John Moran Auctioneers’ Art of the American West auction brings a curated selection of fine art and artifacts to the block
• Fine art from the genre’s leading practitioners abound
• Objects and works from American Indian artists are sure to appeal to collectors
• A selection of jewelry will capture attention
MONROVIA, CA – John Moran Auctioneer’s September 29th Art of the American West auction boasts a curated selection from the West’s leading artists and artisans. From fine textiles to fine art, Moran’s has everything to complete a world-class collection. With all lots and condition reports online, browsing from the comfort of home has never been easier. A digital catalogue will be available online ahead of the auction for convenience.
Fine art from around the West is set to dazzle collectors. Olaf Weighorst features in the auction with a masterfully painted Indian and horse in a rocky landscape, sure to bring $7,000-9000. A serene view of two Indians on horseback at sunset by William Steve Seltzer is sure to appeal to collectors when it hits the block with a $3,000-5,000 estimate. A majestic view of the Grand Canyon from Ralph Davison Miller is one of Moran’s favorite paintings in the auction and is estimated at $3,000-5,000. A dry point etching from famed Western artist Edward Borein, “Trail Boss,” is a wonderful example from the artist, estimated to bring $1,000-2,000 at the block.
Unique objects from across Indian Country are poised to make a splash. A beautifully woven Late Classic Navajo child’s wearing blanket from the fourth quarter of the 19th century features a field of colorful crosses and is estimated at $15,000-20,000. A masterfully executed Navajo Yei rug with seven colorful figures on a red field is sure to bring $2,000-3,000. A wonderful Miwak/Paiute basket from the first quarter of the 20th century is woven with a star motif and is expected to sell between $1,500-2,000.
Jewelry from throughout the Southwest abounds in the auction. A delightful storyteller belt from Navajo artist Benjamin Becenti with inlaid panels featuring scenes of everyday life is sure to bring $600-900. A wonderful set of Frank Patania Sr. jewelry set with turquoise cabochons is one of the finest pieces in the auction and estimated to bring $2,000-3,000 (PHOTO 5). Squash Blossom necklaces are always a popular choice, a fine example from artist Pablita Quam is expected to sell between $500-700. A graphic Floyd Becenti Jr. belt of “Custer’s Last Stand” is masterfully created and sure to appeal to collectors at $800-1,200 (PHOTO 6).
Moran’s fall auction season will continue into October with the ever-popular 20th Century Art + Design auction as well as Studio Fine Art and Studio Decorative Art. November will see the highly-anticipated California & American Fine Art auction as well as California Living. Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, Luxury, Couture, & Accessories auction is as well as Traditional Collector are slated to warm up December. Moran’s takes the health and safety of our staff and customers seriously, as such, all previews for the auction will be by appointment only and the sales will be held online without a live audience.
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 our website; bidding is also supported by telephone or absentee.
Consignment inquiries are always welcome.
“Jewelry from throughout the Southwest abounds in the auction.”