JOHN MORAN’S JUNE 2008 FINE ART SALE EXPECTED TO Pasadena, CA – On Tuesday evening, June 24th, John Moran Auctioneers will host the second of their tri-annual sales of California and American Paintings for 2008. The June sale follows on the heels of
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EARN WELL INTO THE MILLIONS
Pasadena, CA – On Tuesday evening, June 24th, John Moran Auctioneers will host the second of their tri-annual sales of California and American Paintings for 2008. The June sale follows on the heels of the highest grossing art sale in the firm’s 39-year history held in February of this year. Headlined by an important work by Nicolai Fechin that fetched a record hammer price of $950,000, the February sale earned over $3.4 million on 229 lots and also set over a dozen other new world auction records. The June 24th sale will feature artists such as Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne, Maurice Logan, Frank Tenney Johnson and Franz A. Bischoff.
Of particular interest in June will be Poppies and Lupine by Granville Redmond (1871-1935). This signed oil on canvas is a particularly fine representation of one of his most popular subjects and is estimated to bring $200 - 250,000. A second offering from Redmond, Cliffs at Catalina, is dated 1919 and is expected to earn $50 - 70,000. John Moran holds the world record for a work by Redmond from the sale of California Landscape with Eucalyptus, Poppies and Lupine for $517,500 in February 2007.
Study for Dust Stained Riders by renowned Western artist Frank Tenney Johnson (California 1874-1939) is a dynamic scene of riders at dusk. Reflecting Johnson’s fascination with cowboy life, this oil on canvas is estimated to bring $50 - 70,000. The sale will also include a Western watercolor and a landscape by Johnson.
A signed oil on canvas by Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929) titled Victores Primeval (Monterey Cypresses) will also command heated bidding. This work is an excellent example of the artist’s passion and respect for nature and is estimated at $90 - 120,000.
Seven works by Edgar A. Payne are to be offered including: Patriarch of the Canyon, estimated at $50 - 70,000; Long Lake, Bishop Creek, High Sierras, estimated at $40 - 60,000 and Brittany Boats in a Harbor which is expected to earn $70 – 90,000.
An important work by American artist Charles Reiffel (1862-1942) titled Building a Dam, Silver Mine CT., displays Reiffel’s signature use of bright colors, vigorous brushwork and impasto. This luminous, large oil on canvas is expected to earn $50 – 70,000.
A coastal scene in oil by Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949) titled Oregon’s Grey Coast is estimated at $30 – 40,000. John Moran Auctioneers holds the second highest price realized for this artist at auction for Crashing Waves on Rocks, sold for $226,000 at the February 2005 Art Sale.
Moran has represented California artist William Wendt (1865-1946) on many occasions and always with strong results. Wendt, known as the “dean of California artists” for his technical mastery and deep reverence for the local landscape, will have three works in the sale including an oil titled Valley View through Eucalyptus Trees. This signed work is estimated to bring $30 – 40,000.