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The recent Winter Estates Auction attracted exuberant bidding on furniture, decorative art, and set artist record numbers for two paintings of Louisiana historical significance. The paintings auctioned were: “Star Plantation, St. Charles, Louisiana” by Marie Adrien Persac (French/Louisiana, 1823-1873), active New Orleans, 1857-1872), estimated between $75,000 to $100,000, sold for $195,000, (lot 321), and “Backyard in Algiers” by Richard Clague (American/Louisiana, 1821-1873), estimated from $100,000 to $125,000, sold for $189,500, (lot 356).
Other painting highlights include: “The Sidewheeler Creole” by James Bard (American, 1815-1897) realized $43,125, (lot 338), “Paysage en Bleu (Country Landscape with Ducks and Cottage)” by Johan Barthold Jongkind (Dutch, 1819-1891), for $12,650, (lot 108), and a Bennett Hubbard (British, 1806-1870) “Young Boy with His Favorite Terrier”, sold for $5,750, (lot 107).
Neal Auction was fortunate to have items from the Chinqua-Penn Foundation including exceptional objects like a fine set of six imperial Russian silver gilt and enamel goblets, brought $6,325.00, (lot 38), a tall Continental silver wager cup, probably Germany, late 19th c. sold for $2,070, (lot 41), a pair of late Georgian Sheffield crested three light candelabra, 19th c., realized for $4,887.50, (lot 92), and a late Georgian Sheffield two-handled warming tray, early 19th c., sold for $3,450, (lot 94).
A strong collection of American furniture included property from the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville: an elaborately carved American rococo rosewood sofa, attributed to John Henry Belter, sold for $31,625, (lot 265), an important set of four New York mahogany sidechairs, c. 1820, realized $14,950.00, (lot 222), an American classical carved mahogany sideboard, c. 1825, sold for $8,912.50, (lot 261), an American rococo laminated and carved rosewood sofa, attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks, sold for $7,475, (lot 347), an exceptional American classical mahogany and gilt-stenciled pier table, c. 1825 sold for $5,175, (lot 275), an American rosewood armoire, c. 1850, realized $6,037.50, (lot 348), and an American late classical mahogany secretary/bookcase, c. 1830, brought $6,037.50, (lot 840).
English and Continental furniture comprised of: an important Russian mahogany and burled walnut inlaid bureau a cylindre in the Neo-Classical-style, c. 1860, sold for $19,550, (lot 428), a beautiful Irish regency inlaid mahogany pedestal sideboard, early 19th c., received $10,350, (lot 281), a George III inlaid mahogany bureau bookcase, primarily 18th c., sold for $6,612.50, (lot 157), a Spanish Baroque-style stained pine commode, 19th c., realized $11,500, (lot 115), a Dutch Neo-Classical mahogany linen press, early 19th c., sold for $10,925, (lot 282), and a Continental mahogany parcel gilt and Verde Antico tilt-top table, mid-19th c., brought $5,750, (lot 254).
Sales of decorative arts and jewelry consisted of: a pair of monumental patinated and gilt bronze figural torcheres, sold for $8,050, (lot 596), an extensive Paris porcelain dinner service, c. 1860, brought $5,750, (lot 232), a rare and important Paris biscuit and glazed porcelain goblet, c. 1830-1845, the atelier of Jacob Petit, far exceeded estimates, and sold for $5,750, (lot 817), an attractive pair of Louis XVI-Style gilt bronze frosted glass lanterns, sold for $5,405, (lot 874), and a spectacular retro platinum and diamond bracelet, containing one emerald-cut diamond, approx. 1.25 ct., (VS1 clarity, G color) and 156 round, baguette and marquise cut diamonds, totaling approx. 6 to 6.5 cts. realized $13,225, (lot 627).
The next auction will be the Spring Estates Auction on April 5th and 6th, 2003 at Neal Auction Company, located at 4038 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115.