John Moran’s Studio Fine Art Auction Promises Gems From Important Southern California Collections • Selections include works consigned from the Goldfield Collection of Los Angeles, the Barrack Collection of Fairbanks, Alaska, and an important private collection in Santa Monica, CA
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News-Antique.com - Dec 23,2016 - MONROVIA, CA – Moran’s is looking forward to ringing in 2017 with an exciting selection of California, American and European works of art spanning from the 19th century to the contemporary. Consignments have been rolling in from private collections across Southern California and beyond, and the catalogue features over 250 works of varying styles, schools and media.
European offerings are primarily Modern and Contemporary in nature, including selections by Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso.
19th century and earlier Continental works by Harry Hall, Lesser Ury, and Rembrandt are also slated to make their way to the block.
Solid examples by California artists are offered at very approachable estimates, including selections by Jessie Arms Botke, Ben Abril, Lockwood De Forest, Colin Campbell Cooper, and Peter Ellenshaw.
Select figural works are sure to appeal to a wide range of collectors, including a charming portrait of a young woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat by Santa Monica-based artist Antonia Miether Melvill (1875-1972). Born in Germany, Melvill is known for her figural works, and the present offering is a wonderful example of the artist’s painterly style (estimate: $800 to $1200). Another female portrait, this one a luminous, rose-tinted depiction of a lady in a headscarf posed in three-quarters profile, is offered by Boston, MA artist Elmer Greene (1907-1964). Titled “Study”, Greene’s portrait is offered with a $1000 to $1500 pre-auction estimate. A darker illustrative composition depicting a woman kneeling near an apparently fainted companion by William Frederick Foster (1883-1953 New York, NY) will be offered for $1000 to $1500.
Western and Native American subjects are expected to perform well throughout the evening; a contemplative portrait of a Sioux man titled “Iron Eyes Cody” by Clarence Ellsworth (1885-1961 Los Angeles, CA) will be brought to the block with a $1000 to $1500 estimate. A charming smaller-scale work by San Francisco-based artist Benjamin Raborg (1871-1918) depicting figures gathered around a tipi camp, snow-capped mountains cresting over the hillsides in the far distance, is expected to earn ($600 to $900). Estimated to bring $800 to $1200, Wil Timpe’s “South of Nogales”, depicting Mexican riders on horseback just outside a pueblo, is one of six works by the western-genre painter to be offered in Moran’s January 24th Studio Auction.
Painterly townscapes are well-represented among the highlighted lots culled from Moran’s January catalogue. A cheerful fall townscape featuring boxy, pitched-roof buildings, church steeples, and bare trees by Santa Barbara, CA artist Sara Kolb Danner (1894-1969), titled “New Jersey Town” will be offered with an approachable $500 to $700 pre-sale estimate. Consigned from the Goldfield Collection of Los Angeles, CA, George Loftus Noyes’s (1864-1929 Boston, MA) painterly, desaturated townscape “Boston Commons” is expected to bring $2000 to $3000. Another selection by an east coast artist, Anna Richards Brewster (1870-1952 Scarsdale, NY), offers a somber view of Boston, Lincolnshire in England, with the tower of St. Botolph’s Church dominating the composition. Titled “Old Boston”, Brewster’s painting of the gothic “Boston Stump” is to be offered with a $1000 to $2000