John Moran’s July 30th Decorative Art Auction Delights with Continental Objects and Works of Art fro • Objects and art from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust bring exceptional prices
• Top lot status goes to a Chinese-export French style automaton clock
News-Antique.com - Sep 02,2016 - MONROVIA, CA - John Moran Auctioneers saw the consignment of a number of large estates and collections this spring, which cumulated in a dazzling July 30th Decorative Art catalogue full of high quality Continental offerings. French furniture, Continental porcelain, paintings and clocks all garnered strong prices. Attendance was strong, with a standing-room-only crowd starting out the sale; online interest was equally impressive, with over 600 approved bidders vying for the nearly 300 catalogued lots.
The evening’s top lot was a Chinese export French-style automaton clock which garnered a good amount of interest prior to auction day. Featuring dual faces, rotating palm fronds, two mechanical waterfalls and a number of automaton figures, the clock was a true prize for collectors. Originally estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000, the Chinese-export clock realized a stunning $54,000 (including Moran’s 20% house buyer’s premium).
Moran’s also did quite well with a number of highly anticipated pieces from the Hancock Park Estate of Andrew F. Chandler and the Lenore Gantt Chandler Trust. At the start of the sale, a pair of Sevres-style cachepots with handmade Vincennes-style ceramic flower inserts surprised everyone in attendance after shooting to a selling price ten times its $300 to $500 estimate (price realized: $4200). A Louis XVI-style candelabrum by celebrated bronzier Henri Dasson (1825-1896 French) in the form of a tripodal urn issuing intricately modeled poppy-form candlearms earned $3900 (estimate: $3000 to $5000). An elegantly rendered Louis XVI-style chandelier in like-new condition was brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate; thanks to bidder competition between online and telephone buyers, the chandelier earned an impressive $15,600 price tag. Quite a number of charming Continental portraits were also culled from the Chandler estate; while the majority were unsigned, they earned exceptional prices as a whole. An 18th century portrait of a young woman wearing a neck ruff and a string of pearls, for example, was quite conservatively estimated to earn $300 to $500 at the block, however bidding did not top out until it reached $5700. Later in the evening, a charming portrait of a woman holding a nosegay flew to an exceptional $5400 selling price (estimate: $800 to $1200). A large-scale 18th century Continental school painting of a seated lady of nobility and putto hailed from the grand foyer of the Chandler home earned a very respectable $6000, thanks to a dedicated online buyer (estimate: $2000 to $3000).
Additional fine art highlights included a romantic portrait of a partially nude woman by Chilean artist Marcial Plaza-Ferrand (1876-1948), consigned from a private Newbury Park, CA collection. Estimated to bring $1000 to $2000, the portrait garnered $3000. Hans Dahl’s (1849-1937 Norwegian) masterfully rendered “Jealousy and Love”, depicting a young woman standing on a grassy shore as a couple disembarks from a rowboat, realized $3600 (estimate: $3000 to $4000).
A number of the evening’s highlights also came from the Encino, CA Lauer Collection, including a Royal Vienna-style porcelain tea service painted with female portraits and signed “Wagner”. The handsome tea service was