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Auction Report: Neal Auction’s Spring Sale

by Christopher Kent (04/08/09).

Neal Auction Company of New Orleans presents a remarkable collection at its April 18-19 Spring Auction Sale.

The sale has an impressive offering of furniture and objects d’art, some of which have been carried over from its winter sale. The spring auction also contains a noteworthy selection of first-time paintings by important listed artists, upon which this preview concentrates.

Beginning with one of the most recognized names in the heavy-hitter category is:

Lot 291, a signed, oil-on-canvas landscape by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1895). This painting depicts the “Souvenir de Saint-Servan.” It is in immaculate condition. The works of Corot make up the cornerstone of Impressionist collections in all major public and private collections. It is conceivable that it will well surpass the estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

Corot's “Souvenir de Saint-Servan”

Corot's “Souvenir de Saint-Servan”

Lot 294, a gem of a portrait by one of France’s leading mid-18th, early-19th century artists, Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823). The pastel-on-linen portrait, with the diminutive dimensions of 19¼ by 15¼ inches, depicts Mlle. Rey de Morande. The painting is unsigned but bears on the reverse the label, “Wildenstein Arte S.A. Florida 914, Buenos Aires,” with the artist’s name, title and medium and dimensions. Again, it is conceivable that the portrait will exceed its $15,000-$25,000 estimate.

Prud’hon's Mlle. Rey de Morande

Prud’hon's Mlle. Rey de Morande

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Lot 295, stylistically one of the most frequently copied artists, Eugene Galien-Laloue (1854-1941) is represented by his watercolor and gouache-on-paper depiction of “Twilight Near the Hotel de Ville, Paris.” Signed on the lower left, the painting is going up with a $12,000-$18,000 estimate.

Galien-Laloue's “Twilight Near the Hotel de Ville, Paris”

Galien-Laloue's “Twilight Near the Hotel de Ville, Paris”

Lot 288. Not usual to be represented at auction, but nonetheless exciting because of the infrequency with which his paintings are on the block, this blue-and-gray wash over pencil rendering of the “Queen Eleanor Cross, Waltham Cross, Middlesex” by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is once again an opportunity to invest in a leading artist’s work. The estimate for this signed, framed work is $12,000-$18,000.

Turner's “Queen Eleanor Cross, Waltham Cross, Middlesex”

Turner's “Queen Eleanor Cross, Waltham Cross, Middlesex”

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