NEW ORLEANS – A lifetime collection of fine porcelains, furniture, art and silver will headline New Orleans Auction’s summer estate auction, July 25-26. The collection was amassed with an eye towards 19th century furnishings, Asian decorative arts and fine 20th century art. The sale includes lesser-known works by such notables as Warhol, Audubon and Haring.
The 1,285-lot sale has several pieces of George III-style mahogany furniture produced in the first quarter of the 19th Century. The pieces are excellent examples of the English interpretation of the Rococo style and were at home in the St. Charles Avenue Estate in which they were found. A George III-style mahogany sideboard, featuring a central cutlery drawer flanked to one side by a deep drawer and to the other by a cupboard, carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000 to $1,500. The sideboard is one of two in the sale. A solid slant-front knife box, inlaid in the style of Thomas Sheraton, may sell for between $400 and $700. A jardinière-on-stand, decorated with marquetry and fitted with a pair of brass liners, its curved legs joined by a shaped shelf centered by an inlaid panel, carries a $100 to $200 estimate.
Chinese export porcelain decorated in the Rose Medallion pattern is well represented by a variety of forms such as a pair of rose medallion garden seats, $200 to $400; a sauce pitcher, $200 to $400 and a pair of vases fitted with gilt-brass mounts as Carcel lamps, now electrified, $300 to $500. Each vase features a Chinese carved and polished jade finial.
Among the numerous silver offerings is a Wallingford Silver Co. sweetmeats dish, expected to bring $400 to $700; an unusual set of four large “floral repousse” goblets dating to the late 1800s, $500 to $800 and a German .800-standard silver, four piece coffee set with ivory handles which may sell for between $1,000 and $1,500.
Despite a selection of fine jewelry, fine art may just win the day after bidders are finished vying for three signed prints by artist Andy Warhol. The first offered is titled “Dollar Sign” and carries a pre-auction estimate of $6,000 to $9,000. The second is titled “Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato)” and is a screen print in colors on a shopping bag. The pre-auction estimate is $5,000 to $8,000. The third is a screen print portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in silver ink on cream wove paper, expected to bring $8,000 to $12,000.
Among the fine art is a singed screen print by Keith Haring titled "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil," expected to sell for between $5,000 and $8,000.