Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — Many of the finest Louis Comfort Tiffany Masterpieces in existence not only escaped an almost certain demise, but will now be offered at auction for the first time to a world market of frenzied anticipation. These unparalleled Tiffany selections from the Garden Museum Collection are the proud legacy of museum founder and director Mr. Takeo Horiuchi. After the devastating March 2011 earthquake and when he subsequently learned that a series of substantial earthquakes were predicted in the region near Mount Fiji, Mr. Horiuchi knew he had to take decisive action. His beloved Tiffany glass collection would almost certainly be destroyed if it were to stay on museum grounds. With this understanding, Mr. Horiuchi made the magnanimous decision to forgo his passion and have the collection depart for safety elsewhere. Decades of uncompromising passion led him to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of preservation. In a move that no one could anticipate, Mr. Horiuchi began a search for a worthy successor to his museum collection. His search ended earlier this year as Mr. Allen Michaan and a small group of investors were able to purchase the collection, making a major portion of it available for the first time ever to the buying public at large at Michaan, bay area auction house, on November 17, 2012.
Mr. Horiuchi spared no expense in compiling the Garden Museum Collection, making it a national treasure in the opinion of many. Perhaps a prime example of his unwavering dedication to excellence lies in a spectacular Tiffany Cobweb table lamp. The lamp is one of seven in existence. The piece to be sold by Michaan’s Auctions is considered to be the finest of the seven for its exquisite color and condition. From its inception, it was one of the most extravagant lamp productions to come from Tiffany Studios. This costly work of art was originally created with the intention of targeting the firm’s wealthiest patrician clients. The Cobweb or Spiderweb lamp remains amongst the most desirable and expensive models in the Tiffany lamp repertoire; a testament to the craftsmanship and design ingenuity of Tiffany Studios.
The Cobweb table lamp is one of many jewels in the auction that must be seen to be believed. From an exceptional lava glass vase that was a part of Louis C. Tiffany’s personal collection until his death to a painting by Tiffany that remained in his family for multiple generations, top-tier items are represented in numerous categories. This grouping from the finest Tiffany collection ever assembled will account for approximately 175 lots including lamps, windows, vases, paintings, enamels and mosaics.
For more information on the Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum Japan Auction to be held on Saturday, November 17th, 2012, please contact Allen Michaan (510) 227 – 2503 OR amichaan(at)michaans(dot)com.
Michaan’s Auctions â¢ 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, California 94501 â¢ http://www.michaans.com â¢ info(at)michaans(dot)com â¢ (510) 740 – 0220
About Michaan’s Auctions Michaan's Auctions is a leading, full-service, West coast auction house specializing in appraisals, sells antiques and fine art. Some of Michaan's specialty departments include Asian works of art, furniture and decorative arts, modern and contemporary European and American paintings and prints and jewelry. Estate auctions and free art appraisals are provided throughout the year.