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
but earned a reputation for very high quality craftsmanship. The set, which came with its original fitted box, easily flew to a hammer price of $14,400 (estimate: $3000 - $5000). A silver-plated jardinière by French maker Christofle (estimate: $3000 – 4000) realized $5,700, while a Victorian silver-plated epergne made in Sheffield, England, earned $2,040 (estimate: $1000 – 1500). Chinese export silver also continues to captivate buyers. A small melon-shaped milk jug and matching sugar bowl decorated with blossoming branches and with handles modeled as tree branches fetched $1020 (estimate: $500 – 700).
The allure of Asian items remains strong across several categories in the Southern California market. A 19th century Chinese brown lacquer tea caddy, decorated in gold, red and green with a paradisiacal garden of flowers and exotic birds and enclosing a pair of pewter canisters, fetched $1837.50 (estimate: $800 – 1000). An elaborately carved Chinese hardwood table, featuring a trio of dragon head feet and topped with pink and grey marble brought an excellent price of $8400 (estimate: $3000 - $4000). Immediately after, a Japanese ebonized wood bench carved with sinister-looking dragons sporting colored stone eyes, originally estimated at $700 - $900, drove floor bidders wild when they were able to view it in person, and the hammer did not come down until bidding topped out at $3675.
Additional highlights include:
• A pair of Minton ivory-ground porcelain cameo vases, striking in their elegantly simple palate of black, ivory, and gilt, achieved a price far above their estimate of $600 to $800, selling at $3368.75
• An exquisite Berlin KPM porcelain plaque measuring only 3.75’’ x 5.75’’, depicting a reclining beauty amongst a bower of roses, realized $6,737.50 (estimate: $800 – 1200)
• A rare Fattorini & Sons cast-iron chess tournament clock (estimate: $1000 – 1500) sold for $2082.50
• A photographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Moses P. Rice (d. 1925 Washington, D.C.), printed in 1863, realized $3,600 (estimate: $800 – 1200)
John Moran Auctioneers’ next auction is slated for April 23rd, and features 232 lots of California and American Fine Art. The entire catalogue can be viewed by visiting www.JohnMoran.com. Bidding is available in person, by absentee, and via telephone, as well as online through LiveAuctioneers.com, AuctionZip.com, and Invaluable.com.
Consignment inquiries are always welcome – interested parties are encouraged to contact John Moran Auctioneers directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 793-1833. John Moran Auctioneers is now actively seeking consignments for their May 21st HQ Jewelry Auction, July 30th Antiques and Fine Art Auction, and October 22nd California and American Fine Art Auction.