Moran’s November 17th Decorative Art Auction Aims to Delight Collectors with Modern, Contemporary an MONROVIA, CA – While everyone at John Moran Auctioneers has been hard at work facilitating their move from Altadena, CA to their newly renovated facility in downtown Monrovia, their November 17, 2015
News-Antique.com - Nov 05,2015 - Gems abound for collectors of modern art, with works by important 20th century artists such as George Braque, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Joan Miró making a strong appearance in Moran’s November catalogue. Spanish-born modernists are especially well-represented; Joan Miró’s (1893-1983) colorful abstract figural, “L’été (Summer)”, which dates to 1938 and hails from a local collection, is expected to earn $4000 to $6000 at the block. Another abstract offering, this one by contemporary artist Perejaume (b. 1957 Spanish), titled “Joc de Miralls (Game Mirrors)”, features an applied butterfly over a stylized mirrored lake and mountain landscape executed in black oil paint on a natural woodgrain board. The minimalistic “Joc de Miralls” has been assigned a $1000 to $1500 pre-sale estimate. Spanish-born New York-based artist Luis Antonio Sanguino (b. 1934) is represented in Moran’s catalogue by an evocative carved-stone sculpture of mother and child; the untitled work is quite conservatively offered for $800 to $1200. A pair of large-scale modern metal sculptures, each hailing from an esteemed private Laguna Beach, CA collection, are expected to achieve strong prices. “Le Grand Maȋtre”, a nearly life-size abstract figural sculpture by French artist Michel Beck (b. 1928) is number two of an extremely small edition of seven; the piece has been assigned a $10,000 to $15,000 auction estimate. Carrying a $3000 to $5000 estimate, Manuel Felguérez’s (b. 1928 Mexican/American) whimsical abstract composition in oxidized steel and bronze is an excellent example of the artist’s mastery of form and texture.
Contemporary decorative arts include furnishings and accessories by celebrated 20th century designer Dorothy Thorpe, including a mirrored glass-top vanity and a two-tier circular cocktail table (each featuring hand-sculpted hydrangea-form elements) as well as hand-painted vanity bottles and a hand mirror with a “twisted” Lucite handle. The vanity is expected to earn $3000 to $5000, while the cocktail table is on offer for $1000 to $2000. Sculptural furniture is also offered by a number of Southern California contemporary artists, including a playful mailbox-flanked bench by Brindan Byrne (La Jolla, CA), aptly titled “Sit Your Mailbox Down” (estimate: $400 to $600).
Mid-century furniture highlights abound, with selections ranging from a group of verdigris patio furniture by Walter Lamb to high-quality Scandinavian examples. A gorgeous 1960s rolling bar cart with a sliding fold-out service counter by Norwegian designer Torbjorn Afdal for Bruksbo is expected to bring $1000 to $1500. A black leather “Barcelona” chair from a private Los Angeles collection by designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is offered for $900 to $1200, while a striking group of brutalist molded resin-clad furniture by designer Adrian Pearsall hail from a private Hot Springs, Arkansas collection; the Pearsall lots carry estimates ranging from $600 to $2500.
More traditional Continental fine art selections include a fine impressionist view of a bridge spanning the Seine by French painter Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), dating to 1907 and titled “Le Vieux Pont de Mantes en Seine-et-Oise”. The oil was once in the personal collection of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield (of the influential Dalzell Hatfield