Ladies first: John Moran devotes Oct. 25 sale to women artists

Henrietta Berk, ‘Floral Still Life,’ estimated at $3,000-$4,000

Henrietta Berk, ‘Floral Still Life,’ estimated at $3,000-$4,000

LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, October 25, beginning at 4 pm Pacific time, John Moran Auctioneers will present She Made It, its inaugural sale dedicated to female artists and makers in a wide variety of styles, mediums and subjects. Featuring jewelry, fine art, furniture and sculpture, the 92-lot auction has a range of estimates well-suited to the emerging as well as the established collector. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

After having recently achieved a world auction record of $187,500 in John Moran’s Summer Modern & Contemporary auction, Alice Baber will be offered again in the form of her 1975 work Swirl of Sounds-Wind, Rock and Sun. Baber was an American artist and a lesser-known figure from the Abstract Expressionist movement, but has since garnered mass appeal. The oil on canvas has an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Alice Baber, ‘Swirl of Sounds – Wind, Rock and Sun,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000

Alice Baber, ‘Swirl of Sounds – Wind, Rock and Sun,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000

Another fine art highlight comes from the Modernist landscape artist Henrietta Berk. She was famed for her still-life paintings of flowers, interiors and abstract landscapes, and has been exhibited in galleries worldwide. Celebrities including Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards and Kim Novak collected her works. Floral Still Life is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.

Elsa Tennhardt cocktail shaker, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

Elsa Tennhardt cocktail shaker, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

For collectors getting ready to host for the holidays, take notice of the silver-plated brass cocktail shaker from 1929, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. This piece exemplifies the prominent Art Deco influence found in American artist and designer Elsa Tennhardt’s work. The mirrored and shiny surfaces of Tennhard’s cocktail shaker can also be seen in her cocktail glasses, salt and pepper shakers and ice buckets. Her work is currently on display in the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Claude Lalanne vermeil mimosa leaf necklace, estimated at $5,000-$7,000

Claude Lalanne vermeil mimosa leaf necklace, estimated at $5,000-$7,000

Representing jewelry is a piece by the French artist Claude Lalanne, one of the art world’s longest-standing Surrealist pioneers. On offer is a vermeil necklace in the form of a realistic mimosa branch of leaves and flowers with leaf-shaped links, and has an estimate of $5,000-$7,000. This piece was made before Lalanne’s passing in 2019, so it was created by hand. Lalanne pieces from the 1980s and 1990s, such as this one, are always rare and cherished by collectors.

 

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