• Both the catalogued and uncatalogued Discovery sessions are overflowing with fabulous pieces of quality and character
• Continental furnishings and decorative arts dominate the roster
• Strong European painting selection also promises to delight
Pasadena, CA--Hot on the heels of their February 5th Antique sale, John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to announce their upcoming March 12th Antiques and Fine Art Auction. Packed to the brim with Continental decorative arts, furniture, silver and fine European paintings, this sale will not disappoint those seeking to add a little glitz and gilt to their lives. Many of the two hundred catalogued lots were carefully culled from a fabulous private estate in Las Vegas, and are fit for a palace large or small.
Diamond pieces took center stage at the HQ auction, the most outstanding of which was perhaps an antique rose-cut diamond necklace. Made circa 1830, and featuring 349 diamonds total, the dazzling ornament shot past pre-auction estimates of $20,000 to $30,000, selling to a telephone bidder for $54,000. Hailing from a private Pasadena estate and originally estimated to hammer between $25,000 and $35,000, an Edwardian twin diamond necklace set with a total 5.9 carats of diamonds was the object of intense competition, finally won for $33,000. A pair of diamond domed ear clips by famed jeweler Harry Winston, featuring 114 full-cut round diamonds, brought out the floor bidders and sold at $7800 (estimate: $4000 to $6000).
In the category of fine furniture a number of standout pieces promise to turn out the bidders in full force. An absolutely stunning 18th century North Italian walnut cassone, ornately carved overall in foliate and floral designs and peppered with putti, is estimated to realize $2000 - $3000 at the auction block. Also estimated to bring $2000 - $3000 is a handsome rosewood and ebony-inlaid late 19th century Renaissance Revival library table featuring carved griffins and Corinthian column-form legs. In the Louis XVI style are a pair of ormolu chenets, each cast as ewers with dolphin-form handles (estimate: $3000 to $5000), and a wonderful marble-topped, ormolu-mounted cabinet by the renowned Parisian ébéniste Joseph-Emanuel Zweiner, bearing his stamp and also the stamp of the retailer Jansen. Moran’s is delighted to offer this marvelous example of the German/ French maker’s fine craftsmanship, consigned from a private Southern California collection, for $3000 – 5000.
Two Italian marble sculptures are alluring 19th century works of art. The first, a seated maiden in a flowing, sheer sheath, poses with an open book to her side. Signed “A. Fulli”, the sculpture carries an estimate of $4000 to $6000. The second work, by Vittorio Caradossi (1861 – 1909), is offered at $10,000 to $15,000, and portrays a classical maiden inquisitively inspecting two doves who have alighted nearby.
Smaller decorative pieces are also sure to turn heads. An enchanting boxed set of cloisonné enamel tea pieces by noted Moscow maker Maria Semenova, comprising a sugar bowl, tongs, and creamer jug, exhibit an attention to detail (estimate: $3000 to $5000). A gorgeous Edwardian Boulle style bronze-inlaid rosewood desk set will most likely find a buyer for a price of $2000 to $3000, and a Naploeon III ormolu-mounted, lapis-inlaid table casket from the Parisian firm of Tahan is expected to realize $2500 – 3500. Perhaps one of the most show-stopping pieces slated for sale March 12th is a monumental silvered bronze figural centerpiece, with ship’s prow-form handles at each end, and female allegorical figures perched atop each of the piece’s four corners. Measuring more than three feet across at its widest point, the centerpiece is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.
High quality Continental porcelain will also be well represented at the March 12th auction. A pair of Sevres-style white ground porcelain urns, decorated overall with polychrome floral garlands within cobalt and gilt borders and topped with foliate finials, are estimated at $4000 to $6000. A silvered and gilt bronze-mounted porcelain casket with a cherub-headed scroll handle and painted with vignettes of courting couples in the manner of Watteau, is expected to achieve $7000 to $9000 at the block. Also included is a fantastic ormolu-mounted bisque porcelain centerpiece, depicting a goddess attended by three maidens and two cherubim (estimate: $7000 to $9000), and a very large and ornate Berlin / KPM covered vase depicting soldiers in various uniforms ($5000 – $7000).
Additional highlights include:
• An intriguing photographic print of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Moses P. Rice, showing the president at three-quarters view, looking directly into the camera lens (estimate: $800 to $1200).
• A Victorian library globe by W. & A.K. Johnson, circa 1893, featuring a wood and paper equatorial rim carved with calendar and zodiac, a brass meridian ring, and a compass, centered at the base (estimate: $5000 to $7000).
• An Austrian cold-painted bronze lamp by Anton Chotka and modeled as a Bedouin and his musically inclined monkey (estimate: $1500 to $2000).
• A very fine Parisian Street Scene by Edouard Cortes, titled Place Republicque, hailing from a private estate in San Diego, CA (estimate: $7000 to $9000).
• An owl-form polychrome-glazed ceramic vase by Pablo Picasso (estimate: $5000 – $7000).
The catalogued session of this sale will begin at 3:00 pm, with the uncatalogued Discovery Session to follow. Both sessions will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, located at 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA. Bidding is available in person, via phone or absentee, and online through LiveAuctioneers, AuctionZip, Invaluable, and ArtFact. Interested parties are welcome to contact
or call 626-793-1833 for more information or to arrange for bidding.
The next John Moran Auctioneers Auction is slated for April 23rd, and will feature over 200 lots of American and Californian Fine Art. Check www.JohnMoran.com for sale highlights and updates. John Moran’s next Antiques Auction is scheduled for June 18th, and is expected to feature many quality Native American rugs and artifacts, along with quality decorative arts and furniture.
Consignments are accepted throughout the year for Moran’s Antiques and Decorative Arts Auctions, their jewelry sales, and for their American and European Fine Art Auctions. Please contact Moran’s offices or visit their website for more information regarding the consignment process.