Peter the Great portrait steals the show at St. Charles Gallery sale


NEW ORLEANS—An oil-on-canvas portrait of young Peter the Great attracted bidders from around the world and sold for $11,700 at a May 30-31 auction at New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery. (This sale and all prices listed include a 20 percent buyer’s premium up to and including $200,000 and 10 percent of the excess.)

Other highlights include a Baccarat amberina six-arm chandelier that crossed the block at $3,360, a fine Regency mahogany cellarette that brought $5,760, and a pair of Regency-style bronze mounted floor lamps that commanded many bids over the estimate and sold for $1,920. In addition, an English arched-top, inlaid looking glass sold for $6,300; a polychromed two-part bibliotheque brought $7,800, and a period Louis XV oak buffet brought $5,280.

An oil-on-canvas by Robert Rucker titled Federal Steamer Empire Parish went to a private collector for $5,760, and several Alexander John Drysdales sold, one of which brought $5,040. A pair of rosewood side chairs attributed to John and Joseph Meeks sold for $5,520, while a heavily floral-carved Rococo revival rosewood slant front desk took in $4,800. A late Classical worktable with gilded and cornucopia carved highlights sold for $5,280, and a sterling silver 15-piece punch service brought $4,320.

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Russian School (19th century) "Portrait of the Young Peter the Great," oil on canvas, 30 inches by 25 inches. Presented in an antique gilt and gesso frame. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Price realized: $11,700. Photo courtesy St. Charles Gallery

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