Auctions | April 3, 2013

Spring Estate Sale at New Orleans Auction Galleries

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) — April 3, 2013 — The New Orleans Auction Galleries announces their Spring Estate Auction with nearly 1,600 lots, including fine paintings, art pottery, estate jewelry, a collection of garden furniture and statuary, and an extensive clock collection. The auction will take place over a period of three days: Friday, April 19, starting at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, starting at 10 a.m. 


Guests are welcome to preview the items at the Gallery, 510 Julia Street (at the corner of Magazine St.), from Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 19, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., excluding Sundays.  In addition, a late-evening preview event is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The auction will feature “Living Art”: An Important Collection of Works by New Orleans Artists. The proceeds of the “Living Art” auction items will benefit the WLAE public broadcasting station. WLAE works to offer quality content and outreach to increase awareness of cultural and educational services that positively impact the lives of the people of Southeast Louisiana.


Artists in this special session include:  Alex Beard, Raine Bedsole, Dr. Bob, George Dunbar, Mitchell Gaudet, Alan Gerson, Thomas Mann, Steve Martin, James Michalopoulos, Terrence Osborne, George Rodrigue, Hunt Slonem, and Carlos Zervigon.


New Orleans Auction Galleries is also partnering with The Ogden Museum of Southern Art to auction a book of signed drawings donated by a patron to raise money for the museum. The book, Sherwood Anderson & Other Famous Creoles, is illustrated by the famous William Spratling, with introductory text by Nobel Prize-winning author and occasional New Orleans resident William Faulkner. The book is signed by 41 of the 43 luminaries featured and was used as an important source for the recently published Dixie Bohemia, by John Shelton Reed.


“We believe that it is our responsibility as a business to give back to the arts community of South Louisiana,” said New Orleans Auction Galleries CEO and owner, Susan D. Krohn. “Without a flourishing arts community, we would not have experienced the success that we have seen in our first year under new ownership, and we realize that we must work to nurture and support our city’s love of the arts.”


Notable auction items include:


  • "Nude Abstract," a pastel and pencil on paper, signed lower right, float mounted, glazed, matted and framed, by Paul Ninas (American/Louisiana, 1903-1964).
  • Glass "Macchia" Bowl, signed and dated in engraved script, by Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941).
  • "Perspectives II," a silver gelatin print by Ruth Bernhard (American, 1905-2006).
  • “Gold Luster,” a gilded and painted ceramic wall relief by Lynda Benglis (American/New York, b. 1941).
  • A Chinese rhinoceros horn cup from the 17th century, carved as an open magnolia flower with leaves, branches and buds, with a fitted hardwood stand carved in the form of a fantastic rock.
  • "L'Origine de L'Espace," a glazed, matted and framed color lithograph, 1971, by Man Ray (American, 1890-1976).
  • A Chinese ivory carving from the early 20th century, depicting the standing figure of a warrior in armor.
  • Louis XV-style mahogany and kingwood lady's desk from the early 20th century, the shaped top inlaid with three foliate-inlaid panels and a full brass banding.


About New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries is situated in a former 19th-century cotton exchange building in the heart of the city’s historic Arts District.  It is one of the premier regional auction companies in the nation, with over twenty years of experience, and is committed to working with consignors and collectors to provide them with the finest arts and antiques.  New Orleans Auction Galleries has continually set world-record prices for items offered at their sales.  With buyers and consignors the world over, the auction house specializes in the finest American and Continental paintings, Continental and American furniture, antique porcelain, art pottery, and sterling and coin silver.  Offering more than six fully catalogued auctions a year, each sale features items from fine estates, private collections, and institutions.


For more information about New Orleans Auction Galleries, to order a full-color catalogue, or to speak with our specialists regarding buying or consigning, visit