NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Auction Galleries’ Dec. 6-8 sale rose and surpassed expectations, garnering significant interest from bidders in the room, on the phones and the Internet. The three-day sale included over 1,700 lots of antique to contemporary fine art, sculpture, furniture, silver, clocks, estate jewelry, designer furs, Asian decorative arts and more from several important estates and private collections. Many lots soared above
their high estimates to achieve impressive prices.
“This sale tops off a tremendously successful year for us. Our commitment to excellent customer service continues to attract new buyers and consignors from across the country and around the world.” remarked Susan Krohn, CEO of New Orleans Auction Galleries.
The weekend kicked off with a well-attended and festive evening preview reception and annual holiday party. Bidders buzzed with excitement as they mingled and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while previewing items offered in the sale.
Session I on Friday began with intense interest on the first lot of the day, a pair of 19th century rosewood and mother-of-pearl inlaid trapezoidal side tables, which sold for $14,145. Friday also featured an extensive collection of clocks, including an exceptional French Restauration bronze dore mantel clock that achieved $6,150 and a Louis XIV parcel-gilt and polychromed fixed hand clock, ca. 1700, that realized $20,910.
Highlights from Saturday include a mid-18th century five-piece Dutch delft garniture that sold for $7,380; an 18th century Flemish tapestry depicting Cupid and Psyche soared to $39,360; another 18th century Flemish tapestry depicting nobles frolicking in a verdant garden which achieved $24,600; “Princess of Orange,” an exquisite oil on canvas by Nicolaes Maes, reached $120,540 and a 17th century carved walnut sacristy cabinet sold
Sunday was a strong close to the successful three-day sale with silver and jewelry commanding high prices. A fine 19th century five-piece Dominick & Haff sterling silver tea set sold for $14,760, a 182-piece set of Gorham “Versailles” sterling silver flatware reached $14,145 and a 152-piece Reed & Barton “Francis I” sterling silver flatware service achieved $10,147. In addition, a stunning vintage 18-karat white gold, sterling silver, diamond and baroque pearl necklace realized $24,600.
New Orleans Auction’s next estates auction will be held on March 15-16, 2014. To learn more about consigning, visit NewOrleansAuction.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-566-1849.