Rosewood Rococo center table carves out $57,950

NEW ORLEANS — Neal Auction Company’s Important Winter Estates Auction witnessed excellent

Rococo center table

American Rococo carved and laminated rosewood center table, attributed to John Henry Belter, $57,950. (Photos courtesy Neal Auction Co.)

results for fine art, furniture, and decorative arts. The sale featured a number of notable collections, including (but not limited to) important furniture, period lighting and decorative objects, fine American art, and period furniture.

Neal Auction’s Important Winter Estates Auction achieved two record-breaking prices for works by artists Harold Rudolph ($51,850) and Jose-Maria Cundin ($41,480).

The top seller in the auction was a circa 1850-1860 American Rococo carved and laminated rosewood center table attributed to John Henry Belter, New York. Against a presale auction estimate of $20,000 to $40,000, the table sold for an impressive $57,950.

Fine art claimed many of the top positions in the sales results. A rare 1875 oil on canvas by New Orleans artist Harold Rudolph (1850-1884), titled “Crescent Moon over the Bayou,” achieved $51,850 against a presale estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. The sale of “Crescent Moon over the Bayou” represents a new record auction price for the artist. The former record price of $21,510 was set by Neal Auction Company on April 21, 2012 with “Fishing on the Louisiana Bayou.”

• Against a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, “Christmas Near Oxford, Mississippi” by American Scene artist John McCrady (American/New Orleans, 1911-1968), sold for $51,240.

• Against a presale estimate of $12,000 to $18,000, “City Park, Old Allard Plantation” by Andres Molinary (Gibraltar/New Orleans, 1847-1915), sold for $43,920 to a local museum.

• “Bird Doggin,” a humorous depiction of a seagull perched on the head of George Rodrigue’s (American/Louisiana, 1944-2013) beloved Blue Dog, achieved $42,700.

“Crescent Moon Over the Bayou"

Harold Rudolph, “Crescent Moon Over the Bayou,” $51,850.

• “Monolith #1,” a 1977 mixed media on canvas by New Orleans artist Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997) sold for $42,500, nearly tripling its $15,000 low estimate.

Carrying a presale auction estimate of $20,000 to $40,000, “The Malevolent Order of the Golden Eel” by Spanish-born Louisiana artist Jose-Maria Cundin (b. 1938), sold for $41,480, setting a new record auction price for the artist.

“Palms at Ponce Park, Florida,” an oil on canvas by William Aiken Walker (American/South Carolina, 1838-1921) realized $37,500.

Earning a place in the top ten results is an extensive Tiffany sterling silver flatware service in the “Olympian” pattern. The service more than doubled its low presale estimate of $18,000 as it realized $36,600, finding a new home with a Midwestern collector.

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