Modern Design and Native American Artifacts Bring Big Numbers at John Moran Auctioneers’ February 5t -- 90% sell-through rate on 446 lots
-- Strong prices achieved for icons of modern design
-- Noguchi ‘’Rudder’’ table and stools realize $124,200
• A circa-1960 example of the Arredoluce ‘’Triennale’’ three-arm floor lamp, an Italian classic that is still in production (estimate $1500 – 2500) found a buyer at $3,368.75
• A color lithograph titled ‘’Dog Barking at Moon’’ by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991) achieved $5,819 (estimate: $1500 – 2500)
• Three lots of art glass by contemporary American master Dale Chihuly (b. 1941), each consigned from a private collection in Seattle, Washington: a flamboyantly colored ‘’Macchia’’ basket (estimate: $2000 – 4000) realized $5,400, another ‘’Macchia’’ featuring a speckled cobalt body and red lip wrap (estimate: $2000 – 3000) that also realized $5,400, and a two-piece ‘’Seaform’’ set in striated pink with black lip wraps (estimate: $2000 – 3000) sold for $5,206
Arts and Crafts objects were also well represented in Moran’s twentieth century design selections, with twenty eight lots led by a large collection of art pottery as well as Gustav Stickley oak furniture, lighting and metal ware by Tiffany Studios and Dirk van Erp. Copper and mica lamps by West Coast craftsman Albert Berry (1878 – 1967) are a rare and much sought-after find, and the one offered at Moran’s was gracefully designed with a gently flaring bell-shaped shade. Offered for $2000 – 3000, it realized $11,400.
Based in Southern California, Moran’s is well known for its success in selling Native American objects, and since their record sale in June 2012 of a Navajo First-Phase Chief’s blanket for $1.8 million, Moran’s has attracted a deluge of consignments in the category. The house achieved yet more success with Navajo textiles on February 5th, selling a 1920’s pictorial rug woven in red, cream and black wool with cow figures in each of the four corners (estimate: $1000 – 1500 for $5,100, and a Second Phase woman’s wearing blanket for $5,100, well above the pre-sale estimate of $2000 – 4000. A Southern Plains beaded umbilical fetish also far surpassed expectations, realizing $2,280 (estimate $800 – 1200).
Moran’s is always accepting consignments of decorative and fine art, antiques and jewelry. Their next sale is scheduled for March 12th, and will feature Continental, British and American furniture, porcelain, silver, bronzes, glass and eclectic estate items, as well as American and European paintings and sculpture. Moran’s April 23rd sale will offer over 200 American paintings, and their May 21st HQ auction will be devoted to fine jewelry. More Native American and modern design items will be featured in their June 18th auction. For more information on any of these sales please contact the offices of John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.