NEW ORLEANS – On July 26-28, 2013, New Orleans Auction Galleries achieved $2.3 million during its summer estates auction, offering 1,600 lots of antique and contemporary fine art, sculpture, furniture, lighting, silver, estate jewelry, couture handbags and more.
“What made this sale so exciting and outstanding was the large number of new bidders. The range and quality of what we offer was also reflected in this sale,” said Susan Krohn, CEO of New Orleans Auction Galleries.
The sale opened with a suite of six Chinese rosewood armchairs, which reached $15,990 and a Meiji period Japanese mixed-metal incense burner that fetched $16,605.
Other highlights include an early Victorian Chinoisserie ebonized center table that achieved $49,200; three-pieces of Daum, Nancy, cameo-cut, acid-etched and enameled Franco-Russian presentation glass sold for $9,225; a set of four Aubusson tapestries by Braquenie Freres brought $19,680; and an extensive collection of Rose Medallion porcelain realized more than $36,000.
With more than 150 lots of silver, many attracted serious interest, including a collection of 17th century English spoons from the estate of Ruth Wilkins Sullivan, which brought over $5,400, and a set of four George I sterling silver dessert spoons from the same estate achieved $2,706. A large Portuguese second standard .833 silver swan centerpiece brought $6,150 and a 19th century Prussian .750 silver-covered punch bowl and ladle sold for $7,995. Also of note is a 301-piece set of Whiting “Lily” sterling silver flatware that reached $15,990.
Contemporary Southern art highlights include “Two Uncles and a Niece” by George Rodrigue, which brought $54,120; an untitled acrylic on canvas triptych by Allison Stewart realized $8,610; “Sunset Over Bayou” by Alexander John Drysdale reached $8,302; Hunt Slonem’s “Picul 114” sold for a record price of $17,835; and Johann Berthelsen’s “St. Paul’s Chapel, New York” achieved $10,147.
The room was filled on Sunday morning for an extraordinary collection of estate jewelry, with a platinum and 18-karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond ring with a center-cut emerald soaring to $46,740 and a Tiffany 18-karat yellow gold Italian fringe bracelet fetching $17,220.
New Orleans Auction Galleries’ next estates auction will be held Oct. 5-6 and will feature the important 19th century American furniture and decorative arts collection of John and Lise Bohm.
To view a complete list of sales results or learn more about consigning with New Orleans Auction Galleries, visit neworleansauction.com.