Moran’s strikes gold with Art of the American West

Henry Herman Cross (1837-1918, American) ‘Buffalo in a River Landscape,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $8,750. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s Sept. 29 Art of the American West auction realized strong prices with a curated selection from the West’s leading artists and artisans. An array of art and objects from throughout the Southwest captured the attention of collectors. Moran’s is already working on a strong Art of the American West auction slated for the first quarter of 2021, consignments are always welcome. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Fine art captured the hearts of bidders during the sale. A majestic gathering of bison was the subject of Henry Herman Cross’ Buffalo in a River Landscape, which realized $8,750 after protracted bidding (above). All prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.

Northern California’s rolling hills were well represented in the sale with Hanson Duvall Puthuff’s supreme landscape. A determined online bidder took home the lot for $4,375. A desert landscape with tufts of purple wildflowers and bushes from John W. Hilton is a fantastic example from the artist, bringing $2,812 (below). A lovingly painted portrait of a woman in profile from master R.C. Gorman brought $687.

John W. Hilton (1904-1983, Twentynine Palms, Calif.) ‘Spring in the Dunes,’ 1957, oil on Masonite. Price realized: $2,812. Moran’s image

Jewelry is always among the most popular lots in any Art of the American West auction, Tuesday’s sale was no different. A rare First Phase concho belt from the famed Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh collection started a bidding war when it hit the block, reaching $7,500.

A Navajo First Phase concho belt. Price realized: $7,500. Moran’s image

Three early silver cuff bracelets with their wonderful designs realized $3,125 after spirited bidding war. A wonderfully designed set of jewelry, a necklace and pair of earrings, from master silversmith Frank Patania Sr. sold to a determined phone bidder for $3,500.

A set of Frank Patania Sr. sterling silver jewelry. Price realized: $4,875. Moran’s image

A fabulous bolo tie from Hopi artist Jerry Roan brought $625.

Sculpture and craft from throughout the Southwest brought the collectors out during the auction. A wonderfully modeled Cheyenne War Party Leader from artist David Lemon was one of the best sculptures in the auction, bringing $2,500 (below).

David Lemon (b. 1945 Montana/California), ‘Cheyenne War Party Leader,’ polychrome bronze on wood base. Price realized: $2,500. Moran’s image

An unusual silver teapot with repoussé American Indian and ram’s head design stole the hearts of the buyers when it hit the block, selling to a lucky online bidder for $2,250. Elk from sculptor David Schaefer captured the majesty of the animal as well as the attention of the bidders, one of whom took home the prize for $1,625 (below).

David Schaefer (1949-2012, American), ‘Elk,’ bronze on marble base, price realized: $1,625. Moran’s image

A wonderfully woven group of Chimayo wool and wood purses caused a bidding war when they hit the block, selling well over the high estimate for $1,500.


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