MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will present its first Traditional Collector auction of 2022 on April 12, featuring more than 350 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
First among the highlights is an early Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and dating to the first quarter of the 20th century. This steamer trunk was created in Vuitton’s third London store at 149 New Bond Street in 1900 (the address is located on label). During the bygone eras of rail and ocean liner travel, Vuitton became the avant-garde visionary to trunk-design. The rectangular-shaped trunk on offer was made to withstand rigorous handling. It could endure being stacked inside the cargo holds of ships and the luggage racks of trains, and features a waterproof waxed canvas over wood exterior and sturdy iron hardware and lock plates. Vintage trunks made from this period that have such thoughtful details are uncommon.
Certain to draw spirited bidding is a pair of Meissen Schneeballen porcelain covered urns estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Schneeballen means “snowball” in German and refers to the bulbous clumps of flowers that are mounted onto the vase. The urns are also covered in thousands of handmade white mayflower blossoms throughout and adorned with colorful parrots, yellow buntings, and other small, colorful realistic birds. A timeless piece made with tender love and care, this work of porcelain artistry is even more incredible in person.
Another likely top lot is a Thomas Webb & Sons Victorian cameo glass oil lamp that carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,000. The unique acid-etched lamp is decorated with hawthorn tree motifs with leaves, berries, and flowers. Measuring 15.5in tall and 5.5in wide, the lamp stands out for its large size and extreme level of detail, which leaves little to no negative space. Thomas Webb & Sons designs were primarily small by nature due to the time-consuming artistic process required to etch multiple layers of glass.
Leading the selection of paintings in the April 12 auction is Jules Taupin’s (French, 1863-1932) oil on canvas La Toilette de la Mariee, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Scenes and subjects of the Middle East are often referred to as Orientalist, a style of genre, landscape and portrait painting that became especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was common for European artists such as Jules Taupin to paint scenes of Middle Eastern women living their day-to-day lives or conducting cultural or religious activities, but perceived and interpreted through a voyeuristic European lens. Depictions of harems, bath houses and odalisque portraits were favorite subjects, and La Toilette de la Mariee is a fine example of the form.
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