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McCloskey "Florida Oranges" Realizes $546,250 at John Moran's February Art Auction PDF Print E-mail

Pasadena, CA — John Moran Auctioneers set a new world auction record for a work by William Joseph McCloskey at their February 19, 2008 California and American Paintings Auction.

A packed sales room looked on as one of the artist’s iconic still lifes of oranges wrapped in tissue paper fetched $546,250 at the highest grossing sale in the firm’s 39-year history. The result topped the previous record price by over $100,000.

A leader in the Los Angeles art world of the late 19th century, McCloskey was also well known in New York City, where he resided from 1886-1891. It was there that he developed the oranges and tissue paper theme for which he is most acclaimed. His exquisitely detailed works exhibit the highest technical standards, acquired during his studies with Thomas Eakins in his native Philadelphia.

Though the depiction of different types of paper is a recurrent theme for East Coast artists, McCloskey is unique among California artists for his choice of tissue paper as subject matter. His orange paintings share similarities in their horizontal format and dark, velvety drapes or glossy tabletops that contrast starkly with the bright tones of the fruit and paper, while varying in the number, arrangement and variety of oranges, and the occasional inclusion of additional objects.

 

Accepting Consignments: March 2019 Auction

John Moran Auctioneers is now accepting consignments for our March 2019 California & American Fine Art Auction. Limited space available, so if you are considering a consignment of California art, please do not hesitate to contact us. Click here to visit our Contact page, or simply call us at 626-793-1833 to discuss your consignment.

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