Moran’s gathers fresh-to-market favorites for April 28 auction

Portrait by Maria Verelst of a child with a pet spaniel

Maria Verelst, ‘The Pet Spaniel (Young Girl with Squirrel Spaniel)’, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

MONROVIA, Calif. — Moran‘s Traditional Collector Sale will take place on Wednesday, April 28 at noon, and the 313 lots offered will not disappoint. Absentee and live online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

A unique treasure awaits every taste, from continental porcelain and glass to a sizeable collection of bronzes. There will also be a splendid selection of Persian rugs and French Aubusson carpets ready to make an impact on any room.

A traditional sale would be incomplete without silver, and Moran’s has included an assortment of quality French, English, and American silver. Continental furnishings by Frances Linke as well as several French clocks round out this impressive sale.

In keeping with the spirit of tradition, its ladies first with a painting by artist Maria Verelst (Dutch, 1680-1744), shown at the top of this page. She was born in Vienna but relocated to London at the age of three. Her father, Harman Verelst, was a portrait and still life painter who taught and mentored her in the art form from a young age. Maria was also gifted in the language arts, and she used her linguistic skills to become a language teacher. The oil painting on offer, The Pet Spaniel (young girl with Squirrel Spaniel) has bold colors and dramatic lighting with delicate figures. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

A Meissen Bologner Hund porcelain dog figure.

Meissen, Bologner Hund dog figure, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

In keeping with the dog theme is the Meissen Bologner Hund porcelain dog. It was generated from German sculptor Johann Joachim Kandler, who worked as a modeler for Meissen for over 40 years. This porcelain Bolognese Terrier with light brown and white fur is beautifully rendered. The Meissen factory was established in 1710, but it continues to set the bar for European ceramics even today. The Bologner Hund carries a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

1958 Carroll Refracting Telescope

A 1958 Carroll refracting telescope, estimated at $10,000-$15,000

Next up is a real treat for any collector, especially those who love astronomy and admire 1950s technology. The 1958 Carroll refracting telescope was designed by George A Carroll, chief instrument engineer of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. Carroll was one of the 15 founding members of Stony Ridge Observatory, located in the heart of the breathtaking Angeles National Forest. He was the designer and principal builder of the 30-inch telescope made for Stony Ridge Observatory. It was the largest telescope he had ever built, and was responsible for discovering an asteroid in March of 2004 by Stony Ridge, which they named after him (144633 Georgecarroll).

The Carroll refracting telescope was consigned to Moran directly from the Carroll family. We are excited to give collectors this once in a blue moon opportunity to be linked to Carroll’s legacy and the ability to gaze into the heavens with intimate accuracy. The telescope is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Blue and white Sèvres-style French figural mantel clock

Blue and white Sevres-style French figural mantel clock, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

Another precision instrument worthy of attention is the picturesque blue and white Sevres-style French figural mantel clock adorned with gilt-bronze elements. The Grecian figure on the clock, possibly Lachesis, is holding a spindle and thread and sitting on top of a fountain. Lachesis was one of Zeus’ three daughters, and her role was to determine the length of life, which she measured with the spindle and thread. This mantel clock is a quality example in good condition and carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

François Linke marquetry flip-top game table

Francois Linke marquetry flip-top game table, estimated at $5,000-$7,000

Francois Linke was a prominent cabinetmaker and an ebeniste, a French term for artists who worked primarily with the ebony wood. His marquetry flip-top game table will undoubtedly bring out the competitive nature of any connoisseur. This excellent example of form following function and fun is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

Vallee de L'Eure by French painter André Vignoles

‘Vallee de L’Eure’ by French painter Andre Vignoles, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

Concluding our highlights is a work by Andre Vignoles (French, 1920-2017). Still life, landscape, and nature were constant themes within his work, but the painting style varies from Fauvist to Impressionist and even Primitive. The oil painting Vallee de L’Eure leans more towards his Fauvist sensibilities. It measures 51 by 38 1/2in. While viewing it closely, the forest shifts toward the abstract, causing lines to be blurred between foliage, branches, and brushstrokes. It carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.


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