Marie Adrien Persac work soars to $371,000 in $3.5 million fine art auction

Confederate Battle Flag sells for $59,750

An 1862 Confederate Battle Flag of the 47th Georgia Infantry achieved $59,750.

NEW ORLEANS — Fine art filled many of the top earner slots in Neal Auction Company’s Nov. 20-21, 2010, Louisiana Purchase® sale, boosting the final take of the event to $3.5 million.

The sale docket featured 18th and 19th century American, French and English antiques, Southern paintings, historical material and decorative arts. Consignments from several discerning collectors, estates and institutions assured the quality of the offerings. Prices realized include a buyer’s premium of 22 percent of the hammer price on each lot up to and including $200,000 plus 10 percent of the hammer price greater than $200,000. For purchases made by check, cash or wire transfer, the buyer’s premium is discounted 2.5 percent of the 22 percent.

Consignments are now being accepted for future Neal Auctions. For a free auction estimate, contact Reid Hinshelwood, Associate Director of Consignments, at 504-899-5329 or

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This mid-19th century American Rococo Carved Rosewood Half Tester Bed achieved $42,700.
A circa 1845 American Gothic Carved Rosewood Center Table after a design by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), New York, realized $44,812 against a presale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.
Against an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000, lot 212, a 1924 George Louis Viavant (American/New Orleans, 1872-1925) watercolor titled "Nature Morte: Green Headed Mallard Duck" achieved $43,020, making it the second highest price ever achieved for a work of art by the artist at auction, the record being achieved with lot 219, Green-Winged Teal, which sold in the auction for $50,190.
A 1916 George Louis Viavant (American/New Orleans, 1872-1925) watercolor of a "Green-Winged Teal" realized $50,190, a world record price for a work by the artist at auction.
Against a presale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000, lot 314, "Palo Alto Plantation" by Marie Adrien Persac (French/New Orleans, 1823-1873), soared to $371,000, achieving a new world record price for a work by the artist at auction. The former record price of $195,000 was achieved by Neal Auction Company in February 2003.
A "Portrait of Emeranthe Marie Magdeleine Becnel Brou Hermann" by Jean-Joseph Vaudechamp (French, 1790-1866, active New Orleans, 1831-1839), achieved $44,812 against a presale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.
A James Guy Evans (New Orleans/Active, 1835-1860) painting of the "Tow Boat Conqueror of New Orleans, Capt. John Heaton, Coming up from the Balize, October 29th, 1847" performed exceptionally well, achieving a record price of $197,175.
A 12 by 20 inch William Henry Buck (Norwegian/New Orleans, 1840-1888) "View of Bayou St. John," greatly exceeded its presale auction estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 to realize $261,000, the highest price per square inch for a work by the artist.
An 1887 Elliott Daingerfield (American/North Carolina, 1859-1932) oil depicting "Wash Day," realized $59,750, the third highest price paid at auction for a work by the artist.

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