John Moran achieves strong prices for Asian art June 18

Dating to the 17th-18th centuries, this gilt-splashed bronze incense burner sent bidders into a frenzy, selling for $54,000 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Dating to the 17th-18th centuries, this gilt-splashed bronze incense burner sent bidders into a frenzy, selling for $54,000 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ June 18 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction featured quality American and European furnishings, decorative arts, and fine art, as well as a vast selection of Native American textiles, baskets, beadwork and pottery. International bidding activity via online bidding platforms including LiveAuctioneers.com was especially busy. Nearly a third of all successful bidders bought online.

Asian works of art, particularly Chinese, did especially well. Almost every one of the carefully selected items in this category outperformed its high estimate. The most contested lot was a Chinese gilt-splashed bronze incense burner, dated to the late 17th-early 18th century. Tying up every available phone line and pulling in numerous international bidders via online platforms, the censer realized $54,000, leaps and bounds over the conservative estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.

A pair of impressively carved Chinese carved spinach jade covered urns followed, realizing $12,300 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). Though restored, a Chinese red coral figural carving depicting two figures atop a phoenix bird achieved $6,765 (estimate: $800-$1,200). A massive Chinese export Canton famille rose punchbowl, a find at one of John Moran’s monthly walk-in “What’s It Worth?” appraisal clinics, was estimated to bring between $2,000-$3,500, and found a buyer for $5,400. Also causing quite a stir online among international buyers was a Ming Dynasty celadon-glazed warming bowl. It earned $13,200 at the block (estimate: $3,000-$4,000).

Among the 70 Native American objects, Navajo textiles appeared in abundance. A room-size Navajo regional weaving in red, black, cream and gray on a natural brown ground earned just over the estimated $4,000-$6,000, selling for $6737.50. A striking pictorial rug, featuring stylized frogs, lizards, and human figures on a red ground, estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000, brought $6,600 after some serious competition between telephone bidders. A finely woven Navajo Third Phase woman’s wearing blanket, woven of aniline-dyed red, indigo-dyed blue, and natural brown, grey and cream wool exceeded expectations with a final price tag of $8,400 (estimate: $5,000-$6,500).

Prices were also strong among a variety of other types of Native American art. An exceptionally rare Sioux beaded hide horse mask, a parade piece decorated with American flags, was in excellent condition for its 100 years. Originally conservatively estimated to find a new owner for between $12,000 and $16,000, it inspired a battle between floor bidders who duked it out until at last the dust settled at an impressive $27,000.

Numerous absentee buyers bid on a Southern Plains Indian hairpipe breastplate, dating to the late 19th century, driving it to a final selling price of $3,600 (estimate: $800-$1,200). A striking Tlingit carved wood clan helmet, dating to the late 19th or early 20th centuries, realized $6,000 (estimate: $3,000-$6,000). Featuring effigies of a killer whale, a raven, a frog and a bear, the helmet hailed from a private collection in the Northwest. A collection in Los Angeles yielded a number of great baskets, including a California Mission Cahuilla polychrome basket with a design of two snakes circling a central eagle. In very good condition and dated to the first quarter of the 20th century, it sold for $6,600 at the block (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Continental decorative arts, a mainstay at Moran’s, also found buyers at competitive prices. A rare Rene Lalique Jeunesse perfume bottle with a dauber modeled as a standing cherub realized $3,382.50 (estimate: $800-$1,200), while a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver candlesticks designed by Alphonse La Paglia brought $2,400 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). A pair of Georgian walnut dining room urns on pedestals drove bidders wild, fomenting intense interest both online and via telephone. At the end of the tussle, the urns sold for $21,600 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500).

In the category of fine art, a festive oil-on-canvas titled The Wedding, by Pjotr Stjanow, realized $3,600, well over the estimated $800-$1,200, and setting a record for the Russian artist’s works at auction. Shortly following, a charming oil-on-panel by Dutch artist Anton Mauve depicting cows in a pastoral Dutch landscape found a buyer at $3,600 (estimate: $2,000-$3,000). An oil by Western genre specialist Percy Van Eman Ivory titled Striking Oil earned its place as a standout with a selling price of $4,200, exceeding the estimated $1,200-$1,800. Offered shortly after was a lot of 11 vintage American sports paintings, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 due to various condition issues. A compelling slice of Americana and collegiate history, the group went for a respectable $4,287.50. Late in the auction, a languid scene by master Southern California engraver Paul Landacre titled Forest Girl realized $2,700 (estimate: $600-$800).

Select highlights also include:

– A 1958 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, in excellent original condition, attracted bids both domestic and international, eventually going to an online buyer for $10,040 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000);

– A set of lithographs by Mexican artist Rufino Taymayo (eight works of the “90th Anniversary Series”), brought $18,375 at the block (estimate: $10,000-$15,000);

– A circa 1740 map of the South Seas engraved by Dutch cartographers Andries & Hendrik de Leth found a new home with a phone bidder for $7,200 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000):

– A 1926 Steinway Model O grand piano with a carved Louis XV-style case, consigned from a San Marino, Calif., estate, realized $11,295 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).

Consignment inquiries are always welcome at John Moran Auctioneers. Interested sellers should contact the office directly via email at: info@johnmoran.com, or via phone at: 626-793-1833.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Dating to the 17th-18th centuries, this gilt-splashed bronze incense burner sent bidders into a frenzy, selling for $54,000 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Dating to the 17th-18th centuries, this gilt-splashed bronze incense burner sent bidders into a frenzy, selling for $54,000 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

A pair of carved spinach jade covered urns on gilt metal bases, marked with a Qianlong chop mark, earned a $12,3000 sale price, well over the estimated $1,000-$1,500. John Moran Auctioneers image.

A pair of carved spinach jade covered urns on gilt metal bases, marked with a Qianlong chop mark, earned a $12,3000 sale price, well over the estimated $1,000-$1,500. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This Third Phase woman’s wearing blanket carried an estimate of $5,000-$6,500. It realized $8,400 on the block. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This Third Phase woman’s wearing blanket carried an estimate of $5,000-$6,500. It realized $8,400 on the block. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This intricately beaded Sioux horse mask was in excellent condition for its age, earning a price of $27,000 (estimate: $12,000-$16,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This intricately beaded Sioux horse mask was in excellent condition for its age, earning a price of $27,000 (estimate: $12,000-$16,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

These George III walnut dining room urns are a furniture type described in George Hepplewhite’s late 18th century treatise ‘The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide.’ The pair found a new home for $21,600 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

These George III walnut dining room urns are a furniture type described in George Hepplewhite’s late 18th century treatise ‘The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide.’ The pair found a new home for $21,600 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

‘Striking Oil,’ by Sacramento-born Western artist Percy Van Eman Ivory, hammered at $4,200 (estimate: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image.

‘Striking Oil,’ by Sacramento-born Western artist Percy Van Eman Ivory, hammered at $4,200 (estimate: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image.