John Moran’s Studio Fine Art Auction Promises Gems From Important Southern California Collections

• Selections include works consigned from the Goldfield Collection of Los Angeles, the Barrack Collection of Fairbanks, Alaska, and an important private collection in Santa Monica, CA
• Curated auction lots comprise primarily California artists, but also include works by prominent east coast American and European artists
• The January Studio Auction is the first of three planned Studio Auction events for the 2017 calendar year

MONROVIA, CA – Moran’s is looking forward to ringing in 2017 with an exciting selection of California, American and European works of art spanning from the 19th century to the contemporary. Consignments have been rolling in from private collections across Southern California and beyond, and the catalogue features over 250 works of varying styles, schools and media.

European offerings are primarily Modern and Contemporary in nature, including selections by Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso.

19th century and earlier Continental works by Harry Hall, Lesser Ury, and Rembrandt are also slated to make their way to the block.

Solid examples by California artists are offered at very approachable estimates, including selections by Jessie Arms Botke, Ben Abril, Lockwood De Forest, Colin Campbell Cooper, and Peter Ellenshaw.

Select figural works are sure to appeal to a wide range of collectors, including a charming portrait of a young woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat by Santa Monica-based artist Antonia Miether Melvill (1875-1972). Born in Germany, Melvill is known for her figural works, and the present offering is a wonderful example of the artist’s painterly style (estimate: $800 to $1200). Another female portrait, this one a luminous, rose-tinted depiction of a lady in a headscarf posed in three-quarters profile, is offered by Boston, MA artist Elmer Greene (1907-1964). Titled “Study”, Greene’s portrait is offered with a $1000 to $1500 pre-auction estimate. A darker illustrative composition depicting a woman kneeling near an apparently fainted companion by William Frederick Foster (1883-1953 New York, NY) will be offered for $1000 to $1500.

Western and Native American subjects are expected to perform well throughout the evening; a contemplative portrait of a Sioux man titled “Iron Eyes Cody” by Clarence Ellsworth (1885-1961 Los Angeles, CA) will be brought to the block with a $1000 to $1500 estimate. A charming smaller-scale work by San Francisco-based artist Benjamin Raborg (1871-1918) depicting figures gathered around a tipi camp, snow-capped mountains cresting over the hillsides in the far distance, is expected to earn ($600 to $900). Estimated to bring $800 to $1200, Wil Timpe’s “South of Nogales”, depicting Mexican riders on horseback just outside a pueblo, is one of six works by the western-genre painter to be offered in Moran’s January 24th Studio Auction .

Painterly townscapes are well-represented among the highlighted lots culled from Moran’s January catalogue. A cheerful fall townscape featuring boxy, pitched-roof buildings, church steeples, and bare trees by Santa Barbara, CA artist Sara Kolb Danner (1894-1969), titled “New Jersey Town” will be offered with an approachable $500 to $700 pre-sale estimate. Consigned from the Goldfield Collection of Los Angeles, CA, George Loftus Noyes’s (1864-1929 Boston, MA) painterly, desaturated townscape “Boston Commons” is expected to bring $2000 to $3000. Another selection by an east coast artist, Anna Richards Brewster (1870-1952 Scarsdale, NY), offers a somber view of Boston, Lincolnshire in England, with the tower of St. Botolph’s Church dominating the composition. Titled “Old Boston”, Brewster’s painting of the gothic “Boston Stump” is to be offered with a $1000 to $2000 estimate.

Additional highlights include:
• An Art Deco bronze sculpture of a female nude seated on the back of a prancing deer by Ida McClelland Stout (*-1927 Illinois), will be offered with a $1000 to $1500 estimate.
• A self-portrait pencil sketch by Frederic Remington (1861-1909 New York, NY), accompanied by a letter to an acquaintance is conservatively estimated to bring $1000 to $2000.
• Edmund Henry Osthaus’s (1858-1928 Marianna, FL) watercolor portrait of a handsome English Setter will be offered for $700 to $900. • A large-scale tabletop gladiolus flower and figurine still life by Nell Walker Warner (1891-1970 Carmel, CA) is expected to bring $600 to $900.

While California landscape paintings are bountiful in the January 24th Studio Fine Art catalogue, a few selections from European and east coast American artists round out the collection. German painter Gottfried Richter (1904-1966) is represented in the catalogue with a watercolor of a lodge high in a mountainous snow-capped surround. Dating to 1928, the work will be brought to the block with a $400 to $600 estimate. A diminutive scene showing cottages lining a riverbank with clothes drying on the line in the foreground by Old Lyme Colony artist Lucien Abrams (1870-1941) is sure to find a buyer with a conservative $400 to $600 estimate.

California-centric works include “Sunlit Landscape” by Lawton S. Parker (1868-1954 Pasadena, CA), estimated to earn $1000 to $1500. Consigned from the Goldfield Collection and once featured in Caltech’s bicentennial retrospective of the artist’s work , the painting provides a hazy impressionist view of tree-filtered light at sunset. Another California scene, this one depicting a quintessential poppy-filled meadow beneath a nearly cloudless sky by Angel Espoy (1879-1963 Seal Beach, CA) will be offered with a $1500 to $2500 estimate. Consigned from a private San Diego, CA collection, “Sierra Gold” by Carson City, NV-based artist Leland S. Curtis (1897-1989) provides a view of a sun-splashed mountainside, and is expected to earn between $1000 and $2000.

Moran’s is delighted to offer a handful of selections from the Fairbanks, AK Barrack Collection in the January catalogue, the majority of which will be prominently featured in Moran’s March 21st California and American Fine Art Auction. A sweet group lot of seven diminutive Alaskan landscapes by Jeanne Laurence (1887-1980), (wife of prominent Alaskan painter Sydney Laurence and a skilled painter in her own right) is offered with a $600 to $900 auction estimate.

All lots in Moran’s January 24th Studio Auction will be fully catalogued and photographed, and bidding will be available in person, via absentee, telephone and online through the,,, and platforms. The auction will open for bidding at 7:00 p.m.

Free public preview is available on Friday, January 20th from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, January 21st from 10am to 2pm, Monday, January 23rd from 10am to 4pm and Tuesday, the day of the auction, beginning at 10am.

The catalogue will be live early January, and available for viewing on the platforms listed above as well as via John Moran’s website at:

Moran’s will present two additional Fine Art Studio Auctions during the 2017 calendar year, and is also excited to introduce Decorative Art and Jewelry Studio sessions, featuring fun and eclectic finds with conservative estimates. Keep current with John Moran’s website, Instagram and Facebook for updates regarding these exciting auction events.

For questions regarding consignment or any upcoming auction, please contact John Moran Auctioneers directly via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (626) 793-1833.

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