Nearly 250 superb works of American art will be available during an October 20 auction in Monrovia, California. Will one be yours?
Healthy bidding and climbing prices can be expected during John Moran Auctioneer’s October 20 auction of Californian and American Fine Art. With 237 exquisite works, there’s a little something for every collector. Nearly as exciting as the auction itself is the fact that it will take place at Moran’s new Monrovia, California, location, with bidding in person, by telephone, absentee, or live online.

Gideon Jacques Denny, “San Francisco Bay before the Golden Gate Bridge,” oil on canvas, 20 x 36 in.
(c) John Moran Auctioneers 2015

Of the hundreds of artists represented, highlights include Conrad Buff, Phil Dyke, Edgar Payne, Millard Sheets, and Guy Rose.
One fabulous work is Thaddeus Welch’s “Cows in a California Pasture.” Within the painting’s large horizontal format, we find a small group of cattle waltzing along a trail on the slope of a mountain. In the distance is a receding valley along with fading peaks. Hammer price is expected to be between $3,000 and $5,000. Another highlight is the famed maritime painter Gideon Jacques Denny’s “San Francisco Bay before the Golden Gate Bridge.” Bobbing over thrashing, dark waters are a number of beautiful wooden vessels. As the sun fades into a thick fog, Denny has diffused the light into a smooth graduation of yellow, orange, and brown. A small yellow highlight is the only indication of the sun’s location, in addition to the highlights that cascade across the waves as they stretch toward the viewer.
In existence since 1969, John Moran Auctioneers have set “benchmarks in many specialty markets, particularly in California and American paintings,” they suggest. “As one of America’s top auctioneers, John Moran has successfully sold tens of thousands of California and American paintings over the past 40 years and ranks among the country’s most senior specialists in this field. In 2001, John Moran became the first auctioneer in the world to see a California painting in excess of one million dollars.”
The California & American Fine Art Auction will take place Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. Pacific.
To learn more or view the full catalogue, visit John Moran Auctioneers.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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