18th century Chinese jade censer is the expected top lot at Crescent City's July 13-14 auction An 18th century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 is part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
News-Antique.com - Jun 27,2013 - (NEW ORLEANS, La.) – An 18th century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000, items from the living estate of iconic New Orleans artist and photographer George Valentine Dureau (b. 1930) and an untitled glazed ceramic sculpture by Lynda Benglis (Am., b. 1941) are all part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14.
The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Start times both days will be 10 a.m. (CST). Over 1,200 lots will be offered, to include fine art, antique clocks, Chinese objects, Persian rugs, period American and European furniture, antique lamps and lighting and decorative accessories.
The Chinese censer is the expected top lot of the auction. Executed circa 1736-1795, the piece features a central band across the bowl, with the lip carved with a bat. The other side shows relief tassels, framing Chinese characters within. The censer is two inches tall and 6 ¼ inches in diameter. Similar ones have sold at Sotheby’s and elsewhere for much more than the estimate.
George Dureau has been called the quintessential New Orleans artist. The 83-year-old artist-photographer was a French Quarter fixture for years, but now Alzheimer’s Disease has forced him into a local nursing home. The auction of his estate items, in fact, will help defray some of his medical costs. A group called “Friends of George” has spearheaded this effort.
The auction will contain items that Dureau used professionally and personally. These include an American Southern walnut tester bed, a cypress refractory table, a pair of Mid-Century Modern Bertoia diamond chairs, a large carved wooden statue of a winged horse, Bentwood dining chairs, pottery pieces and photo props that Dureau used in his picture-taking.
In the auction's fine art category is a piece
by Lynda Benglis, a Louisiana-born sculptor who now lives and works in New York. She is best known for her wax paintings, poured latex sculptures, knot-shaped “environments,” fountains and graphics. The work being sold is a glazed ceramic with gray and purple luster. It is a signed artist’s proof, 17 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Other artworks to be sold include a 1992 oil on canvas by James Michalopoulos (La., b. 1951), titled Lumus, signed and framed (est. $2,500-$3,500); an early 20th century patinated bronze sculpture by Pierre Henri Leon Varnier (Fr., 1826-1890), titled The Stalking Indian, 14 ½ inches tall, signed (est. $2,500-$3,500); and a 1973 watercolor on Masonite by Noel Rockmore (NY/La., 1928-1995), signed, titled Man Beneath Coney Island Boardwalk (est. $1,500-$3,000).
Antique clocks worth noting will include a late 19th century three-piece Louis XV-style bronze clock set, with the clock face and movement marked Tiffany & Co. (N.Y.), with a pair of matching five-light candelabra on relief support urns (est. $900-$1,500); and a French Empire gilt bronze mantel clock, made circa 1820 by Hunziker (Rue Debussy, Paris), with the right side showing a figure of a winged Eros, the left his swan