Eclectic mix of fine and decorative art headlining Oct. 10-12 sale

NEW ORLEANS — On Oct. 10-12, New Orleans Auction Galleries will offer the important fine art collection of Lane N. Meltzer, prominent New Orleans resident and former Chairman of the Board of Latter & Blum Realtors, in a Fall Estates Auction. Meltzer’s collection will be featured alongside an extensive selection of 19th and 20th century fine art and sculpture, antique to contemporary furniture, fine estate jewelry, decorative arts, silver, carpets and textiles, Asian arts and more from estates and private collections from throughout the country.

Five Panels of Framed Chinese Hand-Painted Wallpaper, probably 19th century, decorated with Mandarin figures in gardens at plazas and a series of pagodas, in contemporary frames, each panel, h. 59", w. 23".  ($800 - $1,200)

Five Panels of Framed Chinese Hand-Painted Wallpaper, probably 19th century, decorated with Mandarin figures in gardens at plazas and a series of pagodas, in contemporary frames, each panel, h. 59″, w. 23″. ($800 – $1,200)

One of the greatest joys in Meltzer’s life was building his collection of 20th and 21st century art. His relationship with Gimpel Fils gallery in London introduced him to prominent British contemporary artists, such as Albert Irvin, Robert Adams and Alan Davie. Meltzer also had a close friendship with Ida Kohlmeyer, collecting numerous important works from various periods in her career, all of which will be offered in the three-day sale.

Jelena Restovic James of New Orleans Auction notes that, “His unusual, yet unified collection of Southern Contemporary and British Post-War art hinged on his appreciation of the various abstract expressionist movements, especially those imbued with symbolism.”

New Orleans Auction Galleries, located at 510 Julia St. in New Orleans, will be open for exhibition from Sept. 29 – Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will host an evening reception on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5-8 p.m. The auction begins Friday, Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. and begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. To view the full catalogue or learn more about specific pieces offered in the sale, visit http://neworleansauction.com.

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