Jewels in Bloom at John Moran Auctioneers’ May 21st 2013 HQ Jewelry Auction
• Harry Winston necklace set with 24-carat Ceylon sapphire leads 250-lot sale
• Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, retro & and modern pieces by top makers all consigned from estates & private collections
• Luxury accessories, watches and antique decorative items also on offer
Pasadena, CA--John Moran Auctioneers’ May 21st, 2013 HQ Jewelry Auction is set to impress, blooming with gorgeous jewels freshly gathered from estates and private collections. Diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls and more make up the 250 lots of antique, vintage and retro pieces, including Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco, and creations by top makers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany, Vedura, Ippolita and Tacori. Watches, luxury goods, costume jewelry and exquisite decorative items for the home complete the rich array, which will be presented in two sessions. Every price point is represented, though the level of quality is consistently high throughout the expertly vetted selection.
Prices for California & American Fine Art Gain Momentum at John Moran Auctioneers’ April 23rd 2013 Auction
• Over 200 quality, fresh-to-the-market oils, watercolors, prints and sculptures by noted artists offered
• Prices soar for works in the $1000 – $20,000 range
Pasadena, CA-- Bidders seeking more affordable, smaller works by classic California and American artists at John Moran’s Auctioneers’ April 23rd auction may have been surprised to find that the normally approachable price points for such works were rather elevated. Paintings estimated to bring between $1000 and $20,000 consistently sold near or above the high end of their estimates, while larger works with higher estimates met with more selective buyers. Nevertheless, prices at Moran’s April 23rd sale were good overall, and a number of records were set. Overall the sale achieved a sell-through rate of 80%, with 550 bidders participating.
Springing Forward: Strong Sales at John Moran Auctioneers’ March 12, 2013 Antiques & Fine Arts Auction
• Nearly 500 lots offered up at the block
• Sell-through rate of 86% signals strong market for Continental fine and decorative arts
• Carefully edited selection of European paintings attracts eager buyers
Altadena, CA - Just three months into 2013, John Moran Auctioneers has already achieved impressive results in two major sales of Antiques and Fine Arts. Fast on the heels of their stellar February 5th sale, which centered on 20th century American design and Native American artifacts, Moran’s March 12th sale brought out enthusiastic crowds yet again. 740 buyers, including 500 active online bidders, competed for 465 fresh lots, driving the sell-through rate to 86% for both the catalogued session and the un-catalogued ‘’Discovery’’ session of the two-part sale. This time, however, the spotlight focused on collecting categories appealing to an altogether different type of buyer: Continental decorative arts, including furniture, bronzes, silver, glass and porcelain, and paintings. All lots were consigned from estates and private collections, with more than 100 of the decorative arts items coming from an important Las Vegas, Nevada collection.
The fifty lots of European paintings in the catalogued session were a well edited group, carefully vetted by Fine Art Sales Director Katie Halligan and comprising landscapes, cityscapes, genre scenes by noted artists spanning the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries. Two charming compositions featuring scenes from provincial life were offered up early in the sale. The first, by Austrian artist Hans Zatzka (1859 – 1945), depicting a flower seller rather coyly offering the viewer her wares, was originally estimated to bring $10,000 - $15,000, but ultimately realized $30,000. Directly following, a Dutch interior scene by Evert Pieters (1856 – 1932), showing a rosy-cheeked woman and her two small children in an idyllic rustic interior, fetched $9,187.50 (estimate: $4,000 - $6,000).
A considerably more ornate interior was represented in Joseph Burian’s (19th century French) watercolor of an elegantly dressed Cardinal and two associates enjoying tea in a Rococo drawing room. The painting’s initial estimate of $1000 - $2000 was more than doubled in the final selling price of $5206.25.
French painter Antoine Bouvard’s (1870 – 1956) scene depicting in oil a gondola on a Venetian canal during a clear day brought well over the estimate of $1000 -$1500), sailing smoothly to a price of $10,200 – proof of the enduring popularity of the artist’s works in this vein.
A pair of French street scenes also posted impressive numbers. The first, a small oil by Edouard Leon Cortes (1882 – 1969 French) depicting Paris’s Place de la Republique on a wintry day, inspired great anticipation, and bidders reserved every available phone line for the lot. Featuring very fine brushwork and minute attention to detail, the small canvas was considered by Ms. Halligan to be one of the best examples of the prolific artist’s work that she had seen in her career. It found a new owner for $10,200 (estimate: $7000 -$9000). The second work, “Avenita de la Rue”, painted in an angular Modernist style by Charles Levier (1920 – 2004), brought out a slew of internet bidders, finally earning $9000 (estimate: $3000 - $5000).
Also hailing from the Continent was the majority of the decorative arts items constituting the bulk of the sale. These also achieved very strong results, as buyers recognized the consistently high quality of the offerings. The afternoon’s first lot, a pair of small gilt-bronze-mounted grey granite urns, set the pace, promptly selling for double the high estimate (price realized: $2040). A short time after, a massive 19th century silvered-bronze figural centerpiece, measuring forty inches wide and weighing untold pounds, the boat-shaped body adorned in baronial style with ship’s prow-form ends and four different fully modeled allegorical figures, created quite a stir. At the end of a protracted tug-of-war between telephone and internet bidders, the spoils went to a very determined floor bidder for $54,000 (estimate: 20,000 - $30,000), the highest price of the sale.
An unusually large number of bronze sculptures, urns and centerpieces contributed to the bidders’ thirst for battle. Of these, to name just a few, a pair of patinated and gilt bronze vases by Parisian master sculptor and artist August Moreau, initially estimated to find a buyer between $1500 and $2500, brought $3300, and a large French bronze figure of a maiden by Mathurin Moreau earned $8400 at the block, well over the estimated $2500 - $3500. A pair of gilt and patinated bronze ewers, each relief-decorated with a frieze of cherubs in playful pursuits, danced to a sale price of $5,100 (estimate: $2500 – 3500).
Continental furniture offerings included an elaborately carved 18th century North Italian walnut cassone attracted intense attention. Deaccessioned from the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and sold to benefit its collections and programs, the marriage chest achieved a healthy price of $10,200 (estimate: $2000 – 3000). Also hailing from the Huntington was a set of English carved pine room paneling with a magnificent mantle featuring a canopy, designed by late 17th century French architect and engraver Daniel Marot. The breathtaking craftsmanship fomented competitive bidding between telephone bidders, realizing an excellent price of $42,000 (estimate: $10,000 - $15,000).
Fine glass and crystal from the 19th up to the late 20th century made a glittering counterpoint to the heavy furniture and bronzes, highlighted by several pieces of antique Baccarat. One such item, a silvered and gilt-bronze-mounted cut crystal center bowl with fully modeled dancing cherubs gracing each end was estimated at $3000 - $5000, but inspired a frenzy of bidding to achieve a price of $10,200. More putti perched atop a 19th century Bohemian etched yellow glass and gilt-bronze centerpiece, their flute-playing charming bidders along to a selling price of $6000 (estimate: $2000 - $3000). A Russian silver-mounted cut-glass center bowl, made in the late 19th century by Erik August Kollin (1836 – 1901 St. Petersburg), also seduced buyers, selling for $3,981.25 (estimate: $1500 – 2000).
Another Russian piece led the array of silver offerings from around the world. An Imperial era Russian tea set, finely detailed in cloisonné enamel with delicate shading to each flower petal and leaf, was made in Moscow by Maria Semenova (active 1899 – 1908), who worked for only a short time but earned a reputation for very high quality craftsmanship. The set, which came with its original fitted box, easily flew to a hammer price of $14,400 (estimate: $3000 - $5000). A silver-plated jardinière by French maker Christofle (estimate: $3000 – 4000) realized $5,700, while a Victorian silver-plated epergne made in Sheffield, England, earned $2,040 (estimate: $1000 – 1500). Chinese export silver also continues to captivate buyers. A small melon-shaped milk jug and matching sugar bowl decorated with blossoming branches and with handles modeled as tree branches fetched $1020 (estimate: $500 – 700).
The allure of Asian items remains strong across several categories in the Southern California market. A 19th century Chinese brown lacquer tea caddy, decorated in gold, red and green with a paradisiacal garden of flowers and exotic birds and enclosing a pair of pewter canisters, fetched $1837.50 (estimate: $800 – 1000). An elaborately carved Chinese hardwood table, featuring a trio of dragon head feet and topped with pink and grey marble brought an excellent price of $8400 (estimate: $3000 - $4000). Immediately after, a Japanese ebonized wood bench carved with sinister-looking dragons sporting colored stone eyes, originally estimated at $700 - $900, drove floor bidders wild when they were able to view it in person, and the hammer did not come down until bidding topped out at $3675.
Additional highlights include:
• A pair of Minton ivory-ground porcelain cameo vases, striking in their elegantly simple palate of black, ivory, and gilt, achieved a price far above their estimate of $600 to $800, selling at $3368.75
• An exquisite Berlin KPM porcelain plaque measuring only 3.75’’ x 5.75’’, depicting a reclining beauty amongst a bower of roses, realized $6,737.50 (estimate: $800 – 1200)
• A rare Fattorini & Sons cast-iron chess tournament clock (estimate: $1000 – 1500) sold for $2082.50
• A photographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Moses P. Rice (d. 1925 Washington, D.C.), printed in 1863, realized $3,600 (estimate: $800 – 1200)
John Moran Auctioneers’ next auction is slated for April 23rd, and features 232 lots of California and American Fine Art. The entire catalogue can be viewed by visiting www.JohnMoran.com. Bidding is available in person, by absentee, and via telephone, as well as online through LiveAuctioneers.com, AuctionZip.com, and Invaluable.com.
Consignment inquiries are always welcome – interested parties are encouraged to contact John Moran Auctioneers directly at:
or (626) 793-1833. John Moran Auctioneers is now actively seeking consignments for their May 21st HQ Jewelry Auction, July 30th Antiques and Fine Art Auction, and October 22nd California and American Fine Art Auction.
Summer Heats Up with John Moran Auctioneers’ June 18th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction
Summer Heats Up with John Moran Auctioneers’ June 18th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction
• Asian art objects achieve impressive prices.
• High quality Native American pieces
• Highlights in fine art include works by Rufino Tamayo, Paul Landacre, and P. V. E. Ivory
Pasadena, CA--John Moran Auctioneers’ June 18 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction featured quality American and European furnishings, decorative arts, and fine art, as well as a vast selection of Native American textiles, baskets, beadwork and pottery. International bidding activity via online bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers, AuctionZip, and Invaluable was especially busy, with over a thousand buyers registered. Nearly a third of all successful bidders bought online.
Asian works of art, particularly Chinese, did especially well. Almost every one of the carefully selected items in this category out-performed its high estimate. The most contested lot was a Chinese gilt-splashed bronze incense burner, dated to the late 17th/ early 18th century. Tying up every available phone line and pulling in numerous international bidders via online platforms, the censer realized $54,000, leaps and bounds over the conservative pre-auction estimate of $3000 to $5000. A pair of impressively carved Chinese carved spinach jade covered urns followed, realizing $12,300 (estimate: $1000 - $1500). Though restored, a Chinese red coral figural carving depicting two figures atop a phoenix bird achieved $6765 (estimate: $800 - $1200). A massive Chinese export Canton famille rose punchbowl, a find at one of John Moran’s monthly walk-in “What’s It Worth?” appraisal clinics, was estimated to bring between $2000 - $3500, and found a buyer via telephone for $5400. Also causing quite a stir online among international buyers was a Ming Dynasty celadon-glazed warming bowl. It earned $13,200 at the block (estimate: $3000 - $4000).
Among the seventy Native American objects, Navajo textiles appeared in abundance. A room-sized Navajo regional weaving in red, black, cream, and grey on a natural brown ground earned just over the estimated $4000 - $6000, selling for $6737.50. A striking pictorial rug, featuring stylized frogs, lizards, and human figures on a red ground, estimated to bring $3000 - $5000, brought $6600 after some serious competition between telephone bidders. A finely woven Navajo Third Phase woman’s wearing blanket, woven of aniline-dyed red, indigo-dyed blue, and natural brown, grey and cream wool exceeded expectations with a final price tag of $8400 (original estimate: $5000 - $6500).
Prices were also strong among a variety of other types of Native American art. An exceptionally rare Sioux beaded hide horse mask, a parade piece decorated with American flags, was in excellent condition for its one hundred years. Originally conservatively estimated to find a new owner for between $12,000 and $16,000, it inspired a battle between floor bidders who duked it out until at last the dust settled at an impressive $27,000. Numerous absentee buyers bid on a Southern Plains Indian hairpipe breastplate, dating to the late 19th century, driving it to a final selling price of $3600 (estimate: $800 - $1200). A striking Tlingit carved wood clan helmet, dating to the late 19th or early 20th centuries, realized $6000 (estimate: $3000 - $6000). Featuring effigies of a killer whale, a raven, a frog, and a bear, the helmet hailed from a private collection in the Northwest. A collection in Los Angeles yielded a number of great baskets, including a California Mission Cahuilla polychrome basket with a design of two snakes circling a central eagle. In very good condition and dated to the first quarter of the 20th century, it sold for $6600 at the block (estimate: $3000 - $5000).
Continental decorative arts, a mainstay at Moran’s, also found buyers at competitive prices. A rare Rene Lalique ‘Jeunesse’ perfume bottle with a dauber modeled as a standing cherub realized $3,382.50 (estimate: $800 - $1200), while a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver candlesticks designed by Alphonse La Paglia brought $2400 (estimate: $1000 - $1500). A pair of Georgian walnut dining room urns-on-pedestals drove bidders wild, fomenting intense interest both online and via telephone. At the end of the tussle, the urns were sold to a phone bidder for $21,600 (estimate: $2500 - $3500).
In the category of fine art, a festive oil-on -canvas titled “The Wedding”, by Pjotr Stajanow, realized $3600, well over the estimated $800 - $1200, and setting a record for the Russian artist’s works at auction. Shortly following, a charming oil-on-panel by Dutch artist Anton Mauve depicting cows in a pastoral Dutch landscape found a buyer at $3600 (estimate: $2000 - $3000). An oil by western genre specialist Percy Van Eman Ivory, titled “Striking Oil”, earned its place as a standout with a selling price of $4200, exceeding the estimated $1200 - $1800. Offered shortly after was a lot of eleven vintage American sports paintings, estimated at $3000 - $5000 due to various condition issues. A compelling slice of Americana and collegiate history, the group went for a respectable $4287.50. Late in the auction, a languid scene by master Southern California engraver Paul Landacre, titled ‘’Forest Girl’’, realized $2700 (estimate: $600 - $800).
Select highlights also include:
• A 1958 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, in excellent original condition, attracted bids both domestic and international, eventually going to an online buyer for $10,040 (estimate: $4000 - $6000).
• A set of lithographs by Mexican artist Rufino Taymayo (eight works of the “90th Anniversary Series”), brought $18,375 at the block (estimate: $10,000 -$15,000).
• A circa 1740 map of the South Seas engraved by Dutch cartographers Andries & Hendrik de Leth found a new home with a phone bidder for $7200 (estimate: $3000 - $5000).
• A 1926 Steinway Model O grand piano with a carved Louis XV style case, consigned from a San Marino, CA estate, realized $11,295 (estimate: $6000 - $8000).
Consignment inquiries are always welcome at John Moran Auctioneers. Interested sellers should contact the office directly via email at:
, or via phone at: 626-793-1833.
John Moran’s next auction is scheduled for July 30th, 2013, and will feature Continental decorative arts, European paintings, silver and eclectic estate property.Check Johnmoran.com for highlights as well as full catalogs for each approaching auction, including the July Antiques, October American Fine Art, and December Jewelry auctions.