Picasso ceramic pitchers to headline Crescent City auction, July 14-15 Three mid-20th century ceramic pitchers by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso and two sterling Communion chalices will cross the block July 14-15 at Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans.
News-Antique.com - Jun 29,2012 - (NEW ORLEANS, La.) – Three mid-20th century ceramic pitchers by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso, two sterling Communion chalices (one gilt-washed), fine art by noted painters such as Peter Pierobon and Jean Charles Blais, an early 19th century French gilt and patinated bronze mantel clock and more will cross the block July 14-15 at Crescent City Auction Gallery.
It will be just the third auction at the firm’s new gallery, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The others were held March 24-25 and May 12-13. The July event will begin both days at 10 a.m. (CST). In all, just under 1,400 lots will come up for bid, in a variety of categories. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and by Artfact.com.
“This is going to be a very large auction, very strong, with lots to choose from in the mid-range – say, $5,000-$15,000 – but with many lots above and below that as well,” said Adam Lambert of Crescent City Auction Gallery. “Items will include English and American furniture, European paintings, Southern and Louisiana art, Chinese porcelain, porcelain plaques and more.”
The Picasso pitchers are expected to generate keen bidder interest. They are titled Visage, Femme and Cheval et Cavalier. The undersides of all three are stamped “Madoura” and “Edition Picasso.” Savvy art aficionados already know a collection of Picasso ceramics from the Madoura Collection (542 pieces in all) recently sold at Christie's in England for more than $12.5 million.
The Picasso pitchers in this auction should bring handsome prices, making them the expected stars of the artwork category. Following close behind is an untitled gouache on paper by Jean Charles Blais (Fr., b. 1956), dated 1985 (est. $6,000-$9,000) and an ebonized and natural mahogany bench titled Amagam by sculptor Peter Pierobon (Can., b. 1957, est. $3,000-$5,000).
The French First Empire gilt and patinated bronze mantel clock (circa 1810) has a hill form top with a gilt bronze figure of a woman at prayer. Also, a late 19th century patinated spelter mantel clock by Japy Freres, depicting Neptune and perched on a marble base, will also be sold.
Beds and bedroom suites will feature a Southern carved mahogany full tester bed, circa 1850, with the ogee tester on cluster columns and an arched headboard with a central relief shell flanked by roundel mounted volutes; and an American carved walnut Renaissance Revival bedroom suite (circa 1870), with a high back bed and a matching marble top drop well dresser.
French provincial furniture will feature a Louis XV-style carved cherry commode (circa 18th century), with a serpentine rounded edge top over two deep drawers with incised carving, flanked by reeded pilasters, all on cabriole legs; and an early 19th century carved cherry armoire from Lorraine, France, with the canted corner crest over double doors with brass fiche hinges.
Also offered will be a continental carved 19th century walnut bookcase/display cabinet, 111 inches tall by 111 inches wide, featuring an arched top with a central leaf mounted shield over