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Estate of Tammis Day: special day at John Moran Auctioneers Oct. 3

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This diminutive example by French Expressionist painter Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) is expected to prove popular among collectors of modernist art. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. John Moran Auctioneers image


MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will present the Estate of Tammis Day, an auction event composed of nearly 500 lots of fine art, furniture, Western and Native American property, rare books, luxury goods, electronics, vehicles and many other treasures collected over a lifetime. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

All lots were selected from the estate of Tammis Day, who was the daughter of Willametta (Day) Keck and Robert Keck, and who until her death in 2016 was a vice president and trustee for the Willametta K. Day Foundation, and a member and director of the Keck Foundation. All proceeds from this auction will go toward the Tammis Day Foundation, a charitable organization that supports fine and performing arts programs.

Tammis Day was a woman of many passions, as buyers are sure to glean from the auction catalog. Her collections were wide-ranging, and testify to the nature of her ranch home home in Sula, Montana, as a calm oasis to which she could return when not fulfilling her duties toward her family’s foundations or working toward a master’s degree in poetry through the University of Tampa in Florida.

While buyers will find rare books of poetry, philosophy and prose, they will also find a fantastic selection of custom-made and high-end cowboy boots and hats, electronics and luxury goods. Tammis’ 1955 Ford F10 pickup will be sold at the auction, along with other ranch mainstays such as a Polaris Ranger Razor and vintage Ford model 9N tractor and a custom-ordered 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 RENNtech G600 SUV.

Contemporary art, photography and works by important California and American artists find purchase alongside Tiffany and Greuby lamps, fine silver and other high-end decorative objects.

One of a few important photographs to be offered from the estate, Margaret Bourke-White’s silver gelatin print titled A DC-4 Flying Over New York City is offered with a $6,000 to $8,000 estimate. Ansel Adams’s iconic image Woman Behind Screen Door, Independence, California, 1944 has a $2,000 to $3,000 estimate. The rare silver gelatin print is one from the edition of 110, and is plate 8 from Portfolio V.

Select objects and works of art carry provenance from the estate of Tammis’ mother, Willametta Keck Day, such as Bernard Buffet’s (1928-1999 French) diminutive oil painting of a perched bird (above). The work has been assigned a $15,000 to $20,000 estimate.

Decorative art highlights of the estate are diverse, but aficionados of early 20th century design should be pleased to find a large selection of Tiffany Studios table lamps in the catalog. A Tiffany Studios Spreading Daffodil art glass shade with a patinated urn-form Crutch base will make its way to the auction block with a $15,000 to $20,000 estimate (below). A Tiffany lamp in the Wild Rose pattern will also be offered, this example expected to bring $12,000 to $18,000.


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Just one of a number of outstanding examples of early 20th-century Tiffany Studios lighting to be offered, this ‘Spreading Daffodil’ art glass shade and patinated bronze base will be presented with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image


One of the more intriguing highlights is a 19th-century brass-inlaid traveling artist’s box by Parisian maker Alphonse Giroux & Cie. The box, which features a brass-inlaid Imperial Crown of Russia on the hinged cover, is said to have been a gift from the Duke Radziwill to the Russian Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna in the late 19th century. The box is in excellent condition and carries a conservative $1,500 to $2,000 estimate.


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This elaborately outfitted traveling artist’s box by Parisian maker Alphonse Giroux & Cie. has a conservative $1,500-$2,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image


High end luxury goods such as footwear and clothing range from Rodeo Drive mainstay brands to the more Western-centric, though luxury vehicles, sound equipment by companies such as Krell and camera bodies and lenses by Leica will also make their way to the auction block.

Presented in excellent condition, a Céline  calfskin mini luggage tote in mustard and black is offered with a $1,000-$,500 estimate.


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An array of luxury clothing and accessories will be available, including this calfskin handbag by Céline, estimated to earn between $1,000 and $1,500. John Moran Auctioneers image


A gorgeous pair of Montana state-themed women’s cowboy boots by well-known maker Lucchese are to be presented in nearly pristine condition. The Lucchese state boots were originally a project commissioned by Acme Boot Co. in 1949, and each state’s boots can still be special-ordered from the company (though there is a rather long waiting list). The pair shown below is offered with a conservative $600-$900 estimate.


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John Moran’s October 3rd Estate of Tammis Day auction will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Pacific time, 5 p.m. Eastern.

All of the nearly 500 lots are fully cataloged on LiveAuctioneers.

For additional details on any item in the sale contact John Moran Auctioneers at or 626-793-1833.


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