NEW ORLEANS – A set of four stained-glass windows from the Aesthetic period handily beat their pre-auction estimate to sell for $26,400 during the July 29-30 sale at St. Charles Gallery in New Orleans. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Dating from about 1880 and offered as a set, the lot was expected to sell for $10,000-$15,000. Each of the windows measures 8 feet tall by nearly 2 feet wide. The four designs picture a flower garden adorned with birds, and each panel is signed G. Pivain, Paris. A monumental 12-foot-tall walnut hall tree in the Renaissance Revival style sold within estimate at $24,000.
Three paintings by New Orleans native Robert Rucker (1932-2001) also performed well. Estimated at $5,000-$8,000, a painting titled Docking of the Steamboat City of Pittsburgh achieved $7,500. Two smaller paintings, each of which had been entered in the sale with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, finished well in the money. Bayou Scene with Fisherman on Skiff brought $9,600, and an untitled cabin scene finished at $4,080.
A landscape by Alexander John Drysdale (1870-1934) titled Bayou Landscape with Live Oak at Sunset realized $5,520. It was one of three Drysdale paintings offered in the sale. The other Drysdales were bid to $4,320 and $6,000, respectively.
The next sale at the New Orleans Auction St. Charles Gallery is set for Oct. 14-15. For more information, contact Greg Kowles or Tessa Steinkamp at 504-586-8733, or log on to www.stcharlesgallery.com.