Archive for July, 2012

27
Jul
12

Auction Makes Me Feel Like Singing

Hopefully you’re having a good work week.  But, if you find yourself having that hump day feeling, some singing is in order…

To the chorus of “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias –

I love to go to auction baby
Auction takes away my pain
I could browse these lots forever
Please don’t take my paddle away.

*Please visit us on the first Sunday of every month for our estate auction held at the main gallery at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.  On the following Tuesday/Wednesday is the Annex warehouse auction held at its new and improved location at 2701 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

To the chorus of “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston –

How will I know
The worth of granny’s china?
I have a prayer
Miss Dalton will tell me
It will be done
On Wednesday when we meet
I’m asking her
‘Cause she knows about these things.

*Visit us every Wednesday in our main gallery from 10-1 p.m. and have up to 5 pieces appraised for free!

To the chorus of “Beat It” by Michael Jackson –

Beat it!
Beat it!
Will all my bids be defeated?
Show them the money
Put up a fight
It doesn’t matter
Out bid with might
Just beat it!

*Something to keep in mind: Some of our most successful bidders are floor bidders.  Whenever you can, try to attend live!

27
Jul
12

Appraisal event discovery: fine Chinese silk robe

A woman from Oakland came to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 25th with this fine Chinese silk robe.  She believed her mother purchased it around 1921 when she was about three months old while the family was living in Beijing (Peking).  She has since worn it throughout her life as a fashion piece.  Although she chose to wear it, she understood it to be a garment of quality, so she took measures to take care of the robe.  Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang was in agreement that it is a special piece originating from China.  Mr. Huang also noted that the robe was made for a wealthy Han ethnic Chinese female of high ranking stature.  Indicators of this notion are seen in the genuine gold thread and exceptional decorative work.  Mr. Huang acknowledged that the expertly crafted robe would be suitable for a Fine Auction at Michaan’s, but due to some condition issues would have to be estimated at $1,500-2,000.

Fine Chinese silk robe

Fine Chinese silk robe

Chinese silk robe detail

Chinese silk robe detail

25
Jul
12

Appraisal event discovery: Schoenhut circus figures

This group of twelve Schoenhut circus figures was taken to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 25th.  The delightful pieces were brought in by a gentleman from Orinda, charming appraiser Elizabeth Dalton and staff members alike.  The toys (which Dalton believed to be circa 1910) include depictions of Buffalo Bill, a rhinoceros, a zebra, a polar bear, a giraffe, two clowns, two donkeys and two horses, one surmounted by a lady.  The toy collection was recently gifted to him after his mother’s passing, but he clearly recalls that she did not allow him to play with them while he was growing up.  These joyous pieces of classic American toy craftsmanship were estimated at $800-1,200

Group of twelve Schoenhut circus figures

Group of twelve Schoenhut circus figures

18
Jul
12

July 18 Appraisal Event find

A coin collector from Fremont brought this group of coins from his father’s collection to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 18th.  He chose Michaan’s Auctions as his first source of one-on-one appraisal after doing some of his own research online.  Coin and Stamp Specialist Michael “Misha” Rosenberg valued each coin to what the client felt was a “trustworthy appraisal.” He found the values given by Rosenberg to be more reliable and realistic than many of the augmented figures he discovered online; many were dealer projections with some inflated up to 4 times over the actual coin value.  As a result, he decided to return for another Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event where he would bring some of his high-end pieces for evaluation.

Coin collection brought to Wednesday Appraisal Event

Coin collection brought to Wednesday Appraisal Event

A busy day at the Appraisal Event

A busy day at the Appraisal Event

18
Jul
12

Shop At Auction and Earn Cool Points!

Reason #1: To be stylish!

Where else can you find a retro party dress, period Chinese robe, vintage Rolex and seasons old Louis Vuitton purse in one place?  Just please don’t wear them all at the same time.

Reason #2: To save some greenbacks.

Shopping at auction is generally cheaper than buying brand new.  Dinner and a movie?  No prob!

Reason #3: You care about the environment.

The blue whale and rhinoceros thank you for shopping at auction and forgoing the whole production process.

Join us on August 7 and 8 for the upcoming Annex Auction at our new venue, right next to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. Previews will be held Sunday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 8.

 

Annex Auction set up

Annex Auction table set-up

 

 

 

 

 

11
Jul
12

July 11 Appraisal Event find

A gentleman from San Francisco came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 11th with this wonderful 19th century Bohemian enameled decanter.  He spotted it about one month ago in a pile of relative rubbish at a garage sale in San Francisco’s Mission District.  What appeared to be exceptional hand painting and a large punt at the base intrigued him and he ended up buying the wine vessel for $10.  Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton was in agreement of the fine art work and was quite impressed at the “amazing detail.”  They both noted the charming party scene depicting figures playing the doodle sack and hurdy gurdy as well as the band of gold leaf that handsomely finishes the piece.  Dalton estimated the decanter at $800-1,200, proving it to be quite a find indeed.

19th century Bohemian enameled decanter

19th century Bohemian enameled decanter

 

10
Jul
12

New Annex Spreads its Wings on Monarch Street

I know so many of you out there are already Annex addicts; I used to work auction days and it was clear who was hooked…

“I can’t believe the price I got on that lot!”

“Oh yes, I’ll be coming back for my paddle tomorrow.”

“I drove over three hours to get here.”

Oh yes, I’ve seen the gleam in your eyes.  Well Christmas has come early kids, specifically on Sunday, August the 5th at 9 a.m.  The date marks the first Annex sale from its new and improved location.  The new Annex will be unveiled at 2701 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501, boasting an auction room floor of approximately 65,000 square feet.

Building 20 - New location for monthly Annex Auctions

Building 20 – New location for monthly Annex Auctions

Early floor set up for August Annex Auction

Early floor set up for August Annex Auction

President Allen Michaan oversaw virtually every aspect of the renovation, noting, “The new Annex showroom takes our auction house to a completely new level.  It is a beautiful, open, well-lit selling space that will allow us to expand the Annex auction from about 2,000 lots to 3,000 or 4,000 lots.  Not only will it accommodate our increasing consignments, but the new location is also more convenient for our patrons.  It is adjacent to our antiques faire parking lot, allowing shuttle service to and from both locations for our faire-goers.  Beautiful new restroom facilities are also a welcome alternative to the porta potties currently being used at the antiques faire.”

Annex reception area under construction

Annex reception area under construction

The showroom will also include a projection screen with the Live Auctioneer’s feed of the monthly estate auction at Michaan’s Main Gallery, in progress from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on antique faire days.  In addition, faire parking lot shuttles will now be conveniently stopping at the Annex showroom every 5 minutes.

Nothing left to say but game on!

Early bin room set up for August Annex Auction

Early bin room set up for August Annex Auction

05
Jul
12

July Annex Auction

Fireworks weren’t the only things to go sky high on the 4th of July; the Michaan’s Annex Auction went gangbusters!  When all was said and done, the auction was the second highest grossing Annex event in Michaan’s history.  So many people decided to make Michaan’s a part of their 4th of July fun and the packed warehouse was proof of that.  So what were people snapping up?  This pair of pictured dolls sold for $1,111 – I think the blond one looks just as shocked as I am.  There was also a lot of 26 “Gene” dolls in their original boxes which did $1,404; as long as Gene wasn’t used as a firework holder, I’m happy.

Asian lots seem to always have bidders chomping at the bit.  A large group of Chinese decorations included scholar’s objects such as bronze censers, cinnabar lacquer pieces and brush pots.  It blew all projections out of the water, selling for $2,925.  A hanging scroll of a horse marked Xu Beihong did the same, galloping out the door at $877.  With numbers like these, I think the Asian Department is on to something…

Doll Lot Sold for $1,111

05
Jul
12

July 4 Appraisal Event find

A gentleman from Boston came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 4th with this unique silver plate service set. The pieces were part of a collection inherited from the consignor’s grandparents and aunt from Manchester, New Hampshire. Upon their passing, they were discovered in their collective attics. The consignor eventually came to find that they were part of a family collection that had spawned over the course of over 100 years. Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton recognized the set to be American circa 1870s and noted the unique and impressive looking figures decorating the pieces. Dalton understood that this interesting design feature would most likely appeal to an auction audience and consigned the set with tray at an estimate of $300-400.

Silver Plate Tea Service

Silver Plate Tea Service




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