Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Monrovia, CA, United States
DoneWed, Feb 18, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
California and American Fine Art Sale, Feb 17
John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to offer 200 works by important California and American artists. A gem-like portrait of a seated woman, simply titled "Nude", exemplifies Guy Rose's singular ability to contrast a painterly human form against the bold and colorful patterning of a kimono. The exquisite, signed painting comes to auction from a private collection and is expected to sell between $80,000 - 100,000. Among the Western art selections, an important work by Western painter Carl Moon (1879-1948 San Francisco, CA) depicts an Indian Chief on horseback in elaborate headdress and clothing. The oil on canvas is offered with an estimate of $7000 - 9000. A quintessential snowy New York City scene by Guy Wiggins (1883-1962 New York, NY) is estimated to sell between $30,000-50,000. Titled "5th Avenue Storm," the oil depicts a view of 5th Avenue looking north with the iconic marble lions on the steps of the New York Public Library and the flag of New York City flying above them. John Moran is also pleased to offer an important illustration from Maxfield Parrish's book "The Knave of Hearts". Published in 1925, this was arguably the artist's most abundantly illustrated book. The painting, highly characteristic of Parrish's popular style, depicts a youth speaking to a frog and is estimated to sell between $125,000-175,000. It was in the collection of Susan Lewin, the artist's longtime companion and frequent model.