John Moran’s December 6th Decorative Art Auction to Offer Modern and Contemporary Works alongside We • Streamlined catalogue comprises approximately 150 lots of modern prints, bronzes, Native American items and art glass
• Highlights include exceptional Rookwood Pottery by top-name decorators consig
News-Antique.com - Dec 10,2016 - MONROVIA, CA - John Moran Auctioneers will host three separate auction events on Tuesday, December 6th, including a Fine Jewelry Auction, a Decorative Art Auction, and a special nine-lot session comprising Important Chinese Objects. The second of these sessions, scheduled to commence at 5:30pm, is the Decorative Art Auction, which comprises 150 auction lots consigned from private collections and estates across Southern California and wider United States. The catalogue includes an exciting selection of Native American and Western objects and jewelry, modern and contemporary sculpture, and American art pottery and glass, including an array of Rookwood Pottery pieces hand-painted by important decorators.
Moran’s December 6th Decorative Art Auction features Modern and contemporary works alongside a selection of Western-genre paintings from primarily Southern California collections. One of the most highly anticipated lots is “Elles”, a lithographic print by modernist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901 French). Originally created to serve as the cover of the portfolio of the same name, the work was later modified to announce the exhibition of the lithographs at La Plume’s Salon des Cent in 1896 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000). Moran’s will also offer Joan Miro’s “Maravillas con variaciones acrósticas en el jardín de Miró”, which includes a full set of 20 color lithographic prints (estimate: $3000 to $5000). Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000 Austrian) is represented in the December catalogue with a riotously colorful screenprint titled “Good Morning City – Bleeding Town”; the work is expected to earn $1500 to $2000.
Contemporary works in bronze include three abstracted figural works by David Aronson (1923-2015 Massachusetts/New York), each depicting an abstracted figure playing a musical instrument; each carries a conservative $800 to $1200 pre-auction estimate.
Western-genre art collectors will be pleased to see works by Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988 El Cajon, CA), Gerald Harvey Jones (b. 1933 Fredericksburg, TX), and Joe Beeler (1931-2006 Prescott, AZ) included in the catalogue. One charming work by Frank Paul Sauerwein (1871-1910 Los Angeles, CA) titled “Indians and Ponies” and consigned from a private Sherman Oaks, CA collection is sure to inspire some competitive bidding; the work carries a $3000 to $4000 pre-auction estimate.
Rookwood Pottery selections include vases decorated by Albert Robert Valentien, Edward T. Hurley, Lenore Asbury and Sara Sax, among others, all consigned from a private Pasadena, CA collection. One example sure to inspire competitive bidding among collectors is a floral-motif vellum vase by decorator Lenore Asbury featuring phlox delicately painted over a green, light and dark blue ground (estimate: $5000 to $7000). Another fine example from the same collection, dating to 1901 and decorated by celebrated painter Albert Robert Valentien in a gladiolus-motif, is slated to be brought to the block with a $3000 to $4000 pre-auction estimate.
Native American objects include a handsome third-phase style Navajo blanket/rug dating to the turn of the 20th century (offered at $1200 to $1800), in addition to a Red Mesa rug in a complexly woven double-diamond motif (expected to bring $2000 to $3000). Moran’s is also pleased to offer an exceptional example of Plains Indian beadwork