Moran’s Aims to Please with Asian Works of Art, Continental Decorative Arts at November 15th Auction


• Asian property from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler expected to perform well, as similar lots offered in Moran’s July 30th Auction event exceeded expectations
• Fine art selections include Modern prints and paintings offered alongside traditional Continental figural compositions
• Porcelain by makers Amphora, Royal Crown Derby, and Sevres will head to the auction block

MONROVIA, CA – Right on the heels of their October 25th California and American Fine Art Auction, Moran’s will switch gears to offer Asian objects from the Hancock Park estate of Andrew F. Chandler alongside Continental objects and paintings, silver and porcelain from other private Southern California estates and collections at their November 15th Decorative Art Auction. Highlights from the November catalogue include Buddhist gilt-bronze figures, porcelain by Amphora and Sevres and a curated selection of European works of art spanning from the 19th century to the contemporary.

One of the catalogue’s centerpieces is a Chinese export automaton clock from a private Los Angeles collection, which is sure to prove popular among collectors; featuring an ornate mother-of-pearl-inlaid case and three diminutive automaton figures, the clock is to be brought to the block with a $10,000 to $15,000 pre-auction estimate. Moran’s offered another Chinese-export automaton clock in their July 30th Decorative Art Auction, and the piece handily exceeded expectations; Moran’s is hoping for a repeat performance with the present example.

Dovetailing nicely with the select Continental furnishings offered in November, Moran’s will also offer an array of Continental porcelain in their November 15th auction catalogue, including Sevres porcelain from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and an extensive Royal Crown Derby “Old Imari” china service for twelve consigned from a private Southern California collection. Featuring standard place settings along with a number of serving pieces, the set has been assigned a quite conservative $2000 to 3000 estimate. In addition to a larger group of Royal Copenhagen “Flora Danica” porcelain which is offered for $4000 to $6000, a rarely seen “Flora Danica” tea service for two will be brought to the block with a $1500 to $2500 estimate. A stunning Art Nouveau RStK Amphora portrait vase adorned with a moth and thistle motif, recently consigned from a Southern California collection, will be offered with a $3000 to $5000 estimate.

Japanese and Chinese works of art from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler are expected to perform well at the auction block, as pieces from the Chandler estate offered in Moran’s July 30th auction exceeded expectations across the board. A large 19th century Chinese silk embroidery panel densely decorated with birds and foliage is sure to amass a following; this excellent example of Cantonese workmanship is offered for $3000 to $5000. A Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of the bodhisattva Chenrezig dating to the 19th century is also sure to turn some heads (pre-auction estimate: $8000 to $10,000). Turning to Japanese offerings, a 1930s black lacquer zushi/traveling shrine with a richly decorated interior fitted with a figure of the bodhisattva Kannon may exceed expectations; the zushi has been assigned a conservative $1000 to $2000 pre-sale estimate. An Edo period six-panel folding byōbu floor screen dating to the 18th century or earlier is adorned with a sprawling view of Mount Fuji, fishermen and huts nestled against the expanse of a pine forest; the screen is expected to bring $3000 to $5000.

Collectors of Asian art should note that a handful of exceptional works of 19th century and earlier Asian objects with estimates at $10,000 and above are to be offered in a standalone session on December 9th. Lots include items from the estate of Andrew F. Chandler and an important Ventura County collection.

Moran’s November Decorative Art Auction features a fine selection of works by European painters and printmakers, including two Pablo Picasso (1881-1973 Spanish) collotypes, “Le Peintre (The Painter)” and “L’Arlequin et sa Compagne (The Harlequin and His Companion)”, each offered with a $10,000 to $20,000 estimate. A sweet figural watercolor on lithograph by Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957), titled “La Niña con Rebozo”, will be offered with a $1500 to $2000 estimate.

British modernist Felix Kelly, well known for his architectural compositions, is represented in Moran’s November catalogue by “The Kilns”, which is expected to earn between $8000 and $12,000. Collectors of 19th century works of a more traditional aesthetic will be pleased to find a “La Danse” by Alonzo Perez (fl. 1893-1914) among the curated selections; the charming oil depicts a finely dressed French couple dancing at a garden party, and is offered with a $7000 to $9000 estimate.

Silver and objects of vertu range from Art Deco examples to objects crafted by 19th century mainstays. Those looking to add a bit of drama to their Thanksgiving table should be intrigued by a large-scale Christofle silver-plated mirrored table plateau, offered at Moran’s November sale with a $6000 to $8000 estimate. A number of lots by Georg Jensen, whose creations flourished during the Art Nouveau and Deco periods, will also make their way to the block. A Jensen three-piece sterling silver coffee service in the “Pyramid” pattern by designer Harold Nielsen will be offered with a $2000 to $3000 estimate, while a stunning flatware service in Jensen’s iconic “Acorn” pattern is expected to earn $3000 to $5000.

Additional highlights include:
• A French red leather-bound Royal Almanac dating to 1762, containing the order of precedence, members of the royal family, the astrological calendar, the members of various courts, military and banks, among many other useful bits of information hails from a private Beverly Hills, CA collection, and has been assigned a $2000 to $3000 estimate.
• A Chinese export white jade-mounted silver hand mirror dating to the late 19th century was consigned from a Los Angeles collection, and is sure to spark interest with a conservative $1200 to $1800 estimate.
• A handsome circa 1900 room-sized Persian Serapi carpet, finely decorated throughout with abstracted foliate designs, is estimated to bring $10,000 to $15,000 at Moran’s November auction.

Moran’s Tuesday, November 15th Decorative Art Auction is slated to begin at 4pm Pacific, with the uncatalogued Discovery Session commencing at approximately 7pm. Auction preview is available Saturday, November 12th from 10am to 2pm, Monday, November 14th from 12pm to 4pm, and on Tuesday the 15th beginning at 12pm.

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.

Consignments are currently invited for Moran’s December 6th Fine Jewelry and Decorative Art Auctions. 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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