John Moran Auctioneers to Offer a Diverse Selection of Fine and Decorative Art at June 18th Decorati • A selection of fine clocks from a Private Laguna Beach Collection a preview of many more to come
• Mid-Century Modern selections include furniture by designers such as Herman Miller and Philip and
News-Antique.com - May 25,2016 - MONROVIA, CA –John Moran’s June Decorative Art Auction features an interesting array of property, ranging from traditional Continental and French furniture and smalls to Contemporary and Mid-Century Modern design. Western buyers will also be pleased to find a number of Western-genre paintings and bronzes, many from the Estate of Phoebe Hearst Cooke, as well as a small selection of Native American items within the pages of Moran’s June catalogue. With approximately 270 catalogued lots, Moran’s first summer sale of 2016 will feature something for nearly everyone, with objects and art offered at a wide range of estimates.
The first pieces from a large collection of high-quality clocks consigned from a Private Laguna Beach Collection are to be offered at Moran’s June sale, and are only a small preview of the good things to come. An exceptional S. Smith & Sons tall-case clock featuring a handsome Rococo-influenced case and polychromed moon-phase dial is expected to bring $6000 to $9000 at the block. A Louis XVI-style white alabaster portico clock with handsome gilt-bronze mounts and an associated urn garniture is offered for $4000 to $6000. Complementing the selection of Laguna Beach timepieces, a very fine Swiss cylinder music box on stand by maker Baptiste-Antoine Bremond (1834-1925) is to be brought to the block with an impressive $15,000 to $25,000 estimate. Recently cleaned and repaired, the music box is in excellent working condition, and features flutes, whistles, drums and bells which play 48 airs across eight interchangeable cylinders.
Additional Continental highlights include a 19th century pair of Hanau .800 silver griffin-form master salt cellars; the pair is expected to bring $1500 to $2500 at Moran’s June auction. A charming Amphora art pottery sculpture of a seated woman, titled “La Toilette”, carries a $1000 to $2000 estimate. An impressive gilt bronze-mounted Sevres-style Napoleonic urn is on offer from a private Orange County collection; the urn is titled “Bataille d’Eylau” for the battle it depicts, and will be brought to the block with a $3000 to $5000 estimate. Collectors of fine porcelain will also be pleased to see that Moran’s is offering a lovely example of KPM porcelain; the portrait plaque depicts a young woman with ivy in her hair, and is offered with a $5000 to $7000 estimate.
Collectors of fine art should find a number of gems by European artists at Moran’s June sale, including a rather charming oil painting by Franz Knebel (1809-1877 Swiss) depicting a view of the Lucano Bridge and the Plauti Sepulcher at Tivoli. The work hails from a private Burbank, CA collection and is offered with a $5000 to $7000 estimate. A sweet floral still life of jewel-toned poppies by Romanian painter Corneliu Baba (1906-1997) is to be brought to the block with a conservative $5000 to $7000 estimate. Marie Auguste Emile Rene Menard’s (1862-1930 French) peaceful “Pastorale”, depicting a sheepherder in a coastal landscape as the sun begins to set is expected to exceed the $2500 to $3500 pre-auction estimate.
American artists are also well-represented in this