Grand clocks highlight John Moran Auctioneers sale July 17


A French gilt and patinated bronze mantel clock, Brindeau à Paris. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will present an important assemblage of Continental and Asian art and objects from a variety of local Southern California estates and collections in their July 17 Traditional Collector catalog. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The 400-lot sale includes a diverse selection of French, Swiss, English and German clocks dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries, many from the estate of lifelong collector Harry J. O’Connor III.  The O’Connor estate also has furniture, fine art, Asian antiques and other decorative items sure to appeal to serious collectors.

Timepieces from the O’Connor estate include a number of fabulous Continental clocks in a variety of motifs. A French gilt and patinated bronze mantel clock (above) signed for 18th-century maker Brindeau features a patinated bull (Zeus disguised) supporting a gilt rocaille-molded clock case; three maidens (Europa and two attendants) adorn the bull with flowers and garlands. The mythologically themed clock will head to the block with a $5,000 to $7,000 estimate.

A French Empire gilt bronze-mounted marble portico clock marked for turn-of-the-century maker Sarton à Liège is an intriguing find, as it features inset Wedgwood-style plaques to each vertical support (est. $8,000 to $12,000).


French Empire gilt bronze-mounted white marble portico clock, Sarton à Liège. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Moran’s Traditional Collector catalogs generally include a selection of Continental paintings by artists both well-listed and unknown. Highlights from the former category in the July sale include a Cathedral Town on the River, a sweeping, picturesque townscape by British painter Albert Goodwin (1845-1932) dating to 1871 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). John Frederick Herring Jr. (1815-1907 British) is represented in Moran’s July 17 catalog by a pastoral view horses watering before a group of thatch-roof cottages. Consigned from a local Pasadena collection, the Herring painting is estimated to bring $15,000 to $20,000. French artist Édouard Léon Cortès’s (1882-1969) charming street scene, Rue Royale at Dusk, carries a $20,000 to $30,000 estimate.


Édouard Léon Cortès (1882-1969 French), ‘Rue Royale at Dusk,’ oil on canvas, 18 x 29½ in. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Asian art and objects will also carve out a presence in Moran’s July Traditional Collector catalog. A fabulous pair of Chinese carved hardwood armchairs dating to the late 18th/early 19th century features relief-carved backs with flying dragons (est. $20,000-$30,000).


A pair of late 18th/early 19th-century Chinese carved hardwood armchairs. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

An impressively scaled Chinese painting depicting gods, goddesses and their various attendants dating to the turn of the 18th century carries an $8,000-$10,000 estimate.

A wide variety of silver by makers from the U.S., Europe and Asia are slated to make their way to the block at Moran’s July sale. One of the most impressive silver lots is a silver Spanish galleon/warship dating to the mid-20th century. Consigned by a private Pasadena, California, collector, the three-mast ship features delicately modeled cannons, sailors and sails, all crafted from .915 silver (est. $5,000 to $7,000).


Spanish .915 silver galleon/warship. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

A repousse-decorated sterling silver dragon-motif teapot by Yokohama-based silversmith Samurai Shokai is highly collectible and offered for $2,000 to $3,000. A Victorian sterling silver monteith dating to 1889 and stamped for maker Walter & John Barnard is expected to earn between $4,000 and $6,000.

Sculpture highlights include works in bronze and marble by Continental artists, such as a nicely finished marble sculpture of a standing woman with a shield, helmet and sword by French sculptor Henri Honoré Plé (1853-1922), which has a $4,000 to $6,000 estimate.

Additional highlights include an impressive gilt bronze-mounted mahogany baby grand piano by Alois Hugo Lhota (est. $15,000 to $25,000) and a French-made Aesthetic-design Japonesque armoire with mother-of-pearl inlay and bronze embellishments (est. $3,000-$5,000).

For details contact John Moran Auctioneers by email: or phone: 626-793-1833.