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Alameda, CA, United States
DoneSun, Aug 5, 2012 5:00 PM GMT

August 5, 2012 Estate Auction

Esteemed Lots in Michaan?s August Auction Shakudo Suite, Au Ho-nien Watercolor, Meissen Collectibles, William Richards Oil The August Estate Auction of 2012 will feature American and European marble sculpture, oil paintings, watercolors and lithographs. Collectible porcelains, rugs, period furniture, Asian and Japanese works of art as well as period and estate jewelry will comprise the auctions offered lots. Jewelry includes over 130 lots featuring South Sea pearls, gemstones, certified jadeite and coral. A shakudo suite will be offered in August, consisting of a brooch and pair of earrings ($1,500-1,800). The set is made of shakudo plaques depicting birds in a nature setting. Tassel motifs adorn the plaques, all set in 10k yellow gold. A wonderful watercolor on paper is being offered at an estimate of $10,000-12,000. Titled ?Yosemite Mountain,? Au Ho-nien depicts the grand rock formation in a beautiful wash of pale blue. Purchased directly from the artist in China in 1977, the painting will be offered with over 100 Asian lots including but not limited to bronzes, jades, porcelains, snuff bottles and Japanese works of art. From the estate collection of a Hollywood socialite and professional dancer is a selection of collectible porcelain pieces. A lovely Meissen porcelain figure of a bird will be sold at an estimate of $1,000-1,500. Another Meissen offering is found in a delightful tray. The tray is decorated with a bucolic scene of an English gent strolling with a fair maiden. A young mother tending to her child sit to the side of the pathway as well. The border is beautifully rendered in cobalt blue and gold leaf scrollwork, offered at an estimate of $800-1,200. Fine art?s estate offerings comprise 135 lots of European and American art primarily from the 18th to 20th centuries. An August highlight is found in William Trost Richards ?David?s Headlands Wales? ($4,000-6,000). The oil painting was gifted to the present