Bay Area Auction House Announces Eclectic Estate Offerings at Michaan’s Auctions On December 4th

Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — The sale is composed of a variety of lots including period and gemstone jewelry, Asian porcelains and Peking glass, American and European period furniture as well as American and Italian School works of fine art. The auction will be held on December 4th, 2011 in the main gallery located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

The Jewelry Department highlights an Art Deco diamond, emerald and platinum bracelet. Extremely collectable and in absolutely pristine condition, the piece centers an approximate 1.50 carat marquise cut diamond. The center stone is then accented by seventy-eight round cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 3.35 carats. Fourteen stunning calibre cut, deep green emeralds beautifully complete the piece. The stones are then set in a 7 inch articulated platinum link bracelet, offered as lot 174 ($3,500-5,000).

From a private estate in Vancouver, Canada is a large selection of rare Chinese paper money and coins for auction in December. Especially sought after in the current marketplace is a 1953 People’s Republic of China second issue paper money lot (lot 214, $800-1,000). The complete set of eleven bills is accompanied by 1 yuan (1956) and 5 yuan (1956), with all bills in uncirculated condition. A similar lot originating from the same estate was sold in the Michaan’s Auctions October sale for $19,890, over twenty-four times its high estimate.

An offered item from the Orville Babcock Estate is a large Chinese blue and white ceramic jar dated to the 14th/15th century (lot 237, $700-900). Mr. Babcock has accumulated over two hundred pieces of 10th-16th century Asian ceramics over the course of forty years. Once serving as a superintendent of education in Manila, he became trapped in the Philippines during the Japanese invasion of World War II. At the end of the war Mr. Babcock then traveled extensively throughout the Philippines, helping people recover valuables and works of art parted with during times of warfare. It was then that he began developing his own collection, including the blue and white Chinese stylings that remain popular in the Philippines to this day. The jar for auction has a wide bulbous body, artistically painted with stylized petal and leaf motifs, peony blossoms and ruyi heads.

Perfect for the upcoming season of holiday entertaining is a pair of Italian sterling mounted wine coolers (lot 471, $6,000-8,000). The decidedly ornate pieces are fashioned in the Victorian taste with grape vine motifs depicted throughout the silver. Adding a beautiful richness to the look are Murano glass liners in a deep cranberry hue. The total silver weight for the pair is 158 troy ounces and each measures 10 1/4 inches in height.

Fine art features a highly collectable oil by French/Russian Federation realist painter Constantin Kluge (1912-2003) celebrating the joie de vivre of the streets of Paris (lot 784, $2,000-3,000). The piece depicts vibrant street vendors and patrons on the Promenade Maurice Carême with the grand Notre Dame Cathedral behind the scene. Paintings such as these helped to define Klug as an artist of the “School of Paris,” as he masterfully captured the ease of Parisian life in the 1950s and 60s.

The illustrated auction catalog will be online for review at Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on December 2nd and continue daily until the day of the auction. 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.

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