Lalique aquarium, grand piano among top lots at John Moran sale
LOS ANGELES — To wrap up its 2022 schedule, John Moran Auctioneers held its Winter Traditional Collector auction on December 6. Having more than 350 lots, this sale included a collection of porcelain cockatoo figures, decorative bronze sculptures, Louis XVI and Louis XV-style furniture, an impressive selection of quality silver tableware and fine art from John Frederick Herring, Sr., and Emil Prinz. Among the highlights were noteworthy items in categories including fine art, decorative art and dinnerware. But the top lot was in furniture — a gilded Gaveau grand piano.
The Gaveau Et Cie Louis Birarello French grand piano had been estimated at $30,000-$50,000 and sold for $40,625. The stunning instrument was designed with a Louis XV-style case with fruitwood marquetry and gilt-bronze mounts, and came with a matching contemporary bench.
This sale featured a wide array of silver flatware, centerpieces, candle sticks, vases, tazzas, tea sets and dinner services — everything you might want for a perfect holiday table setting. The most coveted set was a Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain dinner service. It was designed in the late 18th century; 2022 marks its 232nd anniversary. The particular set offered on December 6 was produced in the 1960s, and each dish featured a gilt rim and was decorated with various botanical motifs. The set was comprised of 63 pieces: 16 pierced dinner plates, 16 handled soup bowls, 16 soup bowl underplates, 12 butter/salt plates, and three relish dishes. This lot brought in a solid $22,500 against an estimate of $22,000-$28,000.
Late 19th and early 20th century Japanese art was ably represented as well. Lot 1111 was a baluster vase with irises by Miyagawa Kozan. This vase, which had a $1,000-$2,000 estimate, was designed with a motif of irises and green leaves. There was major interest in this piece, which ultimately earned $8,750.
Also on offer was a Namikawa Sosuke cloisonne tray estimated at $600-$800. Sosuke (1847-1910) was a Japanese cloisonne artist known for innovations that developed cloisonne enamel into an artistic medium. He was one of the most famous cloisonne artists of the 1890 to 1910 period, known as the golden age of Japanese enamels. Sporting a pink and white peonies and blue butterfly motif, this exquisite tray realized $7,500.
In the category of fine art, a Charles-Francois Daubigny work stood out. Titled French River Scene with Bridge and Distant Town, it carried an estimate of $3,000-$5,000 and sold for $5,625.
Another strong example in the fine art offerings was a glass sculpture estimated at $4,000-$6,000 that swam away with $7,500. The Lalique glass aquarium boasted approximately 100 multi-colored glass fish in frosted and clear glass, displayed in an acrylic case.
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