an 1880 American Aesthetic gilt and gesso gold leaf overmantel mirror (est. $1,200-$1,800); and an elegant, 11-piece Tiffany bronze dore desk set in the Zodiac pattern (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Also offered will be a Louis XV-style, 20th century crystal and gilt iron 18-light chandelier draped with amber prism chains (est. $1,000-$2,000); silver, to include an 1855 coin silver cup, a George II sterling silver demitasse coffee pot by Fuller White, and a Hyde & Goodrich 1849 sterling cup by Adolph Himmel; and jewelry, to include diamonds, sapphires, rubies, amethysts, pearls, ladies’ Rolex wristwatches and a Cartier Tank Francaise wristwatch.
Returning to artwork, noteworthy pieces include a 2000 black and gray clay on canvas work by George B. Dunbar (La., b. 1927), titled Coin du Lestin 66 (est. $2,000-$3,000); a 19th century oil on canvas after Guido Reni (It., 1575-1642), titled Aurora, in the original frame (est. $1,500-$2,500); a rare oil on board, signed and dated by Alexander J. Drysdale (La., 1870-1934), titled Louisiana Bayou Scene (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a 20th century oil on Masonite painting by Jack Cooley (La., 1923-2008), signed, titled French Quarter Street Scene (est. $600-$900).
Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is a locally owned and operated full-service auction house based in New Orleans. The firm conducts auctions featuring fine art (particularly works from Louisiana and the Southern U.S.), 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 24-25 sale is available on