Plantation home’s contents at core of Crescent City Auction event June 24-25

Pair of 20th-century Italian-style composition blackamoor torchieres. Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


NEW ORLEANS– A pair of 20th century Italian-style composition Blackamoor torchieres, a mid-19th century French three-piece gilt and patinated bronze and white marble clock set, a large pair of French carved giltwood Corinthian columns, and an oil on canvas painting by Louisiana artist Robert M. Rucker (1932-2000) will all come up for bid June 24th and 25th in New Orleans. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctionees.

They’re a few of the expected top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s June Estates Auction, a summer sale packed with over 1,000 premium lots in the categories that people have come to expect from Crescent City’s major two-day auction events: French and American period furniture, original artwork by New Orleans and regional artists, fine jewelry and decorative accessories.


Nickel-plated puzzle sculpture by Miguel Berrocal (Spanish, 1933-2006), titled ‘Mini David,’ executed circa 1970. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


Headlining the auction are estate items from Mount Hope Plantation in Mississippi. Nearly 100 lots – about 10 percent of the auction – will come out of this gem of a home built in 1820, and all are early American. The house is the oldest standing structure in Copiah County. It’s also on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as a Mississippi State Landmark.

Mount Hope Plantation, in fact, is for sale (although it is not being offered in this auction). The home has been lovingly restored, with no detail overlooked, and has four large bedrooms, four full baths and seven fireplaces, in a 5,500-square-foot floor plan that’s conducive to comfortable country living.

The auction will be held in Crescent City’s St. Charles Avenue gallery. Start times will be 9 a.m. Central time on Saturday, June 24, and 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 25.

The 20th-century Italian-style composition Blackamoor torchieres are impressive, at 86 inches in height. The pair has a $2,500-$4,500 estimate. A pair of French carved giltwood Corinthium columns, also from the 20th century, are even taller: 98 1/2 inches, and 24 inches in diameter. The pair carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Robert M. Rucker was a New Orleans-born impressionist artist who opened his first gallery in the city’s French Quarter at the age of 16. His oil painting titled The Steamboat Natchez (below), signed lower right, should bring $2,000-$4,000. There are threw additional paintings by Rucker in the sale, one a watercolor titled French Quarter Street in a Full Moon. The work, artist-signed lower right, is expected to change hands for $700-$1,200.


Oil on canvas by Robert M. Rucker (Louisiana, 1932-2000) titled ‘The Steamboat Natchez.’ Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


A French three-piece clock set, circa 1850, is marked Societe Regeneratrice & Mutuelle de l’Horlogerie, Paris. The set should fetch $2,000-$3,000.


French three-piece gilt and patinated bronze and white marble clock set, circa 1850, by Societe Regeneratrice & Mutuelle de l’Horlogerie of Paris. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


Artwork by New Orleans artists will include an oil on canvas by Alan Genise Flattman (b. 1946), titled Sunset Over the Marsh, signed (est. $1,000-$2,000); a charcoal study by George Valentine Dureau (1930-2014), Standing Male Angel, signed (est. $600-$900); and a watercolor by George F. Castleden (1861-1945), New Orleans Harbor, The Mississippi River, signed (est. $500-$750).

Additional works by artists from the region will feature a silkscreen (46/120) by the renowned “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013), titled Take Me to Your Leader (1997), silver pen signed and numbered (est. $800-$1,200.


Silkscreen by ‘Blue Dog’ artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013), titled ‘Take Me to Your Leader’ (1997), silver pen signed and numbered. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Crescent City Auction Gallery image


For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or email