MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s first Traditional Collector auction of the year achieved strong prices across the board for fine art and objects sourced from Southern California estates as collectors vied for rare examples of fine French furniture and masterworks of European art. If this trend continues, Moran’s next Traditional Collector auction in July is sure to perform just as well. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
A pair of kingwood marquetry commodes with stunning gilt-bronze mounts was one of the most beautiful pairs of commodes Moran’s has auctioned in recent memory. The pieces (below) soared above their $5,000-$7,000 estimate to sell for $21,760 (all prices include Moran’s 25 percent buyer’s premium).
A French Louis XV-style gilt-bronze vitrine with a door lock signed by Ct. Linke sold comfortably above its $3,000-$5,000 estimate for $6,250. A stunning pair of French Empire fauteuils de bureau were one of the most highly anticipated items leading into the auction. The chairs, after a design by Napoleon’s throne maker François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter for the palace of Napoleon’s brother Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia, sold for $40,625 (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Fine Art and objects from Europe achieved strong prices realized during the sale. The auction opened with a bang when a stunning biblical painting attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder came to the block. The second lot of the day sailed well past its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to sell for $37,500.
A beautiful autumn floral still life from German artist Adelheid Dietrich was one of the top lots of the auction, selling for $34,375 (est. $15,000-$20,000).
Paintings from the Americas also tipped the scales on Sunday. A painting of a lady punting with a basket of flowers by Peruvian artist Albert Lynch was one of Moran’s favorite works in the sale. It proved to be a bidder favorite as well when it sold above its $15,000-$20,000 estimate for $22,500.
The coveted status of top lot at the auction belonged to an Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen to a painting of the tugboat “E Heipershausen” on open waters. The ship sailed past its $3,000-$5,000 estimate to sell for $46,875.
A silver gilt and enamel icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow from famed maker Ivan Khlebnikov sold well above its $3,000-$5,000 estimate for $14,843. An Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray bronze sculpture of a bear charmed previewers leading into the sale, selling just above its $3,000-$4,000 estimate for $4,687.