Silver selling well in California antiques auctions

PASADENA, Calif. — John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to announce their two-session Sept. 28 antiques and decorative arts auction, offering more than 400 lots representing multiple estates and private collections from Southern California and other regions throughout the U.S.

The cataloged evening session and afternoon “Discovery Sale” will both feature large selections of Native American artifacts and silver, as well as carved English oak furniture, Continental bronzes and porcelain, Persian rugs and European and American fine art.

A selection of early 20th century American art pottery, glass and lighting will also be divided between the two sessions, with a mammoth collection comprising over 300 pieces of Bauer, Catalina, and California Rainbow pottery in a huge variety of shapes and colors forming the core of the Discovery Sale. The pottery will be divided into group lots and sold with attractive estimates.

Highlights of the evening sale include several lots of sterling overlay art pottery, including eight signed Rookwood Gorham pieces (estimates $300-$1,500), Weller Louwelsa, and Lenox, five signed Polia Pillin vases, lamps by Handel, Steuben and Duffner & Kimberly, and glass by Alvin and Tiffany.

Silver is continuing to sell very well at Moran’s as investors seek a safe investment, and September’s encyclopedic offerings in this category, which include Tiffany, Gorham, Buccellati, Reed & Barton, Wallace and Unger Brothers, are headlined by a stunning 102-ounce Gorham Martele fruit bowl made in 1905 by Lars Darlin Monsen estimated at $5,000 to $7,000. An assembled sterling silver 10-piece vanity set by Harald Neilsen for Georg Jensen, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500, leads the modern pieces, and buyers will also find several pieces of 19th century silver, such as a German sterling silver five-light candelabrum by Bruckmann & Sohne, estimated at $1,200 to $1,800. A pair of Mexican silver altar candlesticks dating from 1777 is offered for $800 to $1,200.

The select Native American artifacts include a Native American Winnebago beaded sash bag, estimated $1,000 to $1,500; A San Ildefonso polished blackware bowl by Maria and Santana Martinez, estimated at $1,000 to $1,500; an early 20th century Zuni pottery olla, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500; and several Northern California twining baskets, estimated at $500 to $900.

The Evening session will also feature a grouping of Continental paintings, among them two works attributed to prominent Dutch masters. An elegant portrait of a young man with a dog is attributed to Nicolaes Maes (Dutch 1632-1693). Maes earned in his early career a reputation for genre scenes heavily influenced by his teacher, Rembrandt, but was known after 1660 primarily for his flattering yet individualistic portraits in the manner of Van Dyck. The 34 inch by 26 3/4 inch oil on canvas, capturing the sitter with a subtle smile, is offered with an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.

In addition to fine and decorative arts, an assemblage of eclectic items from various collections will be offered, including items related to travel and exploration such as: finely detailed model ships; a late 19th century French table telescope, made by E. Vion, Paris, estimated at $700 to $900; a 1651 twin-hemisphere map of the world by John Speed estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; and a Hawaiian Monarchy period gold (filled) and ivory-mounted koa wood presentation cup, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

Moran’s will post images of sale highlights on their website as property continues to arrive at their offices, and a full catalog of the evening session, with complete descriptions and multiple images of every item, will be published at three weeks prior to the sale.

For more information about this sale or to consign, call the offices of John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833 or visit ?


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