Brunk Auctions will soon offer a rare oil painting portrait of Marie Laveau (1801 – 1881) that was said to be missing since the mid-20th century. Louisiana Creole Marie Laveau was best known for practicing Voodoo in 19th-century New Orleans despite being a devout Catholic. Although welcomed among the oppressed Black community, the white community didn’t accept Voodoo as an acceptable religion at the time. Because of this, Marie Laveau was often referred to as the “Voodoo Queen” or “Voodoo Priestess.” This work has been attributed to George Catlin based on its signature and likely origins. The painting has a rich history and reflects a rare period of American history when Black women could move freely through public spaces and exercise ample civil rights and civil liberties.
Also featured in the upcoming auction is an 18-karat gold Chanel diamond bracelet. Containing 13 baguette-cut diamonds, 34 large round brilliant-cut diamonds, and 40 smaller round brilliant-cut diamonds, the seven-inch-long bracelet has a total weight of 9.0 carats. It has been stamped “Cartier, 750, 813 894” and has the maker’s mark and French eagle head hallmarks. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete catalog and to browse other online auctions.
# of Lots:339
Price Range:$300 - $300,000
Interesting lots include:
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|Rare Early Creole Portrait|| Estimate: |
|Cartier 18kt. Diamond Bracelet|| Estimate: |
|Approximately $500 Face Value Silver Quarters|| Estimate: |
|14kt. Diamond Stud Earrings|| Estimate: |
|Folk Art Painted Sheet Metal Trade Sign|| Estimate: |
|Chanel Monogram Earclips|| Estimate: |