MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will hold its Studio Fine and Decorative Arts sale on two days, May 18-19, starting at noon Pacific time on each day. The 500-plus lots offered on May 18 include treasures by established makers such as Tiffany Studios, Galle, Lalique, and Royal Doulton. The May 19 lineup will feature more than 200 lots of fine art from Winslow Homer, Roger Kuntz, and Nell Walker Warner, among others. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights include a charming pair of Spanish silver pheasants dating to the first quarter 20th century and marked Pasgorcy, Spain. Chased details capture the delicate and bold positioning of the feathers of the realistically rendered birds, which are estimated at $400-$600. Bird lovers will also be drawn to a Lalique Tete d’Aigle (Eagle Head) crystal mascot, or hood ornament, estimated at $300-$500. The frosted figure is signed Lalique, France and was made around 1978 or later.
While the Lalique crystal mascot may find itself a home on a fireplace mantel, another lot in the sale can be placed directly in front of the fire. A colorful English reverse-painted leaded glass fireplace screen has outswept feet and features a vase of roses in a gilt-metal frame. The shield-shaped screen is adorned with shades of amber, pink, and blue, and is estimated at $500-$700.
A pair of stately Royal Doulton Nasturtium stoneware vases still command attention. Dated circa 1902-1914, these vases feature a brilliant cobalt blue and proudly highlight the nasturtium flower. The vases are estimated at $500-$700.
Fine art selections include The Marketplace, a 1919 oil on canvas by Douglas Arthur Teed (American, 1864-1929), who began painting as a child. He spent a lot of time in the studio of the distinguished American landscape painter, George Inness, which may explain his affinity for stark contrast in his compositions. The Teed painting is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
Colin Campbell Cooper (American, 1856-1937) provides a direct contrast to Teed with his undated European Townscape, estimated at $800-$1,200. Cooper was most associated with architectural paintings of cities and their skyscrapers, as well as the hustle and bustle of everyday life. He might have painted the quiet nature-filled scene while he was on vacation.
Rounding out the fine art lineup is Eucalyptus Landscape by Nell Walker Warner (American, 1891-1970). Warner had a distinct palette filled with bold colors that captured light in an organic way. Although painted, the eucalyptus trees sway with movement, their shadows captured with mauves and purples. Eucalyptus Landscape is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
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