Alameda, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2012
The fine art portion of the April estate auction encompasses over 125 lots of European and American works from the 17th to 20th centuries. Many notable American artists are represented in the sale, including the likes of William Frederick Ritschel (lot 1072), Guy Carleton Wiggins (lot 663), Charles Arthur Fries (lot 662) and Edward Curtis (lot 714). The Curtis offering titled “Castle O’ Dreams, 1920” is a fairly rare find from the photographer, as his usual subject matters revolved around the American West and Native American peoples. The night scene depicts a fair maiden gazing on a moonlit town perched upon a cliffside. The ethereal quality of the piece is beautifully enhanced by the use of blue-toned silver print, giving the image a soft, glowing quality. The photo is signed “Curtis L.A.” and measures 9.50 by 7.50 inches ($2,000-2,500).
The Jewelry Department’s lots include Victorian pieces, gemstones and numerous suite sets. There is also U.S., Chilean and Spanish coin jewelry available as well as nine timepiece lots featuring makers such as Rolex and Cartier. Standout lots include an exceptional jade ring and earrings, both certified with a GIA Gem Trade Laboratory Report and classified as “A” jade. The untreated stones are desirably translucent with a beautiful, vibrant green hue. Both the ring and earrings are mounted in 14k white gold and a total of sixty-two full-cut diamonds flank the substantial cabochons. The ring is being offered as lot 215 with an estimate of $12,000-15,000 and the earrings will go up for sale as lot 216 with an estimate of $5,000-6,000.
The Asian Department highlights a delightful collection of nine opium bowls amongst its lots including decorative objects, furniture and Japanese pieces. In the Chinese culture opium smoking had become a refined, material form of expression during the late Qing Dynasty. A smokers bowl could be likened to a symbol of class ranking and sense of style, just as an expensive watch or piece of jewelry might delineate the same for a person in modern day culture. A high quality bowl with a coveted studio mark was a form of socio-cultural communication and differentiation, often noted by fellow smokers. This grouping of mid to late 19th century Yixing clay bowls is a nice example of worthy opium utilities from the period. Colors range from a deep maroon to light taupe and style variations are also evident. Angular and round forms include depictions of prunus blossoms, a painting of a crane, carvings of a mythical beast, floral motifs and even a painted poetic verse. Studio marks are evidenced on most of the bowls, a stamp of quality solidifying their high-end production. The bowls are to be offered as lot 348 with an estimate of $700-900.
A vast selection of American and European furniture styles is also available encompassing Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Renaissance Revival, Arts & Crafts, Queen Anne and French Provincial stylings. In addition are a dozen lots of fine antique Persian area rugs from a private estate in the Monterey Peninsula, over thirty lots of silver including decorative objects and service sets and an intriguing collection of smoking pipes with royal Hungarian ties. Other specialty collections include multiple lots of ornamental canes, over fifty S.T. Dupont pens and a Royal Doulton bone china dinner service set containing over two hundred pieces. Interesting Americana folk pieces are also represented in the sale including five period Windsor chairs, a Hitchcock rocker and a distinctive table whose base is made from a genuine weather vane.
The illustrated auction catalog will be on-line for review at http://www.michaans.com. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on March 30th and continue until April 1st, the day of sale. For more information please visit our website or call the front desk at (510) 740-0220.
About Michaan’s Auctions
Michaan’s Auctions is one of the leading full service auction houses on the West Coast. Specializing in the appraisals and sale of antiques and fine art, Michaans has specialists in the fields of Furniture and Decorative Arts, Modern, Contemporary Art, European and American Paintings and Prints, Jewelry, Asian Works of Art and Ethnographic Art. Offering free art appraisal, antique appraisal, estate auctions and specializing in the sale of art and antiques and other fine collectibles.
Established in 2002, Michaan’s Auctions holds up to thirty 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 buyers premium Michaan’s offers buyers and sellers the opportunity to preview and bid on many unique and desirable property. 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.