Many of the 200 cataloged lots were carefully culled from a fabulous private estate in Las Vegas, and are fit for a palace large or small.
In the category of fine furniture a number of standout pieces promise to turn out the bidders in full force. A stunning 18th century North Italian walnut cassone, ornately carved overall in foliate and floral designs and peppered with putti, is estimated to realize $2,000-$3,000 at the auction block. Also estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000 is a handsome rosewood and ebony-inlaid late 19th century Renaissance Revival library table featuring carved griffins and Corinthian column-form legs. In the Louis XVI-style is a pair of ormolu chenets, each cast as ewers with dolphin-form handles (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000), and a wonderful marble-top, ormolu-mounted cabinet by the renowned Parisian ébéniste Joseph-Emanuel Zweiner, bearing his stamp and also the stamp of the retailer Jansen. Moran’s is offering this marvelous example of the German/ French maker’s fine craftsmanship consigned from a private Southern California collection, for $3,000-$5,000.
Two Italian marble sculptures are alluring 19th century works of art. The first, a seated maiden in a flowing, sheer sheath, poses with an open book to her side. Signed “A. Fulli,” the sculpture carries an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. The second work, by Vittorio Caradossi (1861–1909), is offered at $10,000 to $15,000, and portrays a classical maiden inquisitively inspecting two doves that have alighted nearby.
Smaller decorative pieces are also sure to turn heads. An enchanting boxed set of cloisonné enamel tea pieces by noted Moscow maker Maria Semenova, composed of a sugar bowl, tongs, and creamer jug, exhibit an attention to detail (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000). A gorgeous Edwardian Boulle-style bronze-inlaid rosewood desk set will most likely find a buyer for a price of $2,000 to $3,000, and a Naploeon III ormolu-mounted, lapis-inlaid table casket from the Parisian firm of Tahan is expected to realize $2,500-$3,500.
Perhaps one of the most show-stopping pieces slated for sale is a monumental silvered bronze figural centerpiece, with ship’s prow-form handles at each end, and female allegorical figures perched atop each of the piece’s four corners. Measuring more than 3 feet across at its widest point, the centerpiece is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.
High quality Continental porcelain will also be well represented at the auction. A pair of Sevres-style white ground porcelain urns, decorated overall with polychrome floral garlands within cobalt and gilt borders and topped with foliate finials, is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. A silvered and gilt bronze-mounted porcelain casket with a cherub-headed scroll handle and painted with vignettes of courting couples in the manner of Watteau, is expected to achieve $7,000 to $9,000 at the block. Also included is a fantastic ormolu-mounted bisque porcelain centerpiece, depicting a goddess attended by three maidens and two cherubim (estimate: $7,000 to $9,000), and a very large and ornate Berlin / KPM covered vase depicting soldiers in various uniforms ($5,000 to $7,000).
Additional highlights include:
– An intriguing photographic print of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Moses P. Rice, showing the president at three-quarters view, looking directly into the camera lens (estimate: $800 to $1,200).
– A Victorian library globe by W. & A.K. Johnson, circa 1893, featuring a wood and paper equatorial rim carved with calendar and zodiac, a brass meridian ring, and a compass, centered at the base (estimate: $5,000 to $7,000).
– An Austrian cold-painted bronze lamp by Anton Chotka and modeled as a Bedouin and his musically inclined monkey (estimate: $1,500 to $2,000).
– A fine Parisian Street Scene by Edouard Cortes, titled Place Republicque, hailing from a private estate in San Diego (estimate: $7,000 to $9,000).
– An owl-form polychrome-glazed ceramic vase by Pablo Picasso (estimate: $5,000 to $7,000).
The cataloged session of this sale will begin at 3 p.m. PDT, with the uncatalogued Discovery Session to follow.
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