Two New Records Set at John Moran’s October 20, 2015 California and American Fine Art Auction • New auction records set for California artists Anna Skeele and Joane Cromwell
• Works by top-tier artists such as Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Maurice Braun and Franz A. Bischoff achieve excellent prices
News-Antique.com - Nov 05,2015 - PASADENA, CA – On Tuesday, October 20th, John Moran Auctioneers opened the doors on their second and final California and American Fine Art Auction of 2015. The curated sale featured over 230 lots of American works of art spanning from the 19th century to the contemporary, with bidding available online via LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Bidsquare. In-person attendance at the event was strong, and reserved telephone lines were at capacity for a number of the evening’s top lots; because of robust attendee participation, a relatively modest 12% of sales were achieved via online platforms. Sales for top-tier California artists were strong, with two new auction records set for prominent 20th century women artists.
Attendees of Moran’s October 21st California Fine Art Auction were presented with a number of quality choices by top-tier artists. One such work, San Diego-based Maurice Braun’s (1877-1941) “Nocturne”, was very well received by Moran’s buyers; the verdant impressionist composition depicts a pair of hilltop eucalyptus trees against a hazy rolling backdrop. “Nocturne” was offered for $20,000 to $25,000, and earned $36,000 thanks to competition between multiple absentee bidders (prices realized include Moran’s 20% Buyer’s Premium). Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949 Alhambra, CA) was represented in Moran’s catalogue with five works; one coastal composition featuring pink-tinged clouds above an expanse of crashing waves proved especially popular with buyers. An online buyer proved the successful high bidder, taking possession of the work for $18,450 (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000). Franz A. Bischoff’s poppy and lupine-studded landscape from the Jim and Lauris Philips Collection in San Marino, CA was brought to the block with a $10,000 to $15,000 estimate, and exceeded all expectations after the bidding on the floor outpaced that of the interested phone buyers; the bidding topped out at the $22,800 mark.
One of the top lots for the evening was a richly patinated bronze sculpture by Cyrus Edwin Dallin (1861-1944 Boston, MA), titled “On the Warpath”. The work, modeled with a Native American man on horseback, was conservatively estimated to bring $15,000 to $20,000, which was quickly outstripped thanks to a phone bidder, bringing a surprising $54,000.
Happily, Moran’s October event saw two new records set for 20th century California women artists. The first was for Joane Cromwell’s (1895-1969 Laguna Beach, CA) historically important work “Laguna Beach Festival Of Arts”. Cromwell herself served on the Board of Directors and as a Juror of the Laguna Beach Art Association and was integral in the organization and growth of the festival. Dating to 1936, “Laguna Beach Festival Of Arts” depicts the fourth Laguna Beach Festival, and the third and final time it was held on El Paseo Street, adjacent to the Hotel Laguna. The artist placed Frank Cuprien, a long-time member of the Laguna Art Association, directly in the center of the composition, and populated the rest of the scene with exhibitors, festival-goers, and families alike, giving the piece an overall warm, communal feel. The painting was offered with an initial $20,000 to $25,000 estimate, and established the new record with