News Release - May 31, 2005
New Orleans, La. – The Neal Auction Company’s Late Spring Estates Auction
scheduled for June 10th, 11th, and 12th will feature the early 19th century
furnishings from the Andrew Norwood Townhouse and also include an exciting
collection of African Art being deaccessioned from Atlanta’s High Museum. A
preview begins at the Neal Auction Gallery on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 through
Thursday, June 9, 2005.
According to Neal Auction Company President Neal Alford, the Neal Auction
Company is honored to handle the antebellum Norwood Townhouse collection and
the unique African art collection from the prestigious High Museum, Atlanta,
Alford said, “The Norwood house is very well-known throughout the
preservation community and the High Museum is recognized for its fine
collection. As a result, this diverse sale has piqued the interest of
museums, art historians, antique dealers and private collectors, from
throughout the South.”
The Andrew Norwood Townhouse neo-classical collection encompasses both
Regency and American Classical furniture of 1820-1840. Among the items to be
offered are an extensive group of classical sculpture, Duncan Phyfe and J. &
J.W. Meeks furnishings, late Georgian campaign furniture, period lighting,
mirrors and decorations.
The African art being deaccessioned from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta,
Georgia will benefit the acquisitions in the African Department. The objects
represent the history and diverse cultures of the many peoples that make up
Africa. The items include masks, household objects, jewelry, and ceremonial
pieces from different regions of the continent. The featured item is a Toma,
(Loma), Liberia, wood mask.
The Andrew Norwood Townhouse located at West 14th Street, New York was built
1845-1847 for Andrew S. Norwood (1770-1856), a respected figure in New York
society and a prominent bond merchant. The Norwood Townhouse was restored
nearly thirty years ago by a noted preservationist. The Norwood Mansion is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a
landmark by New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.