American art, jewelry costarring in Michaan’s sale Feb. 9

American art

Cecil Crosley Bell, ‘Leaving Manhattan,’ oil on canvas. Michaan’s image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – American fine art of the 20th century is a leading attraction of Michaan’s Gallery auction on Feb. 9. Paintings by Frank Schoonover and Cecil Crosley Bell, a sculpture by Berkeley’s Stephen de Staebler, and a Childe Hassam etching are just a few of the important works offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

New York City is a recurring theme in February’s fine art. Renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam captured a scene from Washington’s Birthday, Fifth Avenue and 23rdStreet in his etching estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Cecil Crosley Bell’s oil painting Leaving Manhattan ($5,000-$7,000) and his gouache on paper, Horse Auction, New York 1937 ($1,500-$2,000) are highlights. Bell (1906-1970) was a lifelong commercial illustrator who studied at the Art Students’ League and exhibited his lively works of fine art primarily in New York. Another featured artist with a foundation in commercial art is Frank Schoonover (1877-1972). Schoonover was a prolific illustrator who later became known for his landscape paintings of Delaware’s Brandywine Valley. His oil, Forest at Night is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Diamonds are also featured in February fine jewelry, as in the enamel and diamond eyed snake brooch ($1,500-$2,500) and the diamond clover brooch ($2,000-$3,000). Designer pieces include the sapphire ring by Tiffany & Co. and the 18K gold Cartier travel watch, each estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Art Deco pieces include the enamel and sterling travel watch by Tavannes ($400-$600) and the sweet lorgnette of platinum with old European-cut diamonds ($500- $700). A special treat for collectors of couture costume jewelry is the carnelian bead floral suite by Iradj Moini ($600-$800).

American art

Russian 19th century enameled silver cigar case. Michaan’s image

Michaan’s fine art specialist Susan Paffrath is offering a work by acclaimed sculptor Stephen de Staebler (1933-2011) on Feb. 9. Altar to a Leg, No. 2 is a 1996 figurative sculpture in pigmented stoneware. It reveals several of de Staebler’s leading inspirations such as ancient Classical monuments and Michelangelo’s Renaissance figures, finished and unfinished. The artist’s foundational academic studies and his exploration of Europe clearly inform this important piece, estimated at $12,000-$18,000.

American art

Stephen Destaebler (American 1933-2011), ‘Altar to A Leg No. 2,’ pigmented stoneware with surface oxides, 31 ¼ x 8¾ x 13¾ inches. Michaan’s image

Eames and Wegner are highlighted in Michaan’s February selection of estate furniture. The Eames for Herman Miller rosewood six-panel screen, a limited edition numbered 185 of 500, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Hans Wegner’s valet chair for Johannes Hansen of Copenhagen is characteristically ingenious, practical and fun; estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Also for the collector of fine modern furniture is the pair of “Lambda” redwood chairs ($1,500-$2,000) from Berkeley Mills.

American art

Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen valet chair, Copenhagen Denmark. Michaan’s image

Michaan’s Feb. 9 sale also features fine silver and decorative objects, lighting fixtures and handmade carpets, and Asian art.

American art

Pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze and rock crystal table lamps, late 19th century, possibly Caldwell. Michaan’s image

Anchoring Michaan’s fine jewelry selection for February is a large trove of treasures from the estate of Wylda Hammond Nelson, M.D. of Davis, Calif. Dr. Nelson’s collection is composed of beads of the world as well as Native American pieces such as a turquoise and silver coin squash blossom necklace ($500-$700). Some First Phase (circa approximately 1860-1900) pieces are among the Native American jewelry auction lots. Dr. Nelson collected beads of ancient Egyptian and Persian faience, Tibetan silver and turquoise, Persian etched carnelian and many more. Chinese beads of glass, jade and other stones, including Mandarin court necklaces, are in the collection.

Beautiful old beads and jewelry from around the world await Michaan’s Gallery Auction bidders in February. Ancient Roman and Islamic period wound glass beads, an assortment of pre-Columbian beads and necklaces, Tibetan dzi and eye beads, Venetian trade beads, Native American jewelry and ancient necklaces from Java and Africa are among the highlights.