Johnson painting tops $172K at Moran’s Oct. 23 sale

PASADENA, Calif. – A painting by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) titled In the Evening Glow sold for $172,500 at John Moran Auctioneers’ Oct. 23 sale of California and American paintings. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 15 percent.

Johnson.jpgAn autumn landscape by Maurice Braun (1877-1941), estimated at $90,000-$120,000, quickly climbed in a battle between floor and phone bidders to close at $126,500. Sporting artist Ogden M. Pleissner’s (1905-1983) depiction of men working along a river sold over its high estimate at $80,500.

Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939),
In the Evening Glow, $172,500.

Early in the sale, a work by California artist Frank Cuprien (1871-1948) opened strong at $5,000 against a presale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. The painting sold for $34,500 to a bidder via the Internet. The second-highest auction price realized for Norton Bush (1834-1894) was achieved when his signed tropical river landscape sold for $31,600 (estimate $30,000-$50,000).

Orrin A. White’s (1883-1969) depiction of a southern California day at the beach performed over expectations selling for $14,950 against a presale estimate of $9,000-$12,000. Shady Retreats by Cornelius J. Botke (1887-1954) sold for $12,700.

Afternoon Autumn
– San Juan Mountains Colorado by Charles Partridge Adams (1858-1942) doubled its presale estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Bidding from the floor, phone and Internet drove the final selling price to $28,750.

Edward C. Volkert’s (1871-1935) Autumn Pasture, a signed oil on board, was estimated to sell for $10,000-$15,000 pre-sale. It sold in the room for $19,600. A watercolor by Ruth Manerva Bennet (1899-1960) titled Moreno and Sunset Blvd, Silverlake, was expected to bring $3,000-$4,000. It reached $10,900.

John Moran Auctioneers has scheduled its next art sale for Feb. 19, 2008. For more information visit or call 626-793-1833.