Nearly 1,600 lots of fine art, antiques pack four-day event

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Auction Galleries announces its Spring Estate Auction with nearly 1,600 lots, including fine paintings, art pottery, estate jewelry, a collection of garden furniture and statuary and an extensive clock collection. The auction will take place over a period of three days: Friday, April 19, starting at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, starting at 10 a.m.

Suite of four Chinese framed porcelain plaques, with famille rose enameled historical scenes and poems, circa 20th century, measuring 13 1/2 inches by 9 1/4 inches, and carries an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries)

Suite of four Chinese framed porcelain plaques, with famille rose enameled historical scenes and poems, circa 20th century, measuring 13 1/2 inches by 9 1/4 inches, and carries an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries)

Guests are welcome to preview the items at the Gallery, 510 Julia Street (at the corner of Magazine St.), April 3-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding Sundays. In addition, a late-evening preview event is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, from 5-8 p.m.

The auction will feature “Living Art”: An Important Collection of Works by New Orleans Artists. Proceeds from the “Living Art” auction will benefit the WLAE public broadcasting station. Artists in this special session include: Alex Beard, Raine Bedsole, Dr. Bob, George Dunbar, Mitchell Gaudet, Alan Gerson, Thomas Mann, Steve Martin, James Michalopoulos, Terrence Osborne, George Rodrigue, Hunt Slonem and Carlos Zervigon.

New Orleans Auction Galleries is also partnering with The Ogden Museum of Southern Art to auction a book of signed drawings donated by a patron to raise money for the museum. The book, “Sherwood Anderson & Other Famous Creoles,” is illustrated by William Spratling, with introductory text by Nobel Prize-winning author and occasional New Orleans resident William Faulkner. The book is signed by 41 of the 43 luminaries featured and was used as an important source for the recently published “Dixie Bohemia”, by John Shelton Reed.

For more information about New Orleans Auction Galleries, visit www.neworleansauction.com.

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