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17th century painting by Bosschaert should bring $30,000-$50,000 at auction
17th century oil on canvas painting attributed to the Belgian artist Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert (1614-1654), titled Caritas (est. $30,000-$50,000).

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- A two-day estates auction featuring a 17th century oil painting attributed to the Belgian artist Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert (1614-1654), a collection of 18th and 19th century Russian icons, original artwork (much of it by noted regional painters) and more will be held Nov. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave.

Start times for both days will be 9 a.m. Central time. For those unable to attend live, internet bidding will be provided by and Phone and absentee (left) bids will also be accepted. A full color catalog can be viewed now on the company's newly re-designed website: In all, 1,357 lots will come up for bid.

The Bosschaert painting is an attribution, but it exhibits traits consistent with his style (he rarely signed his paintings). The work, titled Caritas and measuring 38 inches by 29 inches, is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. Other artists in the sale include Robert Rucker, Alexander J. Drysdale, Alberta Kinsey, Georges Schreiber, James Fairman and Collette Pope Heldner (three paintings).

Also in the auction will be antique clocks and timepieces, period furniture (American, French and Continental), Asian objects (mostly from China), china and other decorative accessories. Around 20 lots of gold coins will also be offered. Included in the group will be one-ounce and half-ounce coins honoring Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Frank Lloyd Wright and Willa Cather.

Clocks will include an unusual French gilt bronze Louis XV-style mantel clock made circa 1880, featuring a top with a relief winged dragon surmount (est. $1,000-$1,500); an early 20th century three-piece bronze and verde antico (“ancient green”) marble clock set by A.D. Mougin (est. $900-$1,200); and a German carved oak tall case clock made around 1890 by the German maker Lorenz Furtwangler & Sohne, interesting in appearance and 101 inches tall (est. $800-$1,200).

Original artwork will come up for bid often throughout the sale. There will be three paintings by New Orleans artist Collette Pope Heldner (1902-1990). Two are Swamp Idyll, Louisiana Bayou Country and Old Creole Patio, New Orleans. Both are signed and titled and estimated to bring $1,000-$1,500. An oil wash on paper by another iconic New Orleans artist, Alexander John Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Misty Morning in City Park, also signed, should hit $3,500-$4,500.

Additional paintings by noteworthy New Orleans artists include an oil on canvas affixed to board by Alberta Kinsey (1875-1952), titled Le Petit Theatre Courtyard, French Quarter, signed lower right (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an oil on canvas work by Robert Rucker (1932-2000), titled The Paddlewheeler Imperial on the River, signed lower right and estimated to bring $2,500-$4,500.

Artworks by painters outside the region will feature a watercolor painting by the Belgian-born American artist Georges Schreiber (1904-1977), titled Cotton Pickers (est. $5,000-$7,000); a scenic outdoor rendering by the Scottish-born American artist James (Colonel) Fairman (1826-1904), titled Sunrise Pastoral Scene with the Village Church and Cattle Watering (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an oil on canvas landscape painting by the German artist Hans Heinrich Brandes (1803-1868), titled Mountain Landscape With Lake, signed and dated 1848 (est. $2,000-$4,000).

American-made period furniture will be led by an associated six-piece rococo carved rosewood parlor suite (two settees, an armchair and three side chairs), made in the mid-19th century and attributed to Alexander Roux (est. $2,500-$3,500); a 19th century classical carved rosewood bow front marble-top wig dresser, also made in the 19th century (est. $800-$1,200); and an American Rococo Revival carved mahogany armoire, probably made in New Orleans (est. $1,000-$2,000).

French and Continental antique furniture will also be served up in abundance. Examples include a Continental Louis XVI-style marquetry inlaid mahogany secretary bookcase, circa 19th century, 84 inches tall (est. $2,500-$4,500); a French Empire-style ormolu mounted mahogany marble-top pier table from the 19th century (est. $900-$1,500); and a French Provincial Louis XVI-style carved oak commode, also from the 19th century, estimated at $1,100-$1,500.

Also sold will be a French Provincial Louis XV-style carved cherry double-door armoire from the 19th century, 91 inches tall (est. $1,100-$1,500); an early 20th century French Louis XV-style ormolu mounted marquetry inlaid marble-top bombe commode (est. $2,200-$3,200); an early 1800s French Provincial Louis XV-style marquetry inlaid carved walnut double-door armoire, 97 ½ inches tall (est. $1,400-$2,200); and a 20th century French Empire-style ormolu mounted carved mahogany and marble-top sideboard, 39 ½ inches by 49 ¼ inches (est. $1,100-$1,800).

Decorative accessories will feature a 20th century, 201-piece set of Copeland’s Spode china in the Irene pattern (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a French Louis XVI-style gilt and gesso ornamental mirror, circa 19th century and measuring 75 inches high by 56 inches wide (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Lots 1-800 will be sold on Saturday, Nov. 15th, and lots 801-1,357 will come up for bid on Sunday, Nov. 16th. Exhibition previews will start on Thursday, Nov. 6th, and continue up to Friday, Nov. 14th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day (except on Sunday, when the gallery is closed). There will be a late evening preview on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, lasting until 8 p.m.

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