John Moran to Offer Nearly 300 Lots of Quality Continental Furnishings, Paintings and Decorative Arts at July 30th Decorative Art Auction

• Quality porcelain by makers like KPM, Sevres and Meissen make attractive highlights
• Excellent examples of Louis XV and XVI-style French furniture abound, including three examples by celebrated French cabinetmaker Francois Linke
• High quality clocks, including a Chinese export French-style automaton clock, are expected to perform well
MONROVIA, CA – Comprising nearly 300 lots of fine and decorative art, Moran’s July 30th Decorative Art Auction is the most heavily Continental auction Moran’s has hosted in recent history.

The impressive array of offerings includes consignments from major private collections and estates across Southern California, including highly anticipated property from the Hancock Park Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust. This important collection includes Sevres bleu celeste porcelain, Meissen figural groups, bronze sculptures, fine French furniture (including two pieces signed by celebrated maker Francois Linke), and much more.

Alongside property from the above estate, Moran’s curated July 30th catalogue features a number of important objects and works of art from the Encino, CA Lauer Collection, including a dazzling selection of KPM plaques, Royal Vienna-style porcelain and striking works in bronze.

Selections from the aforementioned Chandler Estate include a stunning candelabrum by celebrated bronzier Henri Dasson (1825-1896), which features naturalistically modeled poppy stem candlearms issuing from a gilt-bronze urn-form body. The Dasson candelabrum is slated to go to the block with a $3000 to $5000 estimate. A pair of gorgeously painted Sevres bleu celeste porcelain lidded urns dating to the mid-19th century are also expected to garner a great deal of interest (estimate: $1500 to $2500).

The Chandler Estate-consigned Francois Linke furniture comprises a Louis XV-style vitrine in excellent condition and a very fine Louis XV-style marquetry commode; the pieces carry a $20,000 to $30,000 and $30,000 to $40,000 pre-sale estimate, respectively. Also of interest, a Louis XVI-style vitrine table (Linke index no. 114) hailing from the Lauer Collection is estimated to earn $20,000 to $30,000 at the auction block .

Representative of the high-quality porcelain consigned from the Lauer collection, a very handsome Royal Vienna-style portrait vase, artist-signed “Wagner”, is to be offered for $1200 to $1800. A number of exquisite KPM plaques are also slated for sale, including one depicting the Three Fates measuring and cutting the thread of life. Signed “Walther”, the plaque is offered with a $3000 to $5000 estimate.

Moran’s July catalogue abounds with fine examples of 19th and 20th century porcelain, including a large pair of baluster-form Paris porcelain candlesticks by celebrated maker Jean Pierre Feuillet (1777-1840 French), decorated with classical motifs on a cobalt ground (estimate: $5000 to $7000). A group of eight Royal Copenhagen “Flora Danica” plates, each hand-painted with a distinct species of flower, are sure to attract a fair amount of attention, and are expected to earn $1200 to $1800.

A small selection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects are also on offer, including a striking bronze figural lamp by French artist Max Le Verrier. Titled “Lumina”, the lamp was originally modeled in 1928, and is expected to earn $1000 to $2000. A pair of very striking Edmond Lachenal (1855-1948 French) “Egyptian Blue” vases, thus named because their glaze so closely resembles the Egyptian faience of antiquity, are also expected to do well at Moran’s sale (estimate: $600 to $900). A complementary pair of sea nymph-form gilt-bronze candelabra, executed in the German Art Nouveau taste, are sure to inspire competition among collectors; the pair is offered with a $3000 to $5000 pre-sale estimate.

One of the most highly anticipated July auction lots is a Chinese export French-style automaton clock. Featuring dual faces, a rotating palm frond action and spiraling faux-waterfall features, the clock will make a very impressive addition to any clock collection (estimate: $30,000 to $50,000). Also sure to turn some heads, a neoclassical gilt-bronze annular clock by French bronzier Eugene Bazart, modeled after the original 1769 model made by Francois Vion for Jeanne Becu, the comtesse du Bary, will head to the block with a conservative $3000 to $5000 estimate.

A number of intriguing lots have been consigned from a private Ventura, CA collection, including a large number of cold-painted Vienna bronzes and a wonderfully eclectic selection of fine art. One such lot, a masterfully rendered watercolor painting by French zoological illustrator Jacques Barraband (1767-1809), depicts a colorful tropical bird, and is expected to earn $2000 to $3000. Also from the Ventura collection, a diminutive but highly detailed portrait of a laughing clown by Armand Henrion (1875-1958 French) will be offered for $800 to $1200.

The July Decorative Art Auction’s diverse fine art selections also include a number of traditional Continental portraits by European artists spanning from the 16th to the 19th century, a small collection of works by Filastro (Fil) Matthew Mottola (1915-2008 Laguna Niguel, CA), and a grouping of charming Scottish landscapes, including three watercolors attributed to Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901 British), which depict scenes from the epic poem “The Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter Scott. The trio of watercolor scenes are to be brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate.

John Moran’s July 30th Decorative Art Auction is a fully catalogued and photographed auction; the catalogue is now live online at: Full catalogue listings and online bidding are also available via,, and

Free public previews are available at Moran’s newly renovated location (145 E Walnut Ave., Monrovia, CA) on Friday, July 29th from 10am to 4pm, as well as on Saturday, the day of the auction, beginning at 10am. The Decorative Art Auction will commence at 12pm, with the fully catalogued Studio Auction session to follow at 4:30 p.m.

Complimentary food and drink will be provided for auction attendees, and free parking is available in John Moran’s lot as well as in the lower level of the adjacent Public Parking structure.

Collectors should note that consignments from the Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust also proffered a large number of important Southeast Asian and Chinese objects, the majority of which will be offered in Moran’s November 2016 Decorative Art Auction.

John Moran Auctioneers is actively seeking quality consignments of Native American and Western objects, jewelry and fine art for their September 24th Decorative Art Auction. Moran’s is also consigning Continental fine and decorative art and jewelry for their fall and winter season auctions – 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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