PASADENA, Calif. — John Moran Auctioneers announces its Oct. 22, 2013, California and American Fine Art Auction, replete with quality works by California’s most renowned artists. The 275-lot sale is culled from the collections of California art enthusiasts along the West Coast and beyond. Approximately one-third of the offerings hail from the estate of Ernest A. Bryant III.
The Bryant collection represents the best of late 19th and early 20th century California art, with an emphasis on the state’s unique brand of Impressionism. Western themes and horses in particular are a strong theme throughout the collection. A breathtaking oil by
Thomas Hill, depicting Indians at a campfire near the base of Bridal Veil falls in Yosemite is a fine example of one of his larger studio works. It is expected to realize between $30,000 and $50,000. A piece by California Impressionist Jack Wilkinson Smith, depicting gently rolling, golden hills sheltering horses tied near a homesteader’s cabin beneath a rising daytime moon, is expected to bring $30,000 to $50,000.
A scene by Granville Redmond depicts the landmark Flintridge Biltmore Hotel from an unexpected, upward-looking vantage point ($50,000-$70,000). Edgar Alwyn Payne’s “French Tuna Boats, Concarneau, France” ($30,000-$50,000) and a small plein air oil sketch of Morro Bay by William Wendt ($12,000-$18,000) are two other highlights. Selections from the Estate of Ernest A. Bryant III will be denoted in the catalog by a watermark of Mr. Bryant’s brand, for easy identification.
Selected works from other private collections and estates include an oil by Arthur Grover Rider, titled “La Entrada” ($80,000-$100,000), a still life of delphiniums in a green pottery vase by Joseph Henry Sharp ($25,000-$35,000) and John Marshall Gamble’s “September Evening (Wild Buckwheat),” a large oil composition with distant mountains and a golden landscape bursting forth with wild orange blooms is pegged to fetch $50,000 to $70,000.
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