JOHN MORAN AUC­TION­EERS

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MARCH 27

Cal­i­for­nia & Amer­i­can Fine Art In March 2014, John Moran Auc­tion­eers sold Guy Rose’s Windswept Trees, La­guna for a ro­bust $480,000. Dur­ing this year’s Cal­i­for­nia & Amer­i­can Fine Art sale on March 27, the study for the paint­ing ar­rived at mar­ket with a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $80,000 to $120,000.There was strong in­ter­est from buy­ers in-house and on the phone, with it even­tu­ally selling to a tele­phone bid­der for more than dou­ble its low es­ti­mate at $168,000.The work be­came the top lot of the sale.

Com­ing in sec­ond was a quin­tes­sen­tial Granville Red­mond scene of the Cal­i­for­nia land­scape with pop­pies, selling within its pre­sale es­ti­mate at $156,000. An­other Cal­i­for­nia land­scape land­ing in the top 10 was William Wendt’s Shad­ows (est. $20/25,000), which had mul­ti­ple floor bid­ders com­pet­ing for the work be­fore set­tling at $30,000. “The sale over­all

I think did pretty well,” says Mor­gana Black­welder, head of the auc­tion house’s fine art depart­ment. She adds that Cal­i­for­nia Im­pres­sion­ism has seen a resur­gence of buy­ers, not­ing, “there are younger, new col­lec­tors who are drawn to par­tic­u­lar time pe­ri­ods based on where they are buy­ing homes and lo­ca­tions. Our more-ex­pe­ri­enced col­lec­tors made top lots pos­si­ble.”

Other high­lights in­cluded Thomas Hill’s Lake Scene, New Hamp­shire, which achieved $54,000; Fred­er­ick Mul­haupt’s nearly 5-foot-tall paint­ing Morn­ing, Glouces­ter Har­bor, selling for its high es­ti­mate of $90,000; and Edgar Payne’s Loche, France (est. $30/40,000) at $21,250 and his La­guna Cot­tage (est. $3/5,000) at $7,800.

APRIL 6-7

Amer­i­cana + Paint­ings Auc­tion Dur­ing the April 6 and 7 sale of Amer­i­cana and paint­ings at El­dred’s in East Den­nis, Mas­sachusetts, the col­lec­tion of Lewis “Ju­lian” Kotekas, an art dealer and col­lec­tor from Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire, was one of the big­gest draws. The bulk of the col­lec­tion was of­fered over sev­eral auc­tions, but the best of his Amer­i­can pieces were fea­tured in this sale. Many of the items, all of­fered with­out re­serve, had never been of­fered pub­licly or had not been on the mar­ket in a num­ber of years.

Among the high­lights were two un­signed 19th-cen­tury works that sold for $25,200 each, which was well above their pre­sale es­ti­mates of $1,000 to $1,500 and $1,500 to $2,500.Two oils by John Ross Key brought a com­bined $75,600, with the top seller be­ing Mt. wash­ing­ton mead­ows (est. $8/12,000) at $48,000. A Cyrus Ed­win Dallin bronze ti­tled On the War Path achieved $25,200.

Granville Red­mond (1871-1935), Cal­i­for­nia land­scape with pop­pies. Oil on can­vas, 20 x 30 in. Courtesy John Moran Auc­tion­eers. Es­ti­mate: $100/200,000 SOLD: $156,000

John Ross Key (1837-1920), Mt. Wash­ing­ton mead­ows. Oil on can­vas, 12 x 26 in., signed lower left: ‘John R. Key’. Courtesy El­dred’s. Es­ti­mate: $8/12,000 SOLD: $48,000

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