This album puts the “pain” in painting, but owning it would undoubtedly be a collector’s joy. A group of nine Chinese export gouache paintings depicts Qing Dynasty torture scenes and is expertly executed (pun intended ). You have your choice of scenes: hair pulling, imprisonment devices, a beheading, a rotting corpse and knife play – oh my! The subject matter may be ugly, but the beauty of the artistry displayed cannot be denied. Technique is defined by fine brushwork, a vibrant color palette, subtle shading and attention to detail. A stylistically like-minded painting album sold in May of this year at Michaan’s for a price realized of $12,980 (estimate $600-800). This album will be sold along with a two figure painting book in the Asian Decorative Arts Auction on Monday, October the 7th at an estimate of $500-700 (lot 2213). Please join us for previews beginning on Friday the 4th until the day of sale – promise, it won’t hurt a bit.
Giddyup and raise them paddles partner. Ride off into the sunset in September with one of seven authentic horse saddles to be sold at Michaan’s. Whether your pocket jingles or is stuffed with a billfold, we’ve got you covered cowboys (and womenfolk too). Estimates range from a low of $300 to a high of $2,000, with varied decorative motifs. The saddles include concho motifs as well as basketweave, leafy poppy, leafy acorn, thistle and star designs. The saddle leathers remain in wonderful condition, appearing in shades of cognac, chocolate, chestnut and black. You can take your pick of vintage D.E. Walker Visalia Stock, S.D. Myres, Keystone Bros., Chas P. Shipley or parade saddles; oh and don’t forget the Western Circle Y brand Yoakum Texas saddle. The illustrated auction catalog will be available for review at www.michaans.com. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on August 30th to September 1st, the day of sale. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail email@example.com. Yee haw!
Kawase Hasui woodblock prints should be hung in every office. At the moment, three stare at me from behind my computer, transporting me into a Japanese wonderland. The trio starts with a glowing moon in a midnight blue sky peaking from clusters of tree branches in Toyama. The next image is a hazy depiction of a boat docked on the still waters of Nagahama beach. The last is an inviting night scene of steps leading up to Chuson temple in Hiraizumi. Gazing at these sleepy, dreamy scenes feels like a mental massage; ahhh.
Kawase Hasui is a featured artist in Michaan’s first Asian Decorative Arts Auction. The aforementioned pieces as well as seven additional woodblock prints from Hasui will be sold on Monday, October 7, 2013. Wonderful furniture, jade and stone carvings, scholar’s implements, woodcuts and porcelains are also slated for the sale, with a lot total that continues to grow.
Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang is anticipating the category to do well for Michaan’s. ”I think that offering this specific genre of Asian art to our buyers in a specialized sale is a wonderful collecting opportunity. Those who are especially interested in this category of fine antiques should find the sale to be a most worthwhile event. I aim to build exciting auction offerings and am still welcoming consignments for the sale. I can be reached at 510-227-2535 to assist anyone with consigning their property for this premiere auction.”
Previews will begin on Friday, October the 4th, continuing until the 7th, the day of sale. I suppose I will enjoy the prints until then .
It seems to happen like clockwork; a rush of engagements are made during this time of year. The timing makes perfect sense, as wedding season generally revolves around June, August, September and October, with December steadily gaining steam as holiday weddings have grown in popularity. When caught up in the whirlwind of romance, what is any bride to do? Not to worry gals, Michaan’s Auctions Jewelry Department Director Rhonda Harness is here for you. Rhonda has over 30 years of professional experience in the fashion industry. At one time her independent fashion label, Rhonda Harness, was featured in Vogue, Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines. She has also collected jewelry for over 35 years and has a vast knowledge of period styles under her belt. Ladies, I think you’re in good hands. Here are some of Rhonda’s auction picks and ideas to help make the most beautiful of brides, as well as reflections from Michaan’s staff members who are about to take their own trips down the aisle.
Laura: “So Rhonda, why is shopping at auction a great alternative for creating a beautiful bridal look?”
Rhonda: “Well, usually the bridal look is all about beauty, femininity and romance. Period jewelry, especially from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, is the epitome of these aesthetic qualities and is regularly seen at auction. For those that prefer a more modern look, contemporary jewelry styles are sold as well, with great deals often being found for them.”
Laura: “Ok, let’s start with contemporary picks. What do you have in your upcoming August sale?”
Rhonda: “There are two I can think of off the top of my head at estimates that don’t break the bank. The first set centers an approximate half carat round brilliant cut diamond flanked by another half carat of diamonds. The matching band bears another row of diamonds; classic and beautiful at an estimate of $800-1,200 (lot 272). The other contemporary set holds a marquise cut diamond with delicate diamond work upon the bands. This is offered at a very conservative estimate of $400-600 (lot 264).”
Laura: “And period?”
Rhonda: “A vintage stunner in the sale with a substantial look is lot 267 ($1,000-1,500). A creative, artistic piece with a variety of diamond cuts is lot 270 ($1,200-1,400). I highly recommend looking at these August offerings at preview or online when they become available.”
Then I went hunting for our perspective brides and groom. I wondered, how has working in the auction realm aided you in planning your trip down the isle?
Jewelry Department Assistant Elise Bradley: “I bought the most beautiful period diamond brooch in this last July estate auction. I plan on wearing it at my wedding, but as a pendant I will layer with other pearl strands. I’m so excited, it’s going to be gorgeous!”
Asian Art Business Manager Kim Jee: “I actually had my wedding dress shipped to Michaan’s. It’s hanging in my office so I can see what vintage accessories stream through the auction house that might go with my dress. You could say I am constantly previewing!”
Facilities Manager Chris Gallo: “My fiancé has worked Michaan’s jewelry previews for about 4 years now. She developed her jewelry tastes around many of the offerings of period pieces we have in our monthly auctions. When it came to choosing a style for her ring, we based it on what she loves at auction.”
The illustrated auction catalog will be available for review at www.michaans.com. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on August 2nd and continue to the 4th, the day of sale. For general information, please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.
Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art Auction held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 was a phenomenal success to put it mildly. It was such a triumph, that it seems complete paragraphs are not necessary to convey its grandeur; we’ll let the following five bullet points speak for themselves.
- A total gross of over $4,545,000 makes the auction the most successful in Michaan’s Auctions history.
- A carving of Tang Ying rocks the auction world, selling for $2,235,000. It becomes the highest selling Asian soapstone carving ever auctioned outside of Asia as well as Michaan’s highest single selling lot to date (lot 3080, $100,000-150,000).
- A new international record is established by a hanging scroll titled “Mountainous Dwellings” by Li Yin. The piece realizes a world record-breaking price of $112,100, becoming the highest figure ever achieved at auction for a Li Yin work (lot 3217, $25,000-35,000).
- Two jade double gourd-form pendants perform amazingly well as they realize a price of $106,200, selling for over 53 times their high estimate (lot 3027, $1,500-2,000).
- Numerous private collection offerings produce excellent sell-through numbers, as does the entire sale at an over 84% sell-through. A largely jade based, private San Francisco collection sees a 100% sell-through of its 44 lots ($782,163), as does a prominent collection once owned by Senator Theodore Francis Green ($215,350). A collection of Chinese silk fan paintings from the Reynold Tom Collection sells out as well ($46,315), as does the entire painting collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Tom ($253,110).
Blown away, aren’t you? Well, you’ve just scratched the surface. For complete results of the Fine Asian Works of Art Auction as well as future sale information and bid submission, please visit www.michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501
It goes without saying that modern furniture is hot. But what is becoming increasingly “quente” at the moment? Modern Brazilian furniture. The June 2013 issue of Art + Auction solely featured modern Brazilian furnishings in their column titled Must Haves. Brazilian modernist furniture pioneer Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) kicked off their list of picks, with his appropriately named “Sleepwalker Armchair” taking center stage. When speaking of the modern Brazilian furniture movement, Tenreiro is an undeniable influence. He is largely known as the father of modern furniture in Brazil, leaving behind an unrivaled design legacy that is revered to this day.
Michaan’s 20th Century Design Auction will feature a classic Tenreiro dining table known as the “Mesa Triangular” ($30,000-40,000). The piece is quite cheerful with its bright yellow, triangular table top, but there is also something wonderfully unusual and otherworldly about it. Tenreiro believed that Brazilian furniture should be “…formally light…A lightness which has nothing to do with weight itself, but with graciousness, and the functionality of spaces.” The shape is somewhat reminiscent of the classic Star Trek symbol; beam me up to auction, Scotty!
The “Mesa Triangular” table will be offered amongst over 140 lots of modern furniture and decorations on Saturday, July the 6th at 1:00 p.m. Previews will be held in Michaan’s Main Gallery the day before as well as the day of sale. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.
Five lots of Captain Jacob Stone’s personal items will be sold in Michaan’s fine sale on June 7, 2013. Jacob Stone (Dec. 4, 1764 – June 23, 1831) was an authentic sea captain based in the small coastal city of Newburyport in Essex County, Massachusetts. Stone joined Newburyport’s Marine Society in 1801, climbing its ranks from Secretary to Vice President. His first entry at the Newburyport Custom House chronicled a cargo journey from the East Indies in March of 1805.
In line with auction house lore, it is believed that spirits loom amongst their beloved belongings as they journey between this world and the beyond. I wonder what Jacob Stone would say…
The Jacob Stone Collection will be offered amongst the fine Furniture and Decorative Arts selection, along with artworks and jewelry. Previews will be held on May 31, 2013 until June 7th, the day of sale.
Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.
Sure to be many a collectors dream is a large group of sterling silver Georg Jensen jewelry items at Michaan’s Auctions. The collection, amassed some forty years ago, will now be sold in Michaan’s June fine jewelry sale in twenty-eight lots. All the authentic Jensen items bear stamps verifying production numbers as well as artist marks. Many of the coveted images include depictions of animals, a jewelry fan favorite and coveted collector niche category as well. The Jensen animal menagerie is out of its cage and up for auction on June 7, 2013, highlighted by the following brooches.
From Jensen Silversmithy designer Arno Malinowski:
From Jensen Silversmithy designer Harald Nielsen:
Previews for the June fine jewelry offerings will be held on May 31st until the day of sale.
Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.
Michaan’s Auctions announces an exciting new addition to its auction categories in the form of an Arts and Crafts Department. The new department will encompass all forms of the Arts and Crafts genre, including but not limited to, furnishings, decorations, glassware, textiles, art pottery and works of art. Bay Area Arts and Crafts expert Lee Jester has been appointed to take the reins of the department, serving as its consultant in charge. He has already begun to build an intriguing sale scheduled for October with a diverse selection of pieces. Jester’s experience in the field has also given Michaan’s the confidence to schedule a follow-up Arts and Crafts auction, even before the debut sale takes place (to be announced on michaans.com).
Lee Jester’s local Arts and Crafts roots run deep, as he established The Craftsman Home in Berkeley, California in 1995. The home furnishings store was opened in the heart of the Berkeley-Oakland Arts and Crafts district with Jester as its proprietor. The Craftsman Home came to garner substantial recognition as notable artisan works were carefully selected. Pieces from Warren Hile, Caledonia Studios, Ephraim Faience Pottery and the Mica Lamp Company were just a few of the coveted designers Jester chose to offer his clientele.
Jester is undoubtedly thrilled at his new partnership with Michaan’s. ”This position allows me to do what I love while bringing Arts and Crafts into the lives of others. I believe Arts and Crafts improves the quality of life, in all aspects from supporting talented artists to making a home feel like a home. Arts and Crafts has timeless appeal, surpassing fickle trends and cultural transitions. These pieces have a way of making a home creative, comfortable and soothing to the soul. I personally believe Arts and Crafts feeds the soul and brings timeless beauty into a living space.” Jester will be accepting quality consignments for his October 2013 sale through August the 1st. Arts and Crafts artisans such as Stickley, Roy Croft and Limbert are highly desired. American art pottery names such as Rookwood, Gruby and Fulper are also prized at auction.
For future Arts and Crafts sale and department information at Michaan’s Auctions, please visit www.michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.
With every passing week it seems that Michaan’s Auctions Appraisal Event has grown in attendance. It appears that the power of television has caused a flood of new traffic to stream through the event at rates never seen before. For those of you who are not quite as familiar with Michaan’s Wednesday Appraisal Events, I’ll try to show you the ropes. Let’s count down some helpful facts and information regarding the free service.
5)Each person can have up to five pieces appraised at the event. Not to worry, it works like this: grandma’s chair counts as one. Grandma’s silver service set for eight counts as one.
4)The event is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An easy way to remember: it’s hump day, it’s lunchtime, bring it on over!
3)You have an Asian vessel, a World War II firearm, an old coin, a framed print and a diamond ring. Can someone be helped at the appraisal event with such a mishmash of items? The answer is yes! Not only are specialists on hand that cover specific categories such as Asian art, but more than one generalist appraiser is usually available to look at the unusual and the curious.
2)You made it to Michaan’s Main Gallery with your things; what do you do to get seen? It’s so very simple. When you walk in there will be a sign in desk. Fill out your information on the provided sheet. Then just have a seat and when the appropriate specialist is available your name will be called and you will be seen. If you have a variety of items and need to see multiple specialists, you will continue to be helped on a first come, first served basis – it’s that simple.
1)Your main goal is to have your items appraised so they can be auctioned at Michaan’s. Can this be expedited at the appraisal event? Of course; if that is the case we actually have the same goal. After the specialist evaluates your item(s) and provides estimate(s), a contract can be opened on the spot and your item(s) slated for future auction. Terms and conditions will be laid out in detail; all you need is a minimum of $1,000 in sellable property and we are ready to roll!
Please visit the Michaan’s Auctions Appraisal Event every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Gallery located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Find out if you are sitting on a treasure