Art pottery in demand at Moran’s California Living sale

Newcomb College landscape vase, 14¼in high. Price realized: $7,500. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s California Living auction Nov. 17 brought out the collectors and achieved strong prices throughout the sale. Fine art, stellar décor and jewelry shone bright during the sale and proved the enduring demand for quality examples across design styles. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Fine art from American painters performed well throughout the sale. The apropos Autumn from Mary De Neale Morgan places the viewer in a relaxed rolling hills landscape and $3,750 (below). All prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.

Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868-1948, Carmel, Calif.), ‘Autumn, Carmel Valley,’ oil on Masonite. Price realized: $3,750. Moran’s image

A welcoming view of Devonshire from Walter Elmer Schofield soared past its high estimate to achieve $5,625.

Alfred R. Mitchell’s dreamy Spring Flowers is a wonderfully impressionistic work from the artist and soared to $3,125 thanks to a determined online bidder.

Art pottery and glass were the hottest items of the sale. A Newcomb College landscape vase won the distinction of the top lot, selling for $7,500 in protracted bidding. An unusual Teco vase appealed to collectors and brought $2,000 (below).

Teco Pottery vase, Model 182, designed by Fritz Albert and W.D. Gates in matte green glaze, 15¾in high. Price realized: $6,875. Moran’s image

A beautifully made Tiffany Favrile lamp (below) with damascene shade was one of the most popular lots heading into the sale and achieved $6,875. A  Tiffany-style leaded glass vase with a dragonfly-motif shade and lily pad base brought $1,500.

Tiffany Studios iridescent and Favrile glass table lamp, 17¼in high. Price realized: $6,875. Moran’s image

Jewelry from the esteemed Hodosh Collection continues to appeal to collectors. A stellar set of serpent jewelry from the famed Margot de Taxco slipped past its high estimate to bring $3,125 (below).

A suite of Margot De Taxco ‘Serpent’ silver and enamel jewelry, third quarter of the 20th century. Price realized: $3,125. Moran’s image

Two Vindobonensis bracelets from master designer William Spratling went to an online bidder for $1,750. A classic chain necklace and matching bracelet (below) will no doubt complement any outfit in the buyer’s wardrobe and brought $2,375. An ever-popular Aztec-motif was the inspiration for a stunning necklace from Margot de Taxco, which brought $1,250.

William Spratling matching silver bracelet and necklace, 1940s. Price realized: $2,375. Moran’s image

Moran’s fall auction season will continue through December with Fine Jewelry & Timepieces together with Studio Jewelry as well as Traditional Collector.

 

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