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).
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE