Neal Auction’s annual Louisiana Purchase Auction

With concerns over the financial and mortgage markets looming, Neal Auction Company’s Oct. 11-12, 2008 Louisiana Purchase Auction(TM) should serve as testament to a strong and healthy art market. With one exception, every single one of Neal Auction Company’s TOP 30 LOTS sold within estimate (11), over estimate (5), or blissfully well above its presale auction estimate (13). Collector confidence in quality works of art and antiques remains as strong as ever.
 
TOP 30 LOTS
 
#1 • Lot 245 • John McCrady • Political Rally • $422,000
 
Neal Auction Company’s 1935 John McCrady (American, 1911-1968) painting, “Political Rally,” sold for $422,000 against a presale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. 
 
Neal Auction Company’s important and widely exhibited McCrady painting achieved a record price for a work by the artist. The $422,000 price realized is a clear indication of a strong market fueled by collector confidence in quality works of art and antiques.

Neal Auction Company continues to dominate the marketplace for works by Mississippi artists with record prices achieved for such high profile names as Walter Inglis Anderson, Marie Atkinson Hull, John McCrady, William Dunlap, Theora Hamblett, Karl Wolfe, Mildred Wolfe, and Kate Freeman Clark among others.
 
#2 • Lot 309 • The Hatch Presentation Service • $323,000
 
With a presale estimate of $140,000 to $180,000, Neal Auction Company’s Terfloth & Küchler (Bernard Terfloth & Christopf Christian Küchler, wc. 1858-1866) New Orleans Coin Silver Presentation Coffee and Tea Service realized $323,000.
 
Neal Auction Company’s coffee and tea service, known as The Hatch Presentation Service, included a tray, a coffeepot, two teapots, a covered sugar basin, a waste bowl and a cream pitcher, (combined weight 295.75 troy ozs.) which were inscribed: “Presented to F.H. Hatch / Collector of the Port of New Orleans / By his Friends in the Custom House / May 1st 1861,” and decorated with regional scenes. The Hatch Silver Service achieved a record price for an American coin silver service sold at auction.
 
#3 • Lot 206 • William Woodward • Furnished Rooms, French Town • $129,000
 
Neal Auction Company’s William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939), Raffaelli crayon on board titled “Furnished Rooms, French Town” attained $129,000 against an estimate of $75,000 to $125,000. 
 
The record price for a Woodward painting, “Coffee Five Cents Per Cup,” sold in Neal Auction Company’s 2007 Louisiana Purchase Auction™ for $182,000.
 
#4 • Lot 281 • William Woodward • Poydras Market • $76,375
 
Neal Auction Company’s 1929 William Woodward painting, “Poydras Market, Baronne St., 1885,” achieved an impressive result. Against a presale estimate of $50,000 to $75,000, the small, 10 by 14 inch painting reached $76,375.
 
#5 • Lot 294 • New Orleans Half-Tester Bed • $70,500
 
A circa 1850 New Orleans Rococo Carved Rosewood Half-Tester Bed also sold exceptionally well at $70,500.00—within estimate. In form, proportion and carved decoration, Neal Auction’s bed bears a strong relationship to the famous carved rosewood bed from Prudent Mallard now at Lansdowne in Natchez. 
 
#6 • Lot 384 • Belter “Tuthill King” Sofa • $60,000
 
The mid-19th century American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Sofa, attributed to John Henry Belter, in the “Tuthill King” pattern, performed within estimate during Neal Auction Company’s 2008 Louisiana Purchase AuctionTM, selling for an impressive $60,000.
 
#7 • Lot 246 • Kate Freeman Clark • Cosmos • $58,750
 
The 1904-1905 oil by Kate Freeman Clark (American/ Mississippi, 1875-1957) titled “Cosmos,” achieved a record price for a work by the artist sold at auction, realizing $58,750.
 
With world record prices achieved for such high profile artists as Walter Inglis Anderson, Marie Atkinson Hull, John McCrady, William Dunlap, Theora Hamblett, Karl Wolfe, Mildred Wolfe, and Kate Freeman Clark, among others, Neal Auction Company continues to dominate the marketplace for works by Mississippi artists.
 
#8 • Lot 373 • Charles Dorman Robinson • Forts Jackson & St. Philip • $54,050
 
Neal Auction Company achieved yet another world record price with “The Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip,” a 1902 oil by American artist Charles Dorman Robinson (1847-1933). The painting more than doubled its low presale estimate of $25,000, selling for the record price of $54,050.
 
#9 • Lot 204 • Herter Cabinet • $48,175
 
With a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 Neal Auction Company’s circa 1865 American Renaissance Inlaid and Gilt-Incised Rosewood Parlor Cabinet attributed to Herter Brothers, New York, saw tremendous results, soaring above estimate and reaching $48,175.

#10 • Lot 379 • Belter Bed • $42,000
 
Neal Auction Company’s circa 1850-1860 American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Bed bearing the patent stamp of John Henry Belter, New York, also performed well, selling over its $30,000 presale low estimate and achieving $42,000.
 
#11 • Lot 428 • John James Audubon • Hooping Crane • $41,125
 
Selling within estimate was Neal Auction Company’s “Hooping Crane, View in the Interior of the Floridas with Sand Hills in the Distance” after John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851), which achieved a handsome $41,125.

#12 • Lot 894 • New Orleans Rococo Carved Rosewood Armoire • $41,125
 
With a presale estimate of $18,000 to $25,000, Neal Auction Company’s mid 19th century New Orleans Rococo Carved Rosewood Armoire, related to the bedroom furniture from Prudent Mallard at Landsdowne in Natchez, realized an exceptional $41,125.
 
#13 • Lot 608 • George Rodrigue • Blue Dog Series • $38,775
 
Neal Auction Company’s 1992 George Rodrigue (American/ Louisiana, b. 1944) oil titled “Cameo Appearance: Blue Dog Series,” also performed well above its $18,000 to $24,000 presale estimate, attaining $38,775.
 
#14 • Lot 424 • John James Audubon • Brown Pelican • $38,188
 
Selling for an impressive $38,188.00, Neal Auction Company’s John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) “Brown Pelican” performed within expectation.
 
#15 • Lot 240 • Louis Oscar Griffith • Old French Market • $35,250
 
Neal Auction Company’s Louis Oscar Griffith (American/ Indiana, 1875-1956, active New Orleans, 1916-1917), oil on canvas titled “Old French Market, New Orleans,” sold just over its high estimate, attaining an impressive $35,250.
 
Neal Auction Company continues to dominate the market in terms of works sold by Louis Oscar Griffith and his friend/fellow Indianan, Robert Wadsworth Grafton, holding the record price for each individual artist, as well as for a collaborative work.
 
#16 • Lot 284 • William Woodward • Back Bay, Biloxi • $34,800.
 
Against a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, Neal Auction Company’s third William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939) painting titled “Benachi Avenue at Back Bay, Biloxi” sold impressively over estimate at $34,800.00.
 
#17 • Lot 413 • William Aiken Walker • Cabin  • $32,312
 
Selling well over its $25,000 low estimate and achieving $32,312, Neal Auction Company’s William Aiken Walker (American/South Carolina, 1838-1921) 6 by 12 inch oil on board titled “Cabin” performed well.
 
#18 • Lot 629 • David Bates • Flat Top • $31,200
 
Neal Auction Company’s comparatively small (24 by 20 inch) painting by David Bates (American/Texas, b. 1952) titled “Flat Top” out performed its estimate and sold exceedingly well. With a presale estimate of $6,000 to $9,000, the Bates painting reached $31,200.00— the second highest price ever achieved at auction for a work by the artist, and the highest price for a work of its size.

#19 • Lot 219 • Newcomb College Matte Glaze Mantel Clock • $30,550
 
Also greatly exceeding estimate was an exceptionally rare commissioned 1916 Newcomb College Art Pottery Matte Glaze Mantel Clock decorated by Sadie Irvine. With a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000, the Newcomb clock reached an outstanding $30,550.
 
#20 • Lot 109 • Allen & Brother Cabinet • $27,025
 
Against a presale estimate of $7,000 to $9,000, Neal Auction Company’s circa 1880 American Renaissance Ebonized, Gilt Incised, Burled Walnut and Chased Copper Cabinet attributed Allen & Brother, Philadelphia, realized a very impressive $27,025.

#21 • Lot 372 • Bronze Patinated Zinc Figure of Andrew Jackson • $27,025
 
Neal Auction Company’s 19th century American Bronze Patinated Zinc Figure of Andrew Jackson, after the 1853 original in Washington D.C. by Clark Mills (American, 1810-1883) fared well, selling just under estimate at $27,025.

#22 • Lot 255 • The 1884 Mistick Krewe of Comus Cup • $25,850
 
Estimated at $7,000 to $9,000, Neal Auction Company’s New Orleans Carnival 1884 Mistick Krewe of Comus Cup from the Schindler Collection brought an unprecedented $25,850.
 
#23 • Lot 278 • Robert Wadsworth Grafton New Basin Canal • $24,000
 
Neal Auction Company’s 1916 Robert Wadsworth Grafton (American, 1876-1936, active New Orleans, 1916-1920) oil on board titled “New Basin Canal, New Orleans” achieved $24,000, selling within estimate.
 
Neal Auction Company continues to dominate the market in terms of works sold by Robert Wadsworth Grafton and his friend/fellow Indianan, Louis Oscar Griffith holding the record price for each individual artist, as well as for a collaborative work.
 
#24 • Lot 412 • Elizabeth O’Neill Verner • Charlotte Selling Flowers • $24,000
 
Against a presale low estimate of $20,000, Neal Auction Company’s 16 by 12 1⁄2 inch Elizabeth O’Neill Verner (American/South Carolina, 1883-1979) pastel titled “Charlotte Selling Flowers” performed very well, achieving $24,000.00—the second highest recorded price for a work by the artist, and the highest price achieved for a work of its size.

#25 • Lot 374 • Lorenzo Bartolini (attr.) • Col. A. P. Hayne • $23,500
 
With a presale low estimate of $15,000, Neal Auction Company’s early 1830s white marble “Portrait Bust of Col. Arthur Peronneau Hayne (1788/90-1867)” attributed to Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian, 1777-1850) sold very well, achieving $23,500.
 
#26 • Lot 378 • Emmanuel Frémiet • Jeanne d’Arc à Cheval • $23,500
 
Estimated at $8,000 to $10,000, Neal Auction’s French Gilt Bronze Statuette of “Jeanne d’Arc à Cheval,” after Emmanuel Frémiet (French, 1824-1910), achieved a remarkable $23,500.

#27 • Lot 729 • Georgian-Style Bronze and “Lapis Lazuli” Athéniennes • $23,500
 
With an estimate of $1,500 to $2,500, a highly decorative Pair of Georgian-Style Bronze and “Lapis Lazuli” Athéniennes soared well above estimate to achieve $23,500.
 
#28 • Lot 391 • Belter Rosewood Étagère • $23,500
 
A mid-19th century American Rococo Carved Rosewood Étagère attributed to John Henry Belter, New York, also fared well, realizing $23,500.00 against a $15,000 to $25,000 presale estimate.

#29 • Lot 876 • A Pair of Continental White Marble Sphinxes • $21,150
 
With a presale estimate of $12,000 to $18,000, an early 20th century Matched Pair of Monumental Continental White Marble Sphinxes in the Neo-Imperial-Style sold above expectation at $21,150.
 
#30 • Lot 112 • American Classical Mahogany Armoire • $20,400
 
A circa 1830 American Classical Bronze-Mounted Mahogany Armoire, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000, realized an impressive $20,400.
 
LAGNIAPPE LOTS WORTH NOTE
 
Lot 342, An Important Collection of Autograph Letters Signed from Dr. John Sibley to Governor William C.C. Claiborne Concerning the Newly Acquired Louisiana Purchase Territory, achieved $17,037 against a $5,000 to $7,000 presale estimate.
 
Lot 718, a 1759 Sèvres Polychrome and Gilt Porcelain Cup and Saucer decorated by Jean Pierre Ledoux achieved $12,690.00.
 
Estimated at $2,500 to $3,500, Lot 361, a Samuel Henry Lockett (American, 1837- 1891) “Louisiana State University Topographical Map of Louisiana Showing the Characteristic Features of the Surface of the State in Symbols and Colors Compiled from the Latest and most Authentic Sources with many additions and actual reconnaissance by S.H. Lockett Professor of Engineering Assisted in the drawing by D.M. Brosnan of the class of 1872,” realized $10,575.
 
A record auction price of $7,200 was achieved for Mississippi artist William Dunlap (b. 1944) with lot 601, “Storm Watch,” a 52 by 38 inch polymer and colored pencil painting.

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