Crescent City Auction Gallery will hold An Important Spring Estates Auction, March 18th and 19th

Top Quote The sale will include French period furniture, original works of art by noted local and regional artists, clocks, estate jewelry, couture, silver, bronzes and decorative items. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 09, 2022 - New Orleans, LA - An oil on board folk art painting by Clementine Hunter, magnificent 19th century clocks and clock sets, a portrait painting attributed to Sir William Beechey and another after Guido Reni, and dazzling estate jewelry items are all part of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Spring Estates Auction, planned for the weekend of March 18th and 19th.

    The auction will be held online and in the gallery at 1330 Saint Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Start times are 10 am Central time both days. More than 900 lots will come up for bid over the two days, in categories that include French period furniture, original works of art by noted local and regional artists, clocks, estate jewelry, couture items, silver, bronzes and decorative items.

    The oil on board painting by Clementine Hunter (La., 1887-1987), titled Fish Fry, is a wonderful example of the artist’s work. The 16 inch by 24 inch work is signed lower right and is expected to bring $4,000-$8,000. Ms. Hunter was a self-taught artist who worked as a farm laborer when young and only began painting in her 50’s. She sold her first paintings for as little as 25 cents.

    Clocks in the sale will feature an unusual three-piece French gilt brass and copper porcelain plaque clock set from the late 19th century (clock and two garnitures) that carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$2,000; and a 19th century M. T. Kaltenberger gilt bronze and porcelain mantel clock, 17 inches tall, estimated to gavel for $800-$1,200. The estate jewelry includes emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, diamonds, South Seas pearls and other tantalizing pieces.

    The Portrait of Mrs. Ford attributed to Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) dates to the 19th century and is unsigned. The 30 inch by 25 ½ inch work should realize $1,000-$2,000. The 19th century unsigned oil on canvas portrait after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642), is titled Portrait of Beatrice Cenci. The 23 ½ inch by 19 ½ inch work has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.

    An unusual and striking patinated bronze seahorse fountain figure, made in either the 20th or 21st century, 67 inches tall by 36 ½ inches wide, should bring $5,000-$7,000. Also, a 20th century patinated bronze on a stepped oval verde antico marble plinth after Charles Valton (French, 1851-1918), titled Hunting Dogs, overall 18 ½ inches, is estimated to command $700-$1,200.

    A 94-piece set of sterling flatware by Durgin in the Fairfax pattern, circa 1910, weighing 98.7 troy oz., should fetch $2,000-$4,000. Also, a pair of large gilt bronze mounted Imari baluster porcelain vases made in the 20th century, each one 14 inches tall, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Couture items include names such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi, Hermes and Gucci.

    Paintings by noted, listed regional artists will be plentiful and will include a 20th century oil on board by William Hemmerling (LA, 1943-2009), titled Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, signed lower right and 35 ½ inches by 23 ½ inches (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a circa 1972 oil on canvas

    Internet bidding will be provided by, and Absentee and phone bids will be accepted until 1 pm Central time the day before the auction. A 25 percent buyer’s premium will be applied in-house (three percent discount for cash or check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email info ( @ ) crescentcityauctiongallery dot com dot

    For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery and the Important Spring Estates Auction scheduled for the weekend of March 18th and 19th, visit

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