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Daughters of British Empire in Louisiana

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2014 Pub Night Auctions

Our Auctions, both Live and Silent, will be spectacular this year, and we would like to thank all of those who have so generously donated!


Here are photos of a handful of items, just to whet your appetite . . .


Come and bid often - and bid high!


If you cannot attend, and would like to leave a bid on any item, please contact:

Betty Calzada


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HM Queen Elizabeth II Memorabilia:  Her Majesty's Gold State Coach, special Limited Edition, by Matchbox, in original box, for the 40th anniversary of her reign; a commemorative Silver Jubilee Mug (1952-1977), a lovely Diamond Jubilee tea towel (1952-2012) and the Official Souvenir Programme of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee; together with a Dunoon bone china mug commemorating the wedding of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson, 1986, and a double deck of Tudor Rose vintage Austrian playing cards (6 pieces)          $ 95

Donated by: Mr. Robert Shaw (from the Collection of the Late Mrs. Maureen Shaw) and a Friend of DBE.

A 14 Karat Yellow Gold and Sodalite Enhancer Necklace, in  the form of a shell, on a sodalite bead necklace, no mark, on oval filigree clasp, 1. 17 1/2", h. 2"  

Donated by: A Special Friend of DBE                   $ 365

For your Holiday Entertaining! A Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label Whisky, together with a heavy pressed glass decanter, a book "Malt Whisky" (a comprehensive guide for both novice and connoisseur) and an Elizabeth Skokin "Rita" Haute Hostess double ruffle apron made of black Venetian lace over a red cashmere satin (4 pieces) $275

Donated by: Mr. Robert Shaw and a Friend of DBE.


A 2013 Prince George Royal Christening Silver Proof £5 Coin: This beautiful coin is a historic first because never before has a Royal christening been commemorated on a British coin.  The coin is legal tender, sterling Silver Proof £5 coin and its design was personally approved by both Queen Elizabeth and the Royal couple.  Very few coins were struck to make Prince George's birth, and many were left disappointed when they sold out within days. The design, by artist John Bergdahl, is both traditional and beautiful, and was inspired by the customs and traditions surrounding previous Royal christenings.  Struck from 28.28 grams of sterling silver to the Royal Mint's renowned standards of quality, only 12,500 were struck.  Elegantly packaged, with a booklet, and Certificate of Authenticity.            $ 300

Donated by: A Friend of DBE

A Framed and Matted "Aster Time, Kew Gardens" Lithograph, 1920, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, (1890-1954), American, active in Britain (1914-1940). Commissioned by the Underground Electric Railways of London Ltd, and printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Ltd. Panel posters were produced for display in Underground car interiors, as well as on the inside and outside of buses and trams. Because they did not have to fit a standard frame or wall space, they are smaller than other poster formats and vary slightly in size.  Monogram in u.r. corner "MCK" superimposed on top of "EK."  Very nicely matted and framed in textured frame with ribbon and floral motif, overall: 14 1/2" x 20"                  $ 200

Donated by: A.L. Lowe Custom Framing

A Framed and Matted "At Kew Gardens" Lithograph, by David Wilson, 1926, published by the Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd and printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Ltd. Quote by Matthew Arnold: "Dark blueberries drench'd with dews of summer eves."  Panel posters were produced for display in Underground car interiors, as well as on the inside and outside of buses and trams.  Because they did not have to fit a standard frame or wall space, they are smaller than other poster formats and vary slightly in size.  Very nicely matted and framed in ornate frame with floral motif, overall: 13 3/4" x 19"                   $200

Donated by: A.L. Lowe Custom Framing


New Orleans Handcrafted Jewelry!  By Marion Cage: A Small Point Three Tier Necklace:  If you are looking to make a statement, look no further . . . this is the necklace for you. Delicate but dangerous, this was the piece that inspired an entire collection.  The tiered necklace is sterling silver, plated with black rhodium. The tiers hang at 16", 18" and 20" lengths and the points range in size from 1/4" to 1"     $375

Donated by: Marion Cage


Marion Cage McCollam is a New Orleans jewelry designer and architect. Located on historic Magazine Street, the New Orleans jewelry studio and gallery offers handcrafted contemporary jewelry and items for the home.  Her formal education and background as an architect and industrial designer trained her to work within, even celebrate, constraint.

New Orleans handcrafted jewelry!  En suite with previous lot: Small Point Cluster Earrings: Delicately dangerous and will make any looks a little more edgy! Sterling silver, plated with black rhodium, l. 1 3/4"   $275

Donated by: Marion Cage

Merry Olde England: this handcrafted Lilliput Lane "Periwinkle Cottage", will remind you of those lovely little English villages, in perfect condition and beautifully detailed.  l. 6 1/2", d. 5", h. 4 5/8"    $120

Donated by: Mr. Robert Shaw (from the collection of the Late Mrs. Maureen Shaw)

Elegant, Sophisticated and Modern: A Lovely Chalcedony Necklace, although unsigned, this is certainly made by a master designer, evident in the use of the best materials, and the superb eye to detail. The lovely blue chalcedony disc, with faceted edge, on a matte finely textured gold chain, ending with two small round faceted chalcedony beads, on a lobster claw clasp, dia: 1 1/8", l. 20"     $1,000

Donated by: A Special Friend of DBE 

A Rare Wedgwood Lead Crystal and Jasperware Paperweight, made in 1981 to celebrate the wedding of HRH Princess Diana and HRH Prince Charles, dia. 3 1/2", together with a bone china commemorative mug by Hammersley;  another mug, made in France, showing images of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, and a Wedgwood embossed Queensware high glaze Of Etruria trinket box (4 pieces)    $95

Donated by:  Mr. Robert Shaw (from the collection of the Late Mrs. Maureen Shaw) and a Friend of DBE.

Luxuriate in Jo Malone!  Two story lines were carefully selected for this wonderful basket from Saks Fifth Avenue, Orange Blossom, and Lime, Basil and Mandarin, comprising colognes, bath oil, body cream, body lotion, hand wash, soap and candles, in a dark brown basket. $700

Donated by: Saks Fifth Avenue



A Diminutive Handpainted Charlotte de Vita Enamel Teapot, Numbered Edition # 496, dated 2003, design by John Clementson, who donated original artwork to TradePlusAid to help raise funds to assist children of disadvantaged communities. Lovely polychrome teapot, with saxophone player motif, very nicely presented in original box, h. 3 1/2"     $80

From the Collection of the Late Mrs Maureen Shaw, donated by A Friend of DBE


A Diminutive Handpainted Charlotte de Vita Enamel Teapot, Numbered Edition, # C423, dated 1997, featuring the witty and colourful designs of Clare Maddicott, one of England's most popular illustrators, who donated her original artwork to TradePlusAid to help raise funds to assist children of disadvantaged communities.  Lovely polychrome teapot, with panda motif, very nicely presented in original box, h. 3"             $80

From the Collection of the Late Mrs. Maureen Shaw, donated by A Friend of DBE


A Clay Pot with Nudes, signed by New Orleans Iconic Potter Jo Ann Greenberg: Her trademark style, at once playful and powerful, is always identifiable, especially in this lovely pot, with green and gold squares motif overall, and two nudes: "She always liked those stretched-out poses, where the arms and the legs did interesting things.  A woman doing a backbend with one leg up in the air, her people are always in motion."  dia 6 1/2", h. 6"                   $ 1,200


Jo Ann Greenberg (1927-2013) a New Orleans artist known for crafting "clay into works of art featuring naked women cavorting blithely across a pot or a plaque or a plate," Greenberg was a sculptor of the Newcomb school.  Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and Newcomb Gallery.  A Tampa native, she came to New Orleans in 1947 to attend Sophie Newcomb College, and settled here, raising her family and running the crafts gallery Alternatives, in the Riverbend.  When she sat down to carve a piece of clay, Mrs. Greenberg went about it in an offhand fashion.  Her art came easy to her.  In earlier years, she and a group of friends regularly hired live models to facilitate their work.  Later, she leafed though photography books or magazines until she ran across a pose that seemed right to her.  She worked quickly but effortlessly, on leather-hard clay, the scraps flying around her as her potter's tool dug in.


Donated by: A Special Friend of DBE

Gorgeous! Leopard and black leather brings a deluxe element to this Jerome Dreyfuss messenger bag. Wraparound zips extend gussets on both sides; a zip welt pocket trims the magnetic flap, and an adjustable strap fits over the shoulder.  Blue lined, two compartment interior with a zip pocket and mini flashlight.  In box, with dust bag and tote bag, 11" x 12"             $1,000


Jerome Dreyfuss was born in Nancy in 1974 and moved to Paris at the age of 17 to study fashion at l'Ecole Esmode, but left three months later to work at John Galliano.  Jerome launched his debut collection, Couture a Porter, in 1998, when he was just 23 years old.  Bold and elegant, with a quirky sense of humour, it placed the young Paris based designer firmly on the fashion map and prompted the press to pronounce him the "enfant terrible" of French fashion.


Donated by: A Special Friend of DBE

Handmade in NOLA! You'll love this handcrafted three dimensional serving plate from Oysteria: the rectangular deep plate, in a lovely muted green, mauve and black glaze, mounted with twelve oyster shells, 12" x 9"      $150

Donated by: Monique Chauvin and Leslie Stidd Massony of Oysteria


A pair of Vintage Christian Lacroix Shoes!  The navy silk open toe sandals, with bow and sling backs, size 38 1/2 (7 1/2) In original box, and red dust bag. $100


Christian Lacroix was born in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, in Southern France.  At a young age he began sketching historical costumes and fashions.  He graduated from high school in 1969 and moved to Montpelier, to study Art History at the University of Montpelier.  In  1971, he enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris. Whilst working on a dissertation on dress in  French 18th-century painting, Lacroix also pursued a program in museum studies at the Ecole du Louvre.  His aspiration during this time was to become a museum curator.  With his background in historical costume and clothing, Lacroix soom made headlines with his opulent, fantasy creations, including the short puffball skirt ("le pouf"), rose prints, and low decollete necklines. He referenced widely from other styles: from fashion history (the corset and the crinoline), from folklore, and from many parts of the world. He favoured the hot colors of the Mediterranean region, a hodgepodge of patterns, and experimental fabrics, sometimes handwoven in local workshops.  Christian Lacroix has designed many dresses for Hollywood stars, he is responsible for designing Christina Aguilera's wedding dress and in the 1990s was famed as being a favourite designer of Edina Monsoon in the UK sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.


Donated by: A Friend of DBE



An Old Copper Coal Scuttle:  use for a beautiful flower arrangement or for your holiday pinecones! With lion masks and delft-style handles, l. 13", h. 13 3/4"           $100

Donated by:  A Friend of DBE

A Dries Van Noten Python and Leather Wallet: elegant natural python exterior, fine red leather interior, in box, 5" x 3 1/4"               $ 185


Dries Van Noten, born in Antwerp in 1958, is the third generation of a family of tailors.  However, he decided that he was more interested in designing fashions than selling them, and so in 1976, at the age of 18, he entered the fashion design course at Antwerp's Royal Academy.  After graduating, Dries Van Noten continued to freelance before producing his own collection of men's wear, which met with almost immediate success on its launch in 1986.  In addition to his boutiques in Antwerp, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Dries Van Noten works in partnership with some four hundred boutiques in cities such as New York, London, Milan, Berlin and Moscow.


Donated by: Weinstein's

A Very Large Woodbury Art Glass Vase by Simon Pearce: this square, contemporary vase provides a casual, simple elegance to flowers, floating lilies, or even on display as an accent piece. Engrave it and give as a wedding present! h. 16 7/8", 6" x 6"           $275

Donated by: A Special Friend of DBE


Another Art Glass Vase by Simon Pearce: medium, contemporary vase of elongated bulbous form on round foot, of casual, simple elegance.  Engrave it and give as a wedding present!  h,. 12 3/4"               $175

Donated by: A Special Friend of DBE


Simon Pearce opened his first glassblowing workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland, his aesthetic having evolved during time spent at Shanagarry Pottery, which was owned by his parents.  He gained glassblowing experience working in European glass houses, traveling the world and through studies at the Royal College of Art in London.  From inception, Simon's vision has been to create products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honoured techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use.  In 1981 Simon moved his operation to Quechee, Vermont, where he completed the restoration of an historic woolen mill.  The Ottauquechee River provided hydroelectric power for the glass furnaces along with electricity for the entire facility.  In 1993 Pearce moved the company headquarters to Windsor, Vermont, an in 1999 he opened a third facility in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. 

From the French Bee Floral Colection, this large and colorful red silk Amaryllis, in clay pot with black and white ribbon - perfect for your holiday decor!  h. 27 1/4"

Donated by: The White Camellia of NOLA