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Moran’s Studio Sale brings out California art March 24

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Ben Abril (1923-1995, Los Angeles), ‘Angel’s Flight,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Studio Sale on March 24 features fine and decorative art from all over the world. Ranging from the 18th century through the present, this studio sale has a little something for every taste. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A selection of California and American art is well represented at the auction. A grouping of Ben Abril’s coveted Los Angeles scenes is sure to appeal to collectors, chief among them is a scene of Angel’s Flight estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000 (above).

Sunny Hours a desert foothill scene from Paul Grimm is a beautiful example from the artist and is expected to sell within its $3,000-$4,000 estimate. A dramatic seascape from William Coulter, similar to a substantial work by the artist coming to the block during Moran’s California and American Fine Art auction April 9, is estimated at a more approachable price point of $2,500-$3,500 but is no less impressive (below).

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William Coulter (1849-1936 Sausalito, Calif.), a ship and sloop in rough waters, oil on canvas laid to canvas. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Moran’s image

Contemporary artworks and furnishings are sure to make a splash. A colorful abstract triptych from Taiwanese artist Yang Hsing-sheng will appeal to collectors of the aesthetic when it comes to the block for $2,000-$3,000.

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Yang Hsing-sheng (b. 1938, Taiwanese), untitled triptych, oil on canvas. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Moran’s image

Over the last year Moran’s has offered works from Los Angeles-based artist Jae Carmichael. A blue-hued abstract with figures will add a flair to the mid-century artworks in the auction when it hits the block with a $300-$500 estimate.

An iconic Mies Van Der Rohe “Brno” chair rounds out the selections of Modernist offerings with an estimate of $400-$600.

Traditional furnishings abound in the auction with a wide breadth of décor for collectors to choose from. A large collection of opaline glass can be found throughout the sale, including an unusual cased vanity box fitted with six jars. The box is estimated to bring between $300-$500.

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Cased opaline glass vanity box. Estimate: $300-$500. Moran’s image

A Haviland game service in an uncommon square shape is one of Moran’s favorite lots in the auction. The set is slated to bring $300-$500.

A Waterford crystal and English silver cruet set would make an elegant addition to any table. The set is expected to bring $500-$700 at the block.

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Waterford crystal and English silver cruet set. Estimate: $500-$700. Moran’s image

Other highlights include:

  • A Caucasus Bergamo rug, estimate: $1,000-$1,500.
  • A Regina double comb music box on stand, estimate: $1,200-$1,800.
  • A Japanese copper articulated crawfish, estimate: $300-$500.

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