John Moran’s Second Studio Auction of 2016 Features a Strong Selection of Primarily California and American Artworks

• Studio Auction catalogue comprises approximately 200 auction lots
• High quality works dating from the 19th century to the contemporary are offered with approachable estimates
• A collection of photographic prints rounds out the offerings, including a number of lots by Steven Arnold (1943-1994 Los Angeles, CA)

MONROVIA, CA – John Moran’s second Studio Auction of 2016, a fine art-specific auction event featuring works by American and European artists at diverse price points, is just around the corner. The September 24th Studio Auction event directly follows the Decorative Art auction session taking place earlier the same day, and comprises a strong grouping of artworks by artists both well-known and more obscure, with the majority of offerings by American artists. The lion’s share of works carry auction estimates below $2000, making the selections approachable for established collectors as well as for relative newcomers to the art world.

As befitting their house specialty, Moran’s September 24th Studio Auction is heavily geared towards collectors of California and American art. Curated picks from California artists include a number of works by Laguna Niguel, CA painter Filastro (Fil) Matthew Mottola (1915-2008), including a vibrantly hued harbor scene titled “Noyo Bay, CA” (estimate: $2500 to $3500). Sure to appeal to local buyers, a group of works by Tioga, PA-born Alfred James Dewey (1874-1958 Sierra Madre, CA) depicting local Southern California subjects are set to be brought to the block with conservative estimates. Dewey settled in Sierra Madre in 1926; the artist’s charming “Canyon Store”, which depicts a general store in the small enclave of Sierra Madre Canyon, is expected to earn between $1000 and $1500 at the auction block. Expected to bring $1000 to $2000, Esther Hunt’s (1875-1951 Santa Ana, CA) diminutive 1902 watercolor of a young Chinese girl holding flowers is sure to appeal to collectors familiar with her genre of San Francisco Chinatown child portraiture.

One of a number of intriguing figural works to grace the pages of the September Studio Auction catalogue, “Moon Blossoms” by bicoastal American painter David Tauszky (1878-1972) is an excellent example of the artist’s painterly style. Depicting a woman dressed in white and seated before an open garden window, “Moon Blossoms” carries a $900 to $12000 pre-auction estimate.

Non-California subjects by California artists include “Trail, Grand Canyon, Dusk” by Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932 Santa Barbara, CA). Likely dating to the 1920s, shortly after de Forest’s relocation to Santa Barbara from the east coast, the painterly landscape has been assigned a $1500 to $2000 pre-auction estimate.

Contemporary Californian painter Ray Roberts (b. 1954 Angels Camp, CA) is represented in Moran’s September Studio Auction catalogue by an impressionist view of heavy-duty work trucks at rest in a California landscape (estimate: $800 to $1200). A second contemporary impressionist work by Los Angeles-based Mian Situ (b. 1953), depicting oak trees in a hilly gold and purple-hued landscape, will be brought to the block with a conservative $600 to $800 estimate.

19th century American artworks include an etching by James Abbott McNeil Whistler (1834-1903 Lowell, MA); “Rotherhithe” depicts two men smoking clay pipes on a balcony while behind them a ship passes by on the river Thames (estimate: $2000 to $3000).

Approximately a quarter of the lots offered at Moran’s September 24th Studio Auction are photographs from private Southern California collections, including a piece by Ansel Adams (1902-1984 Carmel, CA) titled “Fern Spring, Dusk”. Depicting a series of small waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, CA, the photograph hails from a Ventura County collection, and will be brought to the block with a $1000 to $1500 auction estimate. A large collection of photographic prints by Steven Arnold (1943-1994 Los Angeles, CA), dubbed the “Prince” of mentor Salvador Dalí’s “Court of Miracles”, are also to be offered with conservative estimates. As a protégé of Dalí, Arnold’s photographic works are surreal and complexly layered tableaux vivants; Arnold’s triptych “The Last Supper”, one of his later scenes (dating to 1991), is offered with a conservative $400 to $600 estimate.

All auction lots in the September 24th Studio Auction will be fully photographed and catalogued, and bidding will be available in person, via absentee, telephone and online via,,, and The auction will open for bidding at 4:30 p.m.

Free public preview is available on Friday, September 23rd from 10am to 4pm as well as on Saturday, September 24th beginning at 10am.

For additional highlights and complete catalogue listings once they become available, visit John Moran’s website at:

The Studio Auction directly follow’s Moran’s Decorative Art Auction, which will open for bidding at 12pm. The September 24th Decorative Art Catalogue comprises Chinese and Japanese antiques, French furniture, German and French porcelain, English silver, and much more, with many of the lots hailing from the important Los Angeles Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust.

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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