Archive for August, 2012

28
Aug
12

Tip for Auction: Handling coins and stamps

Michael Rosenberg, Coin and Stamp Specialist:

I completely agree with Harry (see previous Tip for Auction post) and apply this rule to coins and stamps.  Also, when you are dealing with proof coins, make sure to use gloves when handling them; never touch them with your bare hands or you risk leaving spots.  I also highly recommend using tweezers when handling mint, unhinged stamps.

Michael Rosenberg, Coin and Stamp Specialist

Michael Rosenberg, Coin and Stamp Specialist

22
Aug
12

Inauthentic Gallé Vase

The appraisal event held on August 22, 2012 brings with it a cautionary tale, but one to learn from nonetheless.  A woman from San Leandro brought a vase to be appraised on behalf of her client.  Her client bought the vase about fifteen years ago from an antique broker believing it was an authentic Gallé and paid $3,000 for it.  One other appraisal had been conducted on the vase since its purchase, deeming it a fake.

Questionable Gallé Vase

Questionable Gallé Vase

Vase signature

Vase signature

The client thought it would be wise to get a second opinion and decided to turn to Michaan’s Auctions.  Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton was immediately leery of the piece, noticing that the look and color was quite off.  Dalton noted the irregular texture, appearing as if it was “impressed with a cheese cloth,” as well as the dye running in multiple places.

Vase texture

Vase texture

Running dye on vase

Running dye on vase

Dalton then showed the woman comparisons of real Gallé glass works, providing information that would have been valuable to know prior to the purchase. Unfortunately, Dalton believed the true market value of the vase to be around $300-500.

16
Aug
12

Tip for Auction – Don’t clean your items

Harry Huang, Asian Art Specialist:

As a general rule, cleanliness is not next to Godliness in the auction business.  Leave your item in its original condition when you bring it to us; we can help you determine how to best present your piece. For example, some original patinas can become destroyed when you attempt to clean them.

Harry Huang, Asian Art Specialist

Harry Huang, Asian Art Specialist

15
Aug
12

Appraisal event discovery: Gorham Sterling Flatware

A woman from Redwood City brought her friend’s flatware set to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on August the 15th of 2012.  Given to the friend as a wedding gift some twenty odd years ago, she has had the pieces tucked away in storage ever since.  The unused set remains in remarkably pristine condition, as beautiful as it was at the time of purchase.  Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton noted the mark of “Gorham Sterling” upon the pieces and declared the set absolutely “gorgeous.”  The flatware that had been collecting dust for decades will now be up for auction at an estimate of $3,000-5,000.

Gorham Sterling Silver Set

Gorham Sterling Silver Set




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