Limoges, Meissen, Tiffany share ranks with original art in May 12-13 auction

NEW ORLEANS, La. – More than 1,200 lots of antiques and collectibles in a wide array of categories will cross the block on May 12-13 at Crescent City Auction Gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. (CST) each day. Online bidding will be provided by

Pair of oil on canvas paintings by Victor Mazier  Monumental pair of arched oils on canvas by Victor Mazier (1864), one signed, 128 1/4 inches by 58 1/4 inches. Courtesy Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Offered will be fine art (to include Part 2 of the collection of Dr. James W. Nelson of Gonzalez, La., who specialized in Louisiana and New Orleans artworks), silver (including Tiffany), estate jewelry, period furniture, Persian rugs, chandeliers and lighting, antique clocks (case and regular) and fine pottery and porcelain, including pieces by Majolica, Limoges, Meissen, and more.

Also sold will be the estate of a dealer/collector from Hattiesburg, Miss., featuring a huge collection of high-end curios.

Artworks will be a major component of the auction. One lot expected to garner interest is a signed oil on board by the African-American folk artist Clementine Hunter (La., 1886-1988). The work, titled “Saturday Night at the Honky Tonk” (circa 1966) was purchased by the current owner’s grandmother from Ms. Hunter at Melrose Plantation in Louisiana circa 1966.

Another noteworthy lot is a pair of monumental arched oils on canvas by Victor Mazier (French), done in 1864 and titled “Praying to the Virgin Mary” and “Priests in Prayer.” The latter is signed, dated and marked (Paris). Both paintings are unframed, but they certainly are impressive, at 128 1/4 inches by 58 1/4 inches.


Mahogany clock by Thomas Armstrong  Carved mahogany tall case clock, circa 19th century, with brass and steel dial labeled Thomas Armstrong & Brother.

Period furniture will feature an American classical carved mahogany Gothic secretary bookcase, 86 1/2 inches tall (circa 1850); a Louis Philippe carved walnut chest (circa 1840); an 18th century French provincial Louis XIII-style carved walnut double-door armoire with carved “star” panels; a French provincial Louis XV-style carved cherry double-door armoire (circa 1850); and a lovely French provincial carved cherry sideboard on cabriole legs (circa 1800).

An expected star of the clocks category is a 19th century carved mahogany tall case clock with the brass and steel dial labeled Thomas Armstrong & Brother, Manchester (88 inches tall). The clock would pair well with the featured fine antique Persian Kashan rug, 10 feet 2 inches by 14 feet, as would the 20th century Chickering ebonized baby grand piano with six Ampico paper rolls they are offering in this auction.

Silver pieces will include a fine Tiffany sterling Art Nouveau center bowl weighing 28.45 troy ounces (circa 1906); and a 97-piece set of sterling flatware by Gorham in the Willow pattern, weighing 97.7 troy ounces (circa 1954). Estate jewelry will feature three ladies’ stainless Rolex wristwatches (two with gold, all mounted with diamonds) and a selection of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and pearls.

Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is a locally owned and operated full-service auction house based in New Orleans. The firm conducts sales featuring fine art (particularly works from Louisiana and the Southern United States), pottery, silver, jewelry, art glass, furniture (especially American, English and Continental), lighting, decorative accessories and more.

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Tiffany art nouveau bowl  Fine Tiffany sterling Art Nouveau center bowl (circa 1906), 12 inches in diameter, 28.45 troy ounces.