Paintings by Knute Heldner, Clementine Hunter to headline Crescent City online auction May 8-9
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – Original oil paintings by iconic Louisiana artists Knute Heldner and Clementine Hunter, 129-piece sterling silver cutlery from Gorham in the La Scala pattern, pottery pieces from local potters (including examples of Newcomb pottery), vintage couture and dazzling estate jewelry are just part of the Crescent City Auction Gallery’s two-day Important Spring Estates auction, scheduled for the weekend of May 8 and 9, starting at 11 a.m. Central both days.
The auction, totaling 752 lots over the two days, will feature goods from the collection of Nicholas Burke (1834-1905), formerly of 5809 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans (The Wedding Cake House), by descent to current sender; the estate of Dr. Sue LeBlanc in Hammond, LA .; Lower Garden District and Distinguished Garden District collectors; and other fine objects from leading estates and collections throughout the region.
With a presale estimate of $ 25,000 to $ 35,000, the oil on canvas painting by Knute Heldner (Swedish / New Orleans, 1875-1952), titled Sing along the Mississippi River, is a candidate for the first lot of the auction. The 39 ¾ inch by 31 ½ inch painting is signed lower right. From Clementine Hunter (La./1887-1988), a group of twelve objects painted by revered folk artist, all from the Yvonne Ryan collection, will be sold in one lot (est. $ 8,000 – $ 12,000).
The Gorham Sterling Silver 129 Piece Set in the La Scala Design was designed in 1964 by Richard Gavette (1930-2018) and has a total weight of 178.7 troy oz. (estimate $ 2,500 to $ 4,500). Vintage jewelry from Dr. Sue LeBlanc’s estate and other collections include an 18k “Sputnik” brooch, ruby ring, amethyst earrings and more. Vintage sewing items will feature items from names like Judith Leiber, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
Lots 211-214 are dedicated to fine pottery items and include the following items:
- A Shearwater Pottery Bowl made in 1977 by James (Mac) Anderson (1907-1998), 4 ¼ inches high and 8 inches in diameter (est. $ 800 – $ 1,200).
- Leaf bowl (2009) by New Orleans potter Paula Ninas, 3 inches tall ($ 1000 – $ 2000).
- A Newcomb College fine art pottery baluster vase created in 1918 by Anna Frances Simpson, 10 inches high (estimate $ 3,000 to $ 5,000).
- A high glaze Newcomb College fine art pottery vase made in 1909 by Marie de Hoa LeBlanc, 7 ¼ inches high and 4 ¼ inches in diameter (estimate $ 3,000 to $ 5,000).
A mid-19th century oil on canvas attributed to Thomas Sully (Philadelphia, 1783-1872), titled A young woman in a moment of inspiration, signed lightly monogrammed on reverse (estimate $ 1,500 to $ 2,500); and a 19th century Louis XV style bomb marquetry in mahogany marble inlaid with marble and gilt bronze, measuring 45 ¾ inches high by 84 inches wide (estimate $ 2,500 to $ 4,500).
The clocks and watches category will include an 18k yellow gold Rolex President Oyster Perpetual Day presidential wristwatch for men with an Italian 18k yellow gold bracelet (estimate $ 7,000 to $ 12,000); a self-winding stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual ladies’ wristwatch (estimate $ 1,000 to $ 2,000); and a three-piece Louis XVI style gilt bronze and gray marble French clock set with a 19th century candelabra, the 19 ½ inch tall candelabra (est. $ 600 – $ 900).
Paintings by renowned artists from New Orleans and Louisiana are another category that bidders and collectors have come to expect from the Crescent City Auction Gallery, and this sale is no exception.
An oil painting on canvas by William Hemmerling (1943-2009, Louisiana / Illinois), titled New Orleans, signed and dated on the reverse, unframed, measuring 29 by inches by 40 inches is expected to be between 4,000 and 6 000 dollars; and an oil on panel by Noel Rockmore (New Orleans, 1928-1995), entitled Man with Trombone (1963), from the artist’s New York Jazz series, signed and dated lower left and 29 ½ inches by 19 ½ inch (canvas, minus frame) should change hands for $ 2,500- $ 4,500.
A pair of works of art by New Orleans artists have identical estimates of $ 1,000 to $ 2,000. One is a 20th century charcoal self-portrait on paper by George Valentine Dureau (b.1930), an artist signed lower middle and measuring 39 inches by 28 ½ inches. The other is a 19th century oil on canvas attributed to John Genin (1830-1895, a French artist active in New Orleans from 1860-1895), titled Portrait of a young Creole girl, unsigned, measuring 24 inches by 19 inches.
An oil wash on board by Alexander J. Drysdale (La., 1870-1934), titled Louisiana Bayou scene, signed lower left and measuring 9 ½ inches by 28 ½ inches, has an estimate of $ 1,500 to $ 2,500; while an oil on board circa 1923 by William Woodward (La., 1859-1939), entitled Road to Mount Mitchell, North Carolina, signed and dated lower left, is estimated to be $ 1,200- $ 1,800.
A 19th century New Orleans school work, Portrait of Nicholas Burke (1834-1905), founder of Hibernia Bank, unsigned and 39 inches by 29 and a half inches, is expected to increase to $ 2,000 – $ 4,000. Also, an oil on canvas from the 19th century Continental School Coastal scene of the Iberian Peninsula, unsigned and measuring 28 inches high by 38 ½ inches wide, is estimated at $ 1,000 – $ 2,000.
A five piece sterling silver tea set made in the 20th century by Black, Starr and Frost (# 1288), made in 1915 with all coins engraved “Silas Bent McKinley”, weighing a total of 119.66 troy oz. should hit it down to $ 2,500- $ 3,500. In addition, a rosewood boudoir grand piano by John Broadwood (London, made circa 1885) has a modest presale estimate of $ 800 to $ 1,200.
A 20th or 21st century patinated bronze fountain of two putti holding a large fish 54 inches tall, is expected to change hands for $ 1,500 to $ 2,500; a 19th century patinated bronze Venus of Milo, stamped on the back of the base, “F. Barbedienne, Fondeur, ”38 inches tall, has an estimate of $ 700 to $ 1,200); and a patinated bronze sculpture from the end of the 20th century after Hippolyte Moreau (French, 1832-1927), entitled Woman sitting on a tree, 28 inches tall, should end at $ 400- $ 600.
French furniture always does well at Crescent City auctions. This sale includes a Louis XV style mahogany chest of drawers in 20th century parquet marquetry, mounted in gilded bronze, the rounded edges stepped serpentines and the Brèche d’Alpes marble corner on three frieze drawers and two deep lower drawers (est . $ 1000 – $ 2000); and a 19th century mahogany marquetry inlaid secretary dresser, approximately 53 ½ inches wide (est. $ 800 – $ 1,200).
The non-French furniture is also enticing and will include an early 20th century William IV rosewood rental table 42 and a half inches in diameter (est. $ 800 – $ 1,200); and a glass and steel console table by Mario Villa (Nicaragua / New Orleans, born 1953), made in the 20th century and part of a Mario Villa furniture collection, 68 inches wide by 20 inches deep (estimate $ 600 – $ 900).
Live and in-person auctions, as well as exhibition previews, will be held by appointment only, at the Crescent City Gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The previews will take place every day, from Thursday April 29 (except Sunday). A preview of Saturday, May 1 will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment for the live gallery auctions on auction day, or for a preview, call 504-529-5057, or you can email [email protected]
Internet auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Mail and telephone offers will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. CST on Friday, May 7. A 25% purchase premium will be applied internally (3% reduction in cash or by check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected]
Crescent City Auction Gallery is always on the lookout for quality lots for future auctions. To consign a single item, estate, or collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can send an email to [email protected] All phone calls and emails are confidential.
To learn more about the Crescent City Auction Gallery and Spring Estates Major Two-Session Auction scheduled for May 8-9, please visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.
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