Moran’s December 6th Decorative Art Session Delights with Modern Art; Art Glass and Pottery • A condensed catalogue of just under 150 lots, Moran’s December Decorative Art Auction featured Native American, Western, Modern and Contemporary art and objects
• The session’s top lot was “Sunrise
News-Antique.com - Dec 23,2016 - MONROVIA, CA - Following Moran’s nearly 350 lot Fine Jewelry Auction, approximately 150 decorative art lots spanning Native American, Western, and Modern Design categories were offered to a large audience of in-person, absentee and online buyers. While small, the Decorative Art Session fared well with buyers, with much of the attention going to modern paintings and prints, art glass, and Western-genre lots.
The top lot for the evening was a western scene by Fredericksburg, TX painter Gerald Harvey Jones (b. 1933). “Sunrise on the Trail” depicted a branded longhorn standing in a desert landscape, looking towards a passing chuck wagon. The painting was brought to the block with a $15,000 to $20,000 pre-sale estimate, and easily brought $21,600 (prices realized include Moran’s 20% buyer’s premium). Shortly thereafter, a charming Mexican street scene by Orrin A. White (1883-1969 Pasadena, CA) was brought to the block, carrying an $800 to $1200 estimate. Hailing from a private San Diego, CA collection, the work brought $1440.
Modern art and sculpture results were quite strong for a select group of works; “Maravillas con Variaciones Acrosticas en el Jardin de Miró”, a portfolio of works by Joan Miró (1893-1983 Spanish) hand-signed by the artist were brought to the block with a $3000/5000 estimate, and earned $5700 thanks to competing absentee and telephone bidders. A trio of abstracted bronze musician sculptures by David Aronson (1923-2015 Massachusetts/New York) were offered with conservative estimates and surprised many when they each earned at least twice their high estimate. The most sought-after example depicted a seated violinist; carrying an $800/1200 estimate, the work brought $3075, selling to a private collector bidding via telephone. Late in the session, “Descending Angel”, a black and white silver gelatin print by photographer John Wimberley (b. 1945) depicting the diaphanously draped legs of a female figure gracefully floating into frame, brought $984 (estimate: $800/1200).
Modern and contemporary art glass also proved ever-popular; a collection of high-end Steuben art glass sculptures and paperweights closed out the session, achieving stellar prices. A pair of two “Excalibur” paperweights with gold and silver paper knives were offered as a single lot, bringing $1680, thanks to heavy competition online (estimate: $700/900). An art glass and 14K gold unicorn bust went to a telephone bidder, bringing $1020 (estimate: $800/1200). Earlier in the sale, a large-scale Steuben art glass “Cluthra” rose-colored vase was offered with a very conservative $300 to $500 estimate, and inspired multiple collectors to compete for the piece via telephone. Consigned from a private Scottsdale, AZ collection, the vase earned $1320. A number of paperweight lots consigned from a Pasadena, CA collection performed well at the block, including a set comprising geometric and winter-themed designs which came up to the block later in the session; the seasonally appropriate lot of six weights earned $984 (estimate: $300/500).
Early 20th century furniture design, and in particular Monterey and Arts & Crafts examples, were in demand amongst Moran’s local buyers. A Stickley Associated Cabinetmakers oak bookcase earned just over the high end of