Archive for July, 2013

23
Jul
13

Take a Trip to Auction Before Your Trip Down the Aisle

It seems to happen like clockwork; a rush of engagements are made during this time of year.  The timing makes perfect sense, as wedding season generally revolves around June, August, September and October, with December steadily gaining steam as holiday weddings have grown in popularity.  When caught up in the whirlwind of romance, what is any bride to do?  Not to worry gals, Michaan’s Auctions Jewelry Department Director Rhonda Harness is here for you.  Rhonda has over 30 years of professional experience in the fashion industry.  At one time her independent fashion label, Rhonda Harness, was featured in Vogue, Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines.  She has also collected jewelry for over 35 years and has a vast knowledge of period styles under her belt.  Ladies, I think you’re in good hands.  Here are some of Rhonda’s auction picks and ideas to help make the most beautiful of brides, as well as reflections from Michaan’s staff members who are about to take their own trips down the aisle.

Laura: “So Rhonda, why is shopping at auction a great alternative for creating a beautiful bridal look?”

Rhonda: “Well, usually the bridal look is all about beauty, femininity and romance.  Period jewelry, especially from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, is the epitome of these aesthetic qualities and is regularly seen at auction.  For those that prefer a more modern look, contemporary jewelry styles are sold as well, with great deals often being found for them.”

Laura: “Ok, let’s start with contemporary picks.  What do you have in your upcoming August sale?”

Rhonda: “There are two I can think of off the top of my head at estimates that don’t break the bank.  The first set centers an approximate half carat round brilliant cut diamond flanked by another half carat of diamonds.  The matching band bears another row of diamonds; classic and beautiful at an estimate of $800-1,200 (lot 272).  The other contemporary set holds a marquise cut diamond with delicate diamond work upon the bands.  This is offered at a very conservative estimate of $400-600 (lot 264).”

DIAMOND, 18K WHITE GOLD, PLATINUM WEDDING RING SET.

Lot 272: DIAMOND, 18K WHITE GOLD, PLATINUM WEDDING RING SET.

Laura: “And period?”

DIAMOND, 14K WHITE GOLD WEDDING RING SET

Lot 264: DIAMOND, 14K WHITE GOLD WEDDING RING SET

Rhonda: “A vintage stunner in the sale with a substantial look is lot 267 ($1,000-1,500).  A creative, artistic piece with a variety of diamond cuts is lot 270 ($1,200-1,400).  I highly recommend looking at these August offerings at preview or online when they become available.”

DIAMOND, PLATINUM RING

Lot 267: DIAMOND, PLATINUM RING

Then I went hunting for our perspective brides and groom.  I wondered, how has working in the auction realm aided you in planning your trip down the isle?

Jewelry Department Assistant Elise Bradley: “I bought the most beautiful period diamond brooch in this last July estate auction.  I plan on wearing it at my wedding, but as a pendant I will layer with other pearl strands.  I’m so excited, it’s going to be gorgeous!”

DIAMOND, 14K WHITE GOLD RING

Lot 270: DIAMOND, 14K WHITE GOLD RING

Asian Art Business Manager Kim Jee: “I actually had my wedding dress shipped to Michaan’s.  It’s hanging in my office so I can see what vintage accessories stream through the auction house that might go with my dress.  You could say I am constantly previewing!”

Facilities Manager Chris Gallo: “My fiancé has worked Michaan’s jewelry previews for about 4 years now.  She developed her jewelry tastes around many of the offerings of period pieces we have in our monthly auctions.  When it came to choosing a style for her ring, we based it on what she loves at auction.”

The illustrated auction catalog will be available for review at www.michaans.com.  Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on August 2nd and continue to the 4th, 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.

02
Jul
13

Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art Auction: Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown

Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art Auction held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 was a phenomenal success to put it mildly. It was such a triumph, that it seems complete paragraphs are not necessary to convey its grandeur; we’ll let the following five bullet points speak for themselves.

– A total gross of over $4,545,000 makes the auction the most successful in Michaan’s Auctions history.

– A carving of Tang Ying rocks the auction world, selling for $2,235,000.  It becomes the highest selling Asian soapstone carving ever auctioned outside of Asia as well as Michaan’s highest single selling lot to date (lot 3080, $100,000-150,000).

18th Century Soapstone Figural Carving of Tang Ying

An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving, 18th Century, dated by inscription to 1750, Sold for $2,235,000

– A new international record is established by a hanging scroll titled “Mountainous Dwellings” by Li Yin.  The piece realizes a world record-breaking price of $112,100, becoming the highest figure ever achieved at auction for a Li Yin work (lot 3217, $25,000-35,000).

Mountainous Dwellings by Li Yin

Li Yin (Early Qing Dynasty): Mountainous Dwellings, Sold for $112,100

– Two jade double gourd-form pendants perform amazingly well as they realize a price of $106,200, selling for over 53 times their high estimate (lot 3027, $1,500-2,000).

Two Jade Double Gourd-Form Pendants

Two Jade Double Gourd-Form Pendants, Sold for $106,200

– Numerous private collection offerings produce excellent sell-through numbers, as does the entire sale at an over 84% sell-through.  A largely jade based, private San Francisco collection sees a 100% sell-through of its 44 lots ($782,163), as does a prominent collection once owned by Senator Theodore Francis Green ($215,350).  A collection of Chinese silk fan paintings from the Reynold Tom Collection sells out as well ($46,315), as does the entire painting collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Tom ($253,110).

Blown away, aren’t you?  Well, you’ve just scratched the surface.  For complete results of the Fine Asian Works of Art Auction as well as future sale information and bid submission, please visit www.michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501




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