John Moran Auctioneers Announces Inaugural Two-Session American and European Fine Art Sale -- 100-lot European Session highlighted by a major work by Frederic Arthur Bridgman
-- 200-lot American Session to feature a select group of top California and American painters
-- Works from the
by Constantine Stoiloff Baumgartner (1850 – 1924 Austrian) (estimate: $4000 – 6000). Italian artist Vittorio Reggianini (1858 – 1939), known for his lighthearted depictions of luxuriously dressed women in well appointed interiors, is represented in the sale by a nicely detailed example, in this case a lady with a greyhound, for $50,000 – 70,000. Two monumentally large canvases, one by Edmund Blume (1844 – 1911 German) measuring 122 inches by 84 inches, and a slightly larger work by Jean Jacques Scherrer (1855 – 1916 French), depict, respectively, a deathbed confession to a priest, and a French Revolutionary scene of M. Duval d' Esprememil confronted by the Mayor of Paris. Each carries a conservative pre-sale estimate of $3000 – 5000, representing remarkable value per yard.
Earlier works in this session include a 1676 oil portrait of a noblewoman by Dutch artist Caspar Netscher (1639 – 1684), offered for $25,000 – 35,000, a depiction of John the Baptist, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimithea by Jusepe de Ribera (1588 – 1652, Spanish), a work attributed to the Circle of Jacopo Amigoni (Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000), and a work attributed to Nicolaes Maes (1632 – 1693, Dutch) (estimate: $6000 – 8000).
At the other end of the historical spectrum is a typically lush work by Belgian painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres (1880 – 1958), who drew inspiration from the Indonesian island of Bali where he resided from 1933 – 1958. Transfixed by the largely unspoiled beauty and intact culture of the Indonesian island, making many portrayals of the natives and their rituals, particularly dancers. Moran’s is offering one of his signature portrayals of women dancing amongst tropical flowers and foliage, consigned from private collection, for $100,000 – 150,000. Two ink-on-paper drawings are by the German/American caricaturist and political satirist George Grosz (1893 – 1959). Grosz joined the anti-war, anti-capitalist Dada movement in 1917 and within a short time was known as a leading social critic. A controversial figure who made daring use of imagery, he was prosecuted for blasphemy and offences against public morality and his fame consequently increased. Moran’s is offering his ‘’Spaziergang des Erotomanen’’ (‘’Promenade of the Erotomaniac’’) with an estimate of $12,000 – 18,000 and a scene of figures in a street for $20,000 – 30,000. Both drawings were consigned from a Los Angeles, CA collector who acquired them in the 1970’s. Additional modern European highlights include an ink drawing by Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963 French) titled ‘’Modern Face’’ (estimate: $1500 – 2000) and a gouache by Joan Miro (1893 – 1983 Spanish).
Austrian-born but strongly associated with his adopted city of Cincinnati, Ohio is Magic Realist painter Henry Koerner (1915 – 1999), whose 1950 tempera painting ‘’Contemplation‘’ is a highlight of the American Session. Moran’s achieved notable success with another Koerner from the same time period, consigned from the same private collection of friends of the artist, when they sold his ‘’Under the Overpass’’ in June, 2011 for $252,000. ‘’Contemplation’’ is a smaller but very evocative work,