Japanese Buddhist Art Objects Achieve Stellar Prices at Moran’s November Decorative Art Auction • Majority of the catalogue comprises lots culled from the Hancock Park, Los Angeles estate of Andrew F. Chandler
• Curated selections range in estimate from $8000 to $150,000
• All lots offered dat
News-Antique.com - Dec 10,2016 - MONROVIA, CA – Comprising 200 lots, Moran’s November 15th Decorative Art Auction offered buyers a wide array of property from which to choose, including traditional Continental furnishings, fine silver, modern prints, European paintings, German porcelain and Asian works of art. The evening’s top-performing lots were all carved giltwood Japanese Buddhist figures, likely owing to both the exceptional quality of the pieces on offer as well as to the conservative auction estimates Moran’s assigned. Attendance for the event was strong, with many bidders showing up early to preview right before the auction as well as on the Saturday preceding the sale.
The top lot of the evening was a very handsomely carved Japanese giltwood figure of Amida Buddha dating to the 1930s. Depicted seated in lotus position and clad in flowing robes, the figure featured delicately modeled enameled glass eyes and was raised on an intricate lotus-form base (estimate: $800 to 1200). The large-scale figure (measuring over four feet tall) was consigned from the Estate of Andrew F. Chandler, and earned a stunning $22,800 at the auction block (all prices realized include Moran’s 20% house Buyer’s Premium). Other Japanese pieces from the Chandler estate similarly exceeded expectations, with Buddhist art objects earning healthy prices realized across the board. One dark horse highlight came in the form of four Japanese carved, polychromed and gilt Buddha attendant figures dating to the second quarter of the 20th century; the figures were presented in excellent condition, and brought $4800 at the block (estimate: $500 to 700). Another Japanese giltwood figure of the Buddha; this example modeled standing atop a highly ornamented stepped lotus, figural and cloud-form base, was expected to bring $600 to $900, which was easily outstripped thanks to multiple bidders competing online. The figure realized $15,600.
Chinese selections from the Chandler estate included two Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze figures; one depicting the bodhisattva Vajrasattva, the other depicting Green Tara. Each dated to the 1960s/70s, and carried a quite conservative $500/700 estimate based on their diminutive size (each measuring less than 20” high). The first went to a floor bidder, while the second sold online; each brought a price realized of $4200.
Additional Asian highlights from other private estates and collections include:
• A Chinese export automaton clock, its rosewood case all-over inlaid with mother-of-pearl in a fruiting vine motif, brought $12,000 at Moran’s
November Auction, squarely within the $10,000 to $15,000 estimate. • A Chinese embroidered summer robe decorated with butterflies and flowering tree branches and further embellished with hand-colored highlights was brought to the block with a $500/700 estimate. Likely dating to the 19th century, the robe appealed to buyers competing via online platforms, selling for $4200.
• Consigned from a private Los Angeles, CA collection, a Chinese white jade-mounted hand mirror expected to bring $1200 to $1800 found a buyer online for $2040.
Moran’s November auction started off with a selection of Art Deco and Arts & Crafts-inspired objects, including silver by famed Danish designer Georg Jensen. A Georg Jensen sterling silver coffee