10
Nov
14

2014 December Fine Sneek Peek

The end of the year means bringing the best property to bidders at Michaan’s, in the form of two fine auctions.  The first is scheduled on Monday, December the 8th, encompassing jewelry, fine art, furnishings and decorations.  The second event will be held on Monday, December the 15th as a stand-alone Fine Asian Works of Art auction.  The following provides a first look into each department’s offerings with a selected auction highlight; a sneak peek into what is looking to be a noteworthy December fine season.

Fine Art – “Angels with Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden),” $6,000-8,000.

The Andy Warhol signed watercolor upon lithograph will be joined in the December 8th fine auction by two additional works in the series (“Deux Cherubins – Two Cherubs and a Flower” and “The End”).

WarholAngels copy

 

Furniture & Decorative Arts – Daum Nancy Cameo Pictorial Glass Lamp, $8,000-10,000.

Daum Nancy is favored by many amongst Art Nouveau lighting, with this lamp bearing the delicate foliage motifs coveted by many collectors.

Lot3234

 

Jewelry – Pierre Touraine Diamond & 18k Yellow Gold “Ram’s Head” Ring, $6,000-9,000.

This particular ring was declared the winner of the 1974 “Diamond Today Competition” as published in the April 1978 issue of “Arizona Highways” magazine.

RamRing copy

 

Asian – Pair of Champlevé Enamel & Gilt Bronze Jardinières, $10,000-15,000.

From each Qianlong period jardinière springs forth a painstakingly assembled rendition of a fruit-bearing tree, glistening in amber, glass and hardstone elements.

AsianTrees copy

 

The illustrated auction catalogs will be posted online at www.michaans.com when they become available.  Previews for the fine art, jewelry, furnishing and decoration auction will be held on December 5th to December 8, 2014, the day of sale.  Previews for the Fine Asian Works of Art auction will be held on December 5th to December 8th, in addition to December 12th to December 15, 2014, the day of sale.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

 

 

 

 
10
Oct
14

Grateful Dead Art Car: The Ultimate Trip, Man

Rock music is here to stay, with heavy hitters like The Grateful Dead going down in rock ‘n’ roll history. Perhaps the holy grail of any rock ‘n’ roll collection or piece of Grateful Dead memorabilia lies in one culturally historic automobile, known as “The Dred.” It is very rare in today’s collecting world that a music celebrity-owned, iconic and culturally important automobile shows up after 45 years. “The Dred” represents a frozen moment in time that references the Summer of Love of 1966, the early Grateful Dead, Owsley, LSD, rock ‘n’ roll music and ‘60s automobile art cars. Michaan’s is pleased to present such a historic automobile at auction on November 6, 2014.

 

"The Dred" estimated at $300,000-500,000

“The Dred” estimated at $300,000-500,000

 

She's got four of 'em...

She’s got four of ‘em…

The Grateful Dead’s newly discovered first band truck from 1966 is an über important collector vehicle. It is an automotive representation of a historical time, complete with the key players of the counterculture revolution. Originally purchased by Owsley Stanley in 1966 to move The Grateful Dead’s band equipment, Owsley (known as the father of LSD) was also The Dead’s first manager and original soundman. The infamous automobile was Owsley developed, along with the drug LSD and the notorious Wall-of-Sound audio equipment for The Dead. The Studebaker truck became the first of The Grateful Dead’s early “Caravan of Six” band vehicles, which included The Dead’s original Sweet Magnolia tour bus. Dead Heads may also remember the lyric from the song “Truckin”: “…what a long, strange trip it’s been…” and fondly link it to “The Dred.”

Pretty as she is comin' and goin'....

Pretty as she is comin’ and goin’….

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on October the 31st to November the 2nd, as well as the day of sale, November 6, 2014. “The Dred” will also be made available to view at Michaan’s Annex warehouse on October the 5th, November the 2nd and by appointment. Mid-century modern inquiries can be made to Mr. Greg Favors at (510) 227-2524. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Michaan’s Annex warehouse is located at 2701 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

 
07
Oct
14

Prized Fall Gourd

Your kids have their Halloween pumpkin, you could have the ultimate “Gourd.”  This circa 1910 Dirk Van Erp and D’Arcy Gaw Gourd lamp ($25,000-30,000) highlights Michaan’s Arts and Crafts auction on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The lamp is of an excellent overall condition, with sound seams as well as the absence of any damage or dents.  When lit, the piece casts a gorgeous glow; no carving required.

 

GourdLamp

 

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available.  Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on October the 31st to November the 2nd, as well as the day of sale, November 6, 2014.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 
26
Sep
14

Halloween Imagery Appears Amongst October Estate Property: Part 4

Who wouldn’t agree that Halloween is equal parts mischievous fun and fright? This vintage Italian hardwood chair features ferociously beautiful beast forms as well as cheekily cheerful faces. A bit scary and a touch joyful; sound familiar?

Italian Renaissance Revival savonrola chair, $800-1,200.

Italian Renaissance Revival savonrola chair, $800-1,200.

 

Find out more about our October Estate Auction.

 
24
Sep
14

Halloween Imagery Appears Amongst October Estate Property: Part 3

Halloween can be a bit frightening, but protection can be found amongst the angels. Still counted as one of the most enduring Halloween costumes around, the angel combats the forces of darkness on All Hallows’ Eve. This classically painted angel could be hung in the most haunted of mansions, restoring a sense of light and balance within the ghostly realm.

European School oil painting “Angel with Lilies,” $400-600.

European School oil painting “Angel with Lilies,” $400-600.

 

Find out more about our October Estate Auction.

 
22
Sep
14

Halloween Imagery Appears Amongst October Estate Property: Part 2

In the Chinese culture, bats symbolize good fortune and happiness; a stark departure from the animal’s image in relation to All Hallows’ Eve. Western notions traditionally depicted bats as omens of bad luck or evil. One such superstition held was that if a bat flew around a house three times on Halloween, death would be soon to come.

Asian lacquered wood box featuring auspicious symbols, $300-500.

Asian lacquered wood box featuring auspicious symbols, $300-500.

 

Find out more about our October Estate Auction.

 
19
Sep
14

Halloween Imagery Appears Amongst October Estate Property: Part 1

 

Mexican enamel and sterling silver snake necklace, $300-500.

Mexican enamel and sterling silver snake necklace, $300-500.

A slithering snake weaving its way through a glowing skull. Mexico’s Day of the Dead, when spirits are believed to be briefly released to rejoin the earthly realm. Whether as a Halloween dressing or a nod to the ghostly Mexican tradition, this snake necklace casts an eye-catching spell.

Find out more about our October Estate Auction.

 

 
30
Jun
14

Bidders on “Plaque Attack” at Asian Fine Auction

Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction on June 23, 2014 was a resounding success, raking in over $2,400,000. A variety of Chinese ceramic plaques wowed at auction, but, the undisputed star of the day was an offering of two famille rose porcelain plaques listed as lot 7435 ($20,000-30,000). The Republic period pieces by Wang Qi were a rare find from the artist, but who saw this sale price coming – ? After a rapid succession of phone bids, things wrapped up at $463,000; a total that exceeds the high estimate well over 15 times!

Two Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques, Republic Period

Two Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques, Republic Period, By Wang Qi (1884-1937), Sold for $463,000

I spoke firsthand with the consignor and her story of the plaques is just as cool as their result. Earlier this year she purchased the plaques at an estate sale for $2,000. She eventually brought them to a dealer who offered to pay her $5,000 for the set. Deciding to do a little more detective work, she brought them to Michaan’s free Wednesday appraisal event. Asian Art Specialist Mr. Harry Huang knew he had pieces of quality in his midst and the deal was done. The story ending with an overall return of 231 times the original investment? The consignor, who attended the auction live, expressed that she thoroughly enjoyed the moment and is very happy with the result.

 
27
May
14

Mr. Huang’s Asian Fine Highlight-A-Polooza

Michaan’s will close the 2014 June sale schedule with a Fine Asian Works of Art auction on Monday the 23rd.  The auction will hold the largest volume and diversity of property of any fine sale conducted under the direction of Asian Art Specialist Mr. Harry Huang.  Exceptional works abound, with a list of highlights that will undoubtedly whet your appetite for the over 400 lot sale.  So, get ready, put on your reading glasses and click here.

 
27
May
14

Stone Cold in Love with June Fine Highlights

Michaan’s 2014 fine sale season begins with a June 6th auction encompassing fine art, jewelry, furnishings and decorations.  A highlight has been selected from each department represented in the sale, giving you a glimpse into the caliber of the offered property.  Fine Italian marble, Warhol cherubs plus a large fancy yellow diamond: hoping the combination leaves you stone cold in love with what you see at auction.

Andy Warhol lithograph

Fine Art – Andy Warhol lithograph “Two Cherubs and a Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden)” ($10,000-15,000)

 

Carved Italian marble cistern

Furniture & Decorative Arts – Carved Italian marble cistern ($6,000-8,000)

Fancy yellow diamond ring

Jewelry – Approximate 5.19 carat fancy yellow diamond ring ($50,000-80,000)

The auction will be held on June 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  The online catalog is available at www.michaans.com.  Previews begin on May the 30th and continue until June the1st, as well as on the day of sale.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 



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