Archive for the 'Auction Highlights' Category

29
Feb
16

An Exceptional Opportunity March 7, 2016: The Naomi Lindstrom Collection – Rare Worldwide Beads & Multicultural Art Auction

Michaan’s Auctions is proud to present a most singular offering on Monday, March 7, 2016, at 10 am: an auction of the prized worldwide bead and extensive art collection of Ms. Naomi Lindstrom. Collectors and lovers of extraordinary beauty will be awestruck at these objects that are steeped in cultural and historical significance.

The World’s Most Significant Bead Collection

Selling in over 290 lots, Ms. Lindstrom’s rare beads comprise the most significant collection in the world and originate from over 50 regions. One of the highlights is a set of rare Tibetan corals that Ms. Lindstrom acquired when she spent time working with the Dali Lama’s brother and sister.

Ms. Lindstrom became a renowned expert on the beads she collected, and was a sought after lecturer by museums and cultural centers around the world. She created necklaces from her beads which were true to the cultural heritage of their country of origin.

Treasured Art & World Ethnographic Objects

In addition to the stunning worldwide bead collection, Michaan’s Auctions will also offer rare items from Ms. Lindstrom’s Asian Art collection. The distinctive nature of these pieces provide buyers with opportunities to own some of the most treasured Asian Art (including figural sandstone pieces). Also for sale will be a collection of over 80 lots of world tribal and ethnographic objects.

Another incredible highlight of this auction will be over 31 lots of artwork from Ms. Lindstrom’s personal collection. Buyers can look forward to bidding on art by John Chin Young, Oscar Edwards, Fernand Leger, Jean Charlot, and many other noted artists.

The public is encouraged to attend the preview events at Michaan’s Auction House leading up to and including the day of the sale:

Friday, March 4, 12pm – 5pm

Saturday, March 5, 10am – 2pm

Sunday, March 6, 9am – 5pm

Day of sale, beginning at 9am

and by appointment.

A Truly Magnificent Auction of Exquisite Art & Rare Items

Beads, art and rare objects from Pre-Columbian, Roman and other historical periods will be featured at this auction, plus items from Africa, India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and many other regions will be offered. Fine art, furniture and many more intriguing and exquisite objects round out this incomparable sale. This is a truly one-of-a-kind auction that will appeal to a wide audience.

Please review our catalog that fully describes The Naomi Lindstrom Collection and plan to attend one of Michaan’s Auctions’ preview events for this March 7, 2016 sale.

24
Mar
15

Talesa’s Jewelry Pick of the Month – April 2015

A stylish spotlight from Michaan’s upcoming auction of April 11, 2015: A cultured pearl, sapphire, 18 karat white gold bracelet (lot 054, $700-900).photo

Michaan’s fashion-conscious Dir. of Marketing, Talesa Eugenio: This is a beautifully classic piece for sure, but its simplicity can be spun in many fashion directions. Pair it with an unexpected leather jacket, or go ultra-feminine for an event, such as a cocktail party.

pearl copy

Michaan’s Jewelry Dept. Dir., Rhonda Harness: Lustrous pearls command center stage, but the subtle feature of the round-cut sapphires on the spacers gives sparkle to this piece. The uniformity of the pearls in this bracelet is also quite lovely.

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews for the April Estate Auction will be held on April 4th, 5th and 10th and on the day of sale, Saturday, April 11, 2015. 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.

09
Jan
15

Feel the Love on Saturday, February the 7th

Ruby, 18k Yellow Gold Heart Pendant, jewelry lot 027, $600-800. Sweetly simple, featuring twenty-two calibre-cut rubies.

rubyheart copy

 

Five Red Glass Snuff Bottles, Asian lot 190, $1,500-2,500. May you be prosperous in all endeavors of the heart.

redsnuff copy

 

Viacheslav Vasilevich Kalinin “Lovers” Pastel, fine art lot 230, $1,000-1,500. Love cannot be defined, for it is a feeling within.

lovers copy

 

Six Paperweights For Your Valentine, decorative lot 346, $300-400. These adorable pieces are part of an 18 lot fine paperweight collection in the February sale.

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The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews for the February Estate Auction will be held on January 30th to February 1st and on the day of sale, Saturday, February 7, 2015. 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.

22
Dec
14

“Horse” Trots Off With Top Spot in Michaan’s Multimillion Asian Auction

Michaan’s December Fine Asian Works of Art auction closed 2014 with a sale realizing over $2 million USD. Artworks from the private family collection of a prominent Kuomintang government statesman dazzled at auction with a lengthy list of successes. A leading lot presented from the estate collection was 8399, Zhang Daqian’s hanging scroll titled “Horse” ($50,000-70,000). The painting was commissioned for the statesman’s daughter, who expressed a fondness for equestrian activities. The depiction of a lone horse was an unusual image for Daqian, leaving the scroll an extremely rare piece from the artist. Bidders took heated notice of the offering, pushing the price realized to a hefty $236,000, well over 3 times the high estimation. Asian Art Specialist Mr. Harry Huang noted, “The combination of rarity, an artist of Daqian’s stature and an esteemed provenance proved to be a commanding one. As a result, we saw the market respond as positively as it did.”

Zhang Daqian's "Horse" realizes $236,000 ($50,000-70,000).

Zhang Daqian’s “Horse” realizes $236,000 ($50,000-70,000).

 

Another top price achieved from the statesman selection was in the hanging Daqian scroll “Prunus and Bamboo” which sold for $177,000 (lot 8400, $100,000-150,000). Eleven additional artwork lots from the statesman auction grouping generously surpassed projections as well, raking in a cumulative price realized of $385,270 (lots 8391, 8392, 8393, 8396, 8397, 8398, 8401, 8402, 8409, 8413, 8415).

Zhang Daqian's "Prunus and Bamboo" realizes a price of $177,00 ($100,000-150,000).

Zhang Daqian’s “Prunus and Bamboo” realizes a price of $177,00 ($100,000-150,000).

 

For complete results of Michaan’s December 2014 Fine Asian Works of Art auction, please click here.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

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.

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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.




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