“Striking Oil” Western art stand out yields $4,200

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)

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.

For more information about John Moran Auctioneers and its Pasadena, Calif., events, contact info@johnmoran.com or 626-793-1833, or visit www.JohnMoran.com.

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