Posts Tagged ‘California auctions

12
Apr
17

End Of The Year Cleaning And Discovery

There comes a point at the end of the year, when people start to clean their homes and rid themselves of the clutter that has built up. While there is great satisfaction in having a clean and clear home, this can also be a risky time of year for the unknowing victims of the purge. There are many cases of people throwing extremely valuable items into the trash. Special or unique items that could have sold for thousands at California auctions, ends up on the curb to fall apart in the rain or get carried off by someone else. Most of the time, this goes by unnoticed, but occasionally, someone will find themselves antique shopping and realize that they $10,000 dining room table that they are looking at is the same one that they threw away last year. This can be heart-breaking and embarrassing as it is really represents a missed opportunity that was lost in the end of the year cleaning.

Don’t Throw Out Something Of Extraordinary Value

Although people want to enjoy a clean home, it is very important to carefully consider every item before it is tossed to the wayside. Many people would be shocked to discover that the old, ‘tacky’ painting in the living room is actually a classic and valuable painting from a respected artist. The items that are of extreme value are not always recognizable to every person. Particularly when something has been sitting around for a long time, people tend to lose their regard for it and begin to perceive it as clutter. California auctions are packed with items that are extremely valuable, but for many of them, the original owner will never see a dime because they decided to throw it away or sell it for a few dollars at last year’s garage sale.

It is not always the owner’s fault, but sometimes a careless wife or ignorant husband will toss something away while they are cleaning, only to discover their mistake when it is too late. However, this can be avoided if care is taken when getting rid of antique furniture, old paintings, and other odd objects. People have a tendency of taking things at face value, but when their is historic significance or artistic integrity encapsulated in an item, it is not always as obvious to the untrained eye. This is why it can be extremely valuable to bring in an expert on antiquities to look over the items that a person wants to get rid of. It is not necessary to keep the grandfather clock in the hallway, but if it is going to be removed, the owner should at least get the value that it is worth for it.

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN

Discovered at the Free Appraisal Event at Michaan’s Auctions: MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (Indian born worked in England 1915-2011) Nude figure with creature Ink on tissue laid on paper, Sold for $2,242 at Michaan’s Auctions

 

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23
Jan
17

How the Artisans of Today Get their Inspiration from California Auctions

Artists, artisans, and creators are on a constant lookout for sources of inspiration. They’re searching for the next big idea that will drive them, as well as the spark that will ignite the flame of their ingenuity and creativity. In this vein, they often discover and channel inspiration from the past, from masters who paved the way in many different mediums. One of the most inspiring periods for many artisans is the 17th century.

Inspirational pieces from this period include everything from paintings and drawings, to sculpture and needlework, to clothing and architecture, to textile design, furniture design, and even book design. There are many examples of all of these items on the Internet and in books, but there are places artists can go where they can see these historic objects up close and in person. These places include art and antiques auctions in California.

MARY DeNEALE MORGAN

MARY DeNEALE MORGAN (Californian 1868-1948) “California Coastal Dunes” Watercolor on board

 

 

Inspiration-Gathering at California Auctions: Suggestions

Gathering inspiration is always a personal process, but there are tried-and-true ways to do it that have worked consistently for many artists and artisans. The number one rule that applies to inspiration-gathering, however, is that there are no rules. There is no limit to where an idea may come from because inspiration is everywhere.

The Value of In-Person Viewing

At auction houses, items up for sale may be displayed in a main gallery or showroom up to the point of sale. This gives people a chance to view and inspect them before bidding, but it also affords artisans and creatives a unique opportunity to interact with rare, historic, or valuable pieces from the past in person. Viewing something in real life is far different from looking at a picture of it on the web or in a book, and a whole new cache of ideas may spring from seeing an art piece or historic item in 3D.

 

Spanish Baroque Style Trestle Table with Iron Stretchers

Spanish Baroque Style Trestle Table with Iron Stretchers

Questions to Ask to Generate New Ideas

With these things in mind, collecting inspiration depends on what intrigues a particular person, not to mention what stands out to them about an object, situation, person, place, or idea. However, some people need a push to get them thinking in a way that generates new concepts. Here are some thoughts that may be helpful when pursuing the muse at auction houses:

What story does the piece depict? Are there multiple possible stories?

Look at the evidence of wear on the item, if any. Note its condition. What does this say about the usefulness of the piece? Try to imagine what kind of people would have used it, and in what ways.

Think about the value of the piece. If it is a painting or art object, why is it valuable? If it is a furniture piece or other “useful” item, why is it so treasured today?

Note the colors in or on the piece. How are they related — are they primary or secondary colors, for instance? Do they evoke nature? Think about why the artist or artisan chose them.

Is there a recurring pattern or motif on the object? What is it?

These questions are relevant when viewing any item or art piece for inspiration, not just 17th century or antique pieces. With the right mindset, inspiration can be drawn from any decade.

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