Asian Art and Antiques from The Living Estate of Mr. Richard S. Ravenal will be Auctioned October 2nd by EstateOfMind

Middletown, NY, USA, September 10, 2021 -/DailyVoice/- Items from the living estate of Mr. Richard S. Ravenal – the now long-retired purveyor of Asian art and antiques and former owner of Asian Gallery in New York City – will headline a two-session auction planned for Saturday, October 2nd, by EstateOfMind, online and live in the Middletown gallery at 195 Derby Road. A preview will be held at 7 am Eastern.

Session 1, beginning at 10 am, will feature more than 100 lots of guns, ammunition and other militaria. Session 2, starting an hour later, will be the main sale, with the Mr. Richard S. Ravenal collection and other fine items pulled from prominent local estates and collections. Internet bidding will be provided by Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

Also offered will be exceptional estate jewelry and watches, original artworks ranging from Old Master paintings to mid-20th century fare, sterling silver that includes flatware services as well as individual pieces, signed baseball memorabilia and hard-to-find baseball cards, coins and stamps, musical instruments, American furniture items from the 19th and 20th centuries, and collectibles.

Items from the Mr. Richard S. Ravenal collection will feature a rare, 13th or 14th century Chinese Ming Dynasty gessoed, straw-bound mud-head of Kuan-Yin, with appliqué painted lacquer over straw and mud and inlaid agate eyes. It comes from a temple in northwest China and shows the influence of the Silk Route Sung/Yuan Dynasty. It is also in a remarkable state of preservation.

Also from the Mr. Richard S. Ravenal collection is a 12th century Khmer Dynasty bronze of the Cambodian Buddhist deity Mahayana; a fine Chinese glazed pottery Buddhist priest from the Ming Dynasty, 16th century, with provenance; and a rare Shiva-Linga carved stone one-face column from the 2nd or 3rd century. Any one these would make a fine addition to any collection.

The watches category will feature a Patek Philippe 18kt gold watch, a Tiffany & Company 18kt gold watch, a rare C.L. Guinand 14kt gold chronograph pocket watch, and a 14kt gold repetition-chronograph with hunt case, 18 SZ. Jewelry will be highlighted by a 14kt gold Art Nouveau plique-a-jour necklace with diamonds and pearls, and nice large 14kt gold aquamarine rings.

Other jewelry will include a 19th century early fire opal, diamond and enameled ring; a rare 14kt Victorian mourning ring complete with a hair locket; a 14kt Art Nouveau dragonfly diamond, ruby, sapphire, opal and emerald brooch, white and yellow gold signed; 18kt Art Deco diamond and cultured pearl earrings; and a 14kt Art Deco two-carat natural sapphire brooch (unheated).

Artworks and paintings will be led by a pair of circa 1830 portraits attributed to Ammi Phillips (American, 1768-1865); a Dutch Old Master painting signed Willem Van Aelst (1626-1683); a winter scene by Emil Carlsen (American, 1853-1932); a group of works by 19th century British painter Homer Smith; a 1950s ink and paper work by John E. Heliker (N.Y., 1909-2000); and a circa 1925 watercolor signed Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), titled Other Wives and Husbands.

Silver will include a circa 1960 Danish Modern flatware service for 12 by Frigast in the Princess Furhsia pattern; a circa 1960 service for 12 by Gorham in the La Scala pattern; a circa 1950 service for 12 by Lunt in the Madrigal pattern; a circa 1940 Hallmark service for eight; a Persian silver tray weighing 55 troy oz.; three 19th or 20th century Russian silver and gold enameled teacup saucers; a large 19th century Persian Niello silver bread tray; a 19th century Persian repousse silver vase, and other pieces. Fans and collectors of silver will have much to consider.

Sports collectors will be treated to a Jackie Robinson autographed photo with certificate of authenticity; a baseball signed by Mickey Mantle with certificate of authenticity; and many baseball cards, including Roy Campanella, Hank Aaron and other stars. Collectibles will include a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 comic book (1984, graded 9.0), and a Flaming Carrot comic.

Coins and stamps will feature a 1984 Olympic proof set with gold; a 1925 Peace Dollar graded MS-66; a 1955 Mexican Cinco Pecos gold coin; a large complete coin set collection, including uncirculated (stamp series) Morgan silver dollars; a complete block of four presidential series stamps from 1938 and 1939 (Scott’s #803-834); and other philatelic and numismatic offerings.

Period American furniture will include a circa 1815-1820 birdseye and mahogany four-drawer chest (North Shore, Mass.); two Gustav Stickley side chairs; a circa 1950 Paul McCobb Planner Series table and chairs; an 18th century Hudson Valley pine tavern table; a circa 1820 classical New York Empire Cornucopia sofa; and a circa 1915 McHugh Arts and Crafts kneehole desk.

The musical instruments category is impressive and includes a rare 19th century violin bow by G. A. Pfroteschner; a violin by Joseph Odoardi with a bow by A. Schroetter; a circa 1950 Framus Barcelona model #5/26 classic tiger maple acoustic guitar; a circa 1980 Yamaha APX-4 acoustic and electric guitar; a Fender Squire 5D-7 model acoustic guitar; a Nord Electro 5-D keyboard; a Yanagisawa saxophone; two Chateau saxophones; an Andreas-Eastman straight sax; an SE custom electric guitar; assorted high-end new speakers; and other instruments and accessories.

Live, in-gallery bidding is available, but seating will be limited and all CDC, state and local regulations with regard to the COVID virus will be strictly enforced. Bidders can view lot photos and get more information at and at (ID # 11093).

Live, in-gallery previews will be held on Friday, October 1st, from 11 am-5 pm Eastern time, and Saturday, October 2nd, the date of auction, from 7 am-9 am, or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, you may call EstateOfMind at 845-386-4403. Masks are required at the previews. To learn more about EstateOfMind and the live and online estates auction slated for Saturday, October 2nd, please visit

About EstateOfMind:
EstateOfMind was officially born in 2009 after more than 20 years of providing estate services through a former company, American Antiques & Fine Art. Owner and president Darrell Dirr, a proprietor of fine art, antique and estate sale businesses, holds a Certificate of Recognition. Mr. Dirr was nominated by the OCDSS for being a valuable community partner of PSA for 20 years. EstateOfMind is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at 845-386-4403; or, you can send an email to To learn more about EstateOfMind, please visit

It’ll be Christmas in July in New Orleans When Crescent City Auction Gallery Holds Its July 17-18 Summer Estates Auction

New Orleans, LA, USA, July 10, 2021 -/DailyVoice/- It’ll be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery holds a big, two-day Important Summer Estates Auction the weekend of July 17th and 18th. The sale is brimming with over 800 quality lots of fine French, English and American furniture, over mantel mirrors, original paintings by local and regional artists, fine jewelry and couture pieces, a piano, sterling silver, nativity sets, model boats and more.

Start times both days will be 10 am Central time. Expected top lots include a large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall by 53 inches wide (estimate: $5,000-$10,000); an oil on canvas painting by the French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left, 17 ½ inches by 20 ¾ inches (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); and paintings by Knute Heldner and AJ Drysdale.

The oil on canvas by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5 and is signed lower right. It measures 29 ½ inches by 35 ½ inches and should bring $4,000-$6,000. The oil on canvas laid to board attributed to Norwegian-born Louisiana painter William Buck (1840-1888) is titled Covington Scene. It’s expected to finish at $3,000-$5,000. Both would be fine additions to any Southern collection.

It’s an eclectic sale, with merchandise ranging from vintage couture (Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton, others) to fine estate jewelry (white, yellow and black diamonds, tanzanites, emeralds, sapphires, South Seas pearls, more) to a Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914), featuring a 21kt gold and enameled sterling oklad, measuring 12 ½ inches by 10 ½ inches (estimate: $500-$1,000).

A 19th century American-made gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over mantel mirror set on a later white marble base, having an overall size of 96 inches tall by 75 ½ inches wide, is expected to gavel for $3,000-$5,000; while an American spelter slag glass lighted base lamp, probably Edward Miller, 21 inches tall, should knock down for $500-$900.

A circa 1940 44-piece Stieff sterling flatware service in the “Williamsburg Queen Anne” pattern, having a total weight of 53.75 troy oz., is estimated to ring up $1,000-$2,000. Also, a silverplated epergne/centerpiece, together with a silverplated circular mirror plateau, with relief fruit and scroll decorated rims (two pieces) should hit $400-$800.

A large oil on canvas painting by Scott Upton (N.C., b. 1958), titled Glimpse of the Hidden, signed and titled on verso, 47 ¾ inches by 71 ¾ inches, is expected to garner $3,000-$5,000. Tops in the American furniture category is a circa 1880 Victorian carved walnut marble-top sideboard, 76 inches tall by 58 inches wide (estimate: $600-$900).

French furniture, a staple at nearly every Crescent City auction, will feature the following examples:

  • A French Provincial Louis XV style carved cherry sideboard from the early 1800s, 42 ¼ inches tall by 55 ¼ inches wide (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).
  • A French Empire carved mahogany marble-top center table made in the 19th century, 29 inches tall and 38 ½ inches in diameter (estimate: $800-$1,200).
  • A 19th century French Empire style carved mahogany marble-top commode, 34 ¾ inches tall by 50 ½ inches wide (estimate: $700-$1,200).
  • A French Provincial Louis XV carved walnut vaisselier (furniture for storing and displaying china), 85 inches tall by 52 inches wide (estimate: $600-$1,200).
  • A 20th century French style ormolu mounted ebonized mahogany bombe Boulle marble-top parlor cabinet, 38 ½ inches tall by 39 ½ inches wide (estimate: $600-$900).

Original artwork by New Orleans and regional artists is just as ubiquitous and will be led by an early 20th century oil wash on board painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (La., 1870-1934), titled Louisiana Bayou at Dusk, signed lower left (estimate: $800-$1,200); and a 20th century mixed metal sculpture by New Orleans artist Thomas Mann, titled Techno Rabbit Clock, with a carrot form stand, 6 inches tall, signed (estimate: $800-$1,200).

An oil on board painting by Colette Pope Heldner (New Orleans, 1902-1990), titled Swamp Idyll, signed lower left and signed and titled on verso, 19 ½ inches tall by 15 ¼ inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $500-$800. Also, a large silver gelatin photographic print by George Valentine Dureau (New Orleans, 1930-2014), titled Two Young Boys, unsigned, 41 inches tall by 34 inches wide, should command $400-$800.

On to Europe, where an early 20th century oil on canvas painting by Henry Schouten (Belgian, 1857-1927), titled Horse and Donkey, signed lower left and 17 ¼ inches by 25 ¼ inches, is estimated to fetch $1,500-$2,500. Also, an oil on canvas Portrait of a Lady in White, initialed (“V.J.”) and initialed and dated (1836), should finish at $1,200-$1,800.

A 19th century patinated bronze sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875), titled Spread Wing Eagle, 9 ½ inches tall and impressed “F. Barbedienne Fondeur”, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000; while an early 20th century Continental School gilt bronze figure of a Classical Male Athlete, 25 ½ inches tall, possibly a Grand Tour souvenir, should rise to $800-$1,200. These are just a small sampling of what bidders can expect.

Live, in-person bidding, as well as exhibition previews, will be held by appointment only, in the Crescent City gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Previews are being held daily (except on Sunday) and started July 8th. A Saturday, July 10th preview will be held from 9 am -1 pm. To schedule an appointment for live gallery bidding on auction day, or for a preview, call 504-529-5057, or, you can send an email to

Internet bidding will be provided by, and Absentee and phone bids will be accepted until 1 pm Central time on Friday, July 16th. A 25 percent buyer’s premium will be applied in-house (three percent discount for cash or check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email

For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery and the two-day Important Summer Estates Auction slated for the weekend of July 17th and 18th, visit

About Crescent City Auction Gallery:
Crescent City Auction Gallery is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can send an e-mail to All phone calls and e-mails are confidential. For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery, visit