Music boxes keynote to Moran’s auction Dec. 15
MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Dec. 15 Traditional Collector auction is sure to be a charming event with music boxes, fine art and furnishings filling the sale. Many of the lots come from three important Southern California collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Moran’s will bring to market several excellent music boxes all consigned from the important Southern California collection of Ralph and Gloria Schack. A sweet music box featuring a singing bird by famed maker Charles Bruguier of delicate enamel and vermeil comes to the block with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate (above).
An M. Welte & Sohn style 3 “Cottage” orchestrion has an impressive sound, evoking the feel of an orchestra. Housed in a wood case with glass viewing window, the orchestrion was expertly restored and heads to the block with a $200,000-$300,000 estimate (below). A gorgeous Regina Corona Style 34 has a beautiful sound and should easily sell within its $8,000-$12,000 estimate.
Fine furnishings from a seasoned collector made their way into the December sale. An impressive gilt-bronze and champlevé clock and garniture set is one of the most arresting sets Moran’s has had the privilege to handle in recent years. Designed to look like a fine carpet has been draped over the bases, the clock and garniture set is expected to bring between $50,000-$70,000 at auction.
A gorgeous gilt-bronze red marble urn with beautiful details heads to the block with an $8,000-$10,000 estimate. A playful gilt-bronze and alabaster sculpture of a dancing woman by sculptor Affortunato Gory is sure to sell within its $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
Important works of ships and seascapes come to the auction from the outstanding Kelton Foundation collection. A dramatic painting of “The General Goddard East Indianman with the Dutch Fleet,” painted in 1800 by British artist Thomas Luny is a masterwork from the artist. It comes to the block with an $80,000-$120,000 estimate (below). The historic Battle of Malacca straits is the subject of British artist Robert Dodd’s work coming to the block with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. American Antonio Jacobsen heads to the block with a beautifully rendered ship portrait of the Kroonland steamship, which is expected to sell for within its $7,000-$9,000 estimate.
Moran’s will end the year with their highly anticipated Fine Jewelry & Timepieces and Studio Jewelry auction on Dec. 10 preceded by a selection of Luxury, Couture & Accessories.
For upcoming highlights, online catalogues, and more information on these sales, visit Moran’s website: www.johnmoran.com. Bidding is now available online via Moran’s new mobile app Moran Mobile, available on both iOS and Android operating systems. Live bidding on a desktop is available through bid.johnmoran.com; bidding is also supported by telephone, absentee, or in person.