John Moran’s September 24th Decorative Art Catalogue Features a Spectacular Array of Asian and Continental Decorative Arts


• Nearly half of the catalogue comprises lots culled from the Hancock Park, Los Angeles estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust
• Important Asian objects from the Chandler Estate to be offered in Moran’s September 24th and November 19th Decorative Art Auctions
• Continental selections comprise fine Sèvres porcelain, Meissen figures, English silver and French furniture

MONROVIA, CA – John Moran Auctioneers is delighted to announce their September 24th Decorative Art Auction, comprising a dazzling array of auction lots from private estates and collections from across Southern California and beyond. Featuring nearly 300 catalogued lots and directly followed by Moran’s second Studio Fine Art Auction of 2016, Moran’s September 24th event is not to be missed. Highlights from the Decorative Art session include Japanese decorative arts, carvings and traveling shrines along with Chinese furniture and sculpture. Fine French furniture, clocks and delicate examples of 18th and 19th century Continental porcelain is also sure to please.

Traditional Continental selections include a handsome Hanau silver and cut glass figural bowl consigned from a private Southern California collection; signed for influential maker J.D. Schleissner & Sohne, the bowl is expected to exceed its conservative $1500 to $2500 estimate. A gorgeous Bourbon Restoration-era gilt-bronze figural mantel clock by maker Schüller à Paris, one of a vast number of consignments featured in the September 24th catalogue from the Los Angeles Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust, is slated to go to the block with a $1500 to $2500 estimate. Depicting Apollo standing atop an elaborately decorated frieze decorated with Hermes and Apollo before Zeus at Olympus, the clock is an excellent example of French Restoration-era craftsmanship. Also hailing from the Chandler estate, a handsome pair of French Empire-style giltwood and marble tripodal plant stands are slated to go to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate. The stands feature finely carved detailing and are each signed for Paris workshop Escalier de Cristal.

Porcelain collectors will have a wide array of lots from which to choose, including a number of pieces of ever-collectible Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica tableware. A group of four dinner plates is to be brought to the block with a $1000 to $1500 estimate, while two large serving platters are on offer with a $1200 to $1500 estimate; both lots hail from private Southern California collections. The Chandler estate provided a number of excellent examples of 18th and 19th century German and French porcelain, including Meissen figures and Sèvres bleu celeste tableware. One especially anticipated piece of porcelain from the above estate is a hand-painted Meissen lidded soup tureen topped with a putto-form finial; accompanied by a gilt-bronze foliate and rocaille plinth, likely custom-ordered from famed American hardware maker P.E. Guerin, the tureen has been assigned a conservative $1200 to $1800 estimate. Ten Sèvres bleu celeste cabinet plates, dating to the third quarter of the 18th century, are also offered; each are distinctly painted with a pair of putti to the central reserve (estimate: $3000 to $5000). Two pairs of delicate Sèvres Louis Philippe cups and saucers will also be brought to the block, and are surely bound to exceed their $400 to $600 estimate.

For those buyers seeking to add a bit of drama to their living space, a richly decorated two-manual chinoiserie harpsichord on a Louis XVI-style giltwood base by 20th century maker William Dowd, who modelled his instruments after original models by master French makers François-Étienne Blanchet and Pascal Taskin, is slated to head to the block with a $6000 to $9000 estimate. Those seeking a more traditional addition to their music room will be pleased to see that Moran’s is also offering a Steinway Model B grand piano with a classic black finish (estimate: $8000 to $12,000).

Select examples of 19th century French furniture by renowned makers are also slated to find new homes at Moran’s September 24th Decorative Art Auction, including a handsomely mounted Louis XVI-style roll-top desk stamped for maker Henri-Auguste Fourdinois (1830-1907). Consigned from the Chandler estate, the desk is to be offered with a conservative $5000 to $7000 estimate.

Asian selections are numerous and diverse, comprising primarily Japanese and Chinese examples; the September 24th selections represent only a small number of the Asian objects consigned from the Chandler estate and other private Southern California collections in recent weeks. A large number of Asian carvings, enamelwork, Buddhist shrines and works of art are to be held off for Moran’s November 19th Decorative Art Auction, which will feature a special session for items with estimates at $10,000 and above.

Japanese offerings from the September 24th catalogue include a pair of finely carved and elaborately adorned giltwood Bodhisattva figures on double-lotus bases. The figures date to the Late Edo period, and have been assigned a $2000 to $4000 estimate for the pair. Another Japanese carved figure, this one dating to the Meiji era and depicting a temple guard dressed in armor and modeled in a dynamic pose is to be brought to the block with an $800 to $1200 estimate. A selection of lacquered Buddhist traveling shrines large and small are also slated for sale; one such piece, a large 19th century black lacquer Butsudan with an elaborately carved giltwood interior, is expected to bring $1500 to $2500.

Chinese highlights include a handsome huanguali wood kneehole desk fitted with a carved fretwork undershelf, which is expected to outstrip its conservative $1000 to $2000 estimate. A large-scale carved rosewood table with relief-carved aprons decorated with bats and peaches is set to go to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate. Estimated to earn $3000 to $5000, a large-scale Sino-Tibetan-style thangka painting of Buddha surrounded by scenes of the Buddha’s former lives is expected to pique collector interest. Dating to the 18th century and hailing from the Chandler estate, the thangka is in excellent condition for its age.

While Moran’s September 24th catalogue features only a small selection of fine art, the works included therein are high quality and dovetail nicely with the Continental offerings comprising the majority of the consignments. A view of the Roman Campagna with a peasant on a donkey by Russian painter Feodor Matveeff (1758-1826) is expected to do well, as Moran’s has historically exceeded expectations with the artist’s works (in 2014, Matveeff’s “View of the Roman Campagna” realized $420,000). The present work has been assigned a $20,000 to $30,000 estimate. Two works by Italian neo-impressionist painter Michele Cascella (1892-1989) will make their way to the auction block on September 24th; the larger of the two, titled “Old Portofino”, is expected to bring $8000 to $12,000.

Alfred Fontville De Breanski, Jr. (1887-1957 British) is represented in this catalog by a charming atmospheric landscape titled “Evening on a Highland Loch”, which captures the day’s last light illuminating a small assemblage of clouds above the mountaintops (estimate: $3000 to $5000).

John Moran Auctioneers’ Saturday, September 24th Decorative Art Auction will be directly followed by their second Studio Art Auction of 2016, which features a curated selection of artworks dating from the 18th century to the contemporary. Bidding in both of these sessions is available in person, via telephone, absentee, or online through Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and AuctionZip.com. Fully illustrated auction catalogues and condition reports for each lot are available through all the above platforms as well as via www.Johnmoran.com.

The Decorative Art Auction session will commence on September 24th at 12pm. Preview is available Friday, September 23rd from 10am to 4pm, as well as on the day of the sale beginning at 10am.

All of John Moran’s previews and auctions are always open to the public and free to attend, with light refreshments provided.

John Moran’s next auction event is a California and American Fine Art Auction, scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th. Full color catalogue books are available for pre-order now.

To inquire about consignment or for additional information about upcoming auctions, 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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