MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Studio Furniture & Decorative Art auction June 23 realized strong prices for fine silver and furnishings. Collectors vied for fine examples offered at approachable price points. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. A gorgeous Mark Goetz sofa from Herman Miller with its warm walnut-wrapped back made an impact on buyers, and a LiveAuctioneers bidder ultimately won it for $2,925.
Mid-century décor continues to inspire strong bidding with Moran’s audience. A pair of London-made speakers (below) from coveted maker Tannoy created a bidding war between music aficionados when they hit the block, exceeding the $500-$800 estimate to sell for $1,500 (all prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium).
A unique Telstar Predicta “Chalet” television set would make a statement in any room. A floor bidder beat a robust bidding field to bring the set home for $2,000.
Silver of every style caught the eye of bidders in person and online. A charming pair of silver table pheasants flew past their $400-$600 estimate to sell for $2,125.
A silver wine coaster in the coveted Blossom pattern from famed silversmith Georg Jensen went home with a collector for $625. A statement-making set of English King flatware from Tiffany & Co. sold for $2,080. Two sterling silver and cut crystal pitchers from Tiffany & Co. and Gorham, ready for lemonade season, sold together as one lot at the top of their estimate for $500.
Chinese and Japanese art continue to make a splash at the sale. A beautifully made Japanese Katana sword was one of the most popular items on preview before the auction. The sword rose above its $300-$500 estimate to sell for $2,125.
A delicately painted Chinese Famille Rose vase caused a stir when it came up to the block. Adorned with flowers and friezes of birds on flowering branches, the vase soon exceeded its $500-$700 estimate to bring $2,080.
Other highlights from the auction included:
– A stunning blue volcanic glaze vase from the famed Beatrice Wood brought $1,250.
– An Art Deco-style chrome tea and coffee service from Massimo Podesta sold for $500.
– A Nayarit seated terra-cotta couple created a bidding war that brought the lot to $2,000.