Archive for the 'Furniture' Category



04
Apr
13

What Time Is It? It’s Time To Get Modern!

Modern furniture and decorations are back in a major way.  Generation X and hipsters at heart make up a major part of the genres fan-base and it’s not hard to see why.  Modern pieces are cutting-edge, creative, interesting, fun and functional, providing an artisan sense of originality to any living space.  Most major auction houses with a modern department or offered mod lots have seen great demand for these pieces, with final sales often commanding premium prices.  Michaan’s 20th Century Design Auction offers many lots that can not only spice up your décor, but maybe even your life.  See how a little touch of mod can do just that in the following April 6 sale highlights.

George Nelson Multicolored Ball Clock

George Nelson Multicolored Ball Clock. Original Howard Miller 1950s production with original paint.

Multicolored Ball Clock by George Nelson – lot 1201, $500-700
Is it time for fun?  I think so!  Reflecting modern design’s playful and distinctive side is a multicolored ball clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller.  Hour markers are fashioned by skewered, painted wooden balls in powder blue, coral, olive green and black.  Animated hour and minute hands compliment the overall look, set upon a simple white, round face.  Now you can say, “It’s half past the second black ball.”

Vladimir Kagan Free Form Sofa

Vladimir Kagan Free Form Sofa. Recovered in a teal microfiber upholstery.

Vladimir Kagan Free Form Modern Sofa – lot 1132, $3,750-4,250
You.  Lounging on a fluid, sinuous couch by one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th century.  Cigarette holder in hand.  Perfect sheath dress on from the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire.  Louboutin heels.  Jackie O. sunglasses.  No smile.  Best. Facebook. picture. ever.  (That is if you are a woman).

Harvey Probber Rosewood Gentleman's Cabinet

Harvey Probber Rosewood Gentleman’s Cabinet.

Harvey Probber Rosewood Chest – lot 1258, $1,800-2,250
Clearly mod items can add some fun to life, but let’s not forget just how practical and functional they can really be.  Point in case is a Harvey Probber rosewood chest.  Numerous shelves and drawers are condensed into the interior, making it a most effective storage unit.  The fact that it is crafted in bookmatched Brazilian rosewood is the icing on the cake.  The harvesting of this wood has been extremely controlled for over a decade, making it quite an expensive and sought after material.  As beautiful as it is useful!

Visit us on April the 6th for Michaan’s 20th Century Design Auction and take a modern approach to life!

25
Mar
13

Consign Asian Art

Michaan’s is actively seeking quality consignments for the upcoming fine sale season of June 2013.  Fine auction property is considered to be high-end, top tier items for the discriminating buyer.  Whether it is fine art, period furniture and decorations, jewelry or Asian works of art, Michaan’s is looking to find the best of the best.  This blog series from our in-house experts provides insights as to what they are seeking in order to present exceptional fine auctions to the bidding public.

Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang:
“When I think fine sale, I think of top performers at auction that will please my most discerning clients.  Pristine celadon and white jade carvings in numerous forms are usually a sure-fire bet.  Chinese paintings remain a rising star in the Asian artworks market.  Fine classical Chinese paintings from acclaimed artists such as Ou Haonian and Pu Ru remain strongly optimistic with today’s buyer and beyond.  Asian furniture is another worthwhile category at auction.  Pieces of larger stature with fine craftsmanship made from materials such as huanghuali are a welcome find for my department.  In my personal experience at auction, museum quality cloisonné pieces have also been excellent performers.  In our last fine sale this was evidenced in a Qianlong period bell, tripod censer and decorative box bearing vibrant cloisonné workmanship.”

Soapstone Figural Carving Depicting Tang Ying

An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving Depicting Tang Ying, the Qing dynasty imperial porcelain kiln supervisor. To be offered June 23 at Michaan’s Auctions.

Mr. Huang can be reached at (510) 227-2535 or at harry@michaans.com.

Information regarding Michaan’s Auctions fine sales will be posted on the web at www.michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA  94501.

21
Mar
13

Consign Furniture & Decorative Arts

Michaan’s is actively seeking quality consignments for the upcoming fine sale season of June 2013.  Fine auction property is considered to be high-end, top tier items for the discriminating buyer.  Whether it is fine art, period furniture and decorations, jewelry or Asian works of art, Michaan’s is looking to find the best of the best.  This blog series from our in-house experts provides insights as to what they are seeking in order to present exceptional fine auctions to the bidding public.

Furniture & Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton:
“A great thing about the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department is that we are driven by fresh, exceptional estate property.  Outstanding antique silver has consistently proved to be one of our strongest categories, evidenced in offerings of Modernist and Tiffany & Co. pieces as well as in Chinese and Japanese export silver such as Arthur Bond.  European and American period furniture and fine clocks are quite popular with our bidders from around the world too.  Substantial, ornate, period French furniture of quality is an impressive contender at auction.  Large European china service does great numbers, including Meissen and Royal Copenhagen, especially in the Flora Danica pattern.  Specialty decorative pieces are wanted as well.  From fine Obesan tapestries to Russian icons to American folk items, I want to please many different collectors on the highest level possible.”

Lalique Vase

R. Lalique Opalescent Bacchantes Vase, model created 1927, Marcilhac 997, stencilled R. Lalique, France. To be offered on June 7 at Michaan’s Auctions

Ms. Dalton can be reached at (510) 740-0220 ext. 127 or at boo@michaans.com.

Information regarding Michaan’s Auctions fine sales will be posted on the web at www.michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

04
Dec
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Modern Furniture and Decorations

20th Century Modern Design Specialist Greg Favors:
“This is a truly special piece from an iconic artist.  This John Dickinson game table is from the private estate of his longtime friend and business associate, Larry Maloney. Dickinson’s signature use of white lacquer atop hardwood is classic in its understated  style.  The provenance alone should have bidders clamoring for the piece.”  Lot 3421, $3,000-5,000.

John Dickenson Gaming Table

John Dickenson Gaming Table

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