LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- From its 18th-century Spanish missions to its wild and woolly 1849 Gold Rush and mega-billion-dollar motion picture industry, California has more than lived up to its nickname "the Golden State." A virtual chronology of its rich and art-filled history will take the spotlight on Saturday, June 18, at a 400-lot auction hosted by Last Chance By LiveAuctioneers in association with Early California Antiques (ECA).
The live auction will be held at ECA's store at 4361 Melrose Ave., in Los Angeles, with absentee and Internet live bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com. Formerly a theater, the 4,500-square-foot Old Hollywood-style venue has ample onsite parking available for those who attend in person. Only a stone's throw from Paramount Studios, the 1927 tiled Art Deco building is a wonderland of rare and classic-period Monterey, Spanish Revival, California and Mexican Colonial furniture; decorative objects, architectural appointments and art.
All items in the auction were hand-selected from the establishment's inventory by ECA's owner Eric Berg, an authority on pre-World War II California antiques and collectibles. His clientele includes film stars, interior decorators and movie-set designers; museums, and upscale retailers who frequent his emporium in pursuit of the authentic and unusual.
The auction selection embodies the first golden age of California style, when the palatial homes of Montecito, Pasadena, Old Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Palo Alto expressed their Mexican-influenced West Coast character with the colors and forms made popular by regional craftsmen.
The furniture section is divided into two categories, the first containing Renaissance, Spanish Colonial and Spanish Revival productions. Highlights include a monumental 17th-century Spanish Colonial trunk with outstanding ironwork. The second furniture classification – Monterey and 20th-Century – is led by a circa-1929 classic Monterey desk with desirable red finish.
Plein-air paintings by California artists include landscapes and water views of locales considered iconic in the Golden State. A 1936 Elmer Plummer (1910-1987) oil-on-canvas depicts a golf game, possibly on one of Griffith Park's courses. Lake Sherwood in Ventura County and breathtaking Point Lobos (Carmel-by-the-Sea) are among the other subjects seen in the art selection.
Rare early posters and prints will cross the auction block, including an original 1880s poster for the stage production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the only known example of a movie poster featuring Will Rogers in the 1934 comedy Judge Priest.
An abundance of ethnographic art be offered, as will a fabulous selection of antique and vintage lighting; Mexican silver and jewelry; and midcentury California art pottery.
"A bidder looking for furnishings and decorative art to add casual West Coast sophistication to their home could do so from wall to wall with the pieces in this auction," Berg noted.
The June 18, 2016 auction will start at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. For additional information, call 323-953-8330; Email. View the fully illustrated online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/89583_live-auction-california-and-mexican-antiques/.
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SOURCE Early California Antiques