Made in Mexico Online returns to John Moran Feb. 7 with silver, fine art and jewelry

William Spratling sterling silver and rosewood cuff, estimated at $1,000-$1,500 at John Moran.

MONROVIA, Calif. – The next Made in Mexico Online event returns to John Moran Auctioneers on Wednesday, February 7 with more than 270 lots of Mexican-made or -inspired fine art, silver, and jewelry, including a large selection of William Spratling items sure to entice collectors. The complete catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

William Spratling (1900-1967) is today considered the ‘father of Mexican silver,’ and for good reason. In 1931, Spratling moved from his home in the United States to live full-time in Taxco, Mexico, with the intent of establishing a thriving silver industry adjoining nearby silver mines. The Spaniards had ramped up silver mining production after their conquest of the Aztecs, but by the 20th century, no real artisan craft industry existed. Spratling industrialized what had previously been considered a hand-crafted industry, and in so doing, created the modern Mexican silver jewelry industry as we know it today.

Moran’s sale includes 32 Spratling lots, and the one with the highest estimate is a spectacular cuff made from silver and rosewood. It dates to the transitional 1944-1946 period, when Spratling sold his firm to an American investor who would ultimately send the thriving business into bankruptcy. The cuff is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

The sale’s top-estimated lot is a circa-1940s sterling silver coffee and tea service consisting of six pieces and a serving platter. Marked R. J. / Sterling / 925 / Hecho en Mexico, the complete set weighs in at approximately 336.6 oz. troy. It is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.

Originally an apprentice to William Spratling, Antonio Pineda (1919-2009) was one of the first to branch out from Spratling’s Taxco works and into his own, thereby creating the next generation of Mexican silver jewelry. Moran has 16 Pineda lots, lead by a three-piece jewelry set that is apparently difficult to date – the lot notes give its numbers as ‘circa 1953-1979, Taxco, Mexico’. With a necklace and two matching earrings, the lot has an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

Legendary folk art dealer Fred Davis (1877-1961) had many American artists visit his vacation home in Cuernevaca, where they would produce paintings or take photographs that remain highly valuable to today’s collecting community. Aaron Kilpatrick (1872-1953) was a Canadian American painter of landscapes who created Across the Barranca during a 1925 visit to Davis. Labeled Cuernavaca, Mexico, August 1925 on the 24-by-30in painting’s stretcher, the Davis connection only adds to the artwork’s allure. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

John Moran’s Made in Mexico sale embraced arts of many Latin cultures

Jose Benitez Sanchez, ‘A Huichol Yarn Painting,’ $4,550
Jose Benitez Sanchez, ‘A Huichol Yarn Painting,’ $4,550
Jose Benitez Sanchez, ‘A Huichol Yarn Painting,’ $4,550

LOS ANGELES — John Moran Auctioneers presented its latest Made in Mexico auction on April 4. Bidders near and far showed interest in the 290-lot sale, which featured fine and decorative art and jewelry from Mexico as well as Cuba, Central and South America, and some from the Los Angeles Latino community.

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Mexican art and objects celebrated at John Moran, April 4

Large Tlaquepaque pottery oil jar, estimated at $1,000-$2,000
Large Tlaquepaque pottery oil jar, estimated at $1,000-$2,000
Large Tlaquepaque pottery oil jar, estimated at $1,000-$2,000

LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, April 4 at noon Pacific time, John Moran Auctioneers invites you to travel south of the border and experience the wide array of artisanal wonders in its Made in Mexico auction. This spring sale has more than 330 lots and will offer everything from fine art to folk art furniture, drink sets to saddles, and more than 150 lots of jewelry, including an impressive collection of Mexican silver designs. Featured artists and designers include Emilio Rodriguez Larrain, Arnold Belkin, William Spratling, Rene Contreraso Osio, Antonio Pineda and Matilde Poulat. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Spratling silver showcased at Moran’s Made in Mexico sale, Nov. 15

William Spratling Provincial six-piece tea set, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
William Spratling Provincial six-piece tea set, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
William Spratling Provincial six-piece tea set, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 10 am Pacific time, John Moran Auctioneers will present its next Made in Mexico sale, filled with fine art, pottery, jewelry, and a large collection of William Spratling silver from the well-known author Phyllis M. Goddard. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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High style underscored Moran’s Made in Mexico sale

Matl sterling silver and gem-set necklace, $5,312
Matl sterling silver and gem-set necklace, $5,312
Matl sterling silver and gem-set necklace, $5,312

LOS ANGELES – John Moran Auctioneers smashed records with its Made in Mexico Auction, which it presented during two non-consecutive days: Tuesday, February 15, and Thursday, February 17. The auction achieved a 133% result by value, with a 96% sell-through rate by lot.

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John Moran bi-annual ‘Made in Mexico’ sale set for Feb. 15

Mata Ortiz pottery jar by Juan Quezada, est. $2,000-$3,000
Mata Ortiz pottery jar by Juan Quezada, est. $2,000-$3,000

MONROVIA, Calif. – The first of John Moran Auctioneers’ bi-annual Made in Mexico auctions for 2022, scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, will feature more than 200 lots of mostly mid-20th century Mexican jewelry from all the preeminent designers, as well as a selection of Latin and Central American art, including Guatemalan, Peruvian, and Panamanian silver, pottery and woodwork. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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