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Going, Going…Gone? No!

Missed Michaan’s last estate auction? For the following 5 business days post sale, you now have the opportunity to purchase unsold lots. Michaan’s presents “Buy It Now,” giving you a second chance at owning an unclaimed treasure. For more information and to view unsold estate auction lots, please click here.

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2014 December Fine Sneek Peek

The end of the year means bringing the best property to bidders at Michaan’s, in the form of two fine auctions.  The first is scheduled on Monday, December the 8th, encompassing jewelry, fine art, furnishings and decorations.  The second event will be held on Monday, December the 15th as a stand-alone Fine Asian Works of Art auction.  The following provides a first look into each department’s offerings with a selected auction highlight; a sneak peek into what is looking to be a noteworthy December fine season.

Fine Art – “Angels with Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden),” $6,000-8,000.

The Andy Warhol signed watercolor upon lithograph will be joined in the December 8th fine auction by two additional works in the series (“Deux Cherubins – Two Cherubs and a Flower” and “The End”).

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Furniture & Decorative Arts – Daum Nancy Cameo Pictorial Glass Lamp, $8,000-10,000.

Daum Nancy is favored by many amongst Art Nouveau lighting, with this lamp bearing the delicate foliage motifs coveted by many collectors.



Jewelry – Pierre Touraine Diamond & 18k Yellow Gold “Ram’s Head” Ring, $6,000-9,000.

This particular ring was declared the winner of the 1974 “Diamond Today Competition” as published in the April 1978 issue of “Arizona Highways” magazine.

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Asian – Pair of Champlevé Enamel & Gilt Bronze Jardinières, $10,000-15,000.

From each Qianlong period jardinière springs forth a painstakingly assembled rendition of a fruit-bearing tree, glistening in amber, glass and hardstone elements.

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The illustrated auction catalogs will be posted online at when they become available.  Previews for the fine art, jewelry, furnishing and decoration auction will be held on December 5th to December 8, 2014, the day of sale.  Previews for the Fine Asian Works of Art auction will be held on December 5th to December 8th, in addition to December 12th to December 15, 2014, the day of sale.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.






Planting a Tiffany Garden

Michaan’s Auctions is honored to announce its third offering of spectacular Tiffany Studios treasures from Japan’s esteemed Garden Museum Collection.  The fine Tiffany masterworks will sold at 1:00 p.m. on April 12, 2014, providing discriminating buyers from around the world another exclusive opportunity to bid on these magnificent Tiffany treasures.  The following provides a sneak peek into a few Garden Museum Collection highlights in the sale.

Tiffany Studios Peacock Chandelier

Tiffany Studios Peacock Chandelier

This Tiffany Peacock chandelier is an expected high point from the sale’s Garden Museum Collection lots ($250,000-300,000).

Tiffany Studios 22 Inch Peony Table Lamp On A Reticulated Bronze Base.

Tiffany Studios 22 Inch Peony Table Lamp On A Reticulated Bronze Base

A Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp illuminates the sale at an estimate of $250,000-350,000.

Tiffany Studios Landscape Window

Tiffany Studios Landscape Window

Enjoying the view: a circa 1910-1920 Tiffany Studios landscape window ($250,000-300,000).

For more information on Michaan’s April Tiffany Auction please call (510) 740-0220 or visit our website at  A printed, full color catalog will be made available five weeks prior to the auction.  Previews will be held at Michaan’s on April the 4th through the 6th, on the 11th and the day of sale.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.


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.