ALAMEDA, Calif. – Exceptional jewelry is the heart of Michaan’s monthly estate auction to be held Saturday, Feb. 11. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Artisanal handcrafting with gold and jewels is a legacy of the Mughal Empire, which fostered splendid achievements in Indian culture. Mughal art and romance come together not only in the great Taj Mahal but also in the tourmaline, diamond and yellow gold necklace (above) offered by Michaan’s in February. Balancing its weighty proportions are the lovely soft colors of the gemstones and a rich patina of age, imparting tasteful serenity to this spectacular piece.
There are classic necklaces of large gold links and gold beads. Many gold and gemstone pieces feature animal motifs crafted with great style and expertise. These include the chic horse necklace ($1,800-$2,500), a giraffe jewelry suite (below, est. $2,000-$3,000) and several lots featuring elephants including hoop earrings ($300-$500).
Following on the success of American paintings in the January estate auction, February’s noteworthy fine art lots include California landscapes that capture the beauty of our rolling hills and cloud-scattered skies. Works by California artists are perennial favorites with Michaan’s bidders and enjoy enduring popularity in the art market far beyond the region. Two that stand out in this month’s sale are Mt. Tamalpais ($2,000-$3,000) by Hector Serbaroli (1881-1951), and Near Gilroy ($1,000-$1,500) by James Everett Stuart (1853-1941).
Another important February highlight comes from the other side of the country. The historic cotton kingdom genre painting, Cabin Scene ($5,000-$7,000), is a portrait of sharecroppers and their home by William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), a prominent Carolinian best known for paintings of the rural South.
February’s Asian Art highlights include pieces from China, Japan and Tibet. Two lots in the sale date from Japan’s richly artistic Meiji Period are a pair of splendidly decorated Satsuma vases signed Ryozan (below, $1,500-$2,000) and a fish-form dish ($300-$400) from Arita, the birthplace of Japanese porcelain.