NEW ORLEANS, La. – The complete liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelers – the iconic jeweler of
the New Orleans French Quarter – plus Part 2 of items from Twin Oaks – the onetime home of author Robert Penn Warren in Prairieville, La. – will headline a massive two-day auction event slated for December 12th-13th by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
The sale will be held in Crescent City’s gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 10 a.m. Central time both days. Lots 1-650 will be sold on Saturday, lots 651-1,000 on Sunday. Featured will be French and American period furniture, original artworks (some of them by noted regional artists), Newcomb College pottery, bronze pieces, antique clocks and more.
Items from Peacock’s Estates Jewelry will feature over 230 lots that include a broad selection of pockets watches; wristwatches by makers such as Rolex and Cartier; 19th and 20th century bracelets; and pieces such as an Art Deco-style 18kt white gold brooch with a one-carat oval blue sapphire that is flanked by bands of princess blue sapphires, all on a frame with small round diamonds (est. $1,200-$1,800).
Robert Penn Warren – author of All the King’s Men and many other books – lived at the stately manor home Twin Oaks during his tenure at Louisiana State University. Now, as ordered by the Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana, fine artwork and furniture pulled from several buildings at Twin Oaks, plus the contents of a 5,000-square-foot barn on the property, have been ordered sold. Some of these items were in the Part 1 auction that was already held.
Two bronze lots are strong candidates for top lot of the auction. One is a large gilt bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, shown trampling a serpent on an orb, on an octagonal relief cloud base, 40 ½ inches tall (est. $5,000-$7,000). The other is a late 19th century pair of French gilt and patinated bronze and violette marble five-light candelabra, with the candle arms mounted with leaves, emanating from a tapered marble urn with bronze ram’s head handles (est. $4,000-$6,000).
The American furniture category includes several late 19th century pieces possibly made by R. J.
Horner. The first of 2 of the items is a carved oak curved glass curio cabinet, made around 1900, 72 inches tall, with the breakfront crown over a central glazed door, flanked by male and female figural carved stiles and curved glass side panels (est. $2,000-$3,000). The second is an American Renaissance carved oak dining table with four leaves, opening to 120 inches (est. $800-$1,500).
A Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vase, made circa 1927 by Sadie Irvine, just five inches in height and having a blue body with a relief floral band around the rim, is expected to hammer for $1,200-$1,800. Also sold will be a pair of Louis XV-style bronze ewers (narrow-necked jugs with wide spouts and bulbous bodies), made circa the 20th century in the manner of Clodion, heavily decorated with putti, grapes and leaves, on a stepped circular base (est. $1,000-$1,500).
Original artworks by regional painters will feature an oil wash on board by Louisiana artist Alexander Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Autumn Evening, Bayou Teche (1932), 19 ¾ inches by 30 inches, signed and dated and preserved in a gilt frame (est. $3,500-$5,000); and an oil on board by Colette Pope Heldner (1902-1990), titled Swamp Idyll, Louisiana Bayou Country, 15 ¾ inches by 19 ½ inches, nicely framed, signed lower left and titled and signed verso by the artist.
A late 19th century oil on canvas painting by Jules Marc, titled The Ambush, signed lower right, 25 ¼ inches by 21 inches and in an ornate period gilt and gesso frame, is expected to hit $2,000-$3,000. In the silver category, a five-piece sterling tea and coffee service, made circa 1875-1905 by J.B. & S.M. Knowles (R.I.), with repousse floral decoration, should gavel for $1,500-$2,500.
A gilt bronze figural mantel clock from the late 19th century, depicting the classic female water bearer over a circular blue and white porcelain face, 18 ½ inches tall and with the time and strike marked “ML 7183”, should bring $1,000-$2,000; while a French copper patinated spelter and black marble figural mantel clock by Samuel Marti, circa 1870, should command $700-$1,000.
French period furniture is plentiful throughout the day. Items will include a 19th century Louis XV-style carved mahogany bowfront commode, with a serpentine top over three frieze drawers above three serpentine drawers, all on cabriole legs (est. $2,800-$3,800); and a 19th century Restoration-style carved walnut marble-top commode, with the gray marble over a frieze drawer above three drawers on a plinth base on stepped feet (est. $900-$1,200).
Two French furniture lots have identical estimates of $900-$1,200 each. One is a Renaissance Revival carved walnut library table from the late 19th century, with the rectangular parquetry inlaid top on lion-carved fluted Corinthian columnar decorated arched supports. The other is a mid-19th century Brittany Louis XV-style carved oak wedding armoire, 90 inches tall, with the stepped rounded corner crown over floral and bird-carved fielded panel doors with iron hinges.
A pair of 20th century Louis XV-style carved cherry corner cabinets, 97 inches tall, with the upper sections having stepped ogee crowns over double doors, with long iron escutcheons and long iron fiche hinges, all on cabriole legs with scrolled toes, should bring $2,800-$3,800; and a huge French Renaissance-style carved mahogany sideboard, also 20th century, on three double-winged lion supports to a long sloping base, on large bun feet, should top out at $1,600-$2,600.
Rounding out the category is a 19th century French Louis XIV-style carved mahogany buffet a deux corps (two-bodied buffet, with one piece set on another slightly larger piece), 92 inches tall, with stepped crown over two glazed panel doors and on a plinth base with bun feet (est. $1,000-$2,000). Also sold will be an Art Deco parquetry inlaid rosewood sideboard, circa 1940, with a stepped top over two large central cupboard drawers, 110 inches in width (est. $1,200-$1,800).
Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee (left) bids will also be accepted. Preview exhibitions will be held from Thursday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 11 (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. A late evening preview will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9. It will last until 8 p.m.
A full color catalog is up now, online at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. A printed catalog is also available on request. Crescent City Auction Gallery is accepting quality consignments for all of its future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can send them an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Crescent City Auction Gallery and the December 12-13 auction, please visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. Updates are posted frequently.