Diamonds, paintings, mid-century classics fill Michaan’s sale April 13
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Gallery Auction on April 13 promises to sustain the momentum created by the exciting monthly sales in 2019’s first quarter. Fine diamonds are as abundant as flowers in springtime. A lush Bay Area landscape by an Italian painter of wide renown is another highlight. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Michaan’s is a premier destination for worldwide jewelry buyers, whether they seek period heirlooms or contemporary jewelry from fine estates. In April the selection features the designers Roberto Coin, Tiffany & Co. including Frank Gehry for Tiffany, Marina B., David Yurman and more. April’s birthstone is the diamond — symbolizing “endurance” — and the auction offers beautiful diamonds in many precious pieces.
Roberto Coin’s Appassionata bracelet of diamonds, 18K rose and white gold is a stunner estimated at $4,000-$6,000. The chic gold basket weave design is accented by a diamond-encrusted clasp. The bracelet by Bonebakker of Amsterdam is composed of 49 round brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18K white gold (est. $3,000-$5,000). Diamond rings abound in April such as the 14K yellow gold ring (above) that features two old European-cut diamonds, each about one carat, presented in a vintage box (est. $2,500-$3,500). Another ring centers a round 1.85 carat diamond flanked by two pear-cut diamonds in a platinum mounting (est. $4,000-$6,000). Also featured is a diamond-accented boulder opal pendant (est. $3,000-$5,000).
A translucent jade Guanyin with GIA report is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Michele Cascella (est. 1892-1989) painted Impressionistic landscapes and florals in his native Italy from an early age. His vibrant works were shown often at the Venice Biennale, in Paris and internationally. By the mid-20th century he had made Palo Alto, Calif., his second home. In Palo Alto, Cascella painted “Dr. Jim Inglis Home and Garden,” which is offered by Michaan’s at $8,000-$10,000. The large 1984 oil on canvas descended to the present owner through the family of Dr. Inglis.
Also featured are works by American painter Charles Herbert Woodbury (est. 1864-1940). A founding member of the artist’s colony at Ogunquit, Maine, Woodbury is best known for marine paintings of uncommon expressiveness. His works can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, among others. A Charles Herbert Woodbury coastal view and a landscape are estimated at $3,000-$5,000 each in the April 13 sale. The lot, consisting of Study of Water and Girls on the Beach, is offered at $2,000-$4,000.
After a 30-year career in commercial art, Claude Conover (1907-1994) turned to working in clay. He developed a disciplined and comprehensive process for creating ceramic art, and his singular works are widely collected by museums and private enthusiasts. In April Michaan’s offers a Claude Conover vessel at $4,000-$6,000 and a bowl at $3,000-$4,000.
The mid-century furniture of Gerald McCabe is noted for its organic inspiration and gorgeous craftsmanship. Straddling two significant creative worlds, design and music, McCabe had an orbit of influence that far surpasses most furniture makers. In Santa Monica he founded McCabe’s Guitar Shop where Ry Cooder, at just age 13, discovered the instrument. At the same time McCabe was transforming beautiful wood, glass and steel into modern furniture that continues to thrill collectors.
McCabe said, “I think my furniture has a lasting quality. When you come into a room, it doesn’t hit you over the head, doesn’t fall into a category; it’s an entity by itself and is still appealing years later.”
On April 13, Michaan’s offers a round oak dining table (est. $700-$900) and the Shedua wood tall cabinet (est. $1,800-$2,200) both from Gerald McCabe’s Orange Crate Modern line for the Eon Furniture Co. of Santa Monica. A sleek oak and Lucite entertainment console, unmarked but possibly by McCabe, is offered at $700-$900. Also in the auction is a Gerald McCabe trestle dining table (est. $700- $900).
Collectors of Asian art have many fine choices in April, the selection curated by Annie Zheng, who recently joined Michaan’s team of appraisers and specialists. Exemplary cinnabar boxes carved with decorative and symbolic motifs are estimated at $3,000-$5,000 for the lot of two.
A handsome tripod censer, of bronze with silver inlay, pierced wood cover and carved jadeite finial, bears a “Shisou” mark in archaistic design. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, it is one of several fine censers in the sale. Chinese furniture includes the pair of bamboo form armchairs (est. $300-$400).
Adorning Michaan’s gallery walls in April is the magnificent Chinese red silk embroidered panel, circa 1840 to 1900. Measuring a full 120 by 55½ inches. It features three marvelous figures: Ma Gu, the female immortal; Shou Lou, god of longevity; and a young boy. Bats, deer, cranes, lingzhi and other Buddhist symbols decorate the ornate border (est. $3,000-$5,000).