MONROVIA, Calif. – On June 20, Moran’s will present a stand-alone Traditional Collector auction session, featuring porcelain, bronzes, art glass, paintings and Continental decorative objects consigned from private collections across Southern California. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
As compared to the other multi-session spring auction events held so far this year, Moran’s June 20 auction event is a streamlined affair, featuring just over 250 lots. The catalog focuses on Continental aesthetics from the 18th century to the present day, with an emphasis on classic design elements.
Highlights include French and German porcelain, silver by Italian maker Buccellati, and sculptures by well-known European artists.
One of the evening’s expected top lots is a wonderfully detailed gilt and polychromed bronze sculpture of a standing woman with veil by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904 French). A life-long proponent of the Academic style and a known detractor of the Impressionist movement to which he ascribed a “great moral slackening,” Gérôme’s La Femme Au Voile (below) is representative of the artist’s highly detailed, historically minded approach. The gorgeously rendered bronze measures just under 3 feet tall, and is expected to bring $50,000 to $70,000 at the auction block.
Also sure to make an impression, a large-scale parcel-gilt and patinated bronze sculpture after French artist Arthur Le Duc (1848-1918) titled “Nessus and Dieaneira” depicting a nude female figure on the back of a galloping centaur will head to the block with a $3,000 to $5,000 estimate.
European paintings include Planche a Dessin (Drawing Board), a masterful trompe l’oeil by modern French painter Nadine Le Prince (below).
An oil on canvas of beached sailing ships by 19th-century artist Louis Le Poittevin (1847-1909) is set to go to the block with a $2,000 to $3,000 estimate. Accomplished English painter Richard Westall (1765-1836), a contemporary of William Blake, is represented by an idyllic work depicting a home with sheep and shepherd in a pastoral landscape (estimate: $1,000 to $2,000).
A Sevres-style hand-painted porcelain lidded urn with an unusual powder pink ground is painted with a delightful scene of the goddess Diana attended by winged putti, and is conservatively estimated to bring $2,000 to $3,000. A pair of handsomely modeled Berlin/KPM porcelain covered jars featuring reserved scenes of courting couples and gilt eagle-form finials is expected to bring $1,200 to $1,800. A selection of hand-painted German porcelain plaques by KPM and other makers consigned from a private Los Angeles collection will be offered with conservative estimates.
Those looking to entertain with flair should look no further than an impressive French .950 silver coffee and tea service consigned from the same aforementioned Southern California collection (top). The set, likely dating to the early 20th century, consists of four gourd-form pieces and is modeled in a classic, clean aesthetic (est. $1,500 to $2,500). More contemporary silver lots by makers such as Buccellati are also to be found throughout Moran’s June catalog.
Additional highlights include:
- A small selection of Franz Bergman Vienna cold-painted bronzes will be featured in the June catalog, including one figural sculpture depicting a rug merchant selling his wares (below; est. $900 to $1,200).
- An elaborately painted gilt bronze-mounted Sevres-style porcelain occasional table is expected to earn $2,500 to $3,500.
- An impressive pair of large-scale rock crystal obelisks measuring just under 2 feet tall will be brought to the block with a $3,000 to $5,000 auction estimate.
The auction will start Tuesday, June 20, at 4 p.m. Pacific time.