Solid prices prevail at John Moran decorative art auction

This large composition by Sri Lankan painter Senaka Senanayake (b. 1951) titled ‘Paddy Growers’ was brought to the block with a $3,000 to $5,000 estimate; the piece ultimately earned $8400. John Moran Auctioneers image

This large composition by Sri Lankan painter Senaka Senanayake (b. 1951) titled ‘Paddy Growers’ was brought to the block with a $3,000 to $5,000 estimate; the piece ultimately earned $8400. John Moran Auctioneers image

 

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran’s June 18 decorative art auction was a well-attended event, most likely thanks to a new workweek-friendly Saturday afternoon auction format. Featuring an eclectic mix of antique Continental, mid-century modern and contemporary decorative arts along with Western paintings and bronzes, Moran’s June sale earned respectable prices for the majority of the offerings, with modern design, Western objects and select Native American jewelry performing particularly well.

Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Highly anticipated examples of mid-century modern design included a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair for A.P. Stolen, consigned from a private Pasadena, Calif., collection. Featuring handsome orange upholstery and estimated to bring $3,000 to $4,000 at the auction block, the iconic chair earned $5,100 (including Moran’s 20 percent house buyer’s premium).

An art pottery vase from the same collection by well-regarded ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler was offered with a $2,500 to $3,500 estimate The vase (below) was of a larger scale than those usually seen by the couple, and as such the price jumped to $6,000 within seconds of the lot opening.

 

This thrown and glazed pottery vase by Los Angeles artists Gertrud and Otto Natzler exceeded expectations with a $6,000 selling price (est.: $2,500-$3,500). John Moran Auctioneers image

This thrown and glazed pottery vase by Los Angeles artists Gertrud and Otto Natzler exceeded expectations with a $6,000 selling price (est.: $2,500-$3,500). John Moran Auctioneers image

 

More contemporary selections were offered later in the sale. An acid-etched “Imperial Palace” cocktail table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne was offered for $4,000 to $6,000, and realized the high estimate.

A handsome pair of sterling silver shell-form spoon warmers by Italian maker Buccellati created quite a stir, with a bidding war breaking out between multiple online bidders and a floor buyer. The floor buyer proved victorious, paying $3,600 for the lot (below).

 

Crafted by Italian maker Buccellati, these handsome sterling silver nautilus shell-form spoon warmers brought $3,600 (est.: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image

Crafted by Italian maker Buccellati, these handsome sterling silver nautilus shell-form spoon warmers brought $3,600 (est.: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image

 

In a repeat performance of Moran’s April Decorative Art Auction, modern and contemporary works of art brought relatively strong prices. A large oil on canvas by Sri Lankan painter Senaka Senanayake (b. 1951) titled Paddy Growers struck a chord with online buyers. The painting had multiple online absentee bids lined up prior to the auction’s opening. Consigned from a private Pasadena collection, the work earned $8,400.

An idyllic scene in oil on canvas of figures resting at the seaside by British/Australian artist Frederick William Leist (1878-1945) was consigned to Moran’s June sale from a private Los Angeles collection. The work (below) brought $7,800.

 

Consigned from a private Los Angeles collection, this charming untitled oil by Frederick William Leist (1878-1945 British/Australian) realized $7,800 (est.: $5,000-$7,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

Consigned from a private Los Angeles collection, this charming untitled oil by Frederick William Leist (1878-1945 British/Australian) realized $7,800 (est.: $5,000-$7,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

 

Performing squarely within estimate, a large B.A. Bremond Swiss cylinder music box (below) dating to circa 1885 delighted bidders with its selection of 48 airs. It led the auction results, selling for $19,200.

 

The top lot of the day was this impressive cylinder music box by Swiss maker B.A. Bremond, which brought $19,200 (est.: $15,000-$25,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

The top lot of the day was this impressive cylinder music box by Swiss maker B.A. Bremond, which brought $19,200 (est.: $15,000-$25,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

 

Western and Native American jewelry prices were particularly robust throughout the evening. A pair of modern Native American turquoise beaded necklaces, the larger with an offset silver an turquoise pendant signed for artist Jimmy Calabaza Kewa, was offered as a single lot and garnered much admiration (below). Attending bidders brought the price of the necklaces up to $2,700, well over the conservative $500 to $700 estimate.

 

This handsome set of turquoise beaded necklaces by Native American maker Jimmy Calabaza Kewa had many admirers at Moran’s June auction, resulting in a $2,700 price realized (est.: $500-$700). John Moran Auctioneers image

This handsome set of turquoise beaded necklaces by Native American maker Jimmy Calabaza Kewa had many admirers at Moran’s June auction, resulting in a $2,700 price realized (est.: $500-$700). John Moran Auctioneers image

 

For questions regarding this or any upcoming auctions, contact John Moran Auctioneers via telephone 626-793-1833 or email info@johnmoran.com.

 

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