John Moran Auctioneers’ sale Oct. 2 boasts choice antiques


George III sterling silver soup tureen, Paul Storr, 1812, London. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers is heading into fall with an extraordinary lineup of sales, starting with the Oct. 2 Traditional Collector catalog featuring 300 lots of Continental, American and Asian decorative arts, clocks, furniture and artwork. Many intriguing selections hail from the estate of life-long collector Harry J. O’Connor III, whose celebrated collection of clocks has been sprinkled throughout Moran’s Continental-themed auctions all year. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Gorgeous silver selections grace the catalog. A handsome Italian .800 silver tea service with galleried tray by maker Pampaloni Ermindo di Pampaloni Franco has been assigned a conservative $2,000-$3,000 estimate. A George III sterling silver tureen (above) by important London silversmith Paul Storr has also been consigned to Moran’s October auction. A rather muted example of Storr’s Neoclassical style, the covered tureen features lion-headed paw feet and will head to the block with an $8,000 to $12,000 estimate.

Objects from the O’Connor collection include a mid-20th-century Chinese marble-top tea table crafted from highly desirable zitan wood. The low-profile table carries a conservative $8,000-$12,000 estimate but is expected to pique the interest of many serious collectors (below).


Chinese zitan tea table from Estate of Harry J. O’Connor III. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

A French Empire gilt bronze-mounted portico clock dating to the turn of the 19th century is also expected to stir up bidder interest. Featuring a handsome white and black marble case, the clock is expected to earn between $3,000 and $5,000.


French Empire gilt bronze-mounted portico clock. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Sculptures range from bronzes by well-known makers to highly detailed carved marble compositions. Ephraim Keyser’s (1850-1937, Baltimore, Md.) gorgeously finished bronze sculpture of the fairy queen Titania atop a leaf-form chariot pulled by squirrels carries a $7,000-$9,000 auction estimate. Expected to bring between $3,000 and $5,000, a figural bronze sculpture of a male and female farmer during a harvest is listed after the original by Adrien Etienne Gaudez (1845-1902, French). A charming large-scale alabaster sculpture by Italian artist Romano Scheggi (1888-1966) is exceptionally well-modeled. Titled Fisherboy, the sculpture is expected to earn $6,000-$9,000 (below).


Romano Scheggi (1888-1966, Italian), ‘Fisherboy,’ carved alabaster, 52in. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Continental and American works of art are well represented throughout the Traditional Collector catalog. One standout is George Cochran Lambdin’s (1830-1896, Philadelphia, Pa.) Flowers, dating to 1859. The portrait of a girl holding a bouquet is expected to earn $5,000 to $7,000.

A large-scale portrait of a woman, Baronin Wilhelmine Mylius, by Austrian painter Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887), will head to the block with a $12,000-$18,000 estimate. The impressive work (below) has been reviewed by Dr. Sabine Grabner of the Belvedere Museum Vienna and will be included in the artist’s catalogue raisonné.


Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887, Austrian), ‘Baronin Wilhelmine Mylius,’ 1869, oil on canvas, 43in x 34½in. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Juliaan de Vriendt’s (1842-1935 Belgian) oil painting of women in a church interior waiting for devotion is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000.

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