Neal Auction Co. sale achieves $4.3 million

NEW ORLEANS – A crayon drawing of a market scene by William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939) sold for $182,125 at Neal Auction Co.’s Oct. 6-7 “Louisiana Purchase Auction.” The auction totaled $4.3 million. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 20 percent up to $200,000, and 10 percent thereafter.

Woodward’s 16 inch by 20 inch crayon on board titled Coffee Five Cents Per Cup: Poydras Market, New Orleans, had been estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Another work by Woodward titled Henderson Point, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, sold well above its $30,000-$50,000 presale estimate and achieving $73,437.

An oil on canvas by Robert Wadsworth Grafton (American, 1876-1936, active New Orleans, 1916-1920) titled Wash Day, Vieux Carre Courtyard, was the auction’s second-highest seller. With an estimate of $30,000-$50,000, it reached $164,500.

An oil titled Old New Orleans by Louis Oscar Griffith (American, 1875-1956, active New Orleans, 1916-1917) brought $86,250.

dreamer.jpgThe Dreamer by Helen Maria Turner (American/New Orleans, 1858-1958) sold for $82,250. In a 1920 review for the New York World, critic W.G. Bowdoin wrote of the painting:

“The Dreamer… is an enticing study of femininity. The girl, with long ringlets, becomingly wears sheer white, the value of which is intensified by the cobalt blue of the background that has been skillfully used. The peacock fan is by no means negligible and the cut roses in an oviform container at the right make a jolly composition.”

stands.jpgFurniture lots included a large selection of labeled pieces by 19th-century makers such as John Henry Belter, J & J.W. Meeks and Walter Durfee. A circa 1765-1775 pair of George III carved, painted and giltwood “Atheniennes” with rams’ head terminals sold for an $88,125 against a presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

An American Rococo carved and laminated rosewood parlor suite in what is commonly referred to as the “Bird” pattern, sold for $76,375.

A 1919 Newcomb College Art Pottery matte glaze vase and a 1918 Newcomb matte glaze covered jar – both the work of Anna Frances Simpson – realized $14,100 and $11,456, respectively.

Neal Auction Co.’s “Holiday Estates Auction” will take place on Dec. 1-2. For more information, visit