Moran Auctioneers to host modern art, design sales Nov. 13

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Fong Chung-Ray (b. 1934 Chinese), ‘89-32,’ acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s will present two Modern and Contemporary-focused sales on Nov. 13: a Prints & Multiples auction followed directly by a 20th Century Art & Design auction, which consists of 229 lots of fine art, furniture and decorative objects. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Furniture highlights from the 20th-century sale include two lots by master woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009, Alta Loma, California). One of the maker’s iconic spindle-back rocking chairs will head to the block with a $15,000 to $25,000 auction estimate (below). A less common example by the maker, a game table accompanied by four low-back armchairs, hails from the estate of California artist Millard Sheets, and has been assigned a $15,000 to $20,000 estimate.

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Sam Maloof spindle-back rocking chair, 1981. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

An Eames/Herman Miller lounge chair and ottoman (models 670 and 671 respectively) featuring black leather upholstery and rosewood shells have been valued at $1,500-$2,500. A malachite-veneered brass coffee table by celebrated New York metalworking house P.E. Guerin will surely find a number of interested bidders; the piece is conservatively estimated to bring between $5,000 and $7,000.

Works by European artists will be featured earlier in the catalog; modernist Françoise Gilot’s (b. 1921 French) pencil drawing Iris, I will head to the auction block with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate. Swedish/American sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) is represented in the catalog with a charming bronze sculpture of two women titled Systrarna [Sisters] (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).

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Carl (Wilhelm Emile) Milles, ‘Systrarna,’ bronze. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Contemporary Chinese artists Fong Chung-Ray (b. 1934) and Wei Jia (b. 1975) are each represented with large-scale abstract compositions in Moran’s Nov. 20th Century catalog. Fong Chung-Ray, who has lived in Taiwan for much of his life, is featured in the catalog with two acrylic paintings, each dating to the 1980s. The ethereal compositions are each offered with a $15,000 to $25,000 auction estimate (titles: 89-32 and 84-3). A mixed media composition by Wei Jia from his calligraphy series is based on the work of Yan Zhen-Qing; titled Chinese Calligraphers Series #46 has been assigned a $2,500 to $3,500 estimate.

Works by American artists include pieces in a wide range of styles and subjects. Robert Vickrey’s (1926-2011, Naples, Florida) intriguing painting of a trio of nuns walking by a wall mural with colorful balloons has been assigned a $6,000 to $8,000 estimate. Enoch Bolles (1883-1976 New Jersey/New York), who created hundreds of pinup illustrations for magazines, is featured in Moran’s 20th Century Art + Design catalog with a moody composition featuring a young woman curled up with a cigarette against a black background (estimate: $12,000-$18,000).

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Enoch Bolles, seated pinup girl, oil on canvas, 30 x 22 inches. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Russian-born painter Grigory Gluckmann (1898-1973, Los Angeles, California), known for his rich palette and the depth of his compositions, often painted dancers and female subjects with a soft touch. The November catalog features a work by the titled Before the Mirror, depicting a seated ballerina preparing for a performance.  Gluckmann has positioned his subject facing away from the viewer, not an uncommon choice for the artist (estimate: $12,000 to $18,000).

Additional works of art by artists from around the globe include:

– Gustavo Montoya’s (1905-2003 Mexican) Girl in a Pink Dress, which is slated to head to the block with a $6,000 to $8,000 estimate.

Bonding, an abstract portrait of a mother and child by Nigerian artist Gbenga Offo (b. 1957) (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

– Bolivian sculptor Marina Núñez Del Prado’s (1910-1995) carved and polished stone sculpture, aptly titled Bird (below), which has been assigned a $10,000 to $15,000 estimate.

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Marina Núñez Del Prado, ‘Bird,’ carved and polished stone. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

The 20th Century Art + Design auction is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Pacific time/5 p.m. Eastern. The Prints & Multiples auction will begin at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern.

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