Monrovia, CA – John Moran’s Traditional Collector sale took place on Tuesday, April 28, 2021, and it was a robust mix of genres in the form of candlesticks, sconces, vases, mantel clocks and more. Decorative objects came in an array of materials like silver, bronze, glass, and crystal and many pieces had gilt details. Paintings and sculptures also had a steady presence throughout the sale, pairing nicely with the Louis XVI furniture on offer.
The sale started strong start with a set of Fourteen Italian Venetian Murano Glass Goblets, whose origins were traced to the late 19th Century/first quarter of the 20th Century. The stunning red set complete with gilt rims sold for $2,250 (includes buyer’s premium), significantly above their $600-800 estimate.
The glass sparkled but it was the silver that shown brightly in this sale with several examples going well above their estimates. The elegant Gorham Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service is a perfect example of that. The set, which included a tray, was estimated at $800-1,200 but realized $3,437.50 (includes buyer’s premium).
A fourth-quarter 19th Century Maison Odiot French Sterling Silver Serving Dish is another example of silver that performed well on the block. The oblong serving dish accessed only by taking hold of an exquisite lobster finial caught a sale price of $9,375 (includes buyer’s premium), over three times its low estimate. The final example is three ornate serving pieces made in the late 19th/early 20th Century. “Love Disarmed” by Reed & Barton is one of the most desirable and collected patterns for Sterling Silver worldwide. The set had an estimate of $600-800 but sold for $1,250 (includes buyer’s premium).
The sale continued with well-fought fine art like the beautifully executed watercolor on paper by artist Charles Edward Dixon (1872-1934, British). Outward Bound, completed in 1900, captured crashing waves and billowing clouds with a sailing ship as its central figure. This small painting was estimated at $600-800 but sold for $2,812 (includes buyer’s premium).
“A fourth-quarter 19th Century Maison Odiot French Sterling Silver Serving Dish is another example of silver that performed well on the block. ”
Portraits were also a popular category throughout the sale. Portrait of a Gentleman sold for $4,375 (includes buyer’s premium), despite its estimate of $1,200-1,800.
Many artists included dogs in their compositions, in much the same manner as a bowl of fruit or a floral bouquet, but English artist Lilian Chevoit (1884-1932) was an animal portrait artist. A Pair of English Cocker Spaniels (Simon and Sarah) is quite romantic with its deep contrast in value, cerulean blue tones, and dramatic lighting. The painting was estimated at $800-1,200 but bidders could not resist these puppies that sold for $5,625 (includes buyer’s premium).
The sale also had several international works, hailing from Europe and Asia, that proved to be highly sought-after acquisitions for buyers. Italian Marquetry and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Nesting Tables were estimated at $800-1,200 but sold for $3,437 (includes buyer’s premium). A French Louis XVI Carved Giltwood Sofa also exceeded its $3,000-5,000 estimate and sold for $9,375 (includes buyer’s premium). Two Japanese Ikebana Baskets received a nice amount of attention selling for $2,500, though estimated at just $500-700. Rounding out the international influence of the sale was an eye-catching Large Japanese Sumida Gawa Figural Vase, estimated at $1,500-2,500 but sold for $4,687 (includes buyer’s premium).
Spring is in full bloom and John Moran Auctioneers has multiple sales to fit every interest whether that is jewelry, turn of the century lighting, or contemporary art and design.
Fine Jewelry & Timepieces: Tuesday, May 11th | 10:00 am PST
Studio Jewelry & Coins: Wednesday, May 12th | 10:00 am PST
Studio Decorative Art: Tuesday, May 18th | 12:00 pm PST
Studio Fine Art: Wednesday, May 19th | 12:00 pm PST
Art of the American West: Tuesday, May 25th | 12:00 pm PST
Postwar & Contemporary Art + Design: June 9th | 12:00 pm PST
Made in Mexico: Tuesday, August 3rd | 12:00 pm PST
John Moran takes the health and safety of our staff and customers seriously; as such, sales will continue to be held online and without a live audience. However, each item is available for preview through appointment. Moran’s auction preview floor is spaced over 10,000 square feet and allows clients to preview objects within established social distancing guidelines so that buyers can feel confident when making an appointment to preview the property. 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.
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