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.
Returning to artwork, four pieces are worthy of mention, two by American artists and two by Europeans. The Mississippi folk artist William Tolliver (1951-2000) is represented by an oil on canvas titled Jazz Duo. Robert Rucker (1932-2001), the Louisiana landscape artist whose style combined realism and impressionism, is in the auction with a watercolor, Last Catch of the Day.
Arnold Turtle (1892-1954) was a British-born marine, landscape and still life painter who moved to the U.S. in his mid-20s. His signed watercolor titled Old Absinthe House (28 inches by 21 ¾ inches) will be offered. Not much is known about the Italian sculptor Ambrogio Colombo (1821-1855), but his bronze work titled Woman Riding a Goat is bound to attract keen bidder interest.
Moving on to furniture, lots to watch will include a Renaissance Revival carved walnut half tester bed, made circa 1880 and massive at 117 inches tall by 57 ½ inches wide by 78 inches deep. Also sold will be a French classical mahogany faux rosewood marble-top pedestal table, made in the 19th century and standing 29 inches tall and with a diameter of 38 ½ inches.
Additional furniture highlights will include a large French provincial Louis XV-style carved walnut double-door armoire, made in the mid-19th century and measuring 94 ½ inches tall by 65 inches wide by 23 inches deep; and a French provincial Louis XV-style parquetry inlaid carved cherry sideboard, also from the mid-19th century and measuring 43 inches tall by 60 inches wide.
Estate silver will include a French four-piece first standard (95 percent silver) tea and coffee service of amphora form, made in the 19th century and consisting of a coffee pot, teapot, creamer and covered sugar, for a total troy weight of 68.85 ounces; and a pair of Continental Louis XVI-style carved rhodonite (a manganese inosilicate) and silver compotes, from the early 19th century.
Also set to be sold April 12-13 will be a fine French boulle inlaid brass bound cave a liqueur (highly decorative lockable liqueur box), circa 1870, with eight gilt decorated decanters and 16 gilt decorated liqueur glasses. Mardi Gras collectibles will feature 23 bulletins, including one titled Flight of Fancy from 1909 (Comus); and two rare Rex ducal badges from 1897 and 1899.
The Saturday, April 12th session will offer lots 1-850 and include the Mardi Gras memorabilia, plus around 20 lots of 18th and 19th century Chinese furniture pieces. The Sunday, April 13th session will feature lots 851-1,382. Exhibition previews will begin on Thursday, April 3rd, and run through Friday, April 11th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed). There will be a late evening preview on Wednesday, April 9th, that will last until 8 p.m.
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 April