John Mo­ran’s Art of the Amer­i­can West

Con­tem­po­rary and early-20th-cen­tury West­ern artists will be rep­re­sented in John Mo­ran’s up­com­ing Art of the Amer­i­can West sale.

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Mon­rovia, CA

More than 200 lots of West­ern and Na­tive Amer­i­can art­work will ar­rive at auc­tion dur­ing John Mo­ran Auc­tion­eers’ De­cem­ber 12 Art of the Amer­i­can West sale. Tak­ing place at 2 p.m. in the Mon­rovia, Cal­i­for­nia, show­room, the auc­tion will in­clude jew­elry, bas­ketry, weav­ings, paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy and prints at a va­ri­ety of price points to ap­peal to ev­ery level of col­lec­tor.

Early New Mex­ico artists will be among the stand­outs of the sale. Shel­don Par­sons, who set­tled in Santa Fe in 1913, is rep­re­sented by a study for Au­tumn in New Mex­ico, which is ex­pected to sell be­tween $5,000 and $7,000. The piece, mea­sur­ing just over 15 by 19 inches, is an oil on board de­pict­ing a lush au­tum­nal land­scape in an im­pres­sion­is­tic style. Prom­i­nent in the paint­ing are golden hues and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the high desert lands. Two pieces by Richard Ma­son from the es­tate of Nancy Chan­dler will ar­rive at auc­tion: Low Ly­ing Clouds (est. $4/6,000) and New Mex­ico Land­scape #3 (est. $2/4,000).

Taos So­ci­ety of Artists mem­ber Joseph Henry Sharp is of­ten rec­og­nized for his Na­tive Amer­i­can por­traits. In this sale will be a small-scale por­trait of a Na­tive Amer­i­can man that mea­sures just 13 by 9 inches. The piece, from 1903, is ex­pected to sell be­tween $5,000 and $7,000.

Sculp­ture also is prom­i­nent in the sale, in­clud­ing works by the late Ari­zona artist Dave Mc­gary. As the auc­tion house ex­plains, in­cluded will be “Tro­phies of Honor (Kangi Yat­a­pai), which will head to the auc­tion block with at $6,000 to $8,000 auc­tion es­ti­mate. Gray Hawk’s Legacy, a dy­namic work by the artist de­pict­ing a Sioux war­rior ab­scond­ing with two Crow war horses, will also be of­fered for $7,000 to $10,000.”

An­other piece com­ing to mar­ket is Ray Swan­son’s Help­ing Grandma, 1982, which de­picts a young girl help­ing her grand­mother

tend to the sheep in their yard. The work has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $8,000 to $10,000. “West­ern genre works in­clude a water­color and gouache by Olaf Wieghorst, who spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time trav­el­ing through the West many times on horse­back,” the auc­tion house ex­plains. “Wieghorst’s de­pic­tion of a cow­boy in woolly chaps on horse­back caught in a snow­storm is ex­pected to bring be­tween $2,000 and $4,000.”

Pub­lic pre­views for the Art of the Amer­i­can West are sched­uled for De­cem­ber 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; De­cem­ber 8 and 9 from noon to 4 p.m.; De­cem­ber 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and prior to the auc­tion on De­cem­ber 12 be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

Dave Mc­gary (1958-2013), Gray Hawk’s Legacy, poly­chrome bronze Es­ti­mate: $7/10,000

Shel­don Par­sons (1866-1943), Study for “Au­tumn in New Mex­ico”, oil on board, 15¾ x 19¾” Es­ti­mate: $5/7,000

Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988), Rider and horse in a snow­storm, 1985, water­color and gouache on pa­per un­der glass, 13¾ x 11¾” Es­ti­mate: $2/4,000

Ray Swan­son (1937-2004), Help­ing Grandma, 1982, oil on Ma­sonite, 36 x 24” Es­ti­mate: $8/10,000

Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), Na­tive Amer­i­can por­trait, 1903, oil on can­vas,13 x 9” Es­ti­mate: $5/7,000

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