Michaan’s Hosts Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewelry Auction

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Fouts jewels, Tiffany sterling, Van Erp/Gaw lighting, icons and Fangor & Escher highlight Michaan’s latest auction.

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Making up approximately one-third of Michaan’s jewelry offerings in the upcoming June 19 Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewelry Auction will be a collection of opulence and high quality: a sparkling assortment of adornments known as The Barbara Fouts Collection. A gemmy, bright and bold pick is found in a convertible brooch at an estimate of $7,000-9,000 (lot 3025). Reminiscent of the extravagant Bulgari jewelry designs of 1980s, assorted gems of bright and brilliant color are placed on each end of a yellow gold cross, further enhanced by a diamond-encrusted center. Yet another like-minded gemstone cross from the collection will also be available to bidders at auction, listed at an estimate of $6,000-9,000 (lot 3017).

A Fouts jewelry line promoted as the Queen of Hearts Collection is a distinctive translation of a classic heart shape. Complex, three-dimensional, snaking designs form hearts within a variety of the yellow gold, diamond-encrusted pieces. A large cuff bracelet is perhaps the most substantial Queen of Hearts piece at auction at an estimate of $9,000-10,000 (lot 3003). Fashioned in 18-karat yellow gold and approximately 7.0 karats of accent diamonds, a three-dimensional heart shape is centered on the bracelet as a focal point.

The Queen of Hearts pieces are a testament to the hand-carved wax molds that were integral in making their intricate designs. The engineering is superior; the mechanics and hidden clasps are expertly made and harmoniously concealed, perfectly blending in with the abstract twists and turns. Pleasant Hill jeweler Jim Peirano collaborated with Fouts on the design, production and stone selection of the Queen of Hearts Collection as well as her other jewelry creations, playing a key role in the success of their aesthetics and inner workings. The Queen of Hearts Collection stands as a beautiful legacy to their partnership, to be offered in seven pieces in total in the sale.

A magnificent and massive Tiffany sterling centerpiece bowl stands as an impressive decorative item in the sale at an estimate of $50,000-70,000 (lot 3417). The circa 1895 polished sterling silver bowl is of a deep oval well form, coming to a flared, heavily decorated, everted rim. Lush repoussé renditions of fruit and floral designs are further adorned by volute ornamentation upon the rim. The decorative imagery is reminiscent of a cornucopia reflecting the bounty of harvest, done in a sculptural nature of high relief.

Splendidly illuminating the fine auction is a Dirk Van Erp and Elizabeth Eleanor D’Arcy Gaw mica copper lamp from a private Mill Valley, California estate collection. This sale feature is of a hand-hammered copper base of beaker form in a richly auburn hue. The conical shade of an approximate 17-inch diameter is intersected by additional metalwork of four tapering, vertical embellishments, serving as a decorative piping of sorts. These copper adornments then meet at the top of the shade by a unique domed, capped topper, also fashioned in hand hammered copper. This fine sale lamp by Van Erp and D’Arcy Gaw is listed as Michaan’s sale lot 3392 at an auction estimate of $15,000-20,000.

The auction closes with distinguished artworks, highlighted by Poland’s most famous living artist. Wojciech Fangor’s 1969 oil on canvas titled “M1” will be sold at an estimate of $80,000-120,000 (lot 3274). The painting depicts incorporated circular forms, with the center appearing as if it is almost pulsating in white and blue tones. His genius use of space and light masterfully creates blurred forms that amazingly seem to “buzz” with energy, as if moving on their own accord.

One of the most iconic graphic artists ever known is also represented at sale, in Maurits Cornelis Escher’s color woodcut titled, “Puddle” (lot 3277, $20,000- 25,000). The print depicts a muddy woodland ground scene, becoming a work of spatial art in Escher’s imaginative world. Tire impressions and numerous footprints mark a muddy ground, with the scene divided by a puddle reflecting trees and a full moon. The green, brown and black-toned woodcut is hand signed in pencil on the lower left corner with an artist stamp and date appearing upon the corner above.

For more information on Michaan’s June Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewelry auction, as well as the aforementioned selections, please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or email info@michaans.com. Previews will be held on June 6, 7, 12 and 13, as well as the day of sale, June 19. The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at http://www.michaans.com when it becomes available.

About the company:
Michaan’s Auctions is a leading full-service auction house on the West Coast. Specializing in the appraisals and sale of antiques and fine art, Michaan’s has specialists in the fields of furniture and decorative arts, modern, contemporary art, European and American paintings and prints, jewelry and Asian works of art.

Established in 2002, Michaan’s Auctions holds up to 30 sales each year attracting a broad base of buyers and consignors from all over the world. With one of the largest facilities in Northern California and the Bay Area’s lowest buyer’s premium, Michaan’s offers buyers and sellers the opportunity to preview and bid on many unique and desirable properties. Some of these pieces realized world record prices. In 2005, A.D.M. Cooper’s oil painting, Three Graces 1915, sold for a record $21,060 and an Eduard Gaertner oil, German City Street Scene 1831 sold for $266,000.

Michaan’s has built its reputation on its ability to accept single items, groups or entire estates with its “no risk consignment policy” free of hidden fees and charges. Michaan’s specialists are dedicated to staying current on the latest issues and developments in the market and are committed to providing personalized and professional attention throughout the entire auction process.

For a full listing of upcoming auctions or to view a complete catalog, please visit http://www.michaans.com.

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