John Moran’s December 6th Decorative Art Auction to Offer Modern and Contemporary Works alongside Western and Native American Objects


• Streamlined catalogue comprises approximately 150 lots of modern prints, bronzes, Native American items and art glass
• Highlights include exceptional Rookwood Pottery by top-name decorators consigned from a Pasadena, CA collection
• Decorative Art Auction the second of three auction sessions slated for Tuesday, December 6th


MONROVIA, CA - John Moran Auctioneers will host three separate auction events on Tuesday, December 6th, including a Fine Jewelry Auction, a Decorative Art Auction, and a special nine-lot session comprising Important Chinese Objects. The second of these sessions, scheduled to commence at 5:30pm, is the Decorative Art Auction, which comprises 150 auction lots consigned from private collections and estates across Southern California and wider United States. The catalogue includes an exciting selection of Native American and Western objects and jewelry, modern and contemporary sculpture, and American art pottery and glass, including an array of Rookwood Pottery pieces hand-painted by important decorators.

Moran’s December 6th Decorative Art Auction features Modern and contemporary works alongside a selection of Western-genre paintings from primarily Southern California collections. One of the most highly anticipated lots is “Elles”, a lithographic print by modernist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901 French). Originally created to serve as the cover of the portfolio of the same name, the work was later modified to announce the exhibition of the lithographs at La Plume’s Salon des Cent in 1896 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000). Moran’s will also offer Joan Miro’s “Maravillas con variaciones acrósticas en el jardín de Miró”, which includes a full set of 20 color lithographic prints (estimate: $3000 to $5000). Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000 Austrian) is represented in the December catalogue with a riotously colorful screenprint titled “Good Morning City – Bleeding Town”; the work is expected to earn $1500 to $2000.

Contemporary works in bronze include three abstracted figural works by David Aronson (1923-2015 Massachusetts/New York), each depicting an abstracted figure playing a musical instrument; each carries a conservative $800 to $1200 pre-auction estimate.

Western-genre art collectors will be pleased to see works by Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988 El Cajon, CA), Gerald Harvey Jones (b. 1933 Fredericksburg, TX), and Joe Beeler (1931-2006 Prescott, AZ) included in the catalogue. One charming work by Frank Paul Sauerwein (1871-1910 Los Angeles, CA) titled “Indians and Ponies” and consigned from a private Sherman Oaks, CA collection is sure to inspire some competitive bidding; the work carries a $3000 to $4000 pre-auction estimate.

Rookwood Pottery selections include vases decorated by Albert Robert Valentien, Edward T. Hurley, Lenore Asbury and Sara Sax, among others, all consigned from a private Pasadena, CA collection. One example sure to inspire competitive bidding among collectors is a floral-motif vellum vase by decorator Lenore Asbury featuring phlox delicately painted over a green, light and dark blue ground (estimate: $5000 to $7000). Another fine example from the same collection, dating to 1901 and decorated by celebrated painter Albert Robert Valentien in a gladiolus-motif, is slated to be brought to the block with a $3000 to $4000 pre-auction estimate.

Native American objects include a handsome third-phase style Navajo blanket/rug dating to the turn of the 20th century (offered at $1200 to $1800), in addition to a Red Mesa rug in a complexly woven double-diamond motif (expected to bring $2000 to $3000). Moran’s is also pleased to offer an exceptional example of Plains Indian beadwork in the form of a large-scale saddle blanket with fully beaded geometric borders. The saddle blanket is framed within a shadowbox and is to be sold alongside a polychrome woven horsehair bridle and a beaded whetstone case; the group of objects is offered with a conservative $3000 to $5000 pre-auction estimate. Also on offer is a snake-motif Cahuilla Mission basket; the rare motif is highly sought by collectors of Mission basketry, and may very well outstrip its conservative $1000 to $1500 auction estimate. From the same collection, a large-scale Apache figural basketry tray featuring eleven standing figures wearing wide-brimmed hats and eight saguaro cactuses will be brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate.

A selection of Native American and Western jewelry dovetails nicely with the wide array of jewelry on offer during the earlier auction session on the 6th. A grouping of four handsome Sunset Trails belt buckles, each featuring gold elements over a chased sterling silver ground, are set to be offered as individual lots with estimates ranging from $400 to $900 per lot. Those looking for more of a statement piece should look no further than a substantial Navajo silver and turquoise concho belt by maker Jack Adakai, featuring ten turquoise-set conchos, which is to be offered with a $1000 to $1500 estimate.

Intriguing examples of early 20th century Arts & Crafts and Monterey furniture will also make their way to the block, including a hand-painted rope-adorned settee branded for maker Mason Manufacturing Company. Hailing from a private Colorado collection, the settee is offered with a $1500 to $2500 estimate.

Art glass highlights include:
• A selection of Orient and Flume paperweights with various motifs are to be brought to the block with conservative estimates; one group of three iridescent glass insect-motif paperweights will make its way to the block with a $400 to $600 estimate.
• Various glass animals and objects by Steuben, Daum and Lalique, including a rare “Golden Butterfly” sculpture by Steuben in the form of a clear art glass mushroom surmounted by an applied butterfly in 14k gold (estimate: $800 to $1200)
• A clear glass sculpture by Italian artist Loredano Rosin (1936-1992) in the form of two standing female figures will be brought to the block with a $1000 to $1500 auction estimate.

Moran’s Decorative Art Auction catalogue is available for viewing via their website, www.johnmoran.com, as well as via the online platforms Invaluable/Auctionzip and Liveauctioneers.

The auction is the second of three sessions to be held on Tuesday, December 6th, and is slated to begin promptly at 5:30pm. All events are to take place at John Moran’s headquarters: 145 E. Walnut Ave., Monrovia, CA.

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 5:30pm.

On December 6th, John Moran Auctioneers will also present a Fine Jewelry Auction, which features approximately 350 lots of antique, Art Deco, and modern designer jewelry; Moran’s Fine Jewelry session will begin at 12pm. After the close of the Decorative Art Session, Moran’s will offer a special nine-lot selection of Important Chinese Objects, consigned from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler as well as from an important Ventura, CA collection. All auction catalogues are now live online.

For more information regarding the Decorative Art 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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