Author Archive for Michaans Auctions

03
Oct
17

Exploring the Benefits of Collecting Art for Everyday People

Collecting art can be incredibly rewarding for a number of reasons. You want to know what the benefits of collecting are, especially for everyday people who are not art professionals. The art auction house is a great place for everyone and it gives you the chance to learn more about various types of art. Explore the advantages associated with collecting art and then get started with your new investment opportunity and hobby.

MAURITS CORNELIS ESCHER

MAURITS CORNELIS ESCHER (Dutch 1898-1972) “Ant,” Lithograph

Meet New People for Networking

You do not have to work in art to benefit from networking with fellow art lovers. Once you get started with collecting art, you will find out about different events that are happening that you can attend. Keep in mind that a variety of art collectors are powerful people and they have a lot of connections. This can benefit you in your career no matter what industry you work in. So, take advantage of the different events even if you are not planning to buy at all of them.

Learn More About Art and History

Art and history are closely related, so when you start to collect art, you get to increase your knowledge of both of these. When you see pieces that inspire you, make sure to read up on them and what the purpose of the pieces are. For example, if you see a painting that makes you feel passionate about it, make it a point to learn about the history of the piece and why the artist created it.

Change Your Thinking and Enjoy More Detailed Thoughts

Art is simple and complex at the same time. This challenges your current way of thinking and makes you appreciate the small details. Those who collect art tend to be able to better analyze details, allowing them to see the bigger picture much faster. This can benefit you in all areas of life and aid you when it comes to things like solving problems in your life.

Become More Culturally Aware

All cultures throughout the world have art as a major focus. When you explore the different art available, you will start to learn about the cultures that created it. This makes it easier to be culturally aware and to expand your knowledge of people all over the world.

You can see that there are many reasons you might consider starting to collect art. When you are ready, head to an art auction house to see what is available and to increase your chances of finding great pieces. At this type of event, it is often easier to find a variety of art and there is a better chance of getting a great deal on what you find.

To learn more about consigning or buying fine art, visit michaans.com. Attend one of our Free Wednesday Appraisal Events from 10am to 1pm. Drop-ins welcome!

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25
Sep
17

Great Russian Artists Every Art Lover Needs to Check Out

There are generations of stunning and inspiring Russian art, but you do not have to go back far to find brilliant artists and individual pieces. When you head to art auctions, you can find a lot of relatively modern art from this area of the world. Knowing more about some of the more recent pieces and artists makes it easier to know exactly what you are looking for and allows you to explore different styles.

Vladimir Donatovitch Orlovskii

VLADIMIR EGOROVICH MAKOVSKY - The Samovar

VLADIMIR EGOROVICH MAKOVSKY (Russian Federation 1846-1920) “The Samovar” Oil on canvas

For most of his life, this artist lived in Russia. He was born in 1842 and died in 1914 after moving to Genoa, Italy. His Crimean landscape art won him numerous awards, and landscapes were his primary focus. Those interested in landscape art are sure to find his work both beautiful and inspiring. Some of his most famous pieces include:

-Harvest

-The Missive

-Winter Sunset

Aleksandr Gerasimov

This artist graced the world from 1881 to 1963, leaving a number of inspiring and iconic pieces in his wake. He focused on Soviet leaders for the most part and visual arts were a common choice. One of his most famous works is of Joseph Stalin, a leader who remains well-known throughout the world for his actions during his leadership. When you are exploring Gerasimov’s work, make sure to check out:

-Feast on a Collective Farm

-Stalin and Voroshilov at the Kremlin

Nicolai Semenovich Samokich

A painting called The Anichkov Bridge is one of the most famous paintings created by this Russian artist. Like most of the artists here, Samokich was most famous for his landscape art, but he also did a lot of work with genre painting.

Petr Petrovich Vereshchagin

PETR PETROVICH VERESHCHAGIN - High Water of River Pisava

PETR PETROVICH VERESHCHAGIN (Russian Federation 1836-1886) “High Water of River Pisava” Oil on canvas

This Russian artist actually used an American style, with his primary focus being on landscapes and cityscapes. In the wilderness of the Urals, he painted plein-air and was the first artist to do so. His inspiration stemmed from where he lived and his life. He created works based on where he traveled and what he saw. The other men in his family were mostly all artists too. He was born in 1843 and lived until 1886. Some of his most famous works include:

-View of Palace Square, St. Petersburg

-Landscape from Crimea

-View of the River Chusovaya

-View of the River Dnieper

-Tatar Square in Tiflis

-View of Perm

-Street is Tiflis

Now you know more about relatively modern Russian art and the pieces and artists that are shaping and inspiring current generations. You can head to the art auctions with this knowledge so that you can better explore the modern Russian art and determine which pieces and artists fascinate you the most.

To learn more about consigning or buying Russian art, visit michaans.com. Attend one of our Free Wednesday Appraisal Events from 10am to 1pm. Drop-ins welcome!

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18
Sep
17

Fun Facts About Iconic Artist Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is an artist often discussed at art auction houses. His work is diverse and interesting, and different from many other iconic artists. It appeals to a wide range of people and has served as inspiration for thousands of artists throughout the world. Learning more about this world-famous man will shed some light onto what made his work so unique and creative.

Andy Warhol - Liz

ANDY WARHOL (American 1928-1987) “Liz” Color offset lithograph, Sold for $36,000 at Michaan’s Auctions

Popular Works of Art By This Artist

As the leader of the Pop Art Movement, Warhol has created a number of iconic paintings that are vibrant and unique takes on a variety of common things, such as food, flowers and celebrities. This movement took place during the 1950s and Warhol is credited with bringing this style of art to the United States. Some of his most famous paintings include:

-Banana, which was created in 1966 and served as an album cover for The Velvet Underground & Nico

Mickey Mouse, which is a silkscreen created by him in 1981

Big Electric Chair was created in 1967 and it stands as a comment on the death penalty controversy

Flower Series is a 1964 piece that was inspired by Patricia Caulfield, a nature photographer

Coca Cola (3) is from 1962, and it was created as a comment on mass consumerism

Mao is a piece created in 1973 and it is a portrait of Mao that stands 15 feet tall

Self-Portrait is one of his most famous works, and it was done in 1986 a year before the artist died

Eight Elvises is from 1963, and it is a piece about Elvis that broke records concerning the sale price

Campbell’s Soup Cans, from 1962, is made from 32 canvases using the Abstract Expressionism technique

Marilyn Diptych is from 1962 and it is composed of 50 images of the iconic actress

Andy Warhol - Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century

ANDY WARHOL (American 1928-1987) “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century” (Set of ten announcement cards from the Jewish Museum in New York with Brochure). Color offset lithograph

The Body of Work of Andy Warhol

Warhol was a very busy artist and even has a museum completely dedicated to his work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the city where the artist hails from. Of all of the museums that focus on a single artist, this is the biggest one in the United States. If you visit this museum, you can explore a vast array of work that spans seven floors. This museum has:

-1,000 print pieces

-17 galleries

-2,000 paper works

-4,350 video and film works

-900 paintings

-4,000 photographs

-77 sculptures

You can see that Andy Warhol was a rather fascinating person. His work is praised by experts and artists at art auction houses all over the world. Now you know more about his work and his life, making it easier to appreciate his accomplishments.

To learn more about consigning or buying Andy Warhol art, visit michaans.com. Attend one of our Free Wednesday Appraisal Events from 10am to 1pm. Drop-ins welcome!

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25
May
17

There Is Truly Nothing Like A One-Of-A-Kind Object

When you find something that is one of a kind, it means that there is nothing else like it on the entire planet. This gives it a value that is beyond anything that we are used to in our modern world of reproductions and duplicates. These days nearly everything we buy is being made in a factory that is creating thousands of other units that are exactly the same as the one before it and the one that comes after. This has depreciated the respect and value for unique objects. People have started to consider everything as disposable and it drives a materialistic perspective that does not actually appreciate an object for what it truly is. While a factory-made item may serve a function for a few years, every day that passes, it falls in value and becomes just another regular item. However, when an item is one of a kind, it becomes something else and retains, if not gains, value with every day that passes.

ZAO WOU-KI

ZAO WOU-KI (Chinese born/French 1920-2013) Untitled “Abstract Composition,” Color etching on paper, Sold for $5,605

Rarity creates a certain sense of appreciation that can be understood by anyone who values something that is unlike anything else. When something is one of a kind, it stands above everything else and provides the owner with a sense of satisfaction to know that they are in possession of something that special beyond comparison. It is not easy to find something that is one of a kind, which is part of what makes it so special or coveted by others. It is like finding a hidden treasure at art auctions and although it may be passed between people or lost for years at a time, there is only ever one person who will be able to call it their own. Even if there are objects that are similar or serve the same purpose, when something is truly unique, it possesses a special characteristic that cannot be replicated in any way.

ANTON HENNING

ANTON HENNING (German, b.1964) “Portrait of a Matron in a Green Dress,” Mixed media on canvas, Sold for $6,490

Many people will spend years of their lives looking for a true one-of-a-kind item. They will scour art auctions and estate sales to find something that is more than just an item. They want to find something that contains a story or a meaning that is symbolized just by the existence of that unique item. It is not easy to do this, but it is possible. There is more than 7 billion people on this planet, but there can ever only be one of a truly original item. There are many different qualities that can make something unique such as historical value or artistic creation, but this does not change the fact that there is only one. Purchasing something that is one of a kind is the only way to own something that is more than it appears.

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17
May
17

Antiques – Quality Craftsmanship and Historic Significance

Some people prefer to buy new, factory-made furniture or household items because there is an idea that because it is ‘new’ it is somehow better. However, this is a fallacy and anyone who has purchased a new piece of furniture only to have it fall apart a few years later knows that this is true. Purchasing antiques is a better way to get a truly quality piece of furniture that has already stood the test of time. Many people have heard of the saying ‘They don’t make them like they used to…’ and the fact is, they don’t. Not only is the quality of a good antique much better than any piece of big-box store furniture, it also holds a greater historical significance, which illuminates an intangible value and interesting story behind the work. These are two of the main reasons why it is always better to purchase antiques over modern factory duplicates.

Quality Craftsmanship

The majority of antiques come from a time when skill and craftsmanship were valued for the beautiful work that it could create. These days, skilled labor and crafting technique is not as appreciated as it once was. This has resulted in a decline in the quality of work that is being produced. What was once a table lovingly crafted by a carpenter is now a table pumped out of a factory setting. The woodworking skill and craftsmanship techniques that were used to create wonderful furniture and ornate carvings are simply not as common now. The work that was being made before industrialization had taken over every aspect of production is work that had much more effort put into it. Many antiques are the result of countless hours of dedicated labor and the result is something that not only looks amazing, but has been built to last lifetimes. Many antiques have been passed down generation upon generation and they are still solid and beautiful pieces to this day.

Historic Significance

Another reason why antiques are so valuable is that they hold a greater historic significance. To tell someone that you bought an armchair at an outlet mall is no story at all. In fact, there are thousands of other armchairs with the exact same story. However, purchasing an antique holds an entire history to it, which is something that makes an antique special. Estate liquidators know this and that is why so many of them can make thousands of dollars from an ‘old chair’ purchased at a garage sale. The reality is that history is valuable and it defines an object by setting it in a time and place, which is something that should be respected. To own a piece of history is to own a piece of humanity.

24
Apr
17

Man Finds 40k Painting At His Own Garage Sale

Many people have heard this type of story before, but most of the time it sounds like some sort of fantasy. How could something so valuable be hidden right under a person’s nose? Well, the reality is that many time times people do not realize the true value of some of their belongings, particularly when it comes to antiques, rare, or unique items. Yes, many people will hold onto their Spider-Man comics in the hopes of one day retiring on their future sale, but the fact is that without a trained eye and strong knowledge of what is actually valuable on the market, a person is not likely going to make any money from the things that they store away in their attic. More often than not, the items that people own that are actually of significant value are not even recognized or considered as valuable by that person.

Experts Have The Eye And The Experience

When someone has a garage sale, it is usually because they have a lot of extra things or they want to make a little bit of extra cash on the side. They may spend hours hauling everything out to their lawn or driveway, just to make a couple of hundred dollars, if they are lucky, by the end of the day. However what they may not realize is that they could have actually sold something of much greater value without even knowing it. Any person with some knowledge of antiquities or other coveted items could walk up to a garage sale and get the deal of their lives on something that is worth far more than the owner ever realized. This is because most people are not trained to know the true value of an antique hutch or the true origins of an old painting that was passed down from their parents. This results in all types of terrible transactions where the owner of something special doesn’t get what they really deserve for it.

An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving

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

This is why it is so important call in estate liquidators before a person has a garage sale. Estate liquidators are experienced and knowledgeable about all kinds of valuable objects and rare items. They also know how much it could sell for at an auction or to the right buyer and they have the connections to make it happen. There are many stories of people selling away a one-of-a-kind item for only a few dollars when it was really worth thousands, but this can be avoided by calling someone that can properly evaluate a property and its contents. This could be the difference between $200 at a garage sale and $40,000 at auction.

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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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06
Apr
17

Diamond’s Are Everyone’s Best Friend

While some may think that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the truth is that they are valued and coveted by everyone. Diamonds are more than just a stone, they are a symbol of love and a rare creation gifted to humanity from the depths of the earth. This makes them wildly valuable to many people all around the world and there have been entire industries built around the retrieval and sharing of these precious concentrated crystalline creations of carbon. They are the hardest naturally formed substance known to humanity and there is a rich history of desire behind every single diamond.

Granat Bros. Diamond, Platinum Ring

Granat Bros. Diamond, Platinum Ring, Sold for $16,520 at Michaan’s Auctions

Stunning Beauty Contained Within A Stone

At the most basic level of appreciation, diamonds are simply stunning. They are a masterful natural creation that requires an immense force and billions of years to create. Although people have attempted to replicate this process, it is impossible to truly capture the majesty and beauty of a naturally formed diamond. There is nothing else like a diamond that has ever been discovered on the planet and this gives it a value that can never be accurately evaluated. People can compare one diamond to the next, but attempting to compare a diamond to anything else will never accurately describe the beauty contained within one.

A Symbol Of Love

Part of what has made diamonds so meaningful and valuable is that they are a symbol of love. Just as love is rare and precious, so is a diamond. If there was ever anything that a diamond could be compared with, it is the feeling that we attribute to love. People will spend thousands of dollars at art auctions to get a diamond that acts a gesture of their love for someone special. However, neither the diamond that they give nor the love that they feel is accurately valued. Both are immeasurable beyond any comparison and each is unique unto itself. That being said, the gift of a diamond is the closest a person can come to measuring the intangible qualities of love.

Diamond, Platinum Wedding Ring Set

Diamond, Platinum Wedding Ring Set, Sold for $21,240 at Michaan’s Auctions

Value Shared Across The World

No matter the location, a diamond is always valuable. Currencies rise and fall in value, objects rise and fall in desire, but a diamond is always valuable due to its inherent rarity and the intensive processes that go into creating one. There are no two diamonds that are exactly alike, so each one is a rare gift that can be appreciated by anyone. A person can take a diamond to art auctions anywhere in the world and they will receive a price that reflects the beauty and rarity of each one. No one can ever say that a diamond is not valuable because there really is nothing else like one.

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27
Mar
17

Huanghuali Creates History In Asian Antiquities

Huanghuali is a special type of wood that has been used to make stunning Asian antiquities for centuries. The term Huanghuali can be translated to mean ‘yellow flowering pear’. It is a type of wood with stunning characteristics that comes from a certain type of fragrant rosewood. It is a type of wood that that is famous for creating masterful furniture during the Ming and Qing dynasties, but it is still widely used today to create high-quality furniture. Both antique huanghuali furniture and modern cuts of this wood are considered extremely rare as the tree that provides the wood is threatened near extinction due to overexploitation. While it would be considered unethical and illegal to buy new products made from huanghuali, the scarcity of this wood has made huanghuali antiquities even more valuable. Some art auctioneers have seen huanghuali antiques sell for thousands of dollars.

A Huanghuali Folding Horseshoe Back Armchair

A Huanghuali Folding Horseshoe Back Armchair, Late 20th Century, Sold for $9,440 at Michaan’s Auctions

Characteristics of a Luxurious Wood

Huanghuali wood usually possesses a yellowish brown color, but it can range from reddish brown to golden yellow. The highest quality huanghuali has a mesmerizing surface that seems to shimmer and reflect light in a particular way when it has been properly treated and polished. The grain ripples like water and reminds some of an infinite expanse of mountainous landscapes. It is a beautiful example of the majesty of nature and it possess many characteristics of hardwood that make it ideal for furniture building and artistic creations. It is a highly prized and coveted type of wood and antiques that are made of it are sold by art auctioneers all around the world for considerable sums of money. Anyone that sees a well-polished piece of huanghuali can immediately recognize why it is considered one of the finest woods in the world.

A Huanghuali Veneered Coffer

A Huanghuali Veneered Coffer, 19th Century, Sold for $35,400 at Michaan’s Auctions

Beautiful Antiques Inspired By Royalty

The majority of antiques made from huanghuali come from the Ming and Qing dynasty and were commissioned by members of the royal family. Due to the rarity of the wood, it was usually reserved for the highest quality furniture created by the best artisans. This makes huanghuali asian antiques extremely valuable in contemporary times. Particularly due to the threatened state of the tree, any antique furniture that is made of huanghuali is even more desirable and valuable. Art auctioneers continuously see huanghuali antiquities sell for much more than expected as eager bidders drive up the price at art auctions. The craftsmanship and the quality of the wood in many huanghuali pieces make them extremely durable against the tides of time and a beautiful possession that anyone would be proud to hold. No one should ever pass on the opportunity to own something of such great artistic and historical value, no matter the price.

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21
Mar
17

Filipino Art – A Small Island That Is Making Big Waves In The Art World

When most people consider art, they are not automatically drawn to the Philippines as a source of creativity and artistic expression. However, there are many famous artists and amazing pieces that are being produced on the tiny island and it is making a huge impact on the art scene all around the world. There is a long history of creative expression from the Philippines and it has finally started to gain the recognition that it deserves in art auction houses and galleries in many different countries. They are quickly becoming some of the most coveted pieces of art available on the market and they are selling for huge amounts of money. Filipino art is inspiring others to create, but it is an art form that cannot be truly emulated due to the history and cultural context of the country.

Artistic paintings were first introduced to the country by the Spaniards in the 16th Century. The Spaniards originally used ornate paintings to promote catholicism across the country, but this quickly evolved as the Filipinos took the art form and made it their own. Now, there are many famous Filipino artists who are respected for creating some of the most beautiful artworks that have ever been produced in the country.

Famous Filipino Artists

Juan Novicio Luna

Juan Luna is considered one of the first recognized and respected Filipino artists. He was a painter and sculptor in the late 1800s and was awarded a gold medal at the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts. His work consisted of mostly historical scenes, but political commentary always surged beneath his brush strokes. His work is considered extremely valuable and it is some of the first respected art created within the country.

JUAN LUNA Y NOVICIO

JUAN LUNA Y NOVICIO (Filipino 1857-1899) “Sketch of a European Lady” Pen and ink on paper, Sold for $944 at Michaan’s Auctions

Lito Mayo

Lito Mayo is considered the ‘original punk’ of the Filipino art scene and he was active during the rise of modernism and contemporary work in the city of Manila. Although his career was short due to an early death, he was respected as an experimental artist and collaborator that helped establish the art scene in the Philippines. In a very short time, this Filipino artist was able to make a large impact in the art world.

Benedicto Cabrera

Benedicto Cabrera is a contemporary artist who was awarded the honor of the National Artist of the Philippines in 2006. He is a painter and is considered one of the best-selling artists from his generation. His work is recognized and desired all around the world and he is a well-respected and influential member of the Filipino and international art scene. Any person would be lucky to own one of his spectacular paintings.

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