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Paintings, sterling silver exceed estimates at John Moran sale Nov. 18

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Friday, 05 December 2014 15:46

Dated to the 18th century, or possibly earlier, this Spanish wrought-iron mounted vargueno, a cabinet-desk with fall front, found popularity among online buyers, earning a final price tag of $11,637.50, well over the $3,000 to $5,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image

PASADENA, Calif. – The diverse offerings at John Moran Auctioneers’ Nov. 18 auction spanned an array of themes, decorative categories and countries of origin, including Continental silver, decorative arts, and furniture, American and Mexican silver, Modern prints and European paintings, Native American weavings and basketry, and Asian porcelain. The array of selections brought a large number of interested bidders to peruse the lots in person before bidding from the sales floor, an even larger number of Internet bidders.

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All sales figure include an approximately 20 percent buyer’s premium. Highlights were varied and some unexpected bidding wars ensued, however, Continental paintings, prints by Rufino Tamayo, and Tiffany’s Lap Over Edge flatware were in decidedly high demand.

Moran’s November catalog included a fabulous collection of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware in the Lap Over Edge pattern. Patented in 1880 and phased out circa 1934, the iconic Lap Over Edge flatware features acid etched and engraved designs of flora and fauna, and was meant to be assembled so that no one piece had the same design as another in the set. The Nov. 18 auction catalog featured 25 lots of Lap Over Edge in total (24 of which hailed from a single Southern California estate); each brought a selling price well within or above estimate, many going to a single private collector. A set of dinner knives and forks for 12, featuring handles decorated with sea creatures and flowers, earned $5,700 – within the estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Shortly after, a set of Lap Over Edge fish knives and forks, also for 12, each decorated with aquatic motifs, brought $7,200, equating to $300 per piece (estimate: $4,000- $6,000).

Mexican silver also proved enduring popularity with collectors. Three Hector Aguilar Aztec pattern sterling silver serving pieces, dated to 1955 – 1962, sold for $815.75 to an online buyer (est: $300 to $500). A hand wrought sterling silver flatware service for six by William Spratling, decorated with applied disks and bands of wrapped silver wire was assigned an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000, which was exceeded when the set sold to a Southern California collector for $11,400.

Select fine artworks earned stellar prices at the block. A work in oil on canvas by Dutch painter Jan Frederik Portielje (1829-1895), depicting an aristocratic woman feeding a finch, incited a bidding war between Internet bidders; the work finally sold for $9,840 to an Internet bidder via LiveAuctioneers (estimate: $4,000-$6,000). One of three portraits of Kinmont Hoitsma featured in the catalog, each executed by his former partner, artist Cecil Beaton (1904-1980 British) was a moody oil on canvas in subdued green, blue and purple hues. Expected to find a buyer for between $1,500 and $2,000, the painting went for $3,900. Paris Au Printemps by French painter Edouard Cortes (1882-1969), depicting pedestrians and carriages braving a rainy day before the Arc de Triomphe, carried an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. The work just exceeded expectations, going to an online bidder for $33,825. A charcoal drawing by renowned South African artist Irma Stern (1894-1966) also created a stir among Internet bidders. Executed in 1945 (possibly during the artist’s trip to Zanzibar in that year), the drawing depicts a seated, draped woman, and sold online for $2,250 (estimate: $2,000 to $3,000). Late in the sale, a number of lithographs by Mexico-born modernist Rufino Tamayo achieved excellent sale prices. Indicative of the group, one work titled Hombre, estimated to earn $2,000 to $3,000, found a new home with a floor bidder for $2,756.

Small Continental decorative items offered some great highlights, including a pair of Bohemain cranberry lusters, which proved popular online. Decorated to reserves around the castellated rim with female portraits (a somewhat rare decorative element for such items), this piece was assigned a conservative estimate of $1,500 to $2,000, which was surpassed when the lusters sold for $3,000. One of a number of clocks in the auction, a Napoleon III gilt-bronze mantel clock stamped for maker Henri Picard (French, 1840-1890) featuring a spherical clock face and two lounging putti earned $5,020 at the block (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). Four lots composed of various sizes of charming porcelain pugs were offered in this auction – one lot included four figures by Meissen in a range of size and postures; the lot sold for $1,440 (estimate: $400 to $600). A jeweled Royal Vienna-style plate, hand-painted to the central reserve with diaphanously draped seated beauties, sold for $2,040 (estimate: $1,000- $1,500). While apparently unsigned, two cased miniature portraits on porcelain drew great attention from buyers across the United States and beyond. Inspiring a small bidding war between Internet bidders, the lot brought an impressive $2,280 (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Select furniture items brought interested parties out in force to the sales floor, including a Spanish wrought-iron mounted vargueno, which dates to the 18th century or earlier. Beautifully polychrome painted with bone inlay and gilt highlights, the piece was assigned a $3,000-$5,000 estimate, with a floor bidder casting the successful high bid, totaling $11,637.50. Pieces in the elegant Louis XVI style earned strong prices, such as the French gilt bronze-mounted mahogany vitrine attributed to celebrated cabinetmaker Francois Linke (1855-1946). While unsigned, the high level of craftsmanship helped push the sale price to $4,200 (estimate: $2,500-$4,000). A handsome pedestal clock, based on the model housed in the Empress Eugenie’s study during the reign of Napoleon III, with mounts signed by Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley (1805-1882 French), earned a $60,000 price (estimate: $30,000-$50,000). Sure to make a striking addition to one online buyer’s private collection, a Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze mounted marquetry table sold for $2,337, just over the $1,500 to $2,000 estimate.

Hand-painted Berlin KPM plaques never cease to excite buyers at John Moran Auctions. One such example, depicting a full-length portrait of Queen Louise von Mecklenburg-Strelitz of Prussia (after the work by early 19th century German artist Gustav Richter) was expected to sell between $5,000 and $7,000. The piece sold for $11,025.

Late in the auction, the sale of a highly anticipated late Classic Period Navajo child’s wearing blanket inspired a number of interested parties to bid via telephone. One such telephone bidder was the successful high bidder, taking ownership of the raveled American flannel and indigo-dyed green wool textile for a total of $19,200 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

A matched pair of Persian Isfahan rugs dating to the 1940s and each inscribed “Hekmad Nejad” to cartouches at the lower end earned a price above the $5,000-$7,000 estimate, selling for $13,200.

Any questions or inquiries may be directed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to Moran’s offices via telephone: 626-793-1833.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Dated to the 18th century, or possibly earlier, this Spanish wrought-iron mounted vargueno, a cabinet-desk with fall front, found popularity among online buyers, earning a final price tag of $11,637.50, well over the $3,000 to $5,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image

One of 25 lots of Tiffany & Co.’s Lap Over Edge flatware, this set of fish forks and knives for 12 brought $7,200, equaling $300 per piece in the set. John Moran Auctioneers image

This portrait of American-born Olympic fencer and English literature teacher Kinmont Hoitsma by his partner, British artist Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), was expected to bring $1,500 to $2,000; the painting sold for $3,900. John Moran Auctioneers image

This untitled charcoal drawing by Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) found a buyer for $2,823.75 at Moran’s Nov. 18 auction. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

This Henri Picard clock in the Napoleon III style was assigned an estimate of $3,000-$5,000, and brought $5,020. John Moran Auctioneers image

Handwoven from raveled American flannel and indigo-dyed green wool, this circa 1870-1880 late Classic Period Navajo child’s wearing blanket found a buyer for $19,200 at John Moran’s November Auction. Estimate: $5,000 to $7,500. John Moran Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 17:44
 

Clars auction tops $2.5M, sets record for Diebenkorn artwork

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:42
The highlight of the fine art category and second highest lot of the sale was this European work, ‘Portrait of the Young Woman.’ This oil on board by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1864-1934) soared past its estimate of $30,000-$50,000 to a monumental price of $95,200. Clars Auction Gallery image OAKLAND, CA – The exceptional results realized at Clars’ Nov. 15-17 Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Art sale evidenced once again, the global market demand for investment-level art and antiques. The three-day sale generated more than $2.5 million, making it Clars’ largest November sale in their history and fourth largest sale overall. Bidding was strong across categories with some exciting surprises and a new world record set.

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Furniture & Decorative Arts

The top lot of the sale that drew strong international attention and had multiple phone, floor and online bidders, was a Chinese gilt bronze triple-fusee eight-bell musical automaton bracket clock. The clock featured an enamel dial with Roman markers fronting the engraved quarter-strike movement and the automaton, which played hourly and depicted the eight immortals rotating around the crown. The lower section, showing foreign contributors to the court, was further decorated with waterfalls, rivers and moving ducks, all depicted in motion, with a rear glass window revealing the detailed movement with fine engraved embellishments, and the whole rising on cabriole legs, 34.5 inches high. Prior to the sale, the clock was estimated to achieve $25,000-$30,000 but aggressive bidding drove the final sale price to an astounding $130,900. Regarding the final sale escalating to over four times its high estimate, Deric Torres, vice president and director of furniture and decorative arts, commented that “the clock's advanced movement and scarcity definitely contributed to the aggressive global competition for this piece.”

Close to doubling its estimate was a monumental and important Hawaiian koa wood poi bowl (calabash), 18th century, which sold to an advanced local collector for $23,800. This bowl was the largest to surface at public auction on record, measuring 14.5 inches high by 17.5 inches wide. Selling for the high estimate to an East Coast collector was a pair of French Louis XV-style marble and ormolu mounted urns, 19th century, attributed to Maison Millet, Paris.

Turning to furniture, the highlight was an important seven-piece Emile Galle bedroom suite in the Art Nouveau taste, late 19th / early 20th century. Complete Galle bedroom suites are rare, and this suite sold well for $29,000. A pair of Italian Baroque inlaid commodes, late 17th century, also performed within estimate, selling for $10,700.

Modern furniture continued to bring strong prices, with the highlight being a Philip and Kelvin Laverne patinated bronze low table, having a rectangular scenic top depicting stylized Modernist figures. This form, which has only surfaced on three occasions at auction, realized $13,100. Furthering the modern offerings was a selection of Warren Platner furniture, including a dining suite and a pair of ‘1725’ easy chairs with ottoman. This group sold well for $16,400.

Fine Art

The highlight of the fine art category and second highest lot of the sale was the European work Portrait of the Young Woman. This oil on board by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1864-1934) soared past its estimate of $30,000-$50,000 to achieve a monumental price of $95,200. With Israels leading the way, Dutch paintings fared well in general with Church Interior (1673), by Daniel de Blieck (1620-1673) fetching $22,610 and a delicate still life by Simon Pietersz Verelst (1644-1721) realizing $13,100. As Rick Unruh, vice president and director of fine art at Clars remarked, “The extraordinary provenance of both the Israels and the De Blieck being associated with renowned art dealer Jacques Goudstikker made these two paintings very desirable to our global clients.”

Continuing the surge of European art sales, a large yet mesmerizing oil on canvas titled, Twins by Norwegian artist, Odd Nerdrum (b. 1944), achieved an impressive $71,400, the highest price paid at auction for this artist in the United States. Russian paintings sold solidly. The highlight of that category was a bold and vibrant painting by Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Bel'sky (1868-1945) titled, Path Through the Birches, which fetched a surprising $20,230 thanks to competition from all over the world.

World records are indeed remarkable achievements. Clars broke yet another in the art world on Nov. 16 with a spectacular color etching with aquatint and drypoint by Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922-1993) titled Red-Yellow-Blue (1986), achieving $47,600. Second to Diebenkorn’s result in the postwar, modern and contemporary prints category was Pepto-Caviar Hollywood (1970), a most unusual screenprint with Pepto-Bismol and caviar in colors by Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937) which eased the stomachs of global bidders coming in at an impressive $16,660. Finally rounding out the impressive postwar American category was Louise Nevelson’s (American, 1899-1988), Untitled, 1957, painted wood sculpture, that achieved a solid $47,600.

Asian Art & Antiques

The Asian art and antiques offerings generated over $500,000, fueled in great part by the demand for the Chinese huanghuali furniture. The highest selling piece was a huanghuali rounded corner cabinet, which came to the sale with an estimate of $25,000-$45,000 but sold for $77,400. More than doubling the high estimate, a pair of Chinese huanghuali hardwood armchairs that featured an openwork lattice pattern achieved $65,000. The additional huanghuali furniture offered from the collection of an American diplomat accounted for a total of $400,000. A Chinese jade handling piece carved with prunus, 2 inches wide by about 3 inches high, also performed well selling for $10,300 to an Internet bidder via LiveAuctioneers.com

Jewelry & Timepieces

The jewelry and timepieces category performed brilliantly in November. The top dazzler was a pair of diamond and platinum hoop earrings signed G. Arzilli, Italy, which achieved $44,600. Patek Philippe commanded second place with an Art Deco enamel and diamond lapel watch, circa 1925, commanding $35,700. Selling for the same price was another Art Deco design, a stunning sapphire, diamond and platinum French bracelet, circa 1920. Coming in just below, was a jadeite, diamond and platinum ring that achieved $32,700.

Clars Auction Gallery’s next Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will be held Dec. 13- 15. For more information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
The highlight of the fine art category and second highest lot of the sale was this European work, ‘Portrait of the Young Woman.’ This oil on board by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1864-1934) soared past its estimate of $30,000-$50,000 to a monumental price of $95,200. Clars Auction Gallery image This rare Chinese gilt bronze triple-fusee eight-bell musical automaton bracket clock more than tripled its high estimate due to aggressive global bidding. It sold for over four times its high estimate, achieving $130,900. Clars Auction Gallery image This monumental poi bowl (calabash), 18th century, sold for almost twice its estimate for $23,800. Clars Auction Gallery image Executed in the Art Nouveau taste, this important Emile Galle bedroom suite achieved an impressive $29,000. Clars Auction Gallery image ‘Twins’ by Norwegian artist, Odd Nerdrum (b. 1944), achieved an impressive $71,400. Clars Auction Gallery image Clars set another record in the art world for Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922-1993) with his spectacular color etching with aquatint and drypoint, ‘Red-Yellow-Blue (1986),’ which sold for $47,600. Clars Auction Gallery image The highest selling piece in the Asian offerings was this huanghuali rounded corner cabinet that came to the sale with an estimate of $25,000-$45,000 but sold for $77,400.Clars Auction Gallery image More than doubling the high estimate, this pair of Chinese huanghuali hardwood armchairs achieved $65,000. Clars Auction Gallery image The reigning highlight of the jewelry offerings was this pair of diamond and platinum hoop earrings, G. Arzilli, Italy, set with rectangular step cut diamonds totaling approximately 36.50 carats. The pair sold for $44,600. Clars Auction Gallery image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:05
 

Guests received VIP treatment at Palm Beach Modern’s Nov. 1 Art Auction

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:05
The catered luncheon included a dessert table with cookies shaped like artists’ palettes, and Rice Krispy treats resembling paintbrushes dipped into paint. Palm Beach Modern Auctions imageWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On November 1st, Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) held a $650,000 auction of modern art, decorative art and sculpture, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. But if you had blinked, you might have thought the ruby slippers had just transported you to Hollywood for a red-carpet soiree.

Outside, there was complimentary valet service. Whether arriving in a Rolls or a minivan, everyone was treated like royalty arriving for a state event. Just inside the door, three staff members greeted guests and directed them into the exhibition space, which was filled with the types of modern and contemporary art so popular with south Florida’s rich and famous. Everything looked sleek, chic and ready to be white-glove-transported to one of those fabulous abstract glass mansions that dot the islands and coastline of the Sunshine State.

Known for their gracious hospitality – in addition to their expertise in modern and contemporary art – PBMA co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger outdid themselves with a complimentary catered, art-theme spread that included:

• Sun-dried tomato wraps with yellow curried chicken salad or grilled veggies, pesto and goat cheese for the vegetarians

• Yellow bell pepper wraps with roast beef, horseradish cream, spinach and arugula

• Green spinach wraps with oven-roasted turkey, spinach, roasted red bell peppers and bacon

• Individual crudités of colorful fresh veggies with Green Goddess dip

• Roasted orzo salad and multi-colored vegetable chips

• And for dessert – frosted butter cookies shaped like artists’ palettes, mini cupcakes, and dipped Rice Krispy treats shaped like paint brushes on stick

More than 100 registered bidders were in attendance for the 300-lot Art & Sculpture Auction, with another 442 bidders from 15 countries participating online through LiveAuctioneers. The phone lines buzzed with activity from bidders in Switzerland, Italy, France, Kuwait, Austria, Spain, Canada, Brazil, and of course, the USA. Records were set throughout the sale for works by individual artists. "There wasn’t a hint of weakness noticeable in any category, but sculptures put in an especially strong performance," said Baca, who also presided as auctioneer. The auction total was $650,000 (all prices quoted include 20% buyer's premium).

A few of the items believed to have set auction records included:

Lot 125 – Monumental Harry Bertoia sculpture, $48,800 ($40,000 hammer) (record for Bertoia sculpture using “spill cast” technique)

Lot 116 – Hisao Domoto painting, $43,200 ($36,000 hammer) (record for the artist)

Lot 132 – Jesus Rafael Soto wall sculpture, signed edition, $21,960 ($18,000 hammer) (record for a form from this edition)

Lot 119 – Henry Moretti original sculpture, $8,540 ($7,000 hammer) (record for the artist)

Lot 108 – Original Paul Jenkins artwork, $12,200 ($10,000 hammer) (record for a black and white ink-on-paper work by this artist)

Lot 117 – Renato Freitas original abstract painting, $13,420 ($11,000 hammer) (contemporary artist, first time at auction)

Lot 186 – Pair of Wilhelm Kage “Argenta” chargers, $4,270 ($3,500 hammer) (artist record for this particular form)

Although not a world auction record, the $25,620 ($21,000 hammer) price paid for Lot 256, an Angel Botello painting, was a head-turner.

You didn’t have to spend a fortune to acquire a quality modern or contemporary artwork, as there were some very nice editions available. Three signed “Structure” silkscreens by Larry Dinkin (first time at auction) went for $1,830 ($1,500 hammer) each. Another auction first-timer was Gavin Rain, whose signed and boxed lithograph – perhaps an homage to Marilyn Monroe – achieved $976 ($800 hammer). A large and super-cool abstract tapestry by Brazilian artist Genaro de Carvalho (1926-1971) went for $3,416 ($2,800 hammer).

“We were very pleased with the results of our first art-only auction,” Baca said. “Overall, there was incredible growth, including in the number of bidders and average price realized per lot. We attribute a lot of this success to the effort our team puts into every step of the auction process, from designing a beautiful catalog to creating a really nice atmosphere for those who attend our sales in person. And, of course, we work very hard to obtain consignments that are exactly what collectors are seeking in today’s marketplace.”

To contact Palm Beach Modern Auctions, call 561-586-5500 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog for Palm Beach Modern's Nov. 1 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
The catered luncheon included a dessert table with cookies shaped like artists’ palettes, and Rice Krispy treats resembling paintbrushes dipped into paint. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Three monumental Harry Bertoia sculptures were offered, including (at center) one that set an auction record for a work by the artist using the spill cast technique. It sold for $48,800 ($40,000 hammer). Palm Beach Modern Auctions image A massive Red Grooms (American, b. 1937-) painting titled ‘Franz Kline’ dominated one wall in the exhibition center. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Hisao Domoto’s (Japanese, b. 1928-) painting titled ‘…De Cotinuite’ sold for $43,920 ($36,000 hammer), which is believed to be a an auction record for the artist. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image A monumental Eric Grate (1896-1983) bronze outdoor sculpture made a big impression on auction guests. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image An Ernest Trova screen or room divider – a commissioned piece – looked fantastic in a composition that included a pair of crimson Gio Ponti armchairs, which were to be sold in a subsequent auction, on November 22nd. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image  Works by contemporary Chinese artist Zhou Weihua (b. 1970-), shown on wall at left, and Alexander Calder (right, top and bottom) added pop to this corner. Table and chairs by Rudi Bonzanini were to be sold in PBMA’s Nov. 22 auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Jesus Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005), sculpture of metal and wood, $21,960 ($18,000 hammer), a record for a form from this particular edition. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:57
 

American Indian crafted jewelry in high demand at Allard auction

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:00
Early 1970s 14K gold necklace with custom beads, squash blossoms and spiderweb turquoise stone. Price realized: $5,750. Allard Auctions Inc. image MESA, Ariz. – An early 1970s 14K gold necklace set with a #8 spiderweb turquoise stone sold for $5,750 at Big Fall Phoenix, an auction held Nov. 8-9 by Allard Auctions Inc. Approximately 800 lots of American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles came up for bid.

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The original, one-of-a-kind, 26-inch-long necklace – co-designed by Andrew of Scottsdale and Alexander, Artist in Gold – boasted 26 custom beads and squash blossoms. The naja – the inverted crescent pendant on squash-blossom necklaces, a term coined by the Navajo – was set with a beautiful turquoise stone. The sides were Lone Mountain. The necklace was the top lot of the auction.

“Jewelry was strong across the board, so it didn’t surprise me the necklace did well,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions Inc. “Rugs and weavings were also a hit and a couple of the beadwork pieces from a collection in Nebraska got attention.” Some of the other major categories included handmade baskets, Kachina carvings, pottery and clothing. Allard called the auction a success.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. For publication purposes, all prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium, although the percent may have actually been different on some items, depending on how the bid was placed.

A rare, circa-1980s black-on-black San Ildefonso water bowl, or “spirit bowl,” by Carmelita Dunlap, with cutout access and accompanying ladle changed hands for $2,587. Its cut-in steps represented kiva steps. The bowl was in very good condition except for a tiny scratch and measured 7¼ inches by 11¼ inches.

An early 20th century, hand-crafted white buckskin Mandan war shirt set with matching leggings – both items featuring colorful, finely quilled ornaments, human hair suspensions and painted horseshoes – hammered for $1,840. The set was in excellent condition. The shirt measured 34 inches by 29 inches, while the leggings measured 35 inches by 12 inches.

A circa-1900 deep hard-sided Klickitat basket with intact rim loops and an interior containing 18 rare female figures, in fine condition, rose to $2,300. A Navajo rug made by Agatha Garnenez and measuring 38 inches by 66 inches, with some details – a Two Grey Hills runner – went for $1,955. The weaving won an award at the 1962 Arizona State Fair.

An outstanding pair of fancy parade gloves, or gauntlets, with extended beaded tops having fine floral motifs, well-worn but with the beadwork in very good condition, realized $2,587; and a circa 1970s all-silver squash-style cross Pueblo necklace with sandcast features, turquoise stones and early bench-made dime beads, 33 inches long and in very good condition, breezed to $1,840.

An early 1900s pair of sinew sewn and lazy stitch Arapaho beaded hard-soled moccasins, with a great design and only minor bead loss, went for $1,840. A hand-carved “Tlingit Chief” Shonaha doll, wearing a Chilkat blanket and with a fine Lelooska carved Potlach hat and staff, hit $2,185. A circa-1900 old sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded two-sided buffalo hide Sioux pipe-and-tobacco bag with traditional geometric designs and faded quilled slat suspensions made $2,415.

Allard Auctions Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Mont., has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles at auction since 1968. The firm is always accepting quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, call them at 406-745-0500 or 888-314-0343; or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Early 1970s 14K gold necklace with custom beads, squash blossoms and spiderweb turquoise stone. Price realized: $5,750. Allard Auctions Inc. image Beautiful hand-crafted white buckskin Mandan war shirt and matching leggings, circa early 1900s. Price realized: $1,840. Allard Auctions Inc. image Rare black-on-black San Ildefonso water bowl, or spirit bowl, by Carmelita Dunlap, circa 1980s. Price realized: $2,587. Allard Auctions Inc. image Early 1900s pair of sinew sewn and lazy stitch Arapaho beaded hard-soled moccasins, with only minor bead loss. Price realized: $1,840. Allard Auctions Inc. image Outstanding pair of fancy parade gloves, or gauntlets, with extended beaded tops having fine floral motifs. Price realized: $2,587. Allard Auctions Inc. image Circa-1900 deep hard-sided Klickitat basket with intact rim loops and an interior containing 18 rare female figures. Price realized: $2,300. Allard Auctions Inc. image Navajo rug made by Agatha Garnenez and measuring 38 inches by 66 inches. Price realized: $1,955. Allard Auctions Inc. image Circa 1970s all-silver squash-style cross Pueblo necklace with sand cast features and turquoise stones. Price realized: $1,840. Allard Auctions Inc. image Hand-carved ‘Tlingit Chief’ Shonaha doll, wearing a Chilkat blanket with a fine Lelooska carved Potlach hat and staff. Price realized: $2,185. Allard Auctions Inc. image Circa 1900 old sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded two-sided buffalo hide Sioux pipe-and-tobacco bag. Price realized: $2,415. Allard Auctions Inc. image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:32
 

Jeffrey Evans auction underscores demand for Southern Americana

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:38
Wythe County, Va., folk art watercolor and ink on paper fraktur birth and baptismal record, circa 1819, attributed to the Wild Turkey artist. Price realized: $27,600. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Nov. 15 auction of Americana and Southern Decorative Arts demonstrated that the demand for exceptional pieces continues to surge. Even more importantly, however, the strength of bidding at the sale on items across multiple categories, from pottery to furniture to folk art, surprised more than a few and seemed to signal some degree of revitalization in the overall marketplace for art and antiques

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One of the more important pieces in the sale, a rare folk art fraktur birth and baptismal certificate, created by the so-called “Wild Turkey Artist” and made in 1819 for Anna Magdalena Scherertz, of Wythe County, Va., achieved the auction’s highest price. Very few fraktur birth and baptismal certificates by this artist have come on the market, and this one, with its vibrant, mirror-image tulips, facing turkeys, hearts, and other designs, was in remarkably well-preserved condition. Bidders battled aggressively for the piece, which sold for $27,600 against a conservative estimate of $8,000-$12,000 (Lot 495).

Another important piece, a rare half-plate daguerreotype, circa 1856, of “Main Street, Richmond, Va.” sold for $21,850, 10 times its high estimate. One of only a handful known from the period, the view of Main Street revealed many identifiable shops, including the “J.W. Randolph Book Bindery” and the “W. Allen Tailor, Gentlemen’s Furniture Store.” This stunning rooftop perspective of the city, taken on the eve of the American Civil War, generated interest from institutions and private collectors alike (Lot 346).

JSE & Associates continues to shape the market for top-quality Southern material, and this sale was no exception. Not surprisingly, two pieces of Virginia furniture stole the hearts of collectors and dealers. One, a rare and important Petersburg, Va., corner/smoking chair, circa 1765-1785, carved in scarce cherry or applewood, and in fine overall condition, sold for $20,700 to one of several phone bidders competing for the lot. The other, a fine Norfolk, Va., or northeastern North Carolina Chippendale mahogany barrel-back corner cupboard, circa 1790-1810, with complex glazing pattern and in excellent estate condition, sold for $18,400, twice the high estimate (Lots 409 and 439).

The sale also included a large selection of stoneware and earthenware, and was highlighted by the important collection of the late Eddie Wilder of Alexandria, Va. Wilder had steadfastly studied and pursued Alexandria stoneware for decades, and his efforts culminated in the 2007 publication Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, the definitive reference on that region’s 19th century stoneware production.

Selections from the Wilder collection performed very well in the sale and were highlighted by an iconic 4-gallon jug, circa 1825-1831, marked “H. Smith & Co.” for Hugh Smith’s Wilkes Street pottery in Alexandria. With rare cobalt floral decoration, the piece sold for $12,650 to a major Virginia collector, against an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. Pottery in other categories, ranging from slip-decorated earthenware to regional stoneware, was strong as well and included several surprises. The most conspicuous example, a 3-gallon jar (circa 1817-1850) from the Richmond, Va., area with simple cobalt decoration, attributed to Samuel Wilson and/or his associates, sailed past its $100-$200 estimate and ultimately sold for $8,025, setting a new record far above previous results for similar jars (Lots 1 and 113).

After the auction, Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “Needless to say we are extremely pleased with the results of this auction. Southern material continues to perform strongly, especially when thoroughly researched and well documented. The biggest surprise for us was the amount of interest in the brown furniture we offered, which resulted in very respectable prices, some reminiscent of the prerecession market. I think people are beginning to recognize the great values that are available in this and other categories, and have decided to begin taking advantage of the great bargains.”

Evans added, “We keep our estimates on the very conservative side in order to engage bidders which usually results in spirited bidding. Only three of the 897 lots in the auction were passed and the auction total came in at double the preauction low estimate.” Evans also noted that his firm has already secured several very important Southern objects for their next Americana and Southern auction in June 2015.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Wythe County, Va., folk art watercolor and ink on paper fraktur birth and baptismal record, circa 1819, attributed to the Wild Turkey artist. Price realized: $27,600. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image Half-plate daguerreotype, circa 1856, of Main Street, Richmond, Va., featuring signage for J.W. Randolph Book Binder and other establishments. Price realized: $21,850. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image Petersburg, Va., Chippendale carved cherry or applewood corner / smoking chair, circa 1765-1785. Price realized: $20,700.  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image Stamped ‘H. Smith & Co.’ Alexandria, Va., decorated 4-gallon stoneware jug, circa 1825-1831. Price realized: $12,650. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:09
 

‘Moonwalk’ a giant leap for Warhol at Gray’s contemporary auction

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:33

Andy Warhol’s screenprint 'Moonwalk' sold for $120,000, a new record for this artwork. Gray's Auctioneers image.

CLEVELAND – Gray’s kicked off their first postwar and contemporary auction on Nov. 5, setting records on the day leading to the second biggest auction in the auction house’s eight-year history. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Leading the sale was Andy Warhol’s iconic screenprint Moonwalk depicting Buzz Aldrin in neon pink standing on the moon next to the American flag. Setting a new record at $120,000, this is the highest price achieved yet at auction for this work, well above its $40,000-$60,000 estimate. The proceeds from the sale of this piece from collectors Ann and Norman Roulet, will benefit the Cleveland Institute of Art’s new Ann & Norman Roulet Student and Alumni Gallery.

Steven Campbell’s monumental Young Camper Discovering Grotto in the Ground also soared, fetching $19,200, a new record for the Scottish artist. Todd Murphy’s King of the Birds from 1990 sold for $31,200, setting a world record for this artist.

Other notable sales included David Hockney’s Rain, from the Weather Series, 1973, which sold for $28,800; Francis Bacon’s August Series triptych, $31,200; and Gerhard Richter’s 1998 Guildenstern brought $36,000.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers conducts live auctions every month, accepts consignments daily and offers complimentary valuations for the community every day. For more information contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Andy Warhol’s screenprint 'Moonwalk' sold for $120,000, a new record for this artwork. Gray's Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:44
 

Odundo, Rie vessels top Cowan’s contemporary ceramics auction

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:20

Lucie Rie (1902-1995; Austria/UK), ‘Flared Rim Bottle,’ circa 1986, stoneware; soft pink and gray crater glaze, 9 1/2 inches high. Sold for $12,300, inclusive of buyer’s premium, to a bidder through LiveAuctioneers. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. modern and contemporary ceramics auction on Nov. 7, 2014 saw high prices for well-known artists such as Lucie Rie, Magdalene Odundo, George Nakashima, Akio Takamori and Michael Lucero. Following the ceramics sale was Cowan’s 20th century art and design sale, which highlighted exceptional pieces of mid-century and contemporary design, fine art, works on paper, photography and art glass.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

The highest selling lot in the auction was a work titled Black Flared Rim Vessel by Magdalene Odundo, which sold for $30,000. Born in Nairobi, Odundo received her early education in both India and Kenya before traveling to England in 1971 to continue her training. She worked in Nigeria and Kenya to study traditional hand-built pottery techniques, and eventually found herself in New Mexico observing the making of blackware vessels.

A Flared Rim Bottle by Lucie Rie (1902-1995; Austria/UK) sold for $12,300 to LiveAuctioneers bidder. The 9 1/2-inch stoneware bottle exhibited a soft pink and gray crater glaze.

Pieces by Michael Lucero had a strong showing in the auction. A teapot titled Smoke in Eye sold for $8,400, and another pot, titled Chameleon on the House realized $7,800. Both vessels belong to Lucero’s series of teapot forms that both abstracted the shape and added his bright glazed palette to create something more than a teapot.

Other vessels that garnered high prices in the ceramics portion of the auction included a vessel by Akio Takamori, titled Female Bather with Mirror, $9,225; a work by Beatrice Wood titled Superb Gold Luster Chalice, $8,400; a work by Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye titled Exceptional Untitled Turquoise Form, $7,800; and a teapot by Adrian Saxe, $6,600.

The highest selling lot in the 20th century art and design auction was a George Nakashima table lamp, which brought $13,200, nearly tripling its estimate of $5,000-$7,000.

Additional notable lots included a Steuben Mosaic side table that sold for $7,800, a Dino Martens Oriente vase realized $7,800, a Tiffany Studios Nautilus desk lamp sold for $6,600, and a drypoint by Martin Lewis realized $6,600.

For more information about the auction contact Sam Cowan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Cowan’s Auctions at 513-871-1670.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lucie Rie (1902-1995; Austria/UK), ‘Flared Rim Bottle,’ circa 1986, stoneware; soft pink and gray crater glaze, 9 1/2 inches high. Sold for $12,300, inclusive of buyer’s premium, to a bidder through LiveAuctioneers. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image

Magdalene Odundo (1950; Kenya; USA), ‘Black Flared Rim Vessel,’ 1991, reduction fired earthenware; 14.5 inches high, artist ‘Odundo’ signature and date incised on base. Sold for $30,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image

George Nakashima (1905-1990) table lamp, Nakashima Studios, parchment shade on English oak burl and holly base, 30 3/4 inches high. Sold for $13,200. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image

Akio Takamori (1950; Japan/USA), ‘Female Bather with Mirror,’ circa 1984, stoneware vessel, 23 inches high, artist signature on reverse. Price realized: $9,225. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:41
 

Rare guns & frontier relics led Morphy's Wild West Museum sale

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 10:48

Winchester shell advertising display board, top lot of the sale, $19,200. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Aficionados who attended Morphy’s Oct. 31-Nov. 2 sale of contents from Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum came away with a well-honed sense of what life was like in America’s frontier days. The relics in the 2,590-lot auction formed a strikingly authentic overview of the historical personalities and lifestyles of the Old West, where every man – whether on the right or wrong side of the law – had a horse, a gun and an adventurous spirit.

Grossing $1.5 million (all prices quoted inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium) and with Internet live bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers, the sale included a remarkable 800-lot sub-collection of antique guns, rifles and other weapons, some owned by famous figures of cowboy lore. Special highlights included Lot 1702, a Colt 3rd Model Dragoon .44 caliber revolver manufactured in 1858, which sold for $11,400 against an estimate of $7,000-$9,000; and Lot 2421, a P.W. Porter New York revolving turret rifle in 100% original condition, described in Morphy’s catalog as “probably one of the rarest guns [they had] ever offered.” It was bid to $8,400.

Lot 1867, a Colt .38-caliber revolver that was the personal property of Col. William F. Cody (a k a Buffalo Bill), was presented in a custom velvet-lined oak case and reached the top end of its estimate range at $9,600. Lot 731, Cody’s personal leather show jacket – adorned with decorative appliques and a Native-American motif on its back – had been worn by the showman during a visit to England. Preserved in a wood and glass case, it realized $7,200. Lot 237, an early signed photograph of Buffalo Bill posing in full Western regalia, made $3,300 against an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Lot 83, a poster promoting the film Adventures of Buffalo Bill, exceeded its estimate range in reaching $4,800.

The auction’s top seller, Lot 488, was a Winchester Repeating Arms Co., advertising display board with around 200 original shells arranged in an attractive pattern. Against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, it sold for $19,200.

Lot 757 consisted of two Civil War flags: a Confederate flag and a 13-star Union flag. The duo swept past its $1,000-$2,000 estimate to settle at $13,200. Several Civil War swords were offered as well, including an example presented in 1862 to Union Maj. General James C. Veatch of the 25th Indiana Infantry. Veatch, it was noted, had fought at the Battle of Shiloh. His inscribed sword, cataloged as Lot 1009, was purchased at Morphy’s for $4,200.

A superb array of saddles included four that had been used by Civil War officers, plus a signed Tom Mix saddle, and Lot 1122, a dazzling example laden with 1920s silver dollars. Handmade in the 1920s or ’30s by the Newell Saddle Shop of St. Louis, Mo., it met its presale expectations with an auction price of $6,600.

Lot 1214 produced a nice auction-day surprise. Consisting of two bird-shape smoking pipes from Jefferson County, Kentucky, the lot estimated at $300-$600 flew skyward to roost at $12,000. Another unusual entry, Lot 1485, consisted of an 1840s-1850s riverboat gambler’s paraphernalia, including a double-shoulder holster set with two single-shot boot pistols, a dagger and a loading rod. Pictured in Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, the group lot’s lucky streak carried it to a winning bid of $4,800.

Lot 1902 was a mini collection of items attributed to the “Poet Scout” Captain Jack Crawford. It contained the Indian fighter/performer/author’s 1876 Gemmer Custom Winchester rifle, an inscribed and engraved Colt 1878 Army double-action revolver, a fur-lined leather coat and an autographed edition of Crawford’s book titled Whar the Hand O’ God is Seen and Other Poems. The unique grouping of memorabilia sold for $14,400 against an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Winchester shell advertising display board, top lot of the sale, $19,200. Morphy Auctions image

Poster for movie ‘Adventures of Buffalo Bill,’ $4,800. Morphy Auctions image

Buffalo Bill’s personal show jacket, $7,200. Morphy Auctions image

Pair of Civil War flags: Confederate at left and Union 13-star at right, $13,200. Morphy Auctions image

Sword presented to Union Maj. Gen. James C. Veatch in 1862, $4,200. Morphy Auctions image

Nickel-silver mounted saddle made by Newell Saddle Shop, St. Louis, Mo., circa 1920s-30s, $6,600. Morphy Auctions image

Pair of carved bird-shape pipes, origin: Jefferson County, Kentucky, $12,000. Morphy Auctions image

Colt 3rd Model Dragoon .44 caliber revolver and shoulder stock, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image

Poet Scout Captain Jack Crawford archival collection, $14,400. Morphy Auctions image

P.W. Porter New York revolving turret rifle in 100% original condition, $8,400. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:26
 

American landscapes in demand at John Moran art auction

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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 16:32

Buyers were especially attracted to Western genre works, such as this piece by Armin Carl Hansen (1886-1957 Monterey, Calif.), which fetched $102,000 (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

PASADENA, Calif. – Attracting a crowd that has rarely been seen in recent years, John Moran’s California and American Fine Art on Oct. 21 featured works across price points from $2,000 up through $200,000. A lively preview was held at the Pasadena Convention Center, where over 200 collectors and American art enthusiasts gathered and stayed for the duration of the 270-lot sale, while hundreds of registered online, telephone, and absentee bidders were also in virtual attendance. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Excellent examples by top California and American artists were offered, primarily focusing on American Impressionist works as per John Moran Auctioneers’ signature fine art offerings. Notably, works valued under $15,000, as well as modern Western-themed works, brought especially strong prices.

Landscapes with partial ocean views and beach scenes were an especially popular theme throughout the sale. A sweet, small-scale landscape by prominent California impressionist painter Granville Redmond, executed in 1906 during his study of Southern California coastlines, was expected to earn $15,000 to $20,000; ultimately bringing $20,825. A post-Impressionist work by Franz A. Bischoff, titled Cypress & Sea, depicting the artist’s wife near the Carmel coast, found a buyer for $15,600 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). Another smaller work, this one an oil by iconic California watercolorist Phil Dike titled The Red Umbrella carried a conservative estimate of $2,000 to $3,000, which was handily outstripped when competing floor bidders brought the price up to $9,000. Another umbrella-centric work by Philadelphia-based, Russian-born artist Maurice Molarsky was offered for $3,000 to $4,000. Primarily known for his portraiture and figural works, the present example, which realized $5,700, uses a constellation of technicolor umbrellas to draw the viewer’s eye and play with the beachgoer theme. One of two Hawaii-themed works that did exceptionally well at the block, watercolorist Millard Sheets’s painting depicting Diamond Head beach with the Kaiser Hotel in the background surpassed the $8,000 to $12,000 estimate, flying to $42,000 in a matter of moments.

Landscapes across a number of American locales also proved desirable. A dark-toned, larger scale oil on canvas with an unexpectedly canted angle due to the rocky terrain it depicts, Partridge Grounds by prolific New England landscape painter Emile Albert Gruppe found popularity among East Coast telephone bidders, selling for $7,800 (estimate: $7,000 to $9,000). A dreamy, atmospheric landscape by Benjamin Chambers Brown, Mount Lowe and Lupines went home with a dedicated floor bidder for $20,400 (estimate: $12,000 to $18,000). Representative of the artist’s interest in atmospheric effects on landscapes and the subsequent differences in coloration of receding hills and mountains, San Diego-based Maurice Braun’s work Hillside and Valley sold to a California collector for $24,000, within the estimate range of $20,000 to $25,000. Jules Tavernier’s nocturne depicting Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii, created a stir among absentee and telephone buyers, selling for $24,000 to a private collector via phone (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000).

Desert landscapes proved fashionable during the auction, as well. Tehuacan, a tonally uniform Mexican landscape centering a solitary figure in the mid-ground by Lockwood De Forest was expected to find a buyer for between $1,000 and $2,000, which was handily achieved when the piece sold for $1,560. A work by Conrad Buff depicting a canyon interior in his iconic style was expected to earn $3,500 to $4,500 – in the end, floor bidders enamored with the oil brought the price up to $13,475. In a City of the Painted Desert (The Hopi village of Mishogonovi, Arizona), an oil on canvasboard by well-known Southwest genre painter Carl Oscar Borg, performed within the $15,000 to $20,000 estimate, earning a final price of $19,200.

Notable among the highlights were a small selection of Western works which captured the eye of bidders across the U.S. – online bidding activity on these lots was especially intense. The first, an intriguing large-scale work by Arizona painter Fritz Scholder, depicting two Indians and a cowboy against a dusty pink/red background, found a new home with an online buyer for $10,667.50 (estimate: $4,000 to $6,000). Competition for an ink and watercolor work depicting a bucking bronco by Southern California artist Olaf Wieghorst was equally fierce; a telephone bidder was the successful buyer, paying $6,600 for the work (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000). Estimated to earn $2,000 to $3,000, Buffalo Run by Yugoslavian-born painter Vladan Stiha realized $8,400. A highly energetic, dust-filled depiction of bronco busters at the Salinas Rodeo was one of the top earners of the evening; the piece by Armin Carl Hansen brought $102,000 at the block (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000).

Additional highlights include:

  • Los Angeles native Larry Cohen’s sweeping city view, titled Downtown L.A. Seen From Beachwood Canyon, went to a buyer in attendance at the auction for $7962.50 (over the estimated $2,000 to $3,000).
  • Leroy Neiman’s richly colored portrait-in-action of former star Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach performed well within expectations; realizing $26,400 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000).
  • Pasadena sculptor Susi Singer-Schinnerl’s terracotta work depicting a draped woman playing cards exceeded the estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, realizing $9,600.
  • A bright watercolor depicting a bird hunter and his dog among dense forest foliage by painter and illustrator Roy Martell Mason realized $2,040 (estimate: $1,500 to $2,000).

For more information about bidding or consignment, contact John Moran Auctioneers via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or telephone: 626-793-1833.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Buyers were especially attracted to Western genre works, such as this piece by Armin Carl Hansen (1886-1957 Monterey, Calif.), which fetched $102,000 (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

This beach scene by Maurice Molarsky (1885–1950 Philadelphia) did quite well at Moran’s Oct. 21 auction, bringing $5,700, surpassing the estimated $3,000 to $4,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

Millard Sheets’s (1907-1989 Gualala, Calif.) watercolor depiction of Diamond Head, Hawaii, was a desirable lot. The work was estimated to earn $8,000 to $12,000, and shot past the estimate to sell for $42,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

The second Hawaii-based painting to exceed expectations was a volcano nocturne by Jules Tavernier (1844-1899 San Francisco), which sold for an impressive $24,000 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

Estimated to bring $4,000 to $6,000, this work by Fritz Scholder (1937-2005 Scottsdale, Calif.) brought $10,667.50. John Moran Auctioneers image

This portrait of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach by Leroy Neiman (1921-2012 New York) went for $26,500 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:34
 
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