Los Angeles, CA— John Moran Auctioneers presented their bi-annual California and American Fine Art auction on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 at 12:pm PDT. This sale featured 140 hand-picked works by noted California & American artists such as Alson Clark, Maurice Braun, Elmer Wachtel, Hanson Puthuff, Armin Hansen, Angel Espoy, Mischa Askenazy, Phil Dike, and Emile Gruppe. Post-sale highlights were led by Jessie Arms Botke, Eyvind Earle, Franz A. Bischoff, Charles Rollo Peters, Marguerite Stuber Pearson, Jane Peterson, and five works by Edgar Payne.

Lot 35: Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), “Santa Rosa Island [At] San Pedro Harbor” $19,050

Lot 35: Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), “Santa Rosa Island [At] San Pedro Harbor” $19,050

This sale included multiple works by one of the United States’ preeminent Impressionist painters, Edgar Alwin Payne and collectors took notice. Leading the auction was lot 21, Riding Near Canyon De Chelly, that sold for an impressive $76,200*. Then, came lot 22, Brittany Boats, bringing in $44,450*. Lot 58, Italian Boats (Chioggia) achieved $22,860* and his “Young Sycamores In Autumn”, lot 41, brought in a price realized of $17,780*. Lot 34 garnered extra attention. After many phone and online bids, Chioggia Boats sold for $16,510*, doubling its low estimate.

A beautiful work by the Illinois and California painter, Jessie Arms Botke titled, “White Peacocks And Wisteria”, lot 15, sold for a whopping $24,130*. She is noted for her bird images and use of gold leaf highlights and this example did not disappoint.

Lot 102 was by the influential, Eyvind Earle, whose original paintings and work done for Walt Disney Animation remain some of his most sought-after pieces by collectors. Selling for $20,320* was “Sea, Wind and Fog,” 1986, reminiscent of his background work seen in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Lot 102: Eyvind Earle (1916-2000), “Sea, Wind And Fog” $20,320

Lot 102: Eyvind Earle (1916-2000), “Sea, Wind And Fog” $20,320

The American artist, Franz A. Bischoff was featured in this sale with his work, “Santa Rosa Island [At] San Pedro Harbor”. Lot 35 exceeded its estimate of $6,000-8,000 and sold for a staggering $19,050*.

Lots 68 and 90 presented works by the California oil painter known for his nocturnes scenes, Charles Rollo Peters. “The Old Customs House, Monterey, California,” lot 90, achieved $12,065*, and lot 68, “Moonlight Adobe,” earned a winning bid of $9,525*.

Other female artists bidders took particular interest in were Marguerite Stuber Pearson and Jane Peterson. Marguerite Stuber Pearson was an American artist, specifically a painter in the style of the Boston School. Lot 72 presented Pearson’s work, Young Girl Seated, which sold for five times its $1,000-2,000 estimate, bringing in $10,560*. Jane Peterson was also an American painter, both well-known and highly regarded for her impressionistic depictions of landscapes and floral still lifes. Selling for $10,160*, and doubling its $3,000-5,000 estimate, was lot 31 titled, Zinneas.

To see the full auction results, or to learn more, go to www.johnmoran.com.

*–Includes buyer’s premium.

— Brenda Smith, John Moran Auctioneers  

“Leading the auction was lot 21, Riding Near Canyon De Chelly, that sold for an impressive $76,200*.”
Lot 21: Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947), Riding Near Canyon De Chelly $76,200

Lot 21: Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947), Riding Near Canyon De Chelly $76,200

Upcoming Auctions

John Moran Auctioneers is continuing their 2024 lineup with the Jewelry & Watches sale, Tuesday, May 21st, followed by the Art of the American West sale, Tuesday, June 4th, 2024. Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming auctions so you don’t miss out on the action, and the treasures!      
Jewelry & Watches: Tuesday, May 21st | 12:00 pm PDT 
Art of the American West: Tuesday, June 4th | 12:00 pm PDT 
Modern & Contemporary Fine Art: Tuesday, June 11th | 12:00 pm PDT 
ReDesigned: Tuesday, June 25th | 10:00 am PDT 
Traditional Collector: Tuesday, July 30th | 12:00 pm PDT  
Art + Design: Tuesday, August 13th | 12:00 pm PDT  
For upcoming highlights, online catalogues, and more information on these sales, visit Moran’s website: www.johnmoran.com and follow us on social media: @johnmoran_auctioneers. Along with our website, bidding is now available online via Moran’s new mobile app, Moran Mobile, available on both iOS and Android operating systems. You may also choose to bid by phone or absentee.        
Consignments are always welcome:      
Email us at [email protected] today!