Springing Forward: Strong Sales at John Moran Auctioneers’ March 12, 2013 Antiques & Fine Arts Aucti • Nearly 500 lots offered up at the block
• Sell-through rate of 86% signals strong market for Continental fine and decorative arts
• Carefully edited selection of European paintings attracts eager
News-Antique.com - Apr 18,2013 - Pasadena, CA— Just three months into 2013, John Moran Auctioneers has already achieved impressive results in two major sales of Antiques and Fine Arts. Fast on the heels of their stellar February 5th sale, which centered on 20th century American design and Native American artifacts, Moran’s March 12th sale brought out enthusiastic crowds yet again. 740 buyers, including 500 active online bidders, competed for 465 fresh lots, driving the sell-through rate to 86% for both the catalogued session and the un-catalogued ‘’Discovery’’ session of the two-part sale. This time, however, the spotlight focused on collecting categories appealing to an altogether different type of buyer: Continental decorative arts, including furniture, bronzes, silver, glass and porcelain, and paintings. All lots were consigned from estates and private collections, with more than 100 of the decorative arts items coming from an important Las Vegas, Nevada collection.
The fifty lots of European paintings in the catalogued session were a well edited group, carefully vetted by Fine Art Sales Director Katie Halligan and comprising landscapes, cityscapes, genre scenes by noted artists spanning the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries. Two charming compositions featuring scenes from provincial life were offered up early in the sale. The first, by Austrian artist Hans Zatzka (1859 – 1945), depicting a flower seller rather coyly offering the viewer her wares, was originally estimated to bring $10,000 - $15,000, but ultimately realized $30,000. Directly following, a Dutch interior scene by Evert Pieters (1856 – 1932), showing a rosy-cheeked woman and her two small children in an idyllic rustic interior, fetched $9,187.50 (estimate: $4,000 - $6,000).
A considerably more ornate interior was represented in Joseph Burian’s (19th century French) watercolor of an elegantly dressed Cardinal and two associates enjoying tea in a Rococo drawing room. The painting’s initial estimate of $1000 - $2000 was more than doubled in the final selling price of $5206.25.
French painter Antoine Bouvard’s (1870 – 1956) scene depicting in oil a gondola on a Venetian canal during a clear day brought well over the estimate of $1000 -$1500), sailing smoothly to a price of $10,200 – proof of the enduring popularity of the artist’s works in this vein.
A pair of French street scenes also posted impressive numbers. The first, a small oil by Edouard Leon Cortes (1882 – 1969 French) depicting Paris’s Place de la Republique on a wintry day, inspired great anticipation, and bidders reserved every available phone line for the lot. Featuring very fine brushwork and minute attention to detail, the small canvas was considered by Ms. Halligan to be one of the best examples of the prolific artist’s work that she had seen in her career. It found a new owner for $10,200 (estimate: $7000 -$9000). The second work, “Avenita de la Rue”, painted in an angular Modernist style by Charles Levier (1920 – 2004), brought out a slew of internet bidders, finally earning $9000 (estimate: $3000 - $5000).
Also hailing from the Continent was the majority of the decorative arts items constituting the