Ernest Lawson work among Michaan’s many highlights Sept. 7

Ernest Lawson

Ernest Lawson (Canadian/American 1873-1939), ‘Landscape – New York,’ oil on canvas laid on board. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Michaan’s image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – “The final quarter of 2019 will be an exciting time in the auction business,” says Scott Bradley, vice president and COO of Michaan’s Auctions. “Rare private collections, fine estates and property from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have made Michaan’s monthly sales very special this year – and there’s much more to come.” Michaan’s Gallery Auction on Saturday, Sept. 7, offers exceptional property in every category. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Michaan’s September sale of fine art will thrill collectors with a New York landscape of excellent provenance by Ernest Lawson (1873-1939), one of “The Eight,” a group of young artists who assertively challenged the dominance of formal academic traditions in early 20th century American painting. Lawson exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1894, where the critic William Merritt Chase called him “America’s greatest landscape painter.” In New York, he was a prominent and influential Impressionist, the only one of “The Eight” to focus on landscape painting. With their unconventional compositions, complex colors and masterful strokes of the palette knife, Lawson’s paintings are lyrical and powerful at the same time. Ernest Lawson’s impasto oil Landscape – New York (above) is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Another highlight is the 1962 folio of 12 brilliantly colored aquatints by Georges Braque, l’Ordre des Oiseaux, offered by Michaan’s at $20,000-$25,000. Braque created this joyful work in response to a poem written in honor of his 80th birthday by Nobel laureate Saint-John Perse. The Nobel Committee praised “the soaring flight and evocative imagery” of Perse’s poetry; the same can certainly be said of Braque’s Oiseaux, a masterpiece of graphic design, modern art at its most optimistic.

In September Michaan’s also features the French graphic designer Paul Colin, perhaps the greatest French poster artist of the Art Deco period. Colin rose to fame in 1920s Paris, as African art and the music of Josephine Baker exploded in popularity among the avante-garde. Michaan’s offers his mixed media gouache on paper African Dancer and African Man with Monkeys, together in one frame, at $3,000-$5,000.

Works of modern fine art in September’s Gallery Auction also include Helen Frankenthaler’s serene 1980 woodcut, Cameo ($5,000-$8,000) and Benjamino Bufano’s bronze Penguin ($3,000-$5,000).

A special opportunity for collectors is the oil on board, Marin County Farm ($8,000-$10,000) by “Society of Six” painter Selden Conner Gile (1877-1947). Gile’s plein air landscapes, pulsing with vitality, show Fauve and Impressionist influences but mostly the artist’s singular vision. He lived the quintessential California Bohemian artist’s life, entertaining guests like Jack London on his Belvedere houseboat. Gile’s 1924 painting of Taos hangs in the Oakland Museum of California.

Diamonds in striking fall colors are tops in Michaan’s September fine jewelry. The showstopper is a ring centering a fancy light yellow radiant-cut diamond over five carats in weight, rare and dazzling. Set in platinum and 18K gold and flanked by white diamonds, the gorgeous natural colored stone is GIA certified ($30,000-$50,000). Also perfect in autumn: the “Tango” cuff bracelet by the Italian luxury fine jeweler Pomellato, of luscious brown diamonds set in 18K yellow gold. Estimated at $2,000-$3,000, the bracelet exemplifies Pomellato’s colorful and unconventional aesthetic.

Another standout among the designer jewels is the emerald and diamond ring by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. ($8,000-$12,000). A dramatic dome of diamonds centering a sizable emerald-cut emerald, the Schlumberger ring is a bold statement of impeccable taste.

Ernest Lawson

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger emerald, diamond, platinum, 18k yellow gold ring. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Michaan’s image

September’s incredible jewelry finds include several more from the world’s top designers. Bulgari’s “Spiga” diamond and 18K white gold ring is offered at $2,000-$3,000.

Beatles fans and collectors will be thrilled to find a Yellow Submarine film cel ($2,000-$3,000) featuring all four Beatles, part of the “Apple Bonkers” section of the iconic movie. A complete issue of the Andy Warhol-designed multi-media magazine Aspen is offered at $2,000-$3,000. Published in December 1966, the issue is housed in a box mimicking the graphic design of vintage “Fab” brand laundry detergent boxes. Among its contents are a flipbook based on Warhol’s film Kiss, a flexi disc by John Cale of the Velvet Underground, and a “ticket book” referencing Timothy Leary’s papers about LSD.

Ernest Lawson

Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987), ‘Campbell’s Soup Can,’ (on a shopping bag). Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Michaan’s image

Michaan’s is well known to collectors of Tiffany Studios. Several pieces of Tiffany Studios favrile glass are among the fine decorations in the Sept. 7 auction. A large trumpet vase ($1,600-$1,900) and a pastel centerpiece bowl (circa 1920-1930, $2,000-$3,000). Also from Tiffany Studios is the bronze inkwell dated 1842 ($1,500-$2,500), decorated with lovely nautical scenes and details. For more information and condition reports, please contact specialist Jill Fenichell at 510-227-2524.

Ernest Lawson

Tiffany Studios nautical pattern bronze inkwell. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Michaan’s image

Asian art and antiques from fine estates and collections continue to shine in every auction at Michaan’s. 2019 has brought the consignment of exceptional porcelains which have sold very well. From a private San Francisco collection, a top September highlight is the Arabic-inscribed Chinese blue and white bottle-shaped vase with garlic mouth estimated at $8,000-$12,000. This offering follows Michaan’s sale in May of a Chinese ewer with Arabic inscription for $25,000. Carved white jade, famille rose porcelains and a massive lingbi scholar’s rock with a stand are also among the Asian art highlights.

Ernest Lawson

Large Chinese yellow ground enameled bottle vase. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Michaan’s image

This auction initiates Michaan’s POP! auction-within-the-auction. POP! focuses on mid-20th century furniture, fine art, “Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out”-related memorabilia, including costumes; textiles; movie, rock and pop culture posters. Each section of POP! has a unique twist – some sections will look more to the 1950s and 1960s, others, more toward the 1970s and 1980s. The circa 1950 vanilla fiberglass Eames Zenith rocker, the first iteration with a rope edge, is estimated at $1,200-$1,800. Also of the period is Knoll’s Model 700 upholstered daybed designed by Richard Stein (1917-1990), with beechwood frame and lever-operated folding function ($1,500-$2,000). George Mulhauser’s bentwood walnut and black leather lounge chair with ottoman, known as “Mr. Chair,” is another mid-century modern find (circa 1960, $700-$1,000).