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.
a border of relief scrolled carving, the whole on turned bun feet. Sterling silver will include a set of 20th century goblets (six by Wallace, two by International) weighing 46 troy ounces total.
From the lamps and lighting category will come an early 20th century Tiffany bronze lamp base, the underside impressed with “Tiffany Studios, 7811,” 20 ¾ inches tall; an Art Nouveau gilt bronze five-light chandelier made around 1900, having a twisted central support and the lights affixed to undulating tendrils; and other fine examples of lamps and lighting.
Returning to fine art, two 20th century oil on canvas paintings by Louisiana artist Robert Rucker (1932-2001) will come under the gavel. One, titled The Shack on the Bayou, is signed and framed, measuring 25 ¼ inches by 39 ½ inches (est. $5,000-$7,000). The other, titled House Through the Trees, is also signed and framed, 7 ¼ inches by 9 ¼ inches (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Rounding out the artwork category will be an oil on Masonite work by Jack Cooley (La., 1923-2008), titled Jazz Funeral, signed and framed, 20 inches by 24 inches (est. $400-$600); and a 1940s watercolor by Colette Pope Heldner (Minn./La., 1902-1999), titled Courtyard of Old Marchand’s Tin Shop, Rue Royale, Vieux Carre, signed, dated and framed (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Completing a list of just some of the auction’s expected top lots is a fine selection of Elizabeth Locke 18kt gold jewelry; a pair of carved and ebonized gilt wood Egyptian Revival torcheres, or candlestands (circa 20th century), 80 inches tall, on large winged paw feet; and a nice selection of early 20th century KPM porcelain plaques, including one titled Ruth after Charles Landelle and signed “Schmidt.”
Previews will be held from Thursday, July 5, through Friday, July 13, from 10-5, with a late night preview lasting until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 (a traditional preview party, with live music, will be held that day from 5-8 p.m.; featured will be light hors d’oeuvres). Previews will also be held both auction days, from 9-10 a.m. An 18.5 percent buyer’s premium will apply to all purchases.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A catalog for the July 14-15 sale is available on request. All lots can be seen online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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