MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Auctioneers is holding a four-session sale on Tuesday, May 23. The ambitious auction schedule starts with a Fine Jewelry auction session at 10 a.m. This is followed by the Studio Jewelry Auction session at noon. A Studio Decorative Art session will follow at 3:30 p.m. Rounding out the day is a Studio Fine Art session at 6:30 p.m.
Moran’s Studio Auctions generally comprise a variety of lots carrying estimates of $2,000 and below. This includes a stunning necklace by Georg Jensen. All John Moran auction events take place at the firm’s headquarters at 145 E. Walnut Ave., Monrovia, California.
Lalique Iridescent Art Glass Brooch May Bring $5K
Moran’s 10 a.m. Fine Jewelry Auction is the crown jewel of the May sessions. The sale includes 137 lots of fine jewelry dating from the Victorian period through to the contemporary. Estimates for items in this section range from three to six figures. Buyers will see an Art Nouveau design in the form of an iridescent art glass brooch by Lalique. The lozenge-shaped brooch centers a molded iridescent blueish-green art glass panel. It bears a bouquet of thistles emerging from a wide-shouldered vase, and may see $3,000 to $5,000.
Collectors of jade jewelry will also see natural jade jewelry. Perhaps the most highly anticipated of these is an exceptional natural cabochon jadeite jade ring. The central stone of this piece weighs in at 9.0cts. Modeled in 18K yellow gold and offset by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, the ring carries a $35,000 to $50,000 estimate. An 18K yellow gold and carved natural jadeite bracelet by American maker Tiffany & Co. will also be offered ($5,000-$7,000).
Chrysoprase Jensen Necklace Commanding Attention
The second of the May 23 auction sessions is the first of three Studio Auction sessions. The sale comprises jewelry lots across all design schools and price points. Beginning at noon, the Studio Jewelry Session features some exceptional examples of early and mid-20th century modernist design, including a striking Georg Jensen silver and green chrysoprase necklace. It bears the signature blossom motif of Georg Jensen and dates to 1915-1925. The necklace may bring $1,000 to $1,500. An abstract, cubist-inspired portrait pendant in sterling silver by Taxco artist Miguel Garcia bears a $800 to $900 estimate.
The Studio Decorative Art Session begins at 3:30 p.m., and features approximately 200 lots of art glass, silver, bronzes, and other items.
Asian Art and Art Glass Add to Appeal
Highlights include a number of Asian items, including an opposing pair of diminutive carved serpentine foo dogs ($500-$800) and a carved Chinese marble bust of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, accompanied by a fitted wooden base ($400-$600).
Art glass by European makers is also among the offerings. A pair of Daum frosted colorless pâte de verre vases, each in the form of an iris bloom, present with an estimate of $300 to $500. Two L.C. Tiffany gold favrile art glass objects, including a stemmed cordial and a master salt cellar, are offered with a $300 to $500 estimate. A selection of art glass perfume bottles, including items by Lalique and Sabino, will also be available for perusal. One group lot, including a “Physalis” bottle with floriform stopper, is expected to bring $400 to $600.
Silver and objects of vertu include a trio of detailed Buccellati sterling silver bowls, two in the form of leaves and one shell-form ($300-$500), as well as a pair of 19th century English cut-crystal and sterling silver scent bottles ($200-$400).
Slated to start at 6:30 p.m., the Studio Fine Art session comprises a wide array of works by
American, European, Asian and Latin American artists. Selections include prints and multiples, oil paintings, watercolors and other mediums ranging from the 19th century through to the contemporary.
An icy blue watercolor Alaskan scene titled “Portage Glacier III” by artist Robert Earle Wood ANA, AWS (1926-1999 Redlands, Calif.) is expected to garner $2,000 to $3,000, while a Russian landscape by artist Moissey Kogan (1879-1942), aptly titled “Russian Winter,” is offered with an estimate of $800 to $1,200.
Online bidding will be available via the Liveauctioneers, AuctionZip and Invaluable online platforms, as well as in person and via absentee and telephone bid. Visit www.johnmoran.com for more information.