JOHN MORANíS MARCH ANTIQUES AUCTION LARGEST IN 39 YEAR HISTORY Pasadena, CA Ė On the heels of their highest-grossing fine art sale ever, Moranís forecasts their two-session March 25 Estates Auction to be the largest in the Companyís history. Featuring property fr
News-Antique.com - Feb 22,2008 - Pasadena, CA Ė On the heels of their highest-grossing fine art sale ever, Moranís forecasts their two-session March 25 Estates Auction to be the largest in the Companyís history. Featuring property from two significant estates (from Arizona and the Los Angeles area) this sale is expected to surpass Moranís all-time record, set just last season. High-end jewelry, paintings, Arts & Crafts design, and fine Continental furnishings will be offered.
Moranís popular afternoon no-reserve Discovery Sale will give bidders a first glimpse of the wealth of merchandise to be sold on March 25. This lively sale format has grown in popularity since its inception last year, as collectors compete for fresh, quality property without having to bid against telephone or internet bidders. The uncatalogued session will contain over 50 lots of jewelry and watches, with works by notable names such as Oscar Heyman, Bulgari, and Rolex. Silver, porcelain and glass by makers such as Gorham, Tiffany, and Lalique will also be offered, along with art works by listed American and European painters such as Kudo, Lasky, and Dali. Fine furnishings, including French bronze sculptures and lighting, will feature a rare 18th century French ormolu and boulle bracket clock. In addition, attendees will find two-dozen lots of Arts & Crafts design furniture and pottery from Rookwood, Weller, and Van Briggle.
More than 80 lots of exceptional estate jewelry will headline Moranís evening auction. The top lot is an 11.77 ct pear-shaped diamond ring with alternate pendant mount (H color). Estimated at $150,000 - 200,000, this has been consigned by the JD Trust, Paradise Valley, AZ. Also featured is a double diamond and sapphire pendant brooch expected to fetch $40,000 - 60,000. Complementing these offerings are a 6+ct marquise-cut diamond and platinum ring; several diamond solitaire rings; two Art Deco diamond, sapphire and emerald bracelets; and watches by Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Movado.
The European furnishings section will also offer fine examples, with a pair of monumental Louis XIV style ormolu torcheres one of the high points of the evening. Measuring over 8 ft. high, this stunning set is estimated at $15,000 - 20,000. Other furnishings include pair of monumental Baroque style iron torcheres, an Auguste Moreau bronze, Louis XVI style petit commodes, a regulator, and an ormolu and kingwood vitrine.
Fine silver and porcelain will be highlighted by a Chinese Export Wang Hing silver tea service estimated at $2,000 - 3,000; a Danish Mathiesen flatware service; a DíArgental Art Nouveau cameo glass vase and offerings from makers including Black Starr & Frost, Tiffany, Gorham and Kirk.
Arts & Crafts items will feature strongly in the evening session, with furniture by Stickley and others, and lighting such as a Handel peacock lamp and a Unique apple blossom lamp. A large Rookwood Vellum-porcelain scenic vase, estimated at $5,000 - $7,000, is on consignment from a Los Angeles collector. A Newcomb College pottery vase is expected to fetch $1,500 - $2,500.
While often recognized for their market leadership in California paintings, Moranís monthly Estate