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Western art, Continental furnishings abound in Feb. 23 sale

More than 300 lots of Continental furnishings, fine art, and mid-century modern designs will come before bidders Feb. 23 during John Moran Auctioneers' Decorative Art Auction.

MONROVIA, Calif. — John Moran Auctioneers’ Feb. 23 Decorative Art Auction is shaping up to be an eclectic event, with Western decorative arts, painting, and bronzes to be offered alongside Native American art, Continental furnishings, examples of Mid-Century Modern design and an impressive selection of Arts & Crafts furnishings and art pottery.


The Feb. 23 auction, which features more than 300 lots, commences at noon, and bidding will be available via telephone, absentee and online through LiveAuctioneers, Bidsquare, Invaluable and eBay.

Moran’s will present a large collection of contemporary Western art and bronzes from the estate of rancher, equestrian and long-time patron of the arts Phoebe Hearst Cooke (1927-2012). Property from the estate will also be offered during Moran’s March 22 Fine Art, and April 19 Decorative Art auctions.

February fine art highlights from the estate include Tucker Smith’s oil on canvas “Gathering the Quarter Circle Five,” which is expected to earn $10,000 to $15,000. Chicago-based painter Bill Anton’s “Good Company,” a nocturnal work depicting a lone cowboy and his horse, has been assigned a $15,000 to $20,000 estimate. Another moonlit nocturne titled “The Night Watch,” this one by Dan Mieduch, depicts two cowboys on horseback and a dog watching over a herd, and has been assigned a conservative $2,000 to $4,000 estimate.

One of two large-scale bronze sculptures from the Phoebe Hearst Cooke estate are sure to create a stir when offered at the block – one, titled “Canyon Shadow” by Mehl Lawson, depicts a cowboy and his mount descending a rocky incline; measuring in at 41 inches high, the patinated bronze is expected to bring $8,000 to $10,000.

Additional highlights include:
• Seldom-seen finished hall chair, from the Greene & Green-made Robert R. Blacker House ($50,000-$70,000).
• Navajo Second Phase chief’s blanket ($10,000-$15,000).
• Shreve, Crump & Low Co. sterling silver exposition centerpiece ($40,000-$60,000).


The uncataloged Discovery session will directly follow the cataloged session, and contains more than 230 lots of property consigned from private Southern California collections and estates.

For more information, visit, email or call 626-793-1833.

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