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Huge two-day multi-estate auction featuring over 1,650 lots to be held by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Early 19th century American carved walnut cellaret, made in Virginia or North Carolina (est. $1,000-$2,000).
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- A huge two-day estate auction featuring over 1,650 lots in a rainbow of categories will be held the weekend of May 18-19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Lots 1-850 will be sold Saturday, May 18, and lots 851-1,651 will be sold Sunday, May 19. Start times both days will be 9 a.m. (CST).

Featured will be property from an Alabama gentleman collector, Part 2 of the estate of Charles Frank, and numerous prominent local and Southern estates. Offered will be original works of art (much of it by noted, listed artists), period American and European furniture, antique lamps and clocks, antique Chinese objects, estate jewelry and decorative accessories.

Several of the expected top lots are from the fine art category. What could very well end up being the auction’s high achiever is a 20th century signed oil on board by French artist Charles Camoin (1879-1965), titled Village Street Scene (est. $15,000-$25,000). The work is framed and measures 10 inches by 13 ¾ inches. Camoin was close friends with artists Cezanne and Matisse.

Another French painting, by Maximilien Luce (1858-1941), titled Soleil Couchant Honfleur, is expected to realize $12,000-$18,000. The oil on canvas marine and sky rendering is signed and dated (1929), titled verso and measures 18 ¼ inches by 21 ¾ inches. Luce was born in Paris and he died in Paris, too. He was an accomplished painter, lithographer and draftsman.

From lamps and lighting, a beautiful early 20th century Daum Nancy cameo glass lamp, 20 ½ inches tall and 11 ½ inches in diameter, signed “Daum Nancy” at the base, has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Also, an outstanding selection of estate jewelry pieces will feature sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, tanzanite, pearls and more, in various styles and settings.

Antique Asian objects – red-hot right now among collectors – will include a 19th century carved wooden Buddha and carved wooden Guan Yin (both part of a large Oriental collection). Also, a large Chinese celadon crackle glazed Longquan bowl, probably from the Ming Dynasty (circa 1368-1644), 3 ¼ inches high by 14 ¾ inches in diameter, should sell for $1,000-$2,000.

Antique clocks will feature a Louis XVI-style three-piece bronze-mounted white marble clock set made by Japy Freres (Paris) in the 19th century (est. $1,100-$1,800); and a three-piece black and verde Antico marble clock set made circa 1870 by A. D. Mougin (est. $800-$1,200).

Decorative accessories will include a lovely 20th century Rene Lalique Art Deco figural amethyst glass vase, standing 9 ½ inches tall (est. $3,000-$4,000); a fine pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze and marble covered garniture vases, made in the 20th century and 16 ½ inches in height; a group of 20th century Daum pate de verre (dense opaque glass pieces); and other items.

The period furniture will abound with gorgeous offerings, to include a 20th century French provincial carved cherry vaisselier, 88 ½ inches tall (est. $1,600-$2,400); a circa 1810 Louis XV-style carved cherry and burled elm armoire, 88 ½ inches tall (est. $1,600-$2,400); and an early 19th century two-part William and Mary walnut chest on stand (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Other furniture pieces will feature a 19th century painted pine Virginia sugar chest, 29 ¼ inches tall (est. $1,000-$1,500); an early 19th century American carved walnut cellaret (container on legs for holding bottles of wine) made in Virginia or North Carolina (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a circa 1850 Empire-style carved mahogany circular marble-top center table (est. $850-$1,250).

Returning to artwork, a 19th century Southern School oil on canvas titled Along the Banks of the Mississippi, verso with a label for W.E. Seebold, 10 inches by 17 ¼ inches, should fetch $3,000-$5,000; and a 1912 oil on canvas by the New York Impressionist painter Clarence Kerr Chatterton (1880-1973), titled Morning on the Hudson, signed, should bring $2,500-$3,500.

A 20th century oil on canvas by California-born artist Norman Lloyd (1897-1965), titled The Harvest, signed lower left, framed and titled on paper label verso, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000; and an early 20th century oil wash on board work by Georgia-born Louisiana painter Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks, should hit $1,500-$2,500.

An early 20th century oil on canvas laid down on board by William Posey Silva (Calif./Tenn., 1859-1948), titled Row Eucalyptus, Early Evening, signed lower right and framed, is expected to garner $1,500-$2,500; and a 19th century French School oil on tin, depicting the seventh Station of the Cross and titled Jesus Falls a Second Time, should sell for $1,100-$1,800.

Finally, a framed KPM porcelain plaque, executed in the 19th century and showing the figures Oedipus and Antigone, 8 ½ inches by 5 ¾ inches, is expected to gavel for $1,000-$1,500. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A buyer’s premium of 18.5 percent will be applied to all purchases made with cash or check, 22 percent for credit card in-house and 23 percent for Internet bidding.

Previews will be held from Thursday, May 9, through Friday, May 17, from 10-5 (except on Sunday, May 12, when the gallery is closed). A late evening preview, lasting until 8 p.m., will be held on Wednesday, May 15. Crescent City Auction Gallery conducts regular sales featuring fine art (particularly works from Louisiana and the Southern U.S.), furniture (especially English, American and continental), pottery, silver, jewelry, art glass, lighting, rugs, bric-a-brac and more.

To learn more about Crescent City Auction Gallery and the upcoming May 18-19 auction, please log on to www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. Updates are posted frequently.



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