John Moran Auctioneers Reports Strong Results in First Estate Sale of Spring

Russian fine and decorative arts have yielded increasingly strong results at Moran’s for several years, and the March16th sale confirmed this trend. A watercolor portrait of a girl in traditional Russian costume by Konstantin Egorvich Makovsky (1839 – 1915) sold for $12,650 (estimate: $2000 – 3000) to a European phone bidder. A 19th century Russian icon depicting St. George sold for $1380 (estimate: $400 – 600) and a pair of Russian silver candlesticks, made in 1879 in Minsk, realized $1265 (estimate: $500 – 800).

Sales of silver also remain very healthy. A wonderful Queen Anne Brittania standard chocolate pot by London maker John Jackson, dated 1704, far exceeded the pre-sale estimate of $4000 – 6000, selling for $8625. A six-piece Mexican silver coffee service, marked “CLS” realized $3162 (estimate: $600 -900) and a small, delicate pair of Clemens Friedell hammered sterling candelabra brought $4025 (estimate: $1500 – 2500).

While their national and international market expands, Moran’s maintains its position as a leader in the regional market as the company enters its forty-first year in business in Southern California. The large selection of American Indian artifacts sold very well, highlighted by a Navajo Yei dancers rug that sold for triple its high estimate, realizing $3737.50 (estimate: $800 – 1200). Doubling its estimate of $1000 – 2000 was an Acoma olla-form pottery jar that also realized $3737.50.

Other decorative arts highlights were an Indian-theme bronze piece by Franz Bergmann that doubled the high estimate of $1000, selling to a European buyer for $2070 and a reddish “Japonaise” copper and silver bowl with dragon-form handles made by Gorham, circa 1880, that brought $2587.00 (estimate: $400 – 600).

John Moran Auctioneers’ next Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction is scheduled for April 27, 2010. Highlighting the sale will be a large selection of estate jewelry, in addition to silver, porcelain, furniture and European fine art. Consignments for the two-session sale are currently being accepted. Moran’s is also accepting consignments for their June 15th California and American Paintings Sale, a marquee event for collectors of pre-1950 American art, California plein air paintings and Western works.

For more information on consigning or bidding at Moran’s, please visit, or contact Moran’s at [email protected] or 626-793-1833. Fully illustrated catalogues for each sale are posted at two weeks prior to each sale date.