John Moran Auctioneers Announces Inaugural Biannual Studio Auction

• Moran’s new Studio Auction features paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures with estimates ranging from $200-$15,000.
• Works span from the 19th century to the contemporary.
• Morans’ biannual studio auction will take place every winter and summer season, with works by American, Continental, Asian and South American artists regularly represented.

MONROVIA, CA – John Moran Auctioneers is excited to announce a new biannual auction model, the Studio Auction, which comprises an eclectic mix of artworks from worldwide artists dating from the 19th century through the contemporary – all offered at approachable pricepoints. Featuring paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures covering a variety of subjects and styles by European, Asian, Russian, North and South American artists, John Moran’s inaugural July 30th Studio Auction is an event not to be missed. With most works carrying pre-sale estimates under $1000, Morans’ Studio Auction aims to cater to burgeoning private collectors or those looking to add charming pieces to existing collections without breaking the bank.

All auction lots in the Studio Auction will be fully photographed and catalogued, and bidding will be available in person, via absentee, telephone and online via four platforms:,,, and Free public preview is available on Friday, July 29th as well as on Saturday, July 30th, prior to the Studio Auction’s start at 4:30pm.

Highlights include a vibrantly hued oil on canvas offering a dynamic view of parrots in flight by Julius Moessel (1871-1957 Chicago, IL); Moessel’s work is to be offered at the Studio Auction for $800 to $1200.

Los Angeles artist Daniel Sayre Groesbeck (1878-1950) is represented in Moran’s Salon sale by a mixed media work depicting a Russian cathedral interior; dating to 1913, the composition features minimal pops of royal blue and red to highlight the dimly lit but decidedly ornate space. The last painting by Groesbeck more than tripled its high estimate when offered at Moran’s March 2015 Fine Art Auction. With this in mind, Moran’s is cautiously optimistic that the present example will outstrip the conservative $1000 to $2000 pre-auction estimate.

New Modern and Contemporary American art collectors will be pleased to see that Moran’s Studio Auction features a number of works by well-known 20th century artists, including Norman Rockwell, Peter Max, and Leo Politi, all offered at conservative pricepoints. Additional contemporary and modern highlights include a masterfully executed figural work by Wade Reynolds (1929-2011 Los Angeles, CA), depicting a contemplative seated man near a pier; the painting is expected to bring $800 to $1200 at Moran’s sale. A large-scale impressionist oil painting by Kalman Aron (b. 1924 Los Angeles, CA) is also on offer. Aron’s charming, painterly work depicts men playing chess and checkers in a public park (estimate: $800 to $1200). An intriguing work by Fil Mottola (1915-2008 Laguna Niguel, CA) will be brought to the block with a conservative $300 to $500 auction estimate. Executed in blocky, bright hues, the untitled landscape is Mottola’s take on an Eyvind Earle-style landscape; both painters were artists for Disney Animation Studios.

European offerings include works covering a variety of subjects, including a watercolor and oil painting depicting figures within a sunlit chapel interior by British painter Samuel Prout (1783-1852), which is expected to earn between $600 and $800. Italian artist Frederick Galli’s (b. 1932) etching of a stark winter landscape takes an interesting bird’s-eye-view of a frozen river; the work is expected to bring $500 to $700 at Moran’s Studio Auction.

For additional highlights, complete catalog listings and multiple photographs of each lot, visit John Moran’s website at: The Studio Auction catalog is also available for live and absentee bidding via,, and

Moran’s Studio Auction is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm on Saturday, July 30th – directly following their 12pm Decorative Art Auction.

Free public preview for both the Decorative Art and Studio Auction sessions will run concurrently, beginning on on Friday, July 29th from 10am to 4pm. Doors will open for continued pre-sale preview on the day of the auction, July 30th, at 10am.

For questions regarding consignment or any upcoming auction event, 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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