Important Chinese Objects: Moran’s Nine-Lot Specialty Sale Expected to Appeal to International Collectors


• Majority of the catalogue comprises lots culled from the Hancock Park, Los Angeles estate of Andrew F. Chandler
• Curated selections range in estimate from $8000 to $150,000
• All lots offered date to the 18th century or earlier


MONROVIA, CA - John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to present a very special Auction session, comprising Important Chinese Objects from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and an important Ventura, CA collection. Comprising only nine lots, the offerings include Chinese objects ranging in age from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. Objects include Imperial workshop cloisonné and gilt-bronze figures and other fine examples of pre-19th century Chinese craftsmanship, with estimates ranging from $8000 to $150,000. Moran’s Important Chinese Objects catalogue is online now; bidders wishing to participate in this action are required to submit a deposit prior to submitting bids.

One of the most highly anticipated lots of the evening is a large-scale cloisonné-enameled Imperial altar set culled from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler. Dating to the Qianlong period (18th century), the set includes the traditional elements: a central censer and a garniture comprising a pair of squared candlesticks and a pair of complimentary vases. The lot is accompanied by four very finely carved and silver-inlaid zitan wood stands. Bidding is expected to be highly competitive for the lot, which carries a relatively conservative pre-auction estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

Offerings also include a very fine, large-scale thangka painting depicting the bodhisattva Guanyin with 1000 arms, also hailing from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler. Generally depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life or other important Buddhist figures, thangkas can serve as teaching or meditation tools; the present example dates to the 19th century and carries a $10,000 to $15,000 pre-auction estimate.

The oldest piece on offer is a gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin dating to the Ming Dynasty (16th/17th century). Modeled seated in an easy lalitasana pose and wearing a crown centering a depiction of Amitabha Buddha, the figure is in excellent condition and is expected to outstrip its $20,000 to $30,000 pre-auction estimate.

Moran’s Important Chinese Objects catalogue is available for viewing on their website (www.johnmoran.com), as well as via the online platforms Invaluable/Auctionzip and Liveauctioneers.

The Important Chinese Objects auction is the last of three sessions to be held on Tuesday, December 6th, and is slated to begin promptly at 8pm.

Previews are available on Friday, December 2nd from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 2pm, Monday, December 5th from 10am to 4pm, and on the day of the auction, Tuesday the 6th, from 10am until the auction’s start at 8pm.

For more information regarding this auction or in order to arrange for a private preview, contact John Moran Auctioneers directly via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: (626) 793-1833.

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