Massive 1,000-lot auction will be held Dec. 12-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans The complete liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelers – the iconic fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter – plus Part 2 of items from Twin Oaks, will headline the sale.
News-Antique.com - Nov 26,2015 - NEW ORLEANS, La. – The complete liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelers – the iconic fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter – plus Part 2 of items from Twin Oaks – the onetime home of author Robert Penn Warren in Prairieville, La. – will headline a massive two-day auction event slated for December 12th-13th by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
The sale will be held in Crescent City’s gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 10 a.m. Central time both days. Lots 1-650 will be sold on Saturday, lots 651-1,000 on Sunday. Featured will be French and American period furniture, original artworks (some of them by noted regional artists), Newcomb College pottery, bronze pieces, antique clocks and more.
Items from Peacock’s Estates Jewelry will feature over 230 lots that include a broad selection of pockets watches; wristwatches by makers such as Rolex and Cartier; 19th and 20th century bracelets; and pieces such as an Art Deco-style 18kt white gold brooch with a one-carat oval blue sapphire that is flanked by bands of princess blue sapphires, all on a frame with small round diamonds (est. $1,200-$1,800).
Robert Penn Warren – author of All the King’s Men and many other books – lived at the stately manor home Twin Oaks during his tenure at Louisiana State University. Now, as ordered by the Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana, fine artwork and furniture pulled from several buildings at Twin Oaks, plus the contents of a 5,000-square-foot barn on the property, have been ordered sold. Some of these items were in the Part 1 auction that was already held.
Two bronze lots are strong candidates for top lot of the auction. One is a large gilt bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, shown trampling a serpent on an orb, on an octagonal relief cloud base, 40 ˝ inches tall (est. $5,000-$7,000). The other is a late 19th century pair of French gilt and patinated bronze and violette marble five-light candelabra, with the candle arms mounted with leaves, emanating from a tapered marble urn with bronze ram’s head handles (est. $4,000-$6,000).
The American furniture category includes several late 19th century pieces possibly made by R. J. Horner. The first of 2 of the items is a carved oak curved glass curio cabinet, made around 1900, 72 inches tall, with the breakfront crown over a central glazed door, flanked by male and female figural carved stiles and curved glass side panels (est. $2,000-$3,000). The second is an American Renaissance carved oak dining table with four leaves, opening to 120 inches (est. $800-$1,500).
A Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vase, made circa 1927 by Sadie Irvine, just five inches in height and having a blue body with a relief floral band around the rim, is expected to hammer for $1,200-$1,800. Also sold will be a pair of Louis XV-style bronze ewers (narrow-necked jugs with wide spouts and bulbous bodies), made circa the 20th century in the manner of Clodion,