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
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.