MONROVIA, CA – John Moran’s Traditional Collector sale took place on April 28, and it delivered a robust mix of genres in the form of candlesticks, sconces, vases, mantel clocks, and more. Decorative objects came in an array of materials such as silver, bronze, glass, and crystal, and many pieces had gilt details. Paintings and sculptures also did well throughout the sale, pairing nicely with the Louis XVI furniture on offer.
The sale started strong with a set of Venetian Murano glass goblets, 14 in all, which date to the late 19th Century or the first quarter of the 20th century. The stunning red set complete with gilt rims sold for $2,250, significantly above their $600-$800 estimate.
The glass sparkled but it was the silver that shown brightly in this sale, with several examples going well above their estimates. The elegant Gorham sterling silver tea and coffee service is a perfect example of that. The set, which included a tray, was estimated at $800-$1,200, but realized $3,437.
A fourth-quarter 19th century Maison Odiot French sterling silver serving dish is another example of silver that performed well on the block. The oblong serving dish, which is accessed only by taking hold of an exquisite lobster finial, sold for $9,375, more than three times its low estimate. Also notable were three ornate serving pieces made in the late 19th or early 20th Century in the Love Disarmed pattern by Reed & Barton, one of the most desirable and collected patterns sterling silver patterns worldwide. The set had an estimate of $600-$800, but sold for $1,250.
The sale continued with fine art such as a beautifully executed watercolor on paper by artist Charles Edward Dixon (British,1872-1934). Outward Bound, completed in 1900, captured crashing waves and billowing clouds with a sailing ship as its central figure. This small painting was estimated at $600-$800 but sold for $2,812. Portraits were also a popular category. A portrait of a gentleman by an unknown 19th century artist sold for $4,375, despite its estimate of $1,200-$1,800. A canvas by English artist Lilian Chevoit (1884-1932), titled A Pair of English Cocker Spaniels (Simon and Sarah), romped past its $800-$1,200 estimate and sold for $5,625.
The sale also included several works from Europe and Asia that proved to be highly sought-after acquisitions. A set of Italian marquetry and gilt-bronze mounted nesting tables were estimated at $800-$1,200, but sold for $3,437. A French Louis XVI carved giltwood sofa exceeded its $3,000-5,000 estimate and sold for $9,375. Two Japanese ikebana baskets received a nice amount of attention, selling for $2,500, though they were estimated at just $500-$700. Rounding out the sale was an eye-catching large Japanese Sumida Gawa figural vase, estimated at $1,500-$2,500, but sold for $4,687.
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