Gainsborough portrait of a lady graces Moran’s auction March 10

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788 British), ‘Portrait of Mrs. Isaac Elton,’ oil on canvas laid to canvas, in a painted oval. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s spring auction season is in full bloom with their Traditional Collector auction event. The March 10 auction is filled to the brim with fine furnishings, décor and artwork from Europe, Asia and the United States, this auction is slated to be one of the best of the year. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Traditional Collector will feature an important collection of British paintings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries consigned from a local private collection. Chief among the offerings is a beautifully painted portrait of Mrs. Isaac Elton (née Ann Tierney) from famed artist Thomas Gainsborough (above). The portrait of the enigmatic sitter captures the softness of her complexion and skillfully conveys the fine fabric and delicate pearls typical of a lady of her station and is estimated to sell between $50,000-$70,000. What better place to auction this important work than miles away from the Huntington Collection, the institution where the most famous painting by Gainsborough, Blue Boy, is housed.

A portrait of Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin by Peter Lely, one of the most popular and important portrait painters of his day is consigned from the same collection. The work is estimated to bring $25,000-$35,000 at auction. Additional works in the auction are by George Romney, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Cornelis Johnson van Ceulen.

Masterworks from Continental European artists feature throughout the auction. A stunning Adelhead Dietrich painting of an urn overflowing with autumn flowers heads to auction with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate (below).

Adelhead Dietrich (1827-1891 German), ‘Autumn flowers,’ oil on canvas laid to canvas. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Moran’s image

A stunning Marcel Dyf portrait titled Claudine with Blue Ribbon and Mandolin is one of the finest examples Moran’s has had the privilege to auction and is estimated to sell between $3,000-$5,000. A patinated bronze sculpture by famed Russian artist Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray of an imposing bear standing on his hind legs is estimated to sell between $3,000-$4,000 (below).

Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray (1848-1886 Russian), ‘Bear standing on hind legs,’ patinated bronze. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Moran’s image

Collectors of fine French furnishings will be delighted with the offerings in this auction. A pair of gilt bronze-mounted kingwood parquetry commodes en tombeau set with elaborate bronzework are sure to make a splash when they head to the block with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate (below).

A pair of gilt bronze-mounted kingwood parquetry commodes en tombeau. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Moran’s image

A pair of French Empire mahogany and gilt bronze-mounted fauteuils de bureau with unusual swivel seat comes from a top maker, evident by the attention to detail in the bronzes and Cuban mahogany construction. The chairs will head to the block with a conservative $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Rounding out the examples, a French Louis XV-style pastry table with delicate doré mounts are also estimated to sell between $2,000-$3,000.

Classic elements of good décor are on full display at the March auction as well. A central Persian silk on silk rug woven in Qom with warm colors typical of designs from that region is one of the most luxurious rugs in the sale and will head to the block with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

A central Persia silk rug, Qom. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Moran’s image

An English silver plated objet d’art in the form of a neo-Classical gazebo is one of the most charming lots in the sale and is estimated to sell between $4,000-$6,000. A beautifully carved Chinese white marble statue of Quan Yin is estimated to bring $3,000-$4,000 at auction.