NEW ORLEANS, LA NEAL AUCTION COMPANY
One of the largest and most important works of New Orleans artist Alexander
John Drysdale crossed the block during Neal Auction Company’s two-day Important Spring Estates Auction this March 24 and 25.The scene, titled Monumental Louisiana Bayou with Live Oaks, Cypress and Cabin, measured 47 by 71 inches.the painting is notable because the only other known works of this magnitude by the artist were those commissioned for
Weiss family’s dining room in their St. Charles Avenue Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana, were also noteworthy.the plantation was purchased in 1884 by Joseph Henry, whose daughter-in-law transformed it into a place for artists and writers to convene. The Annunciation and the Adoration of the Wise Men, 1957, was the top earner of the trio selling for $70,150 against a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.The next highest piece was the 1959 painting The Cotton Crucifixion (est. $15/25,000) at $47,580, while Harvesting Gourds near the Africa House and Wash Day near the Ghana House, Melrose Plantation (est. $20/30,000) brought $25,620.