Moran’s September 24th Decorative Art Auction Exceeds Expectations Thanks to Stellar Asian & Continental Offerings


• Asian and Continental objects from the Hancock Park, CA estate of Andrew F. Chandler earned exceptional prices throughout the evening.
• A Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Thangka dating to the 19th century, consigned from the Chandler estate, earned top-lot status.
• September 24th Auction event marks Moran’s last Saturday sale of 2016, with the remainder of Moran’s auctions slated for Tuesday dates.


MONROVIA, CA – The first of three 2016 auction events slated to feature exceptional Asian property from the Hancock Park estate of Andrew F. Chandler and other private Southern California Collections, Moran’s September 24th Decorative Art Auction exceeded expectations, with antique Japanese objects performing particularly well. Approximately half of total sales were to online bidders, with telephone lines also proving popular among remote bidders.

French furniture and Continental porcelain from the estate of Andrew F. Chandler was in high demand throughout the evening; a pair of Sevres bleu celeste ornithological bowls dating to 1768 earned a stunning $36,000 at the block, after a tense bidding war between two dedicated telephone bidders and an online buyer (prices realized include Moran’s 20% Buyer’s Premium). A number of other lovely examples of 19th and 18th century Sevres bleu celeste also made their way to the block, earning generally strong prices throughout the evening. With regard to furniture, a pair of giltwood chairs, their backs carved with the cipher of Marie Antoinette, earned an impressive $3300 selling price, well over the conservative $500 to $700 estimate. A stunningly decorated contemporary two-manual harpsichord on a Louis XVI-style carved giltwood base by renowned maker William Dowd inspired bidders online, on the phone and in the audience to vie for ownership; the instrument flew to a final selling price of $15,000 (estimate: $6000 to $9000). Late in the sale, a pair of late 19th century Empire-style giltwood and marble plant stands by Parisian maker Escalier de Cristal also outstripped their $2000 to $3000 estimate, bringing a healthy $4800 at the block.

In addition to French furniture and porcelain, the Chandler estate has also proved to be a fount of exceptional Asian objects; along with the pieces featured in this past September and upcoming November Decorative Art Auctions, Moran’s will host a special session for Asian objects with estimates exceeding $10,000 on Tuesday, December 6th.

One of a number of stellar Asian highlights from Moran’s September 24th auction event, an 18th century Sino-Tibetan Thangka depicting the Buddha surrounded by scenes from his former lives was brought to the block with a very conservative $3000 to $5000 estimate, swiftly earning top-lot status after a bidding war ensued between telephone and online bidders. In the end, the Thangka realized $39,000, selling to a bidder online. A pair of Sino-Tibetan-style carved giltwood bodhisattvas also earned a very impressive selling price well above the conservative pre-sale estimate; expected to bring $2000 to $4000, the pair brought $20,400, thanks in no small part to fervent bidding activity on the floor and online. A Japanese carved wooden monk figure dating to the Edo period (18th/early 19th century) was also highly sought after, bringing nearly twice the high estimate, at $4575 (estimate: $1500/2500). One of two quite nicely modeled Japanese temple guards to be included in Moran’s September Decorative Art Auction, a carved and polychromed warrior figure depicted wearing full armor was assigned an $800 to $1200 estimate, and again handily wooed bidders online and on the floor who pushed the selling price up to $3050.

Asian lots from other private collections and estates around Southern California also performed quite well, including a diminutive finely modeled bronze sculpture of a samurai from a Ventura County collection, which brought over three times the high estimate at $1800 (estimate: $300 to $500). A lot of ten 19th century Japanese tsubas from the same collection was brought to the block with a $500 to $700 estimate. The tsubas incited a small bidding war between multiple floor bidders, ultimately earning $1020.

A private Monrovia, CA collection was the source of one of the evening’s most intriguing dark horse highlights; an elaborately carved 19th century Rococo-revival fruitwood table featuring carved monograms, armorials and the coat of arms of Chablais, Savoy inspired a number of bidders, some of them international, to sign up for telephone bidding. The bidding war culminated in a $3965 price realized for the table (estimate: $2000 to $3000). Early in the sale, a pair of charming KPM plaques from a private Portland, Oregon collection were offered one after another; each featured a somewhat atypical scene of Arab riders on horseback, and caught the attention of collectors in the audience. While each were estimated to bring $1000 to $1500, both pieces earned a final selling price of $2745. A Hanau silver and cut crystal centerpiece by 19th century maker J.D. Schleissner, well known for his silver creations in the “antique” style, was consigned from a private Dana Point, CA collection, and earned $3355 thanks to multiple telephone bidders (estimate: $1500 to $2500).

Additional highlights from Moran’s September 24th Decorative Art Auction include:
• One of the most highly anticipated lots in the September 24th catalogue, a small oil painting of the Roman campagna at sunset by Russian artist Feodor Matveef (1758-1826) nearly brought the low end of the estimate at $19,520 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000).
• Consigned from a San Marino, CA estate, a group of pochoir plates depicting various species of butterflies by French Art Nouveau artist and entomologist Eugene Seguy proved immensely popular among overseas collectors; in the end, the portfolio brought $4880 (estimate: $3000 to $4000).
• An ever-collectible iron-bound Louis Vuitton travel trunk dating to the early 20th century inspired a number of buyers to leave absentee bids, exceeding the $3000 to $5000 estimate with a price realized of $8540.
• A pair of landscape studies depicting a woodland stream in fall and in spring by 19th century French painter Craig R. Ducat were brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate, and earned a respectable price within estimate at $2196, selling online.

Moran’s September 24th Decorative Art Auction marks the last Saturday auction date for the company, with auction events returning to their usual Tuesday placement for the rest of the 2016 calendar year. John Moran’s next scheduled auction event is their Tuesday, October 25th California and American Fine Art Auction, which features more than 250 examples of fine art by important California and American artists. The catalogue includes a large number of works from important Southern California estates and collections, including the Estate of Phoebe Hearst Cooke, the Estate of Margaret Eaton Brown Fleming, and the University Club of Pasadena. Works range from early American impressionist landscapes to contemporary Abstract Impressionist compositions, and are sure to impress. To order a full-color auction book, contact John Moran Auctioneers directly, or view the full catalogue online now: www.JohnMoran.com.

John Moran Auctioneers will host two more Decorative Art Auctions in 2016, with the first scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th, and the second set for Tuesday, December 6th, which will run in conjunction with Moran’s biannual Fine Jewelry Auction.

The November Decorative Art Auction will feature a number of additional Asian items from the estate of Andrew F. Chandler, as well as Continental furniture, porcelain, silver and other objects from local private collections and estates. Offerings also include paintings and prints by important European modernists as well as works by Russian, Mexican and American painters.

All events are held at Moran’s newly renovated facility, located at: 145 E Walnut Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016. Admission is always free and all events are open to the public.

John Moran Auctioneers is currently consigning fine jewelry, Native American items, Mid-Century Modern furniture, and Modern and Contemporary works of art for their December 6th Decorative Art and Jewelry Auctions. To speak to a friendly and knowledgeable specialist regarding consignment, please contact John Moran Auctioneers directly via telephone (626) 793-1833 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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