Items from the estate of Barbara Mequet Ochsner will headline a July 26-27 auction in New Orleans A figural oil on canvas painting by the renowned Brazilian artist Emiliano di Cavalcanti (1897-1976), titled Pescadores (“Fishermen”), is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000 at auction, July 26th-27th
News-Antique.com - Jul 08,2014 - NEW ORLEANS, La. – An important figural oil on canvas painting by the renowned Brazilian artist Emiliano di Cavalcanti (1897-1976), rendered in 1948 and titled Pescadores (Spanish for “Fishermen”), is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000 at an estates auction scheduled for July 26th and 27th by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.
The framed work, measuring 21 ½ inches tall by 29 ¾ inches wide, is signed lower left by the artist and depicts fishermen hauling in their netted catch, with a fishing boat and setting sun in the background. Di Cavalcanti was friends with many famous artists, among them Pablo Picasso. In May, one of his paintings sold at Sotheby’s for $360,000.
The painting is the expected top lot in a sale packed with quality items. Headlining the auction will be the estate of the late Barbara Mequet Ochsner (1928-2011). Mrs. Ochsner was a graduate of the Charity School of Nursing in New Orleans, where she met her future husband, Dr. Alton ('Akky') Ochsner, Jr. The couple appointed their home with original artwork and other fine items.
The Ochsner name will be familiar to residents of Louisiana, where he practiced medicine and became internationally known for the various medical devices he invented and his findings that linked smoking with cancer. He was a visionary, and hospitals and clinics are named after him. The auction will also feature quality merchandise from other prominent estates and collections.
In all, more than 1,350 lots will come up for bid, in categories ranging from fine art to French provincial furniture to dazzling estate jewelry to sterling silver pieces to pottery and decorative accessories. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Start times will be 9 a.m. Central time both days.
Figures on horseback will be among the auction’s top lots. A 19th century bronze sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye (Fr., 1796-1875), titled A Mounted Tatar Warrior Checking His Mount, 13 inches tall, should make $10,000-$20,000, while a pair of Chinese Tang Dynasty pottery archers on horseback (circa 900 AD), unglazed with traces of original paint, should hit $15,000-$25,000.
Three early 20th century Continental sterling silver sculptures of jousting knights on horseback with ivory faces, decorated with cabochon agate stones, a foot tall and weighing 59.5 troy ounces each, are expected to fetch $6,000-$9,000 each. Also, a late 19th century patinated bronze after Vasili Grachev (Russ., 1831-1905), titled Cossack’s Farewell Kiss, should go for $2,500-$3,500.
In the sterling silver category, a rare George Shiebler sugar and creamer set (circa 1885), in the Naturalistic Taste, both mounted with large spiders and weighing 7.7 troy ounces, is expected to hammer for $5,000-$7,500; while a suite of four George V weighted candlesticks made in the early 20th century, hallmarked Sheffield, in the Neoclassical Taste, should garner $1,500-$2,500.
The top lot in the estate jewelry category is an unusual three-piece gold overlay on silver and enamel diamond parure (matching set of jewelry), consisting