Archive for November, 2012

30
Nov
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Fine Jewelry

Jewelry Department Director Rhonda Harness:
“This is another wonderful example of custom made jewelry in the fine sale.  It has so many wonderful components to it; it’s exotic look, the beautiful workmanship and the quality seen in the translucency of the jade make for an unbeatable combination.  I expect that all types of bidders, from dealers to private parties, will find interest in this unique suite.”  Lot 3133, $15,000-18,000.

Jade, Diamond, 18K Gold Jewelry Suite

Jade, Diamond, 18K Gold Jewelry Suite

Fine and Modern Furniture and Decorations and Fine Jewelry
Auction: Friday, December 7, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 2

29
Nov
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Fine Furniture and Decorations

Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton:
“I was thrilled to secure this 19th century Napoleon III bonnetiere for the fine auction.  It is one of many impressive French furniture pieces in the sale from several Bay Area estates.  The ebonized wood coupled with the gilt bronze work is beautifully complimentary.  I also love the boulle work and the detailed depictions of Greek figures, including Ceres and Diana.  For a furniture piece of this quality and size, I believe the estimate of $6,000 to $8,000 to be quite conservative.”  Lot 3191, $6,000-8,000.

Massive Napolean III Gilt Bronze Boulle Ebonized Bonnetiere

Massive Napolean III Gilt Bronze Boulle Ebonized Bonnetiere

Fine and Modern Furniture and Decorations and Fine Jewelry Auction
Sale date: Friday, December 7, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 2 and by appointment

28
Nov
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Fine Art – Joseph Dwight Strong Jr.

We are delighted to offer this large and important Joseph Dwight Strong Jr. oil painting in the fine sale.  Paintings of this size (24 x 37 inches) are rare for the artist.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for a private collector or public institution to acquire what is one of, if not the last, large format Hawaiian Islands figurative work of art by Strong Jr. still available for ownership.  Lot 2048, $60,000-90,000.

JOSEPH DWIGHT STRONG JR (American 1852-1899) "Diamond Head, Hawaii - Launching the Outriggers, 1888"

JOSEPH DWIGHT STRONG JR (American 1852-1899) “Diamond Head, Hawaii – Launching the Outriggers, 1888”

 

19th & 20th Centuries, American & European Fine Art Auction
Sale date: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 1

17
Nov
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Fine Art – Millard Sheets

This Millard Sheets watercolor is a perfect reflection of the artist’s style post-1950.  His travels around the world, in this case the spectacular island peak of Moua Puta in Tahiti, reflect the lighter tone his work took during this period of his career. Lot 2047, $15,000-25,000.

MILLARD SHEETS (American 1907-1989)  "Moua Puta Across Drake Bay, 1979"

MILLARD SHEETS (American 1907-1989) “Moua Puta Across Drake Bay, 1979”

 

19th & 20th Centuries, American & European Fine Art Auction
Sale date: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 1

17
Nov
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Tiffany Masterworks

Yet another example displaying the fine craftsmanship of Tiffany mosaic glass is seen in this Last Supper panel from the early 1920s.  The bronze cast of Christ and His Apostles is set amongst luminous, multi-hued mosaic glass.  The piece is a replica of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Last Supper, depicting one of the twenty-eight panels of the life of Christ that were commissioned for the doors of the Baptistery in Florence from 1403-1424.  Estimate: $50,000-70,000.

Tiffany Studios Last Supper Glass Mosaic and Brass Panel

Tiffany Studios Last Supper Glass Mosaic and Brass Panel

 

Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum Japan Auction
Sale date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Previews: November 2, 3 and 4, November 10 and 11, November 16 and 17

01
Nov
12

Chinese Bell to Ring Up Sales

The bell has tolled for the second time at Michaan’s Auctions and it’s ringing with the sweet sound of success.  A rare gilt-bronze archaistic ritual bell was sold in the Asian Fine Works of Art Auction in June of 2012 to phenomenal results.  In fact, it became the top grossing lot of the sale.  Estimated at $20,000-30,000, the final selling price blew all projections out of the water at $198,000.  Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1970s by a private Los Angeles collector, only two other comparable examples are known.  One sold at Christie’s, London on March 29, 1966 as lot 171 and the other sold at Sotheby’s, Paris on June 9th, 2010 as lot 43.  Although quite different, another exceptional bell has found its way to the department just in time for the Asian Fine Works of Art Auction, to be held on December 11th of 2012.

Cloisonné enamel bell

Cloisonné enamel bell

The cloisonné enamel bell is also only one of three of its kind that is known to exist.  A similar bell sold at Christie’s New York on March 19, 2008 as lot 366 for over $650,000.  The other bell is held in the permanent collection of the Beijing Palace Museum.  Highly ornamented, the piece features vibrant cloisonné work throughout with taotie masks and phoenix-form flanges flanking an incised and gilt-painted Qianlong six character mark.  This level of quality and decorative excellence on a bell from this period is truly a treasure.  Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang reflected, “The decorative work is elegant yet powerful; an exceptional collector piece by anyone’s standards” ($50,000-70,000).  Measuring past sales success, it appears that the Asian Department has rung in another top lot this winter.

01
Nov
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Tiffany Masterworks

In the upcoming weeks, Michaan’s blog will provide a sneak peak into the specialty auction season of 2012 with exclusive highlight photos and reflections from the experts.  This year Michaan’s features a trio of winter fine sale auctions accompanied by a once in a lifetime offering of the finest Tiffany and Art Nouveau pieces on the market.

The specialty sale season begins with what can only be described as pieces representing the world’s finest Louis Comfort Tiffany masterworks.  Every lot in the sale was a part of Mr. Takeo Horiuchi’s internationally acclaimed Garden Museum Collection.  The selection is comprised of Tiffany lamps, windows, vases, paintings, enamels and mosaics from this unparalleled museum grouping.  Originally, the pieces were not intended for sale, but will now provide an extremely exclusive opportunity for the most discriminating collectors from around the world.  The Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum Japan Auction will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Tiffany Studios Mosiac Column

Tiffany Studios Mosiac Column

Mr. Allen Michaan reflected on the honor of bringing the Garden Museum Collection to auction.  “This acquisition, which is the largest single transaction to ever occur in the world of decorative arts, elevates Michaan’s Auctions from a well known, fast growing national player on the antiques and art scene to an entirely new international level,” he said.  “I am very proud and excited that Michaan’s Auctions is at the center of such a history-making event and that we will be able to offer many of these spectacular works of art at our venue.”

Reflecting the beauty and prestige of Tiffany art works in the sale is a Tiffany Studios mosaic column fashioned in favrile glass.  The piece is one of six mosaic columns that were a central decorative feature in New York’s Tiffany Studios showroom.  The other columns can be found at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000.




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