Second auction planned for Crescent City's new gallery location, May 12-13 Over 1,200 lots of quality merchandise in an array of categories will cross the block on May 12-13 at Crescent City Auction Gallery, in just the second auction at the firm’s new gallery in New Orleans
News-Antique.com - Apr 27,2012 - (NEW ORLEANS, La.) – Over 1,200 lots of quality merchandise in a wide array of categories will cross the block on May 12-13 at Crescent City Auction Gallery, in just the second auction at the firm’s new showroom facility located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The first auction was held March 24-25. The May auction will begin both days at 10 a.m. (CST).
Offered will be fine art (to include Part 2 of the collection of Dr. James W. Nelson of Gonzalez, La., who specialized in Louisiana and New Orleans artworks; Part 1 was held in March), silver, estate jewelry, period furniture, Persian rugs, chandeliers and lighting, antique clocks (case and regular) and more. Online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Also sold will be the estate of a dealer/collector from Hattiesburg, Miss., featuring a huge collection of bric-a-brac. “The more than 150 pieces of high-end bric-a-brac in this dealer’s private collection are sure to attract bidder attention, especially online,” predicted Adam Lambert of Crescent City Auction Gallery. “It’s a wonderful selection -- very eclectic and highly desirable to collectors.”
Artworks will be a major component of the auction. One lot expected to garner interest is a signed oil on board by the African-American folk artist Clementine Hunter (La., 1886-1988). The work, titled Saturday Night at the Honky Tonk (circa 1966) was purchased by the current owner’s grandmother from Ms. Hunter at Melrose Plantation in Louisiana circa 1966.
Another noteworthy lot is a pair of monumental arched oils on canvas by Victor Mazier (French), done in 1864 and titled Praying to the Virgin Mary and Priests in Prayer. The latter is signed, dated and marked (Paris). Both paintings are unframed, but they certainly are impressive, at 128 ¼ inches by 58 ¼ inches. “These are large, beautiful works, sure to draw attention,” Lambert said.
Two other artworks bound to do well are a signed 19th century oil on canvas by Wesley Webber (Mass./Calif., 1841-1914), titled Sheep at Pasture, nicely presented in a gilt and gesso frame (11 inches by 14 inches); and a 20th century oil on canvas signed lower right by the late Hungarian artist Maria Szantho (1897-1988), titled Reclining Nude, 24 inches by 32 inches wide.
Period furniture will feature an American classical carved mahogany Gothic secretary bookcase, 86 ½ inches tall (circa 1850); a Louis Philippe carved walnut chest (circa 1840); an 18th century French provincial Louis XIII-style carved walnut double-door armoire with carved “star” panels; a French provincial Louis XV-style carved cherry double-door armoire (circa 1850); and a lovely French provincial carved cherry sideboard on cabriole legs (circa 1800).
An expected star of the clocks category is a 19th century carved mahogany tall case clock with the brass and steel dial labeled Thomas Armstrong & Brother, Manchester (88 inches tall). The clock would pair well with the featured fine antique Persian Kashan rug, 10 feet 2 inches by 14 feet, as would the 20th century Chickering ebonized baby grand piano with six Ampico