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
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and is expected to realize $10,000 – 15,000. Another mid-20th century highlight is a pen-and-ink drawing by Saul Steinberg (1914 – 1999) titled ‘’Don’t Stir Without Noilly Prat’’ (estimate: $4000 – 6000).
In all the American Session will offer 200 select paintings, drawings and prints, including and works by Julian Onderdonk, William P. Silva, Thomas Hart Benton, and Sydney Laurence (1865 – 1940, Alaska), whose atmospheric mountain landscape featuring an eagle soaring high over a river is offered for $30,000 – 50,000. A 1920 painting by the North Carolina artist Percival Leonard Rosseau (1859 – 1937) is a fine example of his specialty subject of sporting dogs in landscapes, portraying two pointers, ‘’Denwood Joe and Kirk’s Masters Boy’’, poised in a Barbizon-style autumn landscape. The 25 by 32-inch oil is expected to fetch $20,000 – 30,000.
The top California Impressionists for whose work Moran’s has regularly achieved record prices are well represented, including William Wendt, Maurice Braun, Colin Campbell Cooper, Alson Clark, Seldon Connor Gile, Jack Wilkinson Smith and Edgar Payne, with prices starting at $1,000. One of the leading lots in this category is a magnificent William J. McCLoskey twelve-apple still life, offered for $80,000 – 120,000. Other standouts include a small oil by Laguna Beach resident Anna A. Hills, of small children and a dog wading in the surf on a beach, loosely painted in her much-admired palette knife technique and bearing a 1929 inscription from the artist and her sister to their niece, from whom the present owner acquired it (estimate: $6000 – 8000). A 30 by 40-inch landscape of rolling hills resplendent with poppies and lupine is one of the largest paintings by Carmel painter Mary DeNeale Morgan to appear on the market in the last few years (estimate: $15,000 – 20,000).
Moran’s two-session April 17th Fine Art Auction will be held at the Pasadena, CA Convention Center. Full sale catalogues will be posted at www.johnmoran.com 2 -3 weeks prior to the sale. Bidding is available from the floor and via absentee, telephone or online through Artfact.com. Registration is free and all are welcome.
Moran’s is currently accepting consignments for other upcoming auctions, including their May 8, 2012 Antiques and Fine Jewelry Auction. For their full schedule of Fine Art, Antiques and Jewelry auctions, and further information about current sales, please visit their website or contact their offices at 626-793-1833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.