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DoneSun, Dec 18, 2016 6:00 PM UTC
Alameda, CA, USA

Fine Asian Works of Art

When rare materials meet master craftsmen, the results are worthy of inclusion in Michaan's Fine Asian Works of Art auction, to be held Sunday, December 18. The works range in scale from very tiny to quite imposing: each one unique, yet all exhibiting the high quality that Michaan's Fine Asian sales are well known for. "This is our final auction of 2016," notes specialist Harry Huang, "and we will conclude the year with an event presenting exceptional opportunities for collectors." One notable example is the huanghuali altar coffer. The lustrous huanghuali hardwood is not confined to the outside of the piece, but extends to every part of its interior, even to the backs of the drawers. This piece will appeal to the collector who seeks quality at a deeper level, yet its surface beauty is also unmistakable: the expertly joined huanghuali planks exhibit many easily detected "ghost faces," each one adding to its value. The altar coffer has been well preserved, retaining excellent structural integrity, and is expected to sell for $60,000-$80,000. It is one of a number of furniture pieces in this auction from a fine private collection, amassed by the original owner in China, primarily during the 1940s.