California bear-motif fire extinguisher grenade heads to Michaan’s Oct. 14-15 sale

Amy Nelder, ‘Casa de Munecas,’ estimated at $400-$600

Amy Nelder, ‘Casa de Munecas,’ estimated at $400-$600

ALAMEDA, Calif. – This October, Michaan’s Auctions will hold two auctions in addition to its monthly Annex Auction. On Friday, October 14, it will hold a Traditional & Old Masters Auction, in which fine art, furniture and decorative arts from the Baroque era to the Barbizon school will be offered. The monthly Gallery Auction will conclude the auction week on Saturday, October 15 and will include a circa-1890 fire extinguisher grenade and a Chinese coromandel lacquer screen. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Headlining the October 14 sale is a 19th-century Derbyshire fluorspar Blue John urn estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Blue John, or Derbyshire Spar, is a rare form of fluorite that has only been found in two caverns in Derbyshire, England. Mined for ornamental purposes since at least the 18th century, operations continue today, but only on a small scale, making the products that surface valued finds.

19th-century Derbyshire Fluorspar Blue John urn, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

19th-century Derbyshire Fluorspar Blue John urn, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

The October 14 Traditional & Old Masters Auction also contains a diverse selection of fine art, such as an oil on canvas by Frits Thaulow (Norwegian, 1847-1906), Claire du Lune, estimated at $4,000-$7,000. Bronze figures are represented as well, such as a 1691 sculpture after Pierre LePautre titled Aeneas Carrying His Father Anchises, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

 California fire extinguisher grenade, estimated at $2,000-$3,000


California fire extinguisher grenade, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

Saturday, October 15 will bring the Gallery Auction, and with it a variety of unique pieces to tempt any bidder. Starting things off with a bang will be a circa-1890 California fire extinguisher grenade, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Prevalent during the 19th century, fire grenades were devices fashioned from glass and filled with caustic chemicals which, when thrown onto a fire and shattered, would dampen or smother it by depleting the oxygen feeding the flames. Michaan’s has auctioned one fire extinguisher grenade before; identical in nearly respect, it commanded $11,070.

Sebastiao Salgado, ‘Feet,’ estimated at $1,000-$3,000

Sebastiao Salgado, ‘Feet,’ estimated at $1,000-$3,000

Fine art in a range of mediums will be offered as well, including Feet, a framed photograph by Sebastiao Salgado (Brazilian, b. 1944-) estimated at $1,000-$3,000. Salgado gained international acclaim for his dramatic portrayals of impoverished working-class subjects, and touring exhibitions of his work have been presented throughout the world. Equally compelling is a lithograph by Marc Chagall, Sun in the Studio, which bears an estimate of $6,000-$9,000, as well as modern works such as Casa de Munecas, an oil on canvas by Amy Nelder (American, b. 1971-) estimated at $400-$600.

Chinese four-panel coromandel lacquer 'Eighteen Lohans' screen, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

Chinese coromandel lacquer ‘Eighteen Lohans’ screen, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

The October 15 sale includes Asian art in an array of genres, from junware to jade carvings. Of particular note is a Chinese coromandel lacquer screen. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000, this screen is a work of art, with carved bone and semiprecious stone in relief embellishing a dark ground and traditional scenes of the 18 Lohan scattered across the panels. Birds and flowers in gilt outlines decorate the reverse. An excellent companion to this lot is a Chinese rosewood cabinet, estimated at $4,000-$5,000, each door finely carved with archaic bronze vessels.

 

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