John Moran Auctioneers Antiques Auction Concludes Successful Spring / Summer Season

. August 2, 2011 . 0 Comments

Following up on a spring season that reached great heights, including a May sale that realized $1.43 million, John Moran Auctioneers once again offered a large selection of items from estates and private collections. The July 19th Antiques auction featured more than 500 lots of American and European decorative and fine arts.

The two-session sale began with the 300-lot ‘Discovery Sale’, an informal, un-catalogued auction of locally sourced property that attracted hundreds of bidders who previewed the sale in person. Moran’s Discovery Sales, instituted several years ago specifically to appeal to the local market, have rapidly grown into a lively and popular event where dealers and private collectors alike find a wide range of treasures, including an abundance of silver box lots, with estimates ranging from $100 to $1000. The July 19th Discovery Sale was the second-highest earning one to date.

Moran’s fully catalogued evening sessions, meanwhile, attract an international audience of bidders who rely on Moran’s as a source of rare and highly sought after items including silver, glass, porcelain, bronzes, Arts & Crafts and mid-century design, paintings and sculpture, fine jewelry, and eclectic estate property of exceptional quality.

Silver is one of the perennial best sellers at Moran’s evening sales, and the July 19th auction produced many results that surpassed high estimates, with Victorian pieces proving to be particularly strong sellers. These included: a circa 1880 S. Kirk & Son coin silver repousse-decorated coffee pot (estimate: $600 – 900) that realized $1680 (all prices realized include buyer’s premium); a part tea service by Martin and Hall (estimate: $700 – 1000) that realized $1560; a sterling ewer by Rolason Brothers that realized $1680 (estimate: $700 – 900); and an 1895 sterling covered serving dish by Harry Atkin that realized $2700 (estimate: $1000 – 1500). An elegant 1930’s English sterling wine cooler by Barker Brothers realized $2700 (estimate: $900 – 1200), and a Portuguese footed, covered cup with lions-head handles brought $1680.00 (estimate: $800 – 1200).

The selection of Continental paintings included some outstanding works, among them three small oils, all intimate domestic scenes with figures seated beside windows, each a distinctive study of the play of light on the figures: a softly modeled woman and child in a deeply shadowed traditional Dutch interior by Bernard de Hoog (1867 – 1943 Dutch) that realized $3437.50 (estimate: $800 – 1000); a woman knitting beside a window by Pierre Joseph Toussaint (1822 – 1888 Belgian) that realized $4287.50 (estimate: $3000 – 5000); and a picturesque interior with a woman feeding a baby by Giuseppe Magni (1869 – 1956 Italian). The top earning painting in the sale, however, was a reclining nude by Karoly Patko (1895 – 1941 Hungarian) that realized $15,600 (estimate: $12,000 – 18,000).

Other highlights from the July 19th sale include:

• A French porcelain-mounted gilt-bronze hour-repeating carriage clock, signed Aiguilles & Co. ?fetched $5,400.00 (estimate: $1000/2000)??

• A group of nine antique dress canes with yellow gold-plated handles sold for $3,300.00 (estimate: $1200 – 1800), and another group of nine silver mounted canes of bone, horn, ivory and wood realized $2,375.00 (estimate: $600 – 900)

• A pair of patinated bronze busts of allegorical putti representing Spring and Autumn, after sculptures by Jean Baptiste Lebroc, sold for $4500.00 (estimate: $1000/2000)

Moran’s next auction is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, and will feature fine and costume jewelry, including Art Deco, Victorian and Edwardian pieces, in addition to decorative and fine arts. Consignments are now being accepted for all remaining 2011 sales.

All of John Moran Auctioneers’ sales are held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. Catalogues are posted at their website,, 3-4 weeks prior to each sale. Bidding is available from the floor, via phone, absentee or online through For further information, please contact the offices of John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833, or email

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