Moran’s sizzling summer auction season burns brightly with their Traditional Collector auction event. The July 21st auction is filled to the brim with elegant furnishings, décor, and artwork from Europe, Asia, and the United States. Whether collecting for a manor or a home that is a bit more modest, Moran’s has something for every taste at every scale.
The Traditional Collector is filled with a fine selection of antique arms and armor along with all the accouterment to fill the most discerning retreat. A German cuirassier suit of armor with beautifully etched breastplate from the 16th century is marching into the auction with a $15,000-25,000 estimate. An English officer’s light cavalry saber with a distinctive curved blade set with a lion’s head handle is estimated to sell between $500-700. A 17th-century iron strongbox with hidden lock is one of the most unique pieces in the sale and looks to bring between $3,000-5,000 at the block.
Fine examples of silver from America and Europe are sure to appeal to collectors. A Gothic Revival Ball, Black & Co. silver coffee pot gifted to Lucy Lord from Mrs. Millard Fillmore, wife of the 13th president of the United States and co-founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, comes to the block with a fascinating story at the dawn of the animal rights movement in America. The beautifully made coffee pot is estimated to bring $3,000-5,000 at the block. Moran’s is pleased to announce that the buyer’s premium from the sale of this lot will be donated to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. A set of “Repousse” flatware from S. Kirk and Sons is as timeless as it is gorgeous and is projected to bring $800-1,200 at the block. A monumental sterling silver centerpiece is perhaps the largest piece of silver Moran’s has ever offered. Weighing in at just over 45 lbs., the palatial silver centerpiece is projected to sell between $20,000-30,000. An English Elkington silver plate carving station made in 1927 with the armorial of the Prince of Wales, likely for Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor and is estimated to bring $700-900.
Fine art abounds in July’s auction. A work Russian artist Konstantin Konstantinovich Kuznetsov bring a bustling rural towns to life. A country village scene from 1968 is estimated to bring $4,000-6,000. Masquerade figures from Russian/French artist Konstantin Andreevich Somov take inspiration from the 18th century Rococo artists and updated to a 1920s aesthetic. The colorful gouache is estimated to bring $40,000-60,000. A deep-hued Paris street scene at sunset from Edouard Léon Cortès is rendered with the artist’s enviable impressionistic brushwork and heads to the block with a $15,000-25,000 estimate.
An iron strongbox
An English Elkington silver plate carving station
A palatial silver centerpiece
A set of “Repousse” flatware
Moran’s is keeping the summer auction season rolling with Studio Fine Art and Studio Decorative Art on August 25th. Art of the American West and Turn of the Century Design will close out the summer on September 8th.
For upcoming highlights, online catalogues, and more information on these sales, visit Moran’s website: www.johnmoran.com. Bidding is now available online via Moran’s new mobile app Moran Mobile, available on both iOS and Android operating systems. Live bidding on a desktop is available through bid.johnmoran.com; bidding is also supported by telephone, absentee, or in person.