NEW ORLEANS, La. – Original artworks by George Rodrigue (Am., 1944-2013) and Herman
Frederik Van Hengel (Dutch, 1705-1785), plus a very large American sterling center bowl, are just a few of the featured items in a two-day, 1,484-lot estates auction slated for Nov. 7 and 8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
Start times both days will be 9 a.m. Central time. Categories will include French and American period furniture, original artworks (many by New Orleans and regional artists), sterling silver, antique clocks, wonderful mirrors, estate jewelry, vintage lamps and lighting, Russian icons and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
George Rodrigue’s career started with lush landscapes of his native Louisiana, but it shifted abruptly (and profitably) when he began a series of portraits of a melancholy mixed-breed dog known simply as Blue Dog. The work being sold, titled Springtime in Louisiana (2006), is a signed acrylic on canvas depiction of Blue Dog among yellow flowers (est. $30,000-$40,000).
Fans of works by 18th century Dutch masters will be attracted to Herman Frederik Van Hengel’s grisaille oil on canvas supraporte panel titled Putti at Play. The work, impressive at 84 ½ inches tall by 36 ¾ inches wide, carries Van Hengel’s signature at the lower left and is mounted on a wooden stretcher. It is expected to sail past its very modest pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
The exceptionally large American sterling silver center bowl is 19 inches in diameter and was made in the early 20th century by A. Redlich & Company. With a staggering troy weight of 86 ounces, the basket should realize $4,000-$6,000. Also offered will be a set of 12 sterling silver goblets by Gorham, 6 ½ inches tall, with a total weight of 76.5 troy ounces (est. $1,200-$1,800).
Dazzling estate jewelry pieces will feature an 18kt yellow gold diamond solitaire with a 2.5-carat European-cut round diamond (est. $10,000-$20,000); an Art Deco-style platinum and diamond link bracelet with a total diamond weight of 13 carats (est. $6,000-$9,000); and an 18kt yellow gold and carved coral link bracelet, 8 ½ inches long and 4.33 troy ounces (est. $5,000-$9,000).
Artworks by the renowned New Orleans painters Knute Heldner (1877-1952) and his wife Colette Pope Heldner (1902-1990) will come up for bid. Knute’s effort is a signed oil on canvas board titled Brulatour Courtyard, Royal Street, French Quarter (est. $4,500-$6,500). Colette’s painting is a signed oil on canvas titled Old Brulatour Patio (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Staying with New Orleans artists, a signed oil on canvas painting by Robert M. Rucker (1932-2000), titled French Quarter Patio With Mammy, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,500-$3,500; while a signed oil on board by the legendary Clementine Hunter (1886-1986, often called “the black Grandma Moses”), titled Good and Bad Angels (circa 1980), should bring $1,500-$2,500.
George Valentine Dureau (1930-2014), yet another noted New Orleans artist, will be represented in the sale with a charcoal work titled Satyr with Violin, signed and dated “’08” and “’99” (est. $600-$900). Also sold will be a circa 1920 gilt bronze and ivory figure by the Romanian-French artist Dimitri Chiparus (1886-1947), 7 ¾ inches tall, titled Girl with Goose (est. $2,000-$3,000).
A gorgeous 19th century French Louis XIV-style gilt and gesso pier mirror, 105 inches tall by 55 ½ inches wide, is expected to hammer for $1,500-$2,000; while a continental Baroque gilt and gesso over-the-mantel mirror (which hung in the Proteus dining room of New Orleans’ venerable Antoine’s Restaurant on St. Louis Street for years), 79 inches tall, should rise to $1,000-$2,000.
From lamps and lighting, an exceptional pair of 19th century gilt and patinated bronze and marble six-light candelabra, 32 inches wide by 10 ½ inches wide, is expected to fetch $5,000-$7,000. A star lot of the clocks category promises to be a French gilt bronze cartel clock made in the 19th century by Japy Freres, 24 inches tall by 15 inches wide. It’s expected to garner $1,600-$2,400.
French furniture includes two early 19th century Empire ormolu-mounted carved mahogany marble-top commodes (est. $950-$1,450 and $800-$1,200); a 19th century carved walnut French Empire-style ormolu mounted commode (est. $950-$1,250); and a 20th century Louis XV-style French carved cherry marble-top sideboard, large at 102 ½ inches in width (est. $1,100-$1,500).
Additional French furniture will feature a 19th century Louis XVI-style inlaid ormolu mounted rosewood and mahogany marble-top commode (est. $1,100-$2,100); a 19th century Louis XV-style carved oak double-door armoire, 98 inches tall by 60 inches wide (est. $800-$1,200); a mid-19th century Louis XV-style marquetry inlaid oak vaisselier (buffet or dresser), 92 inches tall (est. $2,400-$3,000); and a 19th century Louis Philippe ormolu mounted carved walnut marble-top commode with figured grey marble over a cavetto frieze drawer (est. $800-$1,200).
A Crescent City estates auction would not be complete without a 19th century Russian icon, always a big hit with collectors and bidders. Sold will be icons of Christ Pantocrator and the Virgin of Kazan, boasting enameled silver oklads with silver wire overlay bearing the marks of the First Moscow Ariel. The icons, each one 9 inches tall, will be offered as single lots (est. $600-$800).
A full color catalog is up now, online, at www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. For more information, visit the Crescent City Auction Gallery website, call 504-529-5057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.