John Moran auctions May 23 focus on fine jewelry, affordable art

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Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Moran’s Studio Fine Art Auction has a wide variety of watercolors, including ‘Portage Glacier III’ by Robert Earle Wood (1926-1999 Redlands, Calif.), which carries a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image


MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will continue the multisession format with a four-session sale slated for Tuesday, May 23. Moran’s ambitious schedule that day will start out with a Fine Jewelry auction session at 10 a.m. Pacific, followed by the Studio Jewelry Auction session at noon. The Studio Decorative Art session will follow at 3:30 p.m., with the Studio Fine Art session rounding out the offerings at 6:30 p.m. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Moran’s Studio Auctions generally are composed of a variety of approachably priced lots carrying estimates at $2,000 and below.
Moran’s Fine Jewelry Auction is the crown jewel of the May sessions, including some stellar pieces from private collections across all of Southern California. Offerings include 137 lots of fine jewelry dating from the Victorian period through to the contemporary.

Collectors of jade jewelry will be pleased to find outstanding examples featured in Moran’s May Fine Jewelry session. Perhaps the most highly anticipated of these is an exceptional natural cabochon jadeite jade ring (below) whose central stone weighs in at 9.0 carats. Modeled in 18K yellow gold and offset by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, the ring carries a $35,000 to $50,000 estimate.


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Included in Moran’s 10 a.m. Fine Jewelry session, this diamond and jade ring has a central stone weighing in at 9.0 carats (estimate: $35,000 to $50,000). John Moran Auctioneers image


Diamonds are bountiful throughout Moran’s May Fine Jewelry session, with selections ranging from solitaire rings to intricate gem-set brooches and necklaces. A platinum and 18K diamond ring set with a round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 8.11cts. is expected to earn $100,000 to $150,000.


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This platinum ring features a central 8.11 carat brilliant-cut diamond, and has been assigned a $100,000 to $150,000 auction estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image


Fun and interesting designs abound, and include pieces by well-known makers as well as other delightfully whimsical unsigned creations. A sapphire, ruby and diamond fish brooch modeled in 18K yellow gold and set throughout with sapphires, rubies and diamonds would make a fun addition to any collection; hailing from a private Beverly Hills, Calif., collection, the brooch carries a $6,000 to $8,000 estimate.



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This whimsical sapphire, ruby and diamond fish brooch modeled in 18K gold is expected to bring $6,000 to $8,000 at Moran’s May 23 Fine Jewelry auction. John Moran Auctioneers image


The second of the May 23 auction sessions is the first of three Studio Auction sessions scheduled on that date, and comprises jewelry lots across all design schools and price points. Like all property offered in Moran’s Studio Auction sessions, the majority of lots are offered at approachable price points, and are expected to appeal to new collectors and established buyers alike.

Moran’s May Studio Decorative Art Session features approximately 200 lots of art glass, silver, bronzes and other items spanning from the 18th century to the contemporary. Art glass by well-known European makers is expected to perform well throughout the Decorative session. A pair of visually arresting Daum frosted colorless pâte de verre vases, each in the form of an iris bloom, are conservatively estimated to bring $300 to $500.

The Studio Fine Art session comprises an array of works by American, European, Asian and Latin American artists. Selections include prints and multiples, oil paintings, watercolors and other mediums ranging from the 19th century through to the contemporary.

A few works from an eclectic private Glendora, Calif., collection are expected to perform well, including an icy blue watercolor Alaskan scene titled Portage Glacier III by artist Robert Earle Wood (1926-1999, Redlands, Calif.). A 1942 oil painting by Puerto Rico-born American painter Remie Lohse (1892-1947) depicting figures laying a pipeline offers an intriguing look at late Depression-era construction as propelled by the New Deal; the work (below) is expected to earn $1,000 to $1,500.


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Dating to 1942, this work by Remie Lohse is expected to earn $1,000 to $1,500 during Moran’s May 23 Studio Fine Art Auction. John Moran Auctioneers image


For details contact John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833.