PASADENA, Calif. — John Moran Auctioneers’ June 18 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction featured quality American and European furnishings, decorative arts and fine art, as well as a vast selection of Native American textiles, baskets, beadwork and pottery. International bidding activity via online bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers, AuctionZip and Invaluable was especially busy, with more than 1,000 registered bidders.
Asian works of art, particularly Chinese, did especially well. The most contested lot was a Chinese gilt-splashed bronze incense burner, dated to the late 17th, early 18th century, which realized $54,000, far above the conservative estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. A
17th / 18th century, with cast commemorative Xuande six-character mark, of rectangular form raised on four bracket feet, with a later pierced domed hardwood cover surmounted by a carved agate lingzhi finial, 6” H x 7.375” W x 5.25” D, est: $3000/5000 $54,000. (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)
massive Chinese export Canton famille rose punch bowl, a find at one of John Moran’s monthly walk-in “What’s It Worth?” appraisal clinics, was estimated to bring between $2,000 and $3,500; it found a buyer for $5,400.
Among the 70 Native American objects, a room-sized Navajo regional weaving in red, black, cream and gray on a natural brown ground earned $6,738. A pictorial rug featuring stylized frogs, lizards and human figures on a red ground brought $6,600.
A collection in Los Angeles yielded a number of baskets, including a California Mission Cahuilla polychrome basket with a design of two snakes circling a central eagle. In very good condition and dated to the first quarter of the 20th century, it sold for $6,600.
Moving on to decorative arts, a Rene Lalique “Jeunesse” perfume bottle with a dauber modeled as a standing cherub realized $3,383, while a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver candlesticks designed by Alphonse La Paglia brought $2,400.
In the category of fine art, an oil by Western genre specialist Percy Van Eman Ivory, titled “Striking Oil,” earned its place as a standout with a selling price of $4,200.
Also of note, a circa 1740 map of the South Seas engraved by Dutch cartographers Andries & Hendrik de Leth found a new home for $7,200.
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- Late 19th century, with a partially torn old paper tag attached: ”Schondorf / Collection / Sioux / B42*65?”, constructed of a head piece with triangular ear flaps and round eye holes, sewn to a neck piece; each piece fully beaded in red, dark blue, green and yellow on a white ground, the head piece decorated with American flags, crosses and pronged rectangle motifs, and with outlines to the eye holes, the neck piece decorated with three bands of conjoined diamonds and half-diamonds centering crosses, alternating with two bands of crosses, bisected by a central stripe, 46” H x 27” W, est: $12,000/16,000 $27,000 (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)
- Late 19th / early 20th century, each with carved Qianlong chop mark to body, each of flattened baluster form with a double Buddhistic lion finial atop a domed lid over a short neck flanked by dragon-headed handles each suspending a loose ring, joined to a tapering body elaborately relief-carved to front and back with archaistic motifs, mounted on later gilt metal bases; 2 pcs, 13.75” H x 5.25” W x 2.25” D, est: $1000/1500 $12,300 (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)
- ”Striking Oil”, oil on canvas, 36” H x 24” W, est: $1200/1800 $4,200 (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)
- Last quarter 19th century, woven in handspun wool on a cotton foundation in indigo blue, aniline red, and natural brown, grey cream with stepped, terraced triangles and diamonds centering crosses on a banded ground, 3’5” H x 4’10” W, est: $5000/6500 $8,400 (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)
- Late 18th / early 19th century, each with a flambeau finial atop a removable domed cover over a spiral-fluted and gadrooned vasiform body lined with zinc, on a square plinth fitted with a tap, above a pedestal; the pedestal of the first with a single hinged door with three paneled false drawer fronts opening to a zinc-lined cupboard fitted with two slatted wooden shelves, over a square base enclosing a sliding drawer fitted with a holder for a burner; the pedestal of the second with a drawer over a hinged door enclosing a cupboard above a further drawer incorporating the square base and opening to reveal a zinc-lined compartment divided into six wells; 2 pcs, each 61” H x 17.5” W x 17” D, est: $2500/3500 21,600 (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)