Moran's Sale Signals A Resurgent Market Pasadena, CA-- Signaling a resurgent market, John Moran Auctioneers’ September 28 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction achieved a sell-through rate of 87% and earned excellent prices for silver, Ameri
News-Antique.com - Oct 20,2010 - Pasadena, CA-- Signaling a resurgent market, John Moran Auctioneers’ September 28 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction achieved a sell-through rate of 87% and earned excellent prices for silver, American art pottery, European glass, and Continental furniture and clocks. More than 380 highly energized bidders competed from the floor and online for the 550 lots of property in the two-session sale, driving results for many items to double the pre-sale estimates or higher.
Vice President and Auctioneer Jeffrey Moran, well pleased with the results, noted that buyers are demonstrating “a renewed eagerness to acquire good pieces from private estates and collections and a willingness to pay prices commensurate with quality. Though larger pieces of Continental furniture are selling well, small-scale items are also very sought-after right now.”
A Gorham Martele 950 silver center bowl was the sale’s top earner. Beautifully crafted by Lars Darlin Monsen in 1905, it arrived at auction from an estate in central California where it had nearly been discarded. Luckily it was identified in the nick of time, and went on to achieve a sale price of $39,000, well in excess of the estimate of $5000 – 7000 (all prices include buyer’s premium). Among the many other silver pieces that performed well were an ornate 19th century Vienna enameled silver cornucopia and scent bottle that brought $3600 (estimate: $700 – 900) and a Continental (probably German) center bowl with a pierced body and masks that sold for $5,700 (estimate $2500 – 4000). Realizing $3300 was an historically important trompe l’oeil palette and easel-form pen stand engraved with depictions of Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite made by the mid-19th century San Francisco silversmiths Schulz and Fischer, who also engraved the two gold spikes used in the ceremony marking the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
A French regulator tall case clock also soared well upwards of its estimate of $5000 – 8000, reaching $36,000. The kingwood parquetry case bears the stamp of Balthazar Lieutaud, French 1720 – 1780), an important Parisian ‘ebeniste’ who made cases for celebrated clockmakers and collaborated with bronziers such as Caffieri and Roy, and whose work is held in major museums worldwide. Another late 18th century clock, an ormolu-mounted white and black marble mantel clock with lions and an eagle atop a temple façade frame, signed ‘Henri Thal / St. Petersbourg’, proved as popular with buyers today as it was when originally made, when several clockmakers produced versions of this design. Moran’s sold this version for $10,800.
Several pieces of Continental furniture were offered, including an elaborately carved late 18th century Italian center table with swags of laurel garlands and a Breche Violette top. With an estimate of $3000- 5000, it attracted heavy phone bidding and realized $9000.
Art pottery and glass were a major component of the auction, with many top American and European makers featured. Three lots of circa 1880 J & L Lobmeier enameled glass were offered and each lot exceeded the high estimate, including an armorial pitcher that realized $1440 (estimate: $300