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Moran’s Is Pleased To Announce Their Inaugural Women In Art Auction

John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to announce their inaugural Women in Art auction, taking place this fall. Scheduled to directly precede Moran’s flagship California & American Fine Art auction on Tuesday, October 23rd, the curated catalogue features approximately 100 works by well-known and less established artists from across the United States. Selections include sculpture, textiles, paintings, prints and other objects of art.

Consignments from private collections and local estates make up the entirety of Moran’s Women in Art catalogue, and Moran’s hopes to make the sale a yearly event.

All works will be included in a printed catalogue, and bidding will be available in person and online via Moran’s app as well as the Liveauctioneers, Auctionzip and Invaluable platforms.

11084-1Selections include a number of works by local Southern California artists, including Dorothy Sklar’s (1906-1996 Los Angeles, CA) “Barry Alley, Chavez Ravine”. Dating to 1949, the oil painting brings the Los Angeles neighborhood to life, depicting women and children doing chores, chatting, and walking through the lane of brightly colored homes (estimate: $1000/1500). Antonia Greene (1881-1957), a German-born artist who settled in Santa Barbara in 1929, has seven works in Moran’s Women in Art catalogue, including a charming self-portrait as well as a work titled “The Leghorn Hat”, which was exhibited at the Faulkner gallery in 1936 (estimate: $1000/2000). Also hailing from Santa Barbara, impressionist painter Sara Kolb Danner’s watercolor “Oranges for Sale” has been assigned a $500/700 pre-auction estimate. Laguna Beach artist Anna A. Hills’s (1882-1930) impressionist eucalyptus coastal painting serves as a nice example of the artist’s later light and colorful impressionist style, inspired by California landscapes (estimate: $2000/3000). The founder and six-year president the Laguna Beach Art Association, Hills was also instrumental in raising money to establish the Laguna Art Museum, which still operates today. Carmel, California artist Nell Walker Warner (1891-1970), well-known for her floral still life work, is featured in the October catalogue with a larger scale atmospheric landscape, expected to garner $2500/3500.

A collection of approximately ten oil paintings by local Los Angeles artist, writer, filmmaker and educator Jae Carmichael (1925-2005) have been consigned from a private Arcadia, CA collection of her work. The subject matter of the works varies, and all carry conservative pre-auction estimates.

Bay Area artist Alice B. Chittenden (1859-1944 San Francisco, CA), who began painting at an early age, was a prolific artist who focused on California wildflowers and still lifes as well as views of the California landscape. Her charming still life of white flowers in a green vase is headed to the block with a $1500/2500 pre-auction estimate.

11167-9Modernist painter Helen Hoffman Rousseau (1896-1992), also based in the Bay Area, is featured in the October catalogue with “View of Laguna Beach and Hotel”, an aerial view of red and brown roof homes with just a sliver of the Pacific Ocean visible in the upper right corner. “View of Laguna Beach and Hotel” carries a $4000/6000 estimate. Marion Coleman (1867-1950), born in Australia and arriving in Northern California in 1900, is known for her cowboy subjects and various Native American tribes around Northern California. Her view of a house in a lush fall landscape with blooming rose bushes, aptly titled “The Rose Garden”, carries a $2000/3000 estimate.

11084-2Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858-1927 Marblehead, MA) is represented in Moran’s Women in Art auction by a lovely impressionist view of a cypress tree on the California coast. Titcomb, an East Coast native, often traveled to the West to paint and sketch; bathed in golden morning light, the scene exudes the warmth of a California summer (estimate: $4000/6000).

11091-1Contemporary artists represented in the catalogue include New York-based textile artist Blair Tate, whose tapestry weaving of linen and cotton is expected to bring between $600 and $900. Mildred Kouzel, a contemporary Fullerton, CA-based artist who created works in a wide variety of media, including paintings, bronzes, ceramics, drawing, wood work, and other styles, is featured in the October catalogue with a bronze work titled “Stretch” (estimate: $1000/1500). 11184-2



A surrealist composition by artist Alice Philppot Rahon (1904-1987) will make its way to the block with a $6000/9000 estimate (title: “Boite a Musique III”). Born in France and a major contributor to the emergence of abstract expression in Mexico, Rahon began as a surrealist poet and later began to paint after she settled in Mexico in 1939. 11091-7Consigned from the same private collection, Chicago artist Julia Thecla’s (1896-1973 Chicago, IL) “I Looked into a Dream” is a surrealist composition depicting a tight rope walker, birds, and a veiled onlooker in a moonlit landscape (estimate: $1000/2000). Often dreamlike and fantastical, “I Looked into a Dream” is a strong example of the artist’s imaginative composition that additionally illustrates her career-long fascination with acrobats and dancers.


Nancy Nieto (b. 1944 American/Mexican), a prolific artist whose work draws heavily on her family’s Mexican roots, is featured in Moran’s October 23rd auction with “The Dog”, a contemporary acrylic on canvas expected to bring between $600 and $800 at the block.

11091-6Moran’s is also pleased to planning a series of special events and talks in conjunction with the auction; dates and event details are forthcoming.

Moran’s Women in Art auction will begin at 4pm on Tuesday, October 23rd; the California and American Fine Art auction will follow at 6pm. The auction will take place at Moran’s headquarters in Old Town Monrovia: 145 E. Walnut Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016.

Free public preview is scheduled for Friday, October 19th from 10am to 4pm; Saturday, October 20th from 12pm to 4pm; Sunday, October 21st from 12pm to 4pm; Monday, October 22nd from 10am to 4pm; and on Tuesday, October 23rd, the day of the auction, starting at 10am.

John Moran Auctioneers will round out the 2018 auction calendar with Fine Jewelry and Timepieces and Studio Jewelry auctions on December 11th and Art of the American West and Turn of the Century Design auctions on December 12th.

Consignments are welcomed for all upcoming auction events! Visit for information regarding consignment or to view highlights from upcoming John Moran auction events. To contact John Moran Auctioneers directly, email: or call: (626) 793-1833.


For comments on this auction, please contact:

Morgana Blackwelder

John Moran Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers

(626) 793-1833


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