Nearly 1,300 lots will come up for bid Feb. 15-16 at Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans Merchandise from a prominent French Quarter collector, items from other important local estates and Part 3 of the John Scheffler Mardi Gras Collection will come up for bid Feb. 15-16 in New Orleans.
News-Antique.com - Jan 31,2014 - (NEW ORLEANS, La.) – Merchandise from a prominent French Quarter collector, items from other important local estates and Part 3 of the John Scheffler Mardi Gras Collection are just part of what will come up for bid at a massive, two-day auction event planned for Feb. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
In all, over 1,300 quality, mostly fresh to the market lots will cross the auction block, including many original works of art (featuring oil paintings by renowned regional artists), period American and European (mostly French) furniture, Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, estate jewelry, antique lighting and clocks, sterling silver, fine decorative accessories and more.
Exhibition previews will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, through Friday, Feb. 14 (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed), from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. A late evening preview will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, until 8 p.m. It will include a book signing for the recently released Noel Rockmore and Shirley Marvin – Our Journey to the Discovery of Rockmore, by Shirley, Rich and Tee Marvin.
An oil on canvas by Rockmore (La., 1928-1995), featured on the cover of that very book – titled Self Portrait of the Artist, 49 ½ inches by 27 ½ inches – will be in the auction. It should bring $3,000-$5,000. An oil on board by renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), titled The Watermelon Picnic (circa 1960), is also expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000.
A 19th century oil on canvas work by Belgian artist Petrus Van Schendel (1806-1870), signed and titled Young Woman by Candlelight (38 inches by 28 ¼ inches), should hammer for $10,000-$15,000. Also, a 1902 oil on canvas by Marc Decoster, titled Portrait of a Gentleman With a Cigarette (possibly Czar Nicholas II of Russia), is estimated to command $2,000-$4,000.
The auction will also feature two works by Georgia-born New Orleans artist Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934). One, an early 20th century oil wash on cardboard titled Moss Draped Oak Tree, pencil signed by the artist, should hit $4,500-$6,500/ The other, an early 20th century oil on canvas titled Moss Draped Oak and Cypress, also signed, is estimated to rise to $6,000-$9,000.
Turning to antique clocks and lighting, a rare pair of cut crystal gasoliers, quite possibly Baccarat, made around 1900 and now electrified, 59 inches tall by 39 inches in diameter, is expected to garner $8,000-$12,000; and a late 19th century three-piece brass and rouge marble clock set, the clock measuring 20 ¼ inches tall by 12 ½ inches wide, should hit $1,000-$1,500.
Period French furniture is expected to wow the crowd. A 12-piece Renaissance Revival carved mahogany dining room suite by Emile Leger should reach $8,000-$12,000; and a carved oak vasselier (traditional French style china cupboard serving hutch and buffet), circa 1874, from Brittany with inlaid relief carved Maria Regina cupboard and doors, should fetch $1,400-$1,800.
A French Empire-style ormolu mounted carved mahogany four-piece salon suite from the late 19th century, consisting