Exceptional decorative art to highlight John Moran’s July antiques and fine furnishings auction


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Gorham 'Japonaise' copper silver mixed metal tray, circa 1880; estimated at $600-$900.

PASADENA, Calif. – On July 28, John Moran Auctioneers will host an exceptional two-part antique and fine furnishings auction at the Pasadena Center in Pasadena, Calif. Moran’s monthly auctions typically offer superlative antiques and decorative arts from important and private collections. Among the highlights at the July 28 event are property from the Donald A. Cole Living Trust and collections from notable Beverly Hills and San Francisco estates.

The two-session sale will begin at 4 p.m. with the afternoon Discovery Auction. The afternoon Discovery Auction is an uncataloged sale conducted in an informal style with bidding available from the saleroom floor only. Wonderful box-lots and surprises have become the standard for these very popular sales.

A sneak peak at some of the lots to be offered during this session reveals fine sterling such as an assortment of Buccellati utensils (estimate $800-$1,200) and a Georg Jensen asparagus server in the ‘Nautical’ pattern (estimate $200-$300).

At 6:30 p.m., John Moran will take the podium to begin the fully cataloged evening session, featuring over 200 lots of fine antique furniture, decorative objects and art.

The impressive selection of decorative arts in this sale includes a Berlin KPM porcelain plaque depicting a finely painted beauty, Clementine, after Keisel. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. A late 19th century Louis XVI style Egyptian ormolu-mounted white marble three-piece clock garniture is expected to bring $5,000-$7,000. Continuing Moran’s reputation for selling exquisite silver, a pair of M. Buccellati sterling dolphin candlesticks will be offered with an estimate of $1,500-$2,000.

A pair of monumental Sevres style covered vases with gilt-metal mounts, converted into lamps, is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. An exceptional pair of patinated-bronze bookends by noted American sculptor Harriet Frishmuth (1880-1980) is entitled “Pushing Men” and is expected to sell for $2,000-$3,000.

Highlighting the art offerings are two American works. The first, a signed acrylic on canvas by Robert Natkin (1930- *) “Untitled” comes to the block from a private Palm Springs, Calif., collection. This work is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. An important signed and framed photograph by Imogen Cunningham (1883- 1976) entitled “Junk” is estimated to sell for $6,000-$9,000.

Rounding out the sale is a Navajo Third Phase chief’s blanket. Certain to be coveted by the collector, this blanket is estimated to bring $2,500-$3,500.

Many more wonderful items are among the 400 to be offered in the two sessions. Bidding for the afternoon Discovery Session is available from the saleroom floor only. Bidding for the evening session is available in person, by phone, absentee or via the Internet through www.Artfact.com.

A fully illustrated catalog for the evening session will also be available online at www.johnmoran.com prior to the sale.

For more information call 626-793-1833 or visit www.johnmoran.com.

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A pair of Monumental Sevres style gilt-metal-mounted porcelain Napoleonic covered vases mounted as lamps; estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
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A Berlin KPM porcelain plaque of a beauty, Clementine after Kiesel; estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

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