LOS ANGELES — John Moran Auctioneers presented its first Traditional Collector sale of the year as a two-day affair on April 25 and 26. It featured more than 500 lots of Continental furnishings, French, Italian, Art Deco, lighting, clocks, fine art, bronze sculptures, Gorham Martele and Tiffany & Co. silver, Christofle Cardeilhac flatware, and pianos by Bosendorfer and Steinway. Designer furnishings on offer included pieces by Linke, Riesener, Victor Paillard, Dasson, Barbedienne and Galle.
Leading the category of fine art, as well as the entire sale, was Francois Boucher’s The Vegetable Vendor: A Sheet Of Studies, from 1738. This red and white chalk drawing had an estimate of $8,000-$10,000 and attracted major interest, which was evident through multiple online and phone bids. It ultimately sold for a staggering $81,250.
Works by Ziem and Delacroix also achieved impressive results. Venice, by Felix Ziem, was estimated $5,000-$7,000 and brought $18,750, and Une Jeune Juive De Marrak, a circa-1830 piece attributed to Eugene Delacroix, earned $18,200, more than doubling its $6,000-$8,000 estimate. Of the sculptures offered, Sally James Farnham’s New York City Mounted Policeman In the Rain trotted off with $16,250.
Within the decorative arts category, a Chinese export French-style automation clock by Cheon S’Nag Comton performed exceptionally well. Designed with Roman numeral hour markers and a pineapple finial, the clock had an estimate of $20,000-$30,000 and attained $34,375.
Vintage collectors showed up for a 1930s 14K gold vanity set. The lot included a hand mirror, three brushes, a comb, three covered glass jars, a nail file, a button hook, a shoehorn, a cuticle knife and a nail buff, totaling 13 pieces. The exquisite set, estimated at $6,000-$8,000 and reminiscent of what 1930s Hollywood starlets such as Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo might have owned, earned a whopping $31,250.
The late April sale also featured a collection of French furniture, led by a gilt-bronze mounted armoire by Francois Linke. The piece featured three glazed doors revealing fitted interiors with shelves, a center cabinet with two lower drawers, and was finished with gilt-bronze mounts that converted to a vitrine. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the armoire realized $11,250.
Day two of the auction presented Russian Imperial porcelain dishware from the period of Nicholas I, circa 1825-1855. A 12-piece plate set having a scalloped rim, gilt highlights, and polychrome interlacing surrounding the Russian Imperial eagle had an estimate of $2,000-$3,000 but sold for 10 times as much with a final bid of $20,000.
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