John Moran’s July 30th Decorative Art Auction Delights with Continental Objects and Works of Art from Private Collections and Estates

• Objects and art from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust bring exceptional prices
• Top lot status goes to a Chinese-export French style automaton clock
• Traditional portraiture brings strong prices throughout the evening

MONROVIA, CA - John Moran Auctioneers saw the consignment of a number of large estates and collections this spring, which cumulated in a dazzling July 30th Decorative Art catalogue full of high quality Continental offerings. French furniture, Continental porcelain, paintings and clocks all garnered strong prices. Attendance was strong, with a standing-room-only crowd starting out the sale; online interest was equally impressive, with over 600 approved bidders vying for the nearly 300 catalogued lots.

The evening’s top lot was a Chinese export French-style automaton clock which garnered a good amount of interest prior to auction day. Featuring dual faces, rotating palm fronds, two mechanical waterfalls and a number of automaton figures, the clock was a true prize for collectors. Originally estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000, the Chinese-export clock realized a stunning $54,000 (including Moran’s 20% house buyer’s premium).

Moran’s also did quite well with a number of highly anticipated pieces from the Hancock Park Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust. At the start of the sale, a pair of Sevres-style cachepots with handmade Vincennes-style ceramic flower inserts surprised everyone in attendance after shooting to a selling price ten times its $300 to $500 estimate (price realized: $4200). A Louis XVI-style candelabrum by celebrated bronzier Henri Dasson (1825-1896 French) in the form of a tripodal urn issuing intricately modeled poppy-form candlearms earned $3900 (estimate: $3000 to $5000). An elegantly rendered Louis XVI-style chandelier in like-new condition was brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate; thanks to bidder competition between online and telephone buyers, the chandelier earned an impressive $15,600 price tag. Quite a number of charming Continental portraits were also culled from the Chandler estate; while the majority were unsigned, they earned exceptional prices as a whole. An 18th century portrait of a young woman wearing a neck ruff and a string of pearls, for example, was quite conservatively estimated to earn $300 to $500 at the block, however bidding did not top out until it reached $5700. Later in the evening, a charming portrait of a woman holding a nosegay flew to an exceptional $5400 selling price (estimate: $800 to $1200). A large-scale 18th century Continental school painting of a seated lady of nobility and putto hailed from the grand foyer of the Chandler home earned a very respectable $6000, thanks to a dedicated online buyer (estimate: $2000 to $3000).

Additional fine art highlights included a romantic portrait of a partially nude woman by Chilean artist Marcial Plaza-Ferrand (1876-1948), consigned from a private Newbury Park, CA collection. Estimated to bring $1000 to $2000, the portrait garnered $3000. Hans Dahl’s (1849-1937 Norwegian) masterfully rendered “Jealousy and Love”, depicting a young woman standing on a grassy shore as a couple disembarks from a rowboat, realized $3600 (estimate: $3000 to $4000).

A number of the evening’s highlights also came from the Encino, CA Lauer Collection, including a Royal Vienna-style porcelain tea service painted with female portraits and signed “Wagner”. The handsome tea service was estimated to earn $2000 to $3000; because it was in such excellent condition, the set flew to a $13,200 selling price. Also in excellent condition, a complimentary pair of patinated and gilt-bronze Bacchic wall sconces made quite an impression among floor buyers; the sconces realized $4800 (estimate: $3000 to $5000). A 19th century Neoclassical gilt-bronze annular clock by bronzier Eugene Bazart garnered a large amount of interest on the auction floor; after the original 1769 model by maker Francois Vion, the clock features the three graces holding aloft an urn fitted with an enameled annular dial . The impressive timepiece earned $10,200 on the block, well over the $3000 to $5000 estimate.

A Private Ventura, CA collection proved to be a fount of wonderful consignments, including select works of fine art which exceeded expectations. A handsome watercolor portrait of a tropical bird by French zoological and botanical illustrator Jacques Barraband (1767-1809) was modestly estimated to bring $2000 to $3000, but easily earned $7200 thanks to competing telephone bidders. Shortly after, a diminutive portrait of a laughing clown by Armand Henrion (1875-1958 French) earned $1800 at the block (estimate: $800 to $1200). The Ventura collection also proffered a number of highly collectible cold-painted Vienna bronzes – including a group of birds by makers Franz Bergman and Stefan Buchinger which earned $1320 (estimate: $500 to $700). Cold-painted bronzes with Native American and Western themes from the Ventura collection will be featured in Moran’s September 10th Decorative Art Auction.

A small group of Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects rounded out the July 30th catalogue, including a beautifully rendered hand-painted enameled plaque depicting a young beauty collecting flowers; signed “H. Ertz”, the plaque brought $3300 at the block (estimate: $1000 to $1500). A figural Art Deco lamp titled “Lumina” by French sculptor Max Le Verrier was estimated to earn $1000 to $2000. The lamp inspired a number of bidders to arrange absentee and telephone bids prior to the auction, and the competition resulted in an impressive $3900 selling price.

John Moran’s next auction will be held on September 10th, and features a wide array of Native American and Western objects and art, as well as nearly 100 lots of Native American jewelry. The catalogue will also feature Modern and Contemporary artworks, sculpture, furnishings and two very highly anticipated automobiles. The full catalogue is now available to view online – visit to browse upcoming auction lots.

Moran’s will also host a Decorative Art Auction on September 24th. The second September Decorative Art Auction will feature a large selection of Chinese and Japanese objects from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust alongside Continental objects and European paintings from private estates and collections across Southern California.

For more information on upcoming auctions or to inquire about consignment, 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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