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Pasadena Antiques and Fine Furnishings Auction

On Tuesday, July 28th, John Moran Auctioneers will host an exceptional two-part antique and fine furnishings auction at the Pasadena Center in Pasadena, CA. Moran’s monthly auctions typically offer superlative antiques and decorative arts from important and private collections. Among the highlights at the July 28th event are property from the Donald A. Cole Living Trust and collections from notable Beverly Hills and San Francisco estates.

The two-session sale will begin at 4pm with the afternoon Discovery Auction. The afternoon Discovery Auction is an uncatalogued sale conducted in an informal style with bidding available from the saleroom floor only. Wonderful box-lots and surprises have become the standard for these very popular sales.

A sneak peak at some of the lots to be offered during this session reveals fine sterling such as an assortment of Buccellati utensils (estimate: $800-1200) and a Georg Jensen asparagus server in the ‘Nautical’ pattern (estimate: $200-300).

At 6:30pm, John Moran will take the podium to begin the fully catalogued evening session, featuring over 200 lots of fine antique furniture, decorative objects and art.

The impressive selection of decorative arts in this sale includes a Berlin KPM porcelain plaque depicting a finely painted beauty, Clementine, after Keisel. It is estimated at $10-15,000. A late 19th century Louis XVI style Egyptian ormolu-mounted white marble three-piece clock garniture is expected to bring $5-7,000. Continuing Moran’s reputation for selling exquisite silver, a pair of M. Buccellati sterling dolphin candlesticks will be offered with an estimate of $1,500-2,000.

A pair of monumental Sevres style covered vases with gilt-metal mounts, converted into lamps, is estimated at $6-8,000. An exceptional pair of patinated-bronze bookends by noted American sculptor Harriet Frishmuth (1880 – 1980) is entitled “Pushing Men” and is expected to sell for $2-3,000.

Highlighting the art offerings are two American works. The first, a signed acrylic on canvas by Robert Natkin (1930- *) “Untitled” comes to the block from a private Palm Springs, CA collection. This work is estimated at $10-15,000. An important signed and framed photograph by Imogen Cunningham (1883 – 1976) entitled “Junk” is estimated to sell for $6-9,000.

Rounding out the sale is a Navajo Third Phase chief’s blanket. Certain to be coveted by the collector, this blanket is estimated at $2,500 – 3,500.

Many more wonderful items are among the 400 to be offered in the two sessions. Bidding for the afternoon Discovery Session is available from the saleroom floor only. Bidding for the evening session is available in person, by phone, absentee or via the Internet through A fully illustrated catalogue for the evening session will also be available online at prior to the sale. For more information about this sale and to consign, please call the offices of John Moran Auctioneers at (626) 793-1833 or visit their website at