Meissen dresser box in the Capodimonte style will be part of Crescent City's Sept. 16th-18th auction A Parisian street scene by the French painter Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988) and a 19th century porcelain Meissen bronze-mounted dresser box made in the Capodimonte style will be auctioned Sept. 16-18.
News-Antique.com - Sep 05,2016 - NEW ORLEANS, La. – A visually arresting Parisian street scene by the French painter Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988) and a 19th century porcelain Meissen bronze-mounted dresser box made in the Capodimonte style are two expected top lots at Crescent City Auction Gallery's upcoming three-day estates auction planned for Sept. 16-18, at two of their galleries on St. Charles Avenue.
On Friday morning, Sept. 16, starting at 11 am Central time, 483 lots will come up for bid from the Crescent City Auction Exchange building, CCAG’s annex, at 1401 St. Charles Avenue. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 17 (at 9 am), and Sunday, Sept. 18 (at 10 am), 1,185 lots will come under the gavel at Crescent City Auction Gallery's main gallery across the way at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.
The auction is being billed as a Major September Estates Auction and, true to its title, it will feature quality merchandise in a variety of categories, pulled from prominent local estates and collections. The auction's headliner promises to be the property from the estate of Sharon Litwin, an Englishwoman who became a huge force in culture and community activism in New Orleans.
Ms. Litwin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in June at age 75, co-founded NolaVie, a cultural, not-for-profit website that launched in 2011, for which she wrote a weekly “culture watch” column. She also produced a culture-news segment on local radio station WWNO-FM. Ms. Litwin's items in the auction reflect her lifelong passion for the arts, culture and collecting.
Antoine Blanchard is the pseudonym under which artist Marcel Masson painted his enormously popular (and equally collectible) Parisian street scenes. The work being sold is an oil on canvas titled L'Avenue de l'Opera., 23 ¾ inches by 29 ¾ inches and artist-signed lower right. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Blanchard's paintings today are highly prized by collectors.
Meissen pieces are also coveted by collectors, who are drawn to the creations of Europe's first porcelain factory, founded in 1710. The dresser box being sold, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, has the added allure of being made in the Capodimonte style. Capodimonte is the Italian (and later Spanish) porcelain factory noted for production of figure groups designed by Giuseppe Gricci.
The rest of the three-day auction will be filled with the very items people have come to expect from Crescent City Auction gallery’s sales: period French and American furniture, original artwork (much of it by New Orleans and other regional Southern artists), antique clocks, lamps and lighting, gorgeous mirrors, beds and bedroom suites, fine decorative accessories and more.
The French period furniture will be plentiful and consist of pieces dating from the early 19th to the early 20th century. Featured will be sideboards, commodes, armoires, vassaliers, vitrines and tables, in styles that include Louis XV-style, French Empire, Louis Philippe, Gothic Revival, Louis XIII and more.
Other French antiques in the auction will include a gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock with time and strike, made circa 19th century and almost 17 inches in