MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s Sept. 23 Traditional Collector realized strong prices for quality décor, furnishings and art from Continental Europe and beyond. Collectors fought throughout the sale to add the fresh-to-market offerings to their collection, showing the market for fine craftsmanship is as robust as ever. Moran’s next Traditional Collector auction in December is already filling up with choice property from local estates, consignments are invited. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
Furniture from throughout Europe were among the hottest lots of the sale. The status of top lot went to a fine pair of Louis XV-style pedestals. Their delicate veneers and finely cast bronze mounts appealed to bidders, one of whom took home the prize for a staggering $81,250 (below).
A beautifully executed Louis XV-style bureau plat with sumptuous marble top will make a statement in any office and realized $4,687. A finely enameled two-drawer commode with Chinoiserie scenes and beautiful gilt-bronze mounts sparked a bidding war when it hit the block, selling for $8,125 (below).
An inlaid Spanish spice box was one of the hottest pieces in the sale, going home with one buyer for $2,500.
Superb décor and instruments from around the world made a splash at the auction. A gorgeous pair of cloisonné enameled foo dogs didn’t scare off willing buyers, a determined online bidder took home the pair for $22,500.
A fabulous Steuben trout with gold fly charmed the audience when it hit the block, selling for $1,125. A set of luxurious “English King” flatware from Tiffany & Co. brought a princely sum of $12,500.
A finely painted scene from Heywood Hardy, Going to the Meet, realized $11,875.
Italian painter Guiseppe Galli featured in the sale with a marvelously rendered genre painting of two men with a woman which brought $5,000. A lovingly realized portrait of a man reading a paper by British artist Edwin Harris will make a great addition to the buyer’s collection, realizing $5,000. Johan Berthelsen’s moody view of New York’s George Washington Bridge at night puts us right in the heart of the city. The painting started a bidding war when it hit the block, with an avid phone bidder winning the prize for $6,875 (below).
A consignment of violins and bows from the collection of the beloved musicians Eleonore and Alice Schoenfeld were some of the most highly anticipated lots of the sale. A beautifully made School of Giovanni (Joannes) Battista Guadagnini violin was the top seller of the selection, realizing $11,250 after protracted bidding. Three FN Voirin violin bows soared above their high estimate to bring $9,375.
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