Henry Koerner to be featured at Moran's June 14th California & American Fine Art Auction Pasadena, CA –John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to announce that their June 14, 2011 California and American Art Auction at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA will present a selection of m
with many desirable works emblematic of their creator’s signature styles. Top lots include an exuberant 1927 pastel-on-fabric beach scene with figures and umbrellas by William Alexander Griffith (1866 – 1940) that continues the theme in the paintings that currently hold the second and third-place price records for the artist. A Laguna Beach coastal by William Wendt (1865 – 1946) is offered with an estimate of $70,000 – 90,000; a glorious coastal landscape by John M. Gamble (1863 – 1957) swathed with his signature drifts of poppies and lupine, is estimated at $70,000 – 90,000; and a large work by Hanson Puthuff (1875 – 1972), Spring’s Tenderness, is an inviting, softly colored canvas that has remained in a private collection since it was given to the owner by the artist himself, and is expected to sell for $120,000 – 180,000.
Fifth Lake, High Sierras is a typically high-quality work depicting mountain grandeur by Edgar Payne (1883 – 1947) (estimate $50,000 – 70,000). A Southern California landscape by Maurice Braun (1877 – 1941) (estimate: $30,000 – 50,000) and an exquisite Peacock with Pink Flamingos by Jessie Arms Botke (1883 – 1971) (estimate: $20,000 – 30,000) are also excellent examples of the artists’ most sought-after styles and subject matter. The careers of Franz Bischoff (1864 – 1929) as both an easel painter and an innovative ceramics decorator are well represented in the sale, with two floral-decorated porcelain vases and two landscapes in oil.
Birger Sandzen (1871 – 1954) was one of the most original interpreters of the Midwestern landscape, known for his fauve-like use of intense color placed in startling juxtapositions and his thick layers of paint and broad brush strokes. Moran’s is offering two sizeable oils by him, both executed in his trademark style but evoking very different moods: a deep blue Poplars in the Moonlight (estimate: $50,000 - 70,000), and a sun-shot landscape with two cottonwood trees dated 1938, titled ‘Summer- Lindsborg, Kansas’, (estimate: $40,000 – 60,000) .
Works on paper appear in a variety of media in the sale. The stunning gelatin silverprint by Ogle Winston Link (1914 – 2001), NW1103, Hot Shot Eastbound at the Laeger Drive-In, West Virginia, is one of the photographer’s most famous images, and is estimated to realize $7000 – 9000. A colored pencil and gouache drawing by Joe Duncan Gleason (1881 – 1959), of Spanish galleons off-loading in a lagoon (estimate: $3000 – 5000); color block prints by Gustave Baumann (1881 – 1971) and Frances Gearhart (1869 – 1958); signed lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975) - and Sargent Johnson (1888 – 1967); watercolors of San Francisco’s Chinatown, ferry building and Alcatraz by Jade Fon (1911 – 1983); and a watercolor by Armin C. Hansen (1886 – 1957) of an elephant raising a circus tent ($5000 – 7000) are a few of the top picks.