Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang:
“I am very excited to present another rhinoceros horn libation cup to the marketplace. We saw great success with a libation cup we sold in June that brought over $70,000. This horn cup is another wonderful example, with a variation on the decorative scheme. The chilong dragons, lychee and floral motifs are superbly carved.” Lot 9071, $20,000-30,000.
Rhinoceros horn libation cup
Fine Asian Works of Art
Auction: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 2, December 15 and 16
A woman from Oakland came to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 25th with this fine Chinese silk robe. She believed her mother purchased it around 1921 when she was about three months old while the family was living in Beijing (Peking). She has since worn it throughout her life as a fashion piece. Although she chose to wear it, she understood it to be a garment of quality, so she took measures to take care of the robe. Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang was in agreement that it is a special piece originating from China. Mr. Huang also noted that the robe was made for a wealthy Han ethnic Chinese female of high ranking stature. Indicators of this notion are seen in the genuine gold thread and exceptional decorative work. Mr. Huang acknowledged that the expertly crafted robe would be suitable for a Fine Auction at Michaan’s, but due to some condition issues would have to be estimated at $1,500-2,000.
Fine Chinese silk robe
Chinese silk robe detail
Fireworks weren’t the only things to go sky high on the 4th of July; the Michaan’s Annex Auction went gangbusters! When all was said and done, the auction was the second highest grossing Annex event in Michaan’s history. So many people decided to make Michaan’s a part of their 4th of July fun and the packed warehouse was proof of that. So what were people snapping up? This pair of pictured dolls sold for $1,111 – I think the blond one looks just as shocked as I am. There was also a lot of 26 “Gene” dolls in their original boxes which did $1,404; as long as Gene wasn’t used as a firework holder, I’m happy.
Asian lots seem to always have bidders chomping at the bit. A large group of Chinese decorations included scholar’s objects such as bronze censers, cinnabar lacquer pieces and brush pots. It blew all projections out of the water, selling for $2,925. A hanging scroll of a horse marked Xu Beihong did the same, galloping out the door at $877. With numbers like these, I think the Asian Department is on to something…
Doll Lot Sold for $1,111
A woman from San Anselmo came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, June 27th with this beautiful embroidered ladies skirt. She knew nothing about the piece except that it was bought in San Francisco, given to her by an ex-boyfriend in 1987. Asian Specialist Harry Huang informed her that it was approximately 100 years old and was quite a collectible piece due to its fine condition. Huang also pointed out that it would be an obvious choice for auction. He noted that the market for antique Asian clothing is quite strong and that the skirt is a higher end example, crafted for a wealthy woman. She had been considering her selling options and choose to consign it at Michaan’s upon hearing the success of antique Asian apparel in the venue. She agreed to consign the skirt at an estimate of $1,000-1,500.