Lot 1: Louisiana School, 19th c
December 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Louisiana School, 19th c., "Portrait of Madame Celeste D'Estrehan Marigny de Grailhe (1808-1885)", c. 1860, oil on canvas, unsigned, 30 1/4 in. x 25 1/4 in., antique frame. Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016). Pub.: Harter, John Burton and Mary Louise Tucker. The Louisiana Portrait Gallery, Volume 1 to 1870. New Orleans: Louisiana State Museum, 1979, p. 97, no. 215. Note: Marie Céleste dEstrehan, daughter of Jean Noël dEstrehan (1754-1823) and Marie Claude Robin de Logny (1768-1822), grew up on her fathers plantation, Destrehan, which still stands today in Destrehan, Louisiana. She first married Prosper François de Marigny de Mandeville, and the couple had two children. After his death, Céleste remarried, this time to prominent New Orleans attorney Alexandre Grailhe; the couple had several children. The Egyptian revival-style Grailhe family tomb was erected in St. Louis Cemetery #2 and was designed by architect J.N.B. de Pouilly.