Decorative arts in Turner Auctions spotlight Feb. 10

Decorative arts

Lalique vase decorated with swimming fish, impressed R. Lalique, 6¾ inches high x 7½ inches diameter. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present the Felicia Michalski Collection of Decorative Arts on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time.  Offering over 350 lots acquired over five decades, the sale features a wide array of decorative arts from America, Europe and Asia. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the single items and groupings are bronze sculptures and marble busts; oil and watercolor paintings; art glass and pottery, including Lalique (above), Gallé, Rookwood, Weller and Roseville; porcelain and metal figures; brass letter openers; pitchers and jugs including Royal Doulton and Ridgway; scent and perfume bottles including Lalique; porcelain and enamel boxes; cigarette cases; mirrors and dresser brushes; framed portraits, plaques and portrait miniatures; several lamps and clocks; candleholders; bookends; inkwells; antique photographs with fine Syrian frames; vintage marbles; salt and pepper shakers; framed botanicals; hand-crank sewing machines; several books and catalogs.

There is also a wide selection of table and serving ware, including lots of Meissen Blue Onion, Wedgwood, Jasper Ware, and many of sterling silver. From Asia are snuff bottles, cloisonné pieces, cane and parasol handles, and incense burners. From China come silk embroideries, porcelain bowls and vases, moon flask jars, and a celadon planter; from Japan are Satsuma, carvings, netsuke and lacquer items. Several items from other collectors round out the sale.

Auction highlights include a Lalique goldfish vase (above), a Staunton Chessman set, Limoges chargers, sterling and enamel compacts and boxes, a carriage clock from Tiffany, a Favrile glass shade and desk sets from Tiffany Studios and an oil portrait of Phoebe Hearst (below).

Decorative arts

Portrait of Phoebe Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst, oil on canvas attributed to Orrin Peck (1860-1921), 32 inches in diameter. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

This is the final Felicia Michalski collection to go up for bid. Turner Auctions + Appraisals has sold Michalski’s extensive collection of fine jewelry in four previous sales, which proved to be extremely popular with bidders.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale:

Lot 205: An early 20th-century portrait of Phoebe Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst, that is attributed to Orrin Peck (1860-1921). The 32-inch diameter oil on canvas painting has been reframed from its original rectangular frame.

– Lot 97: Tiffany & Co. silver and brass carriage clock with its original carrying case. The serial number 19491 is on the works. That number also appears on the underside of the carriage clock case. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.

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Tiffany & Co., silver and brass carriage clock with its original carrying case. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

Lot 10: Bronze female figure by Auguste Moreau titled ‘La Vague.’ The 28½-inch-high bronze figure is in excellent condition. Estimate: $800-$1,000.

Lot 98: Signed Lalique opalescent glass vase decorated with swimming fish. Estimate: $2,000-3,000.

Lot 291: Set of 12 French Meurice Froment service plates, 19th century, 10 inches in diameter. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

Lot 38: Complete 32-piece chess set made by Staunton Chessman and retailed by Jaques of London. The set is original leather and gilt tooled box. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

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Chess set made by Staunton Chessman and retailed by Jaques of London. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

Lot 114: Silvered bronze desk set of consisting of a pair of blotter ends, inkwell and tray, all marked ‘Tiffany Studios, New York.’ Estimate:  $800-$1,200.

Lot 142: Pair of Chinese pink enameled moon flask jars, each side painted with flowering trees and birds. The reverse painted with scene of warrior games. Estimate: $400-$600.

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Pair of pink enameled Chinese moon flask jars, first half 20th century, 15½ inches high. Estimate: $400-$600. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

Lot 99: Gallé vase of a pale yellow ground with raised plum-colored flowers and leaves, 7¼ inches high.  Estimate: $200-$400.

Lot 75: Hand-painted portrait of Daphne on a fine German porcelain plate, and artist-signed Gesetzlich Geschutzt, 10½ inches in diameter, elaborately presented in a  31-by-24-inch frame. Estimate: $300-$500.

For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions, at 415-964-5250 or