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18th century Louis XV marble commode may sell for $5,000

An 18th century Louis XV marble commode, which may sell for $3,000 to $5,000, is among the lots leading the March 15 and 16 sale at New Orleans Auction Galleries.

NEW ORLEANS – On March 15 and 16, New Orleans Auction Galleries will offer an extensive selection of antique to contemporary fine art, furniture, Asian arts, silver, lighting, clocks, estate jewelry and more from private collections and estates.

The sale includes a large collection of Asian decorative and fine arts, and features an

Queen Anne cabinet

Queen Anne Walnut Cabinet-on-Chest, late 18th century, the molded cornice above two doors, each inset with a beveled mirror panel and opening to shelves and small drawers, over a central candle slide, the lower section fitted with three graduated long drawers, all banded, raised on bracket feet, h. 77", w. 38", d. 19", carrying an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries)

important collection of 16th century Persian manuscripts and volumes of verse from the Divan of Hafiz (lots 65-70). The collection includes a group of four framed documents by Sufi poet and mystic, Hafiz (c. 1320-1390). A New Orleans collector acquired the group of manuscripts and pages during his travels throughout Iran over the course of 35 years. New Orleans Auction will host a short talk and a reading from the Divan of Hafiz, including refreshments, on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will provide a unique opportunity to see the rare manuscripts in person and learn more about Hafiz’s life and work.

The sale also features a selection of modern and contemporary fine and decorative art, including works by Paul Evans, Nan Goldin, Pedro Friedeberg, Feliciano Bejar, George Rodrigue, Ida Kohlmeyer, James Michalopoulos and George Dunbar.

A good collection of Art Deco furniture and decorative arts will be offered, including a three-piece French Art Deco rosewood and leather-upholstered salon suite, a fine Belgian five-piece Art Deco silver and ebony tea set and a collection of early 20th century art glass.

A fine selection of French furniture and decorative arts is also included in the two-day sale. Highlights include an 18th century Louis XV kingwood and marble-top commode by Leonard Boudin, Paris (lot 1127); a gilt-bronze-mounted kingwood and mahogany meuble d’entre deux by Victor Raulin, Paris (lot 1117); a gilt-bronze sculpture by Louis-Ernest Barrias, titled “La Renomee” (lot 555); and a fine and rare French royal copy of “Office de la Semaine Saints”, belonging to Maria Josepha of Saxony, mother of three French Kings: Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X (lot 1125).

Other sale highlights include a selection of estate jewelry, a 19th century Russian ivory icon of the Great Feasts (lot 245), several fine Flemish handwoven tapestries, a clock session, and a group of garden furniture and statuary. New Orleans Auction will also offer property to benefit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles, La and property from a Mississippi estate to benefit the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Miss.

New Orleans Auction Galleries is located at 510 Julia St. in New Orleans and is open for exhibition until March 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. In addition, there will be an evening preview reception on Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16. Bidding is available in person, by absentee, via phone or online. To sign up to bid or view the full catalogue, visit