Prostitute's box, Meissen figures, Trodoux bronze will headline Crescent City's June 4th-5th auction A “prostitute’s box” from Dodge City, Kansas dating to around 1900, a fine collection of 20th century Meissen figures and a bronze sculpture by Henri Trodoux will headline Crescent City's next auction
News-Antique.com - May 21,2016 - NEW ORLEANS, La. – A “prostitute’s box” from Dodge City, Kansas dating to around 1900, a fine collection of 20th century Meissen figures, a handsome 19th century English George II-style inlaid carved walnut chest-on-chest, and a bronze sculpture by 19th century French artist Henri Emile Adrien Trodoux, titled Boxer Dog and a Rat, will all come up for bid June 4th and 5th.
They’re just a few of the expected star lots in a weekend estates auction planned by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Lots 1-650 will be sold on June 4th, starting at 9 am Central time, and lots 651-1,058 will come under the gavel June 5th, beginning at 10 am. Featured will be items from Southern and local estates.
A prostitute’s box was a carved wooden container that a lady of the evening might use to store her essentials. In this case, the lady was named Alice (her name is carved into the lid) and her box held a perfume bottle, a wood-handled brass derringer with mini-balls, an Art Nouveau match safe and powder flask, a sterling-handled dagger and a flask to hold liquor.
The box, with all the above-mentioned items and measuring 13 ¼ inches by 6 ¾ inches, should change hands for $2,000-$4,000. The English George II-style chest-on-chest is regal, at 69 ¼ inches tall by 42 inches wide; it’s expected to bring $1,000-$2,000. The Trodoux animalier sculpture is signed on the base and stands but four inches tall. It’s estimated at $700-$1,200.
The auction will be packed with original artwork (much of it by New Orleans and other regional artists); French, English and American period furniture pieces; antique French clocks; lamps and lighting; mirrors and early 20th century Mardi Gras collectibles. Jewelry will include diamonds, emeralds, tanzanites, sapphires, rubies, Tahitian pearls and stylish 14kt antique pocket watches.
Bidders perusing the jewelry might also want to consider the lovely French mother-of-pearl and brass inlaid and bound carved rosewood jewelry casket, made around 1880. The piece carries an estimate of $1,200-$1,800. Also offered will be a late 19th century French Empire style ormolu mounted mahogany Trumeau mirror, imposing at 100 inches tall. It should bring $1,200-$1,800.
Paintings by noted local artists will feature an oil on canvas by Jack R. Myers (La., 1930-1994), done in 1977 and titled Cotton Picking (est. $3,000-$5,000); a watercolor by New Orleans artist William Woodward (1859-1939), titled Feeding Ducks by the Pier, New England, signed, dated 1890 (est. $2,500-$4,500); and an oil on board by Alberta Kinsey (New Orleans, 1875-1952), titled Brulatour Courtyard, signed and beautifully presented in a gilt frame (est. $1,500-$2,500).
An oil on board, painted and signed by New Orleans artist Clarence Millett (1897-1959), titled St. Louis Cathedral from Chartres Street, framed and 10 inches by 8 inches, is expected to reach $4,000-$6,000. Also, a 20th century painting by another New Orleans artist, James L. Kendrick, titled Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, signed, 15 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches,