Over 1,500 quality lots will be sold by Crescent City Auction Gallery Dec. 8-9 in New Orleans A 19th century framed Russian icon of St. Nicholas and a rare 17K yellow gold Chimu Kero (ceremonial cup) probably made in Peru around 1,000 A.D., will be two of the top lots at an auction Dec. 8-9.
24 inches. And, a 19th century oil on board by still another regional artist, George Dunbar (La., b. 1927), titled Heart – gold leaf over red clay -- will also come under the gavel.
The furniture category will be led by an exceptional Louis Phillippe burled walnut armoire, made circa 1830, 100 inches tall by 64 inches wide; and an unusual Empire-style carved mahogany settee crafted in the early 19th century, with upholstered sleigh sides and a back carved with large swans’ heads. The piece measures 50 inches tall by 76 inches wide by 26 inches deep.
The auction will feature a large selection of sterling silver, to include names like Kirk, Jacoby & Jenkins and more. One lot in particular is certain to garner interest: a 190-piece assembled set of Kirk & Son sterling flatware in the “Floral Repousse” pattern, weighing an impressive 252.75 troy ounces. Also, ivory pieces will include carved tusks, bridges and figures.
Estate jewelry will include diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, tanzanites, Rolex watches, pearls and more. Also sold will be Oriental porcelain, to include Celadon, Hsien, Feng and other 19th century pieces. The rare and unusual will include a Mardi Gras folding ball invitation (Proteus, 1903), and a Jon Bok center table creation with ceramic tile insert of a skull and crossbones.
Returning to artwork, two bird-related paintings will come up for bid. One, by John P. O’Neill (La., b. 1942), is a gouache work titled Birds of North America (circa 1983), one of two featured in The National Geographic’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America. The other is a signed 1888 oil on canvas by James E. Bourhill (U.K., active 1880-1892), titled Mallard Family.
Other artworks will include a signed 19th century oil on board by William Merritt Post (N.Y., 1856-1935), titled Marsh Scene, measuring 9 ½ inches by 13 ¾ inches; and an 1896 print of an original work by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), titled Salon des Cent (F. Champenois, Paris), 13 ¾ inches by 10 inches. Mucha was active in New York, France and Czechoslovakia.
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 Dec. 8-9 sale is available on request. All lots can be seen online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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