Silver plate by Pablo Picasso to headline Crescent City multi-estate sale, March 2-3 A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso is the anticipated top lot of a massive multi-estate sale planned for March 2-3 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
News-Antique.com - Feb 08,2013 - (NEW ORLEANS, La.) – A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973), cast by Francois and Peter Hugo of Paris in the mid-1950s, is the anticipated top lot of a massive multi-estate sale planned for March 2-3 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s new gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.
The plate, numbered 6 of 20 and titled Tete de Taureau (“Head of Bull”), is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. It is verso stamped “Picasso” and the rim carries the Hugo mark. It is 16 ½ inches in diameter. In all nearly 1,500 quality lots will change hands in a variety of categories: fine art, Asian objects, silver, jewelry, furniture, gold coins, clocks, chandeliers, rugs and more.
Start times for both days of the weekend sale will be 9 a.m. (CST). Live Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held from Thursday, Feb. 21, through Friday, March 1, from 10-5 (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed). The Wed., Feb. 27 preview will last until 8 p.m.
Included in the sale will be items from the collection of Bobby Hebert (the retired New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons football player), numerous local and Southern estates and a major Spanish art collection, featuring works such as an oil on board by Manuel Marola (Sp., 1905-1986), titled Abstract Composition, impressive at 40 ½ inches by 75 ½ inches (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Antique Asian objects are a hot category, and this auction has several high-end pieces. They include a pair of mid-20th century uncarved elephant ivory tusks, 49 inches from tip-to-tip (est. $6,000-$9,000); a late 19th century Chinese Export gilded filigree silver and enamel tea caddy decorated in colored enamel, with turquoise and coral stone accents (est. $600-$900); and exciting examples of Chinese ivory, porcelains and antiquities.
Just as popular, in light of the skyrocketing value of precious metals, are gold coins, and this sale features an astounding collection of 75 American gold pieces. An example is an 1889-CC (Carson City mintage) Double Eagle gold coin, estimated to fetch $4,000-$6,000. Also, estate jewelry items will feature a dazzling array of tanzanites, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and more.
The fine art category will be dotted with offerings by noted regional artists. Examples will include a 1923 oil on board by William Woodward (La., 1859-1939), titled Adirondack Mountains, artist signed and in the original frame (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on board by Rolland Golden (La., b. 1931), titled French Quarter Rooftops, signed (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Regulars at Crescent City Auction Gallery, and art aficionados in general, will recognize the name George Rodrigue (La., b. 1944), famous for his Blue-Dog series (inspired by his long-deceased childhood pet, Tiffany). This auction will feature a pre-Blue-Dog work – a circa-1970 oil on canvas titled Drawn Wagon Mule, from Rodrigue's Acadians and Oaks series (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Three works by the Georgia-born Louisiana painter Alexander