EXCEPTIONAL LOUISIANA FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ARTS FROM
THE WHITNEY PLANTATION COLLECTION
The Whitney Institute (DBA Whitney Plantation) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating Whitney Plantation Museum. Whitney Plantation opened as a museum on December 7, 2014 with a mission to educate the public about the history of slavery and its legacies. In its first five years, the museum welcomed over 400,000 visitors from destinations worldwide, who toured the grounds of the 18th century sugarcane, rice and indigo plantation. The original buildings dating from 1790 to the late 19th century reveal the story of an evolving plantation where more than 350 people were enslaved.
In 2019, a re-envisioning of the Big House of the plantation was embarked upon in agreement with the staff and Board of Directors. This tremendous undertaking will allot more space for new exhibits, which deemphasize the history of the plantation owners and focus instead on the lives of the enslaved workers. Ideas for these spaces include acquiring new objects utilized by enslaved people on the plantation and displaying original artifacts discovered on the grounds during archaeological research. As a result of this new focus, the collection of period Louisiana furniture and decorative objects offered within this auction will support the museum’s current endeavors.
In light of the recent devastating effects of Hurricane Ida to Whitney Plantation, the funds generated through this sale are crucial to implementing this large interpretive project and supporting the museum’s mission. While Whitney Plantation Museum works to recover from the storm, donations are more critical than ever to make repairs and allow the museum to continue to grow and thrive.
All lots will be available for preview in our gallery at 4038 Magazine Street, New Orleans on November 8 – November 18, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Monday, November 8 and Thursday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT
Please note that Neal Auction Company follows all protocols regarding maximum capacity, social distancing and masking.
Louisiana Purchase Auction™
November 19 & 20, 2021
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.