John Moran Wraps Up 2009 Auction Season With Outstanding Results for Jewelry, Rugs and Antiques John Moran Auctioneers’ concluded their 2009 auction schedule on a high note, with a resoundingly successful Antiques and Fine Jewelry Sale. The December 8th auction’s Evening Session generated pre-re
when service was elevated to a grand ceremony. Made by Christofle, Paris, and outfitted with a warming tray, removable pails, burner and utensil well, the cart captured several bidders’ imaginations and sold well over the high estimate of $10,000, for $14,460. Buccellatti remains a popular name: a 61-piece sterling “Rigato” flatware service, Lot 1087, realized $4887.50 on an estimate of $2500 – 3500.
Continental paintings are showing renewed strength, with several lots exceeding their high estimates. Lot 1116, a nicely lit Dutch interior with figures by Evert Pieters (1856 – 1932 Dutch) sold for $3737.50, and a lushly painted oil sentimentally depicting girls rescuing a doll from a country stream by Carl von Bergen (1853 – 1933 German), Lot 1131, also exceeded the estimate, bringing $6,325. Lot 1160, a small but lovely portrait, “A Daughter of Venice,” by Leo Malempre (fl. 1887 – 1901 French/British), realized $1840. A whimsical scene of boys and schoolmaster in a schoolroom, Lot 1166, by Vincenzo Loria (1849 – 1939 Italian) also did well at $2300.
In addition to the Evening Session, John Moran conducted their afternoon Discovery Sale, an un-catalogued, no-reserve auction open to floor and absentee bidding only. With the same types of items as in the Evening Sale, the Discovery sale has proven very popular with the local audience. The December 8th Discovery sale achieved a sold rate similar to the Evening Sale, and offered several pieces of gold and gemstone jewelry, watches, silver including Tiffany flatware and Mexican silver, Meissen and KPM porcelain, and several more Persian rugs.
John Moran Auctioneers’ first auction of 2010 will be their February 16th California and American Art Sale. A marquee event held three times a year and attended by private collectors as well as top dealers, this auction features over 220 works of California Impressionists, pre-1950’s American art, Regionalist watercolors and Western works. Already consigned to the sale are works by Alson Clark, Granville Redmond, John Gamble, Joseph Kleitsch, Edgar Payne, Jules Pages, Frank Tenney Johnson, Marjorie Reed, Edward Borein, August Gay, Emil Kosa, Jr., and many more. Consignments for this important sale will be accepted until January 18th, 2010.
John Moran Auctioneers’ next two-session Antiques and Fine Decorative Arts Sale will be held on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010. All John Moran auctions are held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena (CA). For more information sales or for information about consigning to John Moran, please call their offices at (626) 793-1833 or visit their website at www.johnmoran.com.
Photo 1: Though only 14 inches high, this Louis XV style vitrine, Lot 1050, is adorned with finely crafted bronze mounts and tortoiseshell veneer. It realized $4600 on an estimate of $700 – 1000 at John Moran’s December sale.