French paintings crème de la crème at Michaan’s Estate Auction March 11


Attributed to Albert Marquet (French 1875-1947), ‘Ship in Harbor,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


ALAMEDA, Calif. – Exciting estate paintings, furniture, jewelry and silver will draw collectors to Michaan’s on March 11. Absentee bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Michaan’s has seen many successful sales of waterfront scenes and seascapes in recent months, from a range of different periods and locales. March brings to auction the fine French painting Ship in Harbor attributed to Albert Marquet (1875-1947), whose career spanned an exciting period in the history of art. This work shows the influence of the Fauves; its surface animated by rapid brushstrokes, its vivid colors seen in the natural world but through a lens tinted with fantasy. Ship in Harbor likely depicts a scenic spot on the Côte d’Azur, where Marquet often painted. It is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Another noteworthy French work is the abstract Forget Opus 537 ($4,000-$6,000) by Jean Deyrolle (1911-1967), who used the ancient technique of tempera painting to make bold modernist statements.



Jean Deyrolle (French 1911-1967), ‘Forget Opus 537,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


There are fine American works in the March sale as well, such as Portrait of a Woman in a Hat, a watercolor by magazine illustrator Harrison Fisher.

American Icons ($3,000-5,000) by Gayle Blair Tate (b. 1944) showcases Mr. Tate’s mastery of trompe l’oeil painting, depicting with astonishing realism a nostalgic “collage” of paper money, ticket stubs and a vintage Coca-Cola sign.



Gayle Blair Tate (American b. 1944), ‘American Icons,’ oil on board. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


Cows in a Field ($4,000-6,000) is a bucolic California landscape by William Keith, an ally of John Muir who lost many artworks when his studio was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

American furniture is also a notable highlight of the March Estate Auction. Collectors are mad for the mid-20th century design team of Philip and Kelvin Laverne, whose Chinoiserie coffee table is estimated at $3,000-$4,000). The large, low brass table features a patina of many hues on its etched pictorial surface, the colors enlivening elegant scenes of Chinese nobility.



Philip and Kelvin LaVerne brass chinoiserie coffee table, 18in high x 46in diameter. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


Asian Art lovers at home and abroad trust Michaan’s for high quality additions to their collections, and March presents uncommon opportunities, particularly in Chinese antiques. Of particular interest is the unusual Lingbi scholar’s rock estimated at $6,000-8,000.



Lingbi scholar’s rock. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


Also in the March sale, from the estate of an old East Coast family, is a pair of  Victorian enamel and yellow gold bracelets (est. $1,500-2,500).