MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ Nov. 14 two-session sale will begin with the Art of the American West auction at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. Selections include paintings, drawings and prints by Western American artists; important Navajo weavings including two 19th-century chief’s wearing blankets; and bronzes and sculpture depicting cowboy and Native American subjects. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The expected top lot of the evening is a monumental bronze sculpture by Sheridan, Wyoming, artist Harry Jackson (1924-2011). Jackson’s Sacagawea measures 9½ feet tall by 5 feet wide. The impressive and well-modeled sculpture depicts its subject with a baby on her back, wrapped in a wearing blanket and staring determinedly out over the landscape before her. Sacagawea’s calm strength is expertly captured in Jackson’s rendering. The piece is expected to bring $100,000 to $200,000 at Moran’s Nov. 14 auction.
Additional sculptural highlights include works with traditional western subjects as well as more contemporary interpretations. Traditional cowboy artist Earl Erik Heikka (1910-1941, Great Falls, Mont.), is represented in the auction by an untitled sculpture of a cowboy on horseback followed by a lone pack horse. Executed in Heikka’s signature realistic style, the work carries a $2,000 to $3,000 estimate.
Contemporary painter Francis Livingston (b. 1953, Sun Valley, Idaho), rounds out the top offerings with an Impressionist view of a horse and blanketed rider in a snow-covered landscape (est. $1,500 to $2,500).
A wide selection of Navajo weavings is be featured in the Art of the American West session, including two important Navajo chief’s wearing blankets. The first, a 19th-century second phase chief’s wearing blanket, has been assigned a $50,000 to $70,000 estimate. The blanket features a classic “piano key” design, and red bands dyed with cochineal rather than synthetic dyes, dating it to the third quarter of the 19th century. The second example is a bit later, and is a transitional style which falls between second and third phase chief’s wearing blankets; this piece features red bands punctuated by larger blocks of red containing vertical rows of cream and blue arrows; as with the previous example, the red yarn used in this example was also dyed with cochineal (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000).
Session two of Moran’s Nov. 14 two-session auction is the 20th Century & Contemporary Art + Design sale, which features modern and contemporary paintings and prints; early 20th century Arts & Crafts furniture; mid-century modern and contemporary furniture by American and Scandinavian makers; sculptures of various mediums; and a classic 1965 Porsche. The second session, which will start at 5 p.m., features nearly 300 lots, including a number of highly anticipated works of art by North American, Asian and Latin-American artists.
Works of fine art from North American artists include a highly anticipated abstract pen and ink drawing by New York-based artist and activist Keith Haring (1958-1990) depicting falling figures and a waving hand. Consigned from a private collection, the drawing is expected to earn $6,000 to $8,000. Peter Max’s (b. 1937 New York/Germany) Neo Man, a rainbow-hued abstract acrylic portrait of a man wearing sunglasses is expected to earn between $8,000 and $12,000.
Classic car enthusiasts should also be excited to hear that Moran’s will offer a 1965 Porsche 356C, which has been assigned a $40,000 to $60,000 estimate and will be offered without reserve.
For details contact John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833.