The Palmer Collection

Lots 1 - 158

January 28





Neal Auction is pleased to present select objects from the Collection of John N. Palmer of Jackson, MS, offered here in a single owner sequence, lots 1 through 158.


Palmer, described by President George W. Bush in his announcement of Palmer’s nomination to be Ambassador of the United States to Portugal as “…a telecommunications pioneer, public servant and philanthropist”, served as Ambassador from 2001 to 2004. According to the Council of American Ambassadors, Palmer’s numerous civic leadership efforts have included board memberships for the National Trustees of the National Symphony Orchestra; the Institute for Technology Development; Ogden Museum of Southern Art; Millsaps College and as President and Director for the University of Mississippi Foundation. Palmer holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Mississippi and honorary degrees from Millsaps College and Tougaloo College.


The Palmer Collection, assembled over more than three decades, comprises fine Continental paintings, English and Continental antiques and decorations, as well as Asian porcelains. The objects were sourced from carriage trade purveyors and auction houses from New Orleans to New York and abroad. This well-edited, multi-layered collection was showcased in the handsome neo-classical residence designed by noted architect Lewis Graeber, seen here in photographs by Steve Saxton.


All lots will be available for preview in our gallery at 4038 Magazine Street, New Orleans on January 17 – January 27, from 10 AM to 4 PM.




Explore Auction

Auction to be held January 28 beginning at 2 pm CT



4038 Magazine Street, New Orleans 

Monday, January 17 through Thursday, January 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT


Please note that Neal Auction Company follows all protocols regarding maximum capacity, social distancing and masking.


Lot 140. Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) , "Composition", 1969

Winter Estates Auction

   January 28 & 29, 2022


The successful bidder (except a successful online bidder) shall pay a buyer’s premium in the amount of
25% of the hammer price on each lot up to and including $200,000, plus 15% of the hammer price greater
than $200,000. For payments made by cash, check, or wire transfer (except by online bidders) within 15
calendar days of the auction, the buyer’s premium will be discounted to 22%.

The successful online bidder shall pay a buyer’s premium in the amount of 28% of the hammer price
on each lot. A discount for payments made by cash, check, or wire transfer is not available for purchases made
by online bidders.


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