Artworks by Clementine Hunter, 19th century Russian icons headline Crescent City's April 12-13 sale Two oil on board paintings by Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter and rare 19th century Russian icons will be sold April 12th and 13th at Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana.
News-Antique.com - Mar 26,2014 - NEW ORLEANS, La. – Two oil on board paintings by Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter, two Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vases, a pair of huge American Renaissance Revival gold leaf and gesso pier mirrors, a pair of large cut crystal and glass 12-light chandeliers, a 1911 Steinway ebonized baby grand piano and rare 19th century Russian icons will all be sold April 12th and 13th.
They are just part of a massive two-day estates auction being held by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. (CST) both days. For those unable to attend, internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Nearly 1,400 lots will come up for bid, in the categories Crescent City Auction Gallery has become renowned for throughout the south: original artworks (much of it by noted regional artists), period American and European furniture, pottery pieces, sterling silver, estate jewelry, antique lamps and lighting, Mardi Gras collectibles, Asian items and fine decorative accessories.
Works by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) are must-haves for serious collectors of American folk art, and this sale has two examples, both oils on board. One was executed around 1970 and is titled Chopping Cotton. It measures 15 ¼ inches by 19 ¼ inches and is artist signed. The other, also circa 1970, is titled Funeral Procession. It’s 11 ¾ inches by 15 ¾ inches and is artist signed.
Two Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vases will come up for bid. The first, made in 1931, is of tapered form, with floral decorations. It stands 9 ¼ inches tall. The second was made in 1929 and is diminutive – just 2 ¼ inches tall. It boasts moss and oak decoration in colors of pink and grey.
About ten lots of rare and highly collectible Russian icons will come under the gavel. One of the lots is a multiple Deisis set of three icons from the 19th century. Each one depicts a religious figure: The Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ and John the Baptist. All are presented on curved wood panels with silvered and brass oklads. Each one measures 23 inches tall by 17 ½ inches wide.
The pair of monumental American Renasissance Revival gold leaf and gesso pier mirrors were made circa 1870, possibly by L. Uter of New Orleans. The mirrors, 157 ½ inches tall, sit over stepped shaded marble top pier tables that stand 15 ½ inches tall by 64 ½ inches wide. Also sold will be a late 19th century French Louis XVI style carved giltwood mirror in the baroque taste.
The scarce pair of cut crystal and glass 12-light chandeliers, made in the 20th century, are impressive at 58 inches in height and 37 inches in diameter. The Steinway ebonized baby grand piano is a 1911 Model M (serial #149791), on cabriole legs to scrolled toes. Estate jewelry pieces will feature antique gold bangle bracelets, contemporary diamonds,