John Moran Auctioneers to Offer Native American Objects and Jewelry; Modern and Contemporary Works o • Catalogue comprises over 300 curated auction lots
• High quality Native American jewelry from private collections makes up approximately a quarter of auction lots
• Modern and Contemporary works o
News-Antique.com - Sep 02,2016 - MONROVIA, CA – In sharp contrast to the heavily 18th, 19th and early 20th century Continental offerings displayed at John Moran Auctioneers’ July 30th Decorative Art Auction, Moran’s September 10th Decorative Art Auction features a wide array of Native American and Western jewelry, objects and art alongside a stunning selection of Modern and Contemporary artworks, furnishings, sculpture and even automobiles. This fully catalogued auction boasts over 300 lots, with estimates ranging from the low hundreds to prices in the six figures.
Some wonderful examples by contemporary artists have already incited a fair amount of pre-auction interest, including Rufino Tamayo’s (1899-1991 Mexican) “Cabeza Roja” in gouache, watercolor and crayon . Tamayo’s visually arresting abstract work will go to the block with a $100,000 to $150,000 estimate. Additional works by Tamayo will also be offered with more approachable estimates, including two brightly colored mixografias: “Demi-Poisson [Half Fish]” will be offered with a $1500 to $2500 estimate, while “Personajes Con Pajaros [Personages With Birds]” is expected to bring $4000 to $6000. Graphic works by another Mexican Modernist, Rudolfo Nieto (1936-1988 Mexico), are also slated to go to the block with conservative estimates; one energetic colored pencil and graphite abstract in bright primary colors is expected to earn $1500 to $2500.
Contemporary and modern sculpture is also well represented in Moran’s September 10th auction catalogue; this summer, Moran’s saw the consignment of a rare “Lampe Femme” ceramic sculpture by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973 Spanish) for Madoura. The sculpture, which takes the form of an abstracted standing female figure, was brought in during one of Moran’s “What’s It Worth?” valuation days, and has been assigned an $8000 to $10,000 pre-auction estimate. An intriguing cast stone abstract sculpture by Japanese-American abstract expressionist painter and sculptor Masatoyo Kishi (b. 1924) is also on offer, and is expected to bring $1500 to $2500.
Approximately a quarter of the September 10th catalogue is comprised of Native American jewelry lots, the majority of which were consigned from a private Culver City, CA collection. Curated selections feature primarily modern and contemporary examples, with many by well-known makers. Highlights include a group of substantial, well-crafted sterling silver jewelry items by Navajo silversmith Orville Tsinnie, comprising a handsome concho belt, a wire-wrapped lapis lazuli-set bangle and two domed rings with stamped geometric motifs (estimate: $2000 to $3000). A stunning Santo Domingo shell and gemstone necklace is also slated for sale in the September catalogue; featuring gorgeous tumbled malachite beads alternating with heishi shells, the necklace has been assigned a $1500 to $1800 estimate. A definite statement piece in tones of light pink and emerald green, a fifteen-strand heishi shell and tumbled turquoise necklace is also to be brought to the block with a conservative $1500 to $2000 pre-sale estimate.
Native American objects include Pacific Northwest carvings from a private Ventura, CA collection alongside Apache and Mission basketry and Navajo weavings from private estates and collections across Southern California. Highlights include a carved and polychromed shaman’s rattle dating to the 19th century; the figural rattle