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Old silver inspires bidding frenzy in New Orleans

Impressive silver flatware sets, including a 117-piece set of Reed & Barton “Love Disarmed”, were among the highlights of a three-day auction presented by the New Orleans Auction Galleries .

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Auction Galleries realized more than $2.5 million in a three-day sale held Oct. 10-12.

The auction included fine art, antique furniture, Asian arts, silver, fine estate jewelry,

Reed & Barton silver flatware

117-piece set of Reed & Barton “Love Disarmed” sterling silver flatware, commanded $24,600. (Photo courtesy NOAG)

decorative arts, carpets and textiles. An important collection of Southern contemporary and postwar British art attracted significant interest from bidders, with a mixed media oil on canvas painting by Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer realizing $51,660, a brushed steel sculpture by Robert Adams achieving $39,360 and an acrylic on canvas painting by Albert Irvin reaching $22,140.

An extensive selection of silver led to a bidding frenzy. A six-piece suite of George IV Matthew Boulton Old Sheffield plate hollowware fetched $10,455. The consignor acquired the pieces in 1967 from the chauffeur of an old Jamaica Great House owner, who was given the set for faithful service.

Other silver highlights include a 117-piece set of Reed & Barton “Love Disarmed” sterling silver flatware, which soared to $24,600; a 210-piece cased set of Gorham “Landsdowne” parcel-gilt sterling silver flatware that realized $10,455; and a cased 290-piece set of Watson “Wild Rose” sterling silver flatware and a seven-piece tea set that sold for $15,990. Sunday’s session opened to a packed room and serious bidding on a collection of fine estate jewelry from a New Orleans estate.

Highlights from the morning session include a David Webb 18-karat yellow gold cuff reaching $15,375; a pair of David Webb 18-karat yellow gold, diamond and pearl door knocker ear clips soaring to $17,220; a Buccellati 18-karat yellow gold, emerald and sapphire hinged bangle bracelet realizing $30,135; and a platinum, 18-karat yellow gold, light yellow and white diamond ring selling for $36,900. Other highlights from the sale include a painting by John McCrady, $29,520; a painting by Kate Freeman Clark, $66,420; and a Regency Japanned Chinoiserie console, $9,225.

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