Moran’s February 21st Decorative Art Auction Portends an Exciting 2017 Auction Lineup


• Continental decorative arts and paintings will be the focus of the February auction session.
• Selections include oil paintings, silver, bronze sculptures, fine porcelain, art glass and select Asian objects.
• Divided into two continuous sessions, session two of the February auction event will act as a soft opening of Moran’s new Studio Decorative Art auction model, featuring catalogued items with estimates at $2000 and below.

MONROVIA, CA – In the 2017 calendar year, Moran’s is planning a number of exciting changes to their auction lineup, including the introduction of Studio Decorative Art and Jewelry Auctions, featuring quality property with estimates under $2000. As with the Studio Fine Art Auctions that Moran’s introduced in early 2015, all objects included will be photographed and available for bidding in person, via telephone or left bid, and live online through Liveauctioneers, Auctionzip and Invaluable.

Moran’s February 21st Decorative Art Auction will comprise two continuous sessions; session two will act as a soft opening of the Studio Decorative Art Auction model, and serve as a transition between Moran’s traditionally uncatalogued and in-person only Discovery Auctions and the new Studio Auction model. Over 200 lots of decorative objects, fine art and jewelry will make up the second session offerings.

The first session of Moran’s February 21st Decorative Art Auction will feature approximately 200 lots of the quality Continental property for which Moran’s is known. Lots on offer include American and European silver hollowware and flatware, German porcelain, French furniture, Continental paintings and select Asian objects and sculpture, all consigned from private collections and estates from across Southern California and beyond.

First-session highlights include a tripodal gilt-bronze mounted fern stand with mounts signed “FL”, attributed to renowned French cabinetmaker François Linke (1855-1946); similar examples have been featured in Christopher Payne’s exhaustive book on the maker, François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture . Estimated to bring $4000 to $6000, the stand is expected to attract a fair amount of attention, thanks to the high quality of the mounts and the delicately inlaid legs.

Collectors of quality 19th century Continental decorative arts will also be pleased to find a well-modeled Louis XVI-style mantel clock and garniture by Parisian maker Raingo Frères among the offerings. Surmounted by a patinated bronze figure of a young beauty holding a basket of flowers, the clock and complimentary putti-adorned garniture is offered with a $4500 to $6500 estimate.

A number of fine silver objects are set to make their way to the block at Moran’s February 21st auction, including a gilt and enameled sterling silver man-o-war rendered in exquisite detail. Unmarked except for the silver standard but likely hailing from then-Austro-Hungaria, the solid silver nef will be offered with an $8000 to $12,000 estimate . Consigned from a private Scottsdale, AZ collection, an Art Nouveau Russian silver inkstand decorated throughout with cattails and scrolling rocaille will be offered for $3000 to $5000. A handsome mid-20th century Portuguese .833 silver lidded tureen from an important Santa Paula, CA collection featuring all-over gadrooning and surmounted by an artichoke-form finial will be offered for $800 to $1200.

Those looking for signed sculpture will be pleased to find a number of nice examples of Continental bronzes throughout the catalogue, including an attractive pair of figural fireplace chenets modeled after the original sculptures by Pietro Tacca (1577-1640 Italian). Depicting two of the seated and bound figures featured in Tacca’s “Monument of the Four Moors” which stands in the Piazza Micheli, Livorno, Italy, the pair of chenets carries a $1000 to $2000 estimate. A patinated bronze sculpture of a dancing lady by Swedish-American modernist Carl Milles (1875-1955) is sure to be a crowd favorite among collectors of 20th century design (estimate: $2000 to $3000).

Paintings by European artists will round out the first-session selections, including two works by British painter Alan Lowndes (1921-1978), consigned from the Los Angeles, CA Goldfield collection. One of the works, titled “The D’Jango Club, Manchester” depicts three musicians mid-performance, and will be brought to the block with a $5000 to $7000 estimate. A French impressionist street scene, titled “Place de la République” by Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854-1941) shows the titular street covered in a thick blanket of snow (estimate: $4000 to $6000). An illuminated antiphonal choir book page is expected to take top-lot status among the artworks on offer. Dating to 1476, the illuminated page depicts monks within an interior, and is offered with a $15,000 to $20,000 auction estimate.

The second session of Moran’s February Decorative Art Auction also comprises primarily Continental property, including silver, art glass, porcelain, bronzes and fine art from European artists. Asian bronzes and carvings are also well-represented, in addition to nearly 50 lots of assorted jewelry and accessories.

Highlights include a collection of art glass from the aforementioned Scottsdale, Arizona collection, which includes pieces by Phoenix Glass, Sabino and Lalique. A Studio City, CA collection has proved a veritable fount of quality Continental property, including German porcelain by Meissen and Dresden manufactories as well as Art Nouveau silver and quality bronzes.

Highlights from session two of Moran’s February 21st Decorative Art Auction include a well-modeled sterling silver Art Nouveau vanity set featuring repousse Amphora-style portrait heads. While unmarked for a maker, the handsome six-piece set is in excellent condition, and will surely appeal to collectors (estimate: $400 to $600). A purple guilloche-enameled jewelry casket and matching hand mirror, each featuring a hand-painted inset portrait plaque, are also offered with a $600 to $900 estimate. Expected to outstrip its conservative estimate, a group of five Chinese snuff bottles of varying motifs and materials is also sure to excite collectors (estimate: $400 to $600).

Moran’s two-session Decorative Art Auction will start promptly at 4pm on Tuesday, February 21st; no break is planned between the first and second sessions. All auctions and previews take place at John Moran headquarters, located at 145 E Walnut Ave., Monrovia, CA.

Public preview for the February sale is scheduled on Friday, February 17th from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, February 18th from 10am to 2pm, Monday, February 20th from 10am to 4pm, and on auction day; doors open on Tuesday the 21st at 12pm.

The catalogue is scheduled to go live online by Friday, February 3rd; check www.johnmoran.com for full catalogue listings and select sale highlights.

Moran’s is gearing up for an exciting 2017 calendar year; the February Decorative Art Auction will be followed by their March 21st California and American Fine Art Auction, which is set to feature 200 lots of quality, fresh-to-the-market American paintings by artists such as Alson Skinner Clark, Stanton MacDonald Wright, James Carroll Beckwith, and many others. The March sale will also feature special selections from the Barrack Collection of Fairbanks, Alaska as well as a session titled An Artist Collects, featuring works of art from the lifetime collection of California watercolorist Gerald Brommer and his wife Georgia. Following the March event, Moran’s April 25th Decorative Art Auction will feature important examples of 20th century design as well as Western paintings and Native American objects. April catalogue cornerstones include pottery by Pablo Picasso for Madoura and an exceptionally rare mid-19th century first phase Navajo Ute chief’s blanket.

Consignments are invited for all upcoming auctions; for questions regarding consignment or any upcoming auction events, 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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