Art Nouveau bat brooch a special treat at Michaan’s sale July 1
The Fine Art Department’s European offerings will open the auction, including lots from artists Marc Chagall, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Ludwig Bang, Achille Lauge and Roger Bezombes. American art will close the sale with Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Landacre, Robert Wyland, Luke E. Gibney, Jack Zajac and Peter Max represented.
Dutch painter Alexander Gerhard Anton van Rappard’s oil Cavaliers highlights the July offerings, to be sold as lot 005 ($8,000-$12,000). The painting depicts a rural maiden and three admirers in a rustic dining area. Van Rappard’s paintings are rare due in part to his short life of only 33 years. During his brief career van Rappard studied under Lawrence Alma-Tadema and befriended Vincent van Gogh. The scarcity and quality of his works have lead them to be highly prized in the contemporary market.
The Jewelry Department features a one-of-a-kind Art Nouveau plique-à-jour, silver bat brooch among its lots of fine, period and vintage costume jewelry (lot 183, $800-$1,200). The piece was made in Europe for export and is fashioned with enamel wings accented by four white sapphires. The brooch measures 4 1/2 inches in length by 1 inch in height and is sure to delight collectors and buyers alike.
A lovely selection of high-end timepieces and handbags will also be up for auction. Watch makers include names such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Piaget and Breitling. Vintage and fashion handbag lots feature designs from the likes of Judith Leiber, Salvatore Ferragamo, Longchamp and Louis Vuitton.
Among the Asian Department’s offerings of ceramics, porcelains, jades, bronzes, furniture and Japanese lots is a lovely Chinese zither, offered as lot 451 ($600-$800). The wooden musical instrument measures approximately 47 inches by 7 inches and is accented by seven dark brown tassels. An inscription on the reverse bears a collectors seal, beautifully fashioned in gold colored paint. The Chinese zither originated over 2,300 years ago, making it one of the oldest Chinese musical instruments known. To this day, the Chinese zither is understood to be a type of Chinese harp or piano.
Furniture and decorative items consist of over 200 lots including European and American period furniture, Tiffany & Co. silver and a wide selection of collectible perfume bottles and decanters. Notable is an interesting group of patent models and advertising signs from a private Bay Area collector. Two of the most charming pieces from the collection are patent model furniture lots. The first is a walnut drop-leaf table, circa 1875, (lot 774, $700-$900) and the other a mahogany convertible chair marked “H. Braunfeld” (lot 776, $600-$800). Other miscellaneous patent model items are available from the estate including a mechanical steam pressure regulator circa 1863 (lot 775, $600-$800), a red and black metal furnace from Philadelphia (lot 772, $500-$700) and a mahogany lard cooler circa 1880 (lot 773, $400-$600).
An illustrated auction catalog will also be online for review at www.michaans.com. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on June 29 until the day of sale. For details visit Michaan’s website or call the front desk at 510-740-0220.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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