Archive for the 'Auction Highlights' Category



19
Sep
14

Halloween Imagery Appears Amongst October Estate Property: Part 1

 

Mexican enamel and sterling silver snake necklace, $300-500.

Mexican enamel and sterling silver snake necklace, $300-500.

A slithering snake weaving its way through a glowing skull. Mexico’s Day of the Dead, when spirits are believed to be briefly released to rejoin the earthly realm. Whether as a Halloween dressing or a nod to the ghostly Mexican tradition, this snake necklace casts an eye-catching spell.

Find out more about our October Estate Auction.

 

27
May
14

Mr. Huang’s Asian Fine Highlight-A-Polooza

Michaan’s will close the 2014 June sale schedule with a Fine Asian Works of Art auction on Monday the 23rd.  The auction will hold the largest volume and diversity of property of any fine sale conducted under the direction of Asian Art Specialist Mr. Harry Huang.  Exceptional works abound, with a list of highlights that will undoubtedly whet your appetite for the over 400 lot sale.  So, get ready, put on your reading glasses and click here.

27
May
14

Stone Cold in Love with June Fine Highlights

Michaan’s 2014 fine sale season begins with a June 6th auction encompassing fine art, jewelry, furnishings and decorations.  A highlight has been selected from each department represented in the sale, giving you a glimpse into the caliber of the offered property.  Fine Italian marble, Warhol cherubs plus a large fancy yellow diamond: hoping the combination leaves you stone cold in love with what you see at auction.

Andy Warhol lithograph

Fine Art – Andy Warhol lithograph “Two Cherubs and a Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden)” ($10,000-15,000)

 

Carved Italian marble cistern

Furniture & Decorative Arts – Carved Italian marble cistern ($6,000-8,000)

Fancy yellow diamond ring

Jewelry – Approximate 5.19 carat fancy yellow diamond ring ($50,000-80,000)

The auction will be held on June 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  The online catalog is available at www.michaans.com.  Previews begin on May the 30th and continue until June the1st, as well as on 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.

13
Mar
14

Asian Decoration Elation

Michaan’s April 7, 2014 Asian Decorative Arts Auction presents a comprehensive representation of works, including but not limited to, Chinese paintings, jade and hardstone carvings, silk textiles, cloisonné enamel wares and highly decorative ceramics.  Approximately 300 lots will be offered from both private and public collection sources, providing exciting bidding opportunities worthy of genuine bouts of elation – !

Wang Yachen (1894-1983): Birds and Prunus, Ink and color on paper

Wang Yachen (1894-1983): Birds and Prunus, Ink and color on paper

Wang Yachen’s (1894-1983) “Birds and Prunus” ($1,500-2,000)
The artist was a founding member of the art collective known as the “Silent Society.”  So beautifully rendered, how could I keep quiet about it?

A Brocade Purple-Ground 'Dragon' Robe, Late Qing Dynasty

A Brocade Purple-Ground ‘Dragon’ Robe, Late Qing Dynasty

A late Qing dynasty brocade dragon motif robe ($2,000-3,000)
Such a powerful piece!  Created for nobility, this royal purple robe buzzes with activity – sinuous golden dragons, flaming pearls, swirling clouds and crashing waves.

A Group of Amber and Jadeite Beads

A Group of Amber and Jadeite Beads

A 19th century amber and jadeite bead court necklace ($2,000-3,000)
The waves of elation will undoubtedly carry overseas and beyond for this piece.  Quality amber such as this is in high demand in the Asian marketplace.

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available.  Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on April the 4th until the 7th, 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.

30
Jan
14

Love Is In The (Decorative) Details

Good ol’ fashioned love.  Love can of course be found in many different kinds of relationships, but perhaps some of the best old fashioned love stories are the ones held between a man and a woman.  Michaan’s February 2nd estate auction will present numerous lots celebrating the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day.  But, it is a select few offerings from the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department that seem to convey this blush of romantic love the most traditionally and beautifully.

Meissen Figural Group of Courting Couple

Meissen Figural Group of Courting Couple, with Deutsche Blumen decoration

Meissen Figural Group of a Courting Couple, Lot 498, $1,000-1,500
I like to think their names are Betty and George.

Large Louis XV Style Gilt Painted Trumeau Mirror

Large Louis XV Style Gilt Painted Trumeau Mirror

A Large Louis XV Style Gilt Painted Trumeau Mirror, Lot 102, $1,500-2,000
Their names are Venus and Adonis.  Look into the mirror and repeat, “My relationship will not end in the same way.”

Feel the love when previews open on January the 31st until February the 2nd, the day of sale.  XOXO

21
Jan
14

Rare Bird Sighting at Michaan’s Auctions

A very special collection of American bird prints by Alexander Wilson will grace Michaan’s auction room floor on March 2, 2014 ($20,000-28,000).  Images derive from original engravings from “American Ornithology, or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States” by Wilson, in which nine volumes were published between 1808 and 1814.  The volumes were acquired by a Bay Area corporate firm in 1975, at which time they were then sent to the Boston Museum in Massachusetts.  It was at the institution that they were removed from the volumes and restored, resulting in the archived works.

Original engravings, from “American Ornithology / The Natural History of the Birds of the United States”, 1st edition.Alexander Wilson (1766 – 1813)

Alexander Wilson (July 6, 1766-August 23, 1813) has been dubbed the “Father of American Ornithology” and is largely regarded as the greatest American ornithologist to have existed before Audubon.  Numerous species of bird have been named in reverence to him, including Wilson’s Plover, Wilson’s Phalarope and Wilson’s Warbler.

Original engravings, from “American Ornithology / The Natural History of the Birds of the United States”, 1st edition.Alexander Wilson (1766 – 1813)

10
Dec
13

Countdown to the New Year with Fine Asian Works of Art

Listed highlights are selections from Michaan’s final auction of the year

Five – A Pair of Famille Rose Lidded Food Containers – Lot 5294, $2,000-3,000
The porcelain containers are each finely painted with five boys at play.  They stem from the Reynold Tom Collection, whose exceptional property has consistently dazzled bidders at Michaan’s.  The Republic Period pieces bear Linzhi Chengxiang marks and remain in wonderful original condition.

A Pair of Famille Rose Lidded Food Containers

A Pair of Famille Rose Lidded Food Containers

Four – A Set of Four Hanging Panels Inset with Porcelain Plaques – Lot 5269, $4,000-6,000
Four 19th century wood panels feature twelve beautifully painted famille rose porcelain plaques of various form and imagery.  The plaques are delicately painted with nature scenes of differing species of birds in their natural environments.  The plaque depicting a Red-crowned crane is prominently featured on the cover of the December 15, 2013 auction catalog.

A Set of Four Hanging Panels Inset with Porcelain Plaques

A Set of Four Hanging Panels Inset with Porcelain Plaques

Three – A Carved Coral Trio Figural Group – Lot 5200, $7,000-9,000
The fine coral is carved with three standing figures, centering Guanyin flanked by her two attendants.  Carvings of various elements of nature support and surround the trio, held by an intricately carved, fitted, pierced stand.  The detailed workmanship coupled with unique form and composition make the piece quite an unusual and artistic find.

 Carved Coral Trio Figural Group

Carved Coral Trio Figural Group

Two – Qi Baishi’s “Rabbits Under Osmanthus Tree” – Lot 5243, $50,000-70,000
This playful watercolor is a quintessential piece from the artist, showing a delightful pair of rabbits behind a trellising Osmanthus branch.  The painting was acquired directly from the artist in Beijing in 1947 and it has remained in the same private family collection since.  A Baishi painting titled “Eagle Standing on Pine Tree” achieved a record-setting price of $65.5 million in 2011, becoming one of the highest selling paintings ever sold at auction.

Qi Baishi’s “Rabbits Under Osmanthus Tree”

Qi Baishi’s “Rabbits Under Osmanthus Tree”

One – Zhang Daqian’s “Bamboo” – Lot 5245, $40,000-60,000
The countdown ends with one exemplary brush painting, by none other than master Zhang Daqian. His new bamboo shoots are lively and dynamic, with precision brushwork of the perfect balance between control and spontaneity. The variation of the ink’s intensity provides a wonderful sense of depth and nuance as well, from one of the most internationally celebrated Chinese artists of the 20th century.

Zhang Daqian’s “Bamboo”

Zhang Daqian’s “Bamboo”

The illustrated auction catalog for the Fine Asian Works of Art auction is available for review at www.michaans.com. Previews open at Michaan’s on November the 29th to December 1st and December 13th to December 15th, 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.

20
Aug
13

Blazing Saddles: a Hot September Offering

Vintage D.E. Walker Visalia Stock Saddle Co. Saddle

Vintage D.E. Walker Visalia Stock Saddle Co. Saddle, a skirted saddle, fender and stirrups allover with basketweave design, stamped “Visalia Stock Saddle Co. San Francisco, Ca No. 20115”

Giddyup and raise them paddles partner.  Ride off into the sunset in September with one of seven authentic horse saddles to be sold at Michaan’s.  Whether your pocket jingles or is stuffed with a billfold, we’ve got you covered cowboys (and womenfolk too).  Estimates range from a low of $300 to a high of $2,000, with varied decorative motifs.  The saddles include concho motifs as well as basketweave, leafy poppy, leafy acorn, thistle and star designs.  The saddle leathers remain in wonderful condition, appearing in shades of cognac, chocolate, chestnut and black.  You can take your pick of vintage D.E. Walker Visalia Stock, S.D. Myres, Keystone Bros., Chas P. Shipley or parade saddles; oh and don’t forget the Western Circle Y brand Yoakum Texas saddle.  The illustrated auction catalog will be available for review at www.michaans.com.  Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on August 30th to September 1st, the day of sale. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com.  Yee haw!

Vintage Parade Saddle

Vintage Parade Saddle, a square skirted saddle, fender, a breast collar, back cinch and stirrups allover with leafy poppy design, fitted with an engraved silver diamond border and “leather” conchos, unmarked

07
Aug
13

Kawase Hasui You Soothe My Soul

Kawase Hasui woodblock prints should be hung in every office.  At the moment, three stare at me from behind my computer, transporting me into a Japanese wonderland.  The trio starts with a glowing moon in a midnight blue sky peaking from clusters of tree branches in Toyama.  The next image is a hazy depiction of a boat docked on the still waters of Nagahama beach.  The last is an inviting night scene of steps leading up to Chuson temple in Hiraizumi.  Gazing at these sleepy, dreamy scenes feels like a mental massage; ahhh.

Kawase Hasui

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957): Kasuga Shrine at Nara and Meguro Fudo Temple – Woodblock prints

Kawase Hasui is a featured artist in Michaan’s first Asian Decorative Arts Auction.  The aforementioned pieces as well as seven additional woodblock prints from Hasui will be sold on Monday, October 7, 2013.  Wonderful furniture, jade and stone carvings, scholar’s implements, woodcuts and porcelains are also slated for the sale, with a lot total that continues to grow.

Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang is anticipating the category to do well for Michaan’s.  “I think that offering this specific genre of Asian art to our buyers in a specialized sale is a wonderful collecting opportunity.  Those who are especially interested in this category of fine antiques should find the sale to be a most worthwhile event.  I aim to build exciting auction offerings and am still welcoming consignments for the sale.  I can be reached at 510-227-2535 to assist anyone with consigning their property for this premiere auction.”

Previews will begin on Friday, October the 4th, continuing until the 7th, the day of sale.  I suppose I will enjoy the prints until then :-(.

29
May
13

June Fine Auction Offers Shipshape Collection

Five lots of Captain Jacob Stone’s personal items will be sold in Michaan’s fine sale on June 7, 2013.  Jacob Stone (Dec. 4, 1764 – June 23, 1831) was an authentic sea captain based in the small coastal city of Newburyport in Essex County, Massachusetts.  Stone joined Newburyport’s Marine Society in 1801, climbing its ranks from Secretary to Vice President.  His first entry at the Newburyport Custom House chronicled a cargo journey from the East Indies in March of 1805.

In line with auction house lore, it is believed that spirits loom amongst their beloved belongings as they journey between this world and the beyond.  I wonder what Jacob Stone would say…

Lot 2297 - An American painted leather fire bucket, circa 1775 ($500-700)

Lot 2297 – An American painted leather fire bucket, circa 1775 ($500-700)
“Batten down the hatches! Had a flashback. This here bucket kept me and my hands adrift.”

Lot 2298 - An 1805 watercolor painting of the American Brig Industry of Newburyport ($1,000-1,500)

Lot 2298 – An 1805 watercolor painting of the American Brig Industry of Newburyport ($1,000-1,500)
“Surrender the loot! A wonderful painting from my collection, vexes me to see it go.”

Lot 2299 - Oil on canvas portrait of Jacob Stone in a period frame ($800-1,200)

Lot 2299 – Oil on canvas portrait of Jacob Stone in a period frame ($800-1,200)
“Shiver me timbers! The best lot of the sale in my eyes.”

Lot 2300 - An early 19th century black leather portfolio ship log ($1,000-1,500)

Lot 2300 – An early 19th century black leather portfolio ship log ($1,000-1,500)
“Anyone who took this out of my cabin without me: walk the plank!”

Lot 2301 - A group of fifty-four Chinese export Canton blue and white china pieces ($3,000-5,000)

Lot 2301 – A group of fifty-four Chinese export Canton blue and white china pieces ($3,000-5,000)
“These cups helped  get me three sheets to the wind many times.”

The Jacob Stone Collection will be offered amongst the fine Furniture and Decorative Arts selection, along with artworks and jewelry.  Previews will be held on May 31, 2013 until June 7th, the day of sale.

Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.