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Nearly 1,300 lots will come up for bid Feb. 15-16 at Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans
Merchandise from a prominent French Quarter collector, items from other important local estates and Part 3 of the John Scheffler Mardi Gras Collection will come up for bid at a massive auction Feb. 15-16 at Crescent City Auction Gallery.
In all, over 1,300 quality, mostly fresh to the market lots will cross the auction block, including many original works of art (featuring oil paintings by renowned regional artists), period American and European (mostly French) furniture, Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, estate jewelry, antique lighting and clocks, sterling silver, fine decorative accessories and more.
Exhibition previews will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, through Friday, Feb. 14 (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed), from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. A late evening preview will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, until 8 p.m. It will include a book signing for the recently released Noel Rockmore andShirley Marvin – Our Journey to the Discovery of Rockmore, by Shirley, Rich and Tee Marvin.
An oil on canvas by Rockmore (La., 1928-1995), featured on the cover of that very book – titled Self Portrait of the Artist, 49 ½ inches by 27 ½ inches – will be in the auction. It should bring $3,000-$5,000. An oil on board by renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), titled The Watermelon Picnic (circa 1960), is also expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000.
A 19th century oil on canvas work by Belgian artist Petrus Van Schendel (1806-1870), signed and titled Young Woman by Candlelight (38 inches by 28 ¼ inches), should hammer for $10,000-$15,000. Also, a 1902 oil on canvas by Marc Decoster, titled Portrait of a GentlemanWith a Cigarette (possibly Czar Nicholas II of Russia), is estimated to command $2,000-$4,000.
The auction will also feature two works by Georgia-born New Orleans artist Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934). One, an early 20th century oil wash on cardboard titled Moss Draped OakTree, pencil signed by the artist, should hit $4,500-$6,500/
Turning to antique clocks and lighting, a rare pair of cut crystal gasoliers, quite possibly Baccarat, made around 1900 and now electrified, 59 inches tall by 39 inches in diameter, is expected to garner $8,000-$12,000;
Period French furniture is expected to wow the crowd. A 12-piece Renaissance Revival carved mahogany dining room suite by Emile Leger should reach $8,000-$12,000;
A French Empire-style ormolu mounted carved mahogany four-piece salon suite from the late 19th century, consisting of two side chairs, a fauteuil and a settee, is expected to change hands for $1,500-$2,500. Also from the furniture category, a massive late 19th century Baroque Revival carved oak bookcase, 97 inches tall, should make $1,200-$1,800.
A set of eight carved mahogany Chippendale-
Part 3 of the John Scheffler collection will feature a Mardi Gras parade bulletin dated Feb. 7, 1910 (Proteus), titled Astrology (est. $450-$650), plus 25 other bulletins; a Mardi Gras ball invitation dated Feb. 11, 1902 (Comus), titled The Fairy Kingdom (est. $400-$600), plus 32 other invitations;
Returning to artwork, offered will be an original oil on canvas by Robert Rucker (La., 1932-2001), titled The Steamboat Natchez, signed and framed, 15 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches (est. $4,000-$6,000);
Rounding out some of the auction’s expected stars are a Newcomb Pottery matte glaze vase made in 1927 by Sadie Irvine, 3 ½ inches tall; two pieces of George Ohr pottery (a cup and a candlestick);
Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com (the new name for Artfact.com)
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 Feb. 15-16 sale is available on request. All lots can be seen online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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