Crescent City Auction holds important multi-estate sale in New Orleans

Hundreds of lots of original artwork, fine period furniture, wonderful estate jewelry, sterling silver, decorative accessories and more will be sold at a multi-estate auction planned for Saturday, September 24, by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm's gallery located at 1015 Julia Street in historic downtown New Orleans, starting at 9 a.m. (CST).

Previews will be held during the week leading up to the sale, by appointment, as well as on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10-5 p.m. and on auction day, September 24, from 8-10 a.m. Online bidding will also be facilitated, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.


A 17th century burled walnut
tall case clock

Fine art (much of it by noted, listed artists) should dominate the day's list of top achievers, but the expected overall top lot is a rare antique clock. The diminutive, 17th century burled walnut tall case clock, made by Joseph Knibb of London (1640-1711), has a pre-auction estimate of $20,000-$40,000. It stands 72 inches tall and is engraved "Joseph Knibb" on the brass face.

A pair of original 20th century watercolors by Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) will cross the block, each carrying a pre-sale estimate of $12,000-$20,000. One is titled Cockroach and measures 8 ½ inches by 11 inches. It is signed lower right "WA" in a circle. The other is titled Lesser Scaups and is pencil numbered ("503, 13"). It is also 8 ½ inches by 11 inches.

Other artwork expected to do well includes a 1918 oil on board by Antonio Nicolo Jacobsen (1850-1921), titled Schooner Florence B. Phillips (estimated at $15,000-$25,000); an oil wash on board rendering by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks With LilyPads (estimated at $2,500-$3,500); and two 20th century oil on canvas Abstractions by Mildred Wohl.

Period furniture will be offered in abundance. An American carved rosewood double-door armoire, executed in New Orleans circa 1860 and attributed to Prudent Mallard, should fetch $3,000-$5,000; while an identical pre-sale estimate has been assigned a carved rosewood rococo Revival armoire, also New Orleans circa 1860, attributed to Mallard or Alexander Roux.


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