ALAMEDA, Calif. – Fine art lithographs, etchings and prints are excellent choices for those just starting a collection and for collectors eager to acquire big names at accessible prices. Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso are among the big names at Michaan’s in March. Some of their works, from the estate of Frances and Jean Lagomarsino, will be sold at the monthly Gallery Auction on Saturday, March 10, to benefit the University of San Francisco. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The large, exuberant modernist etching, L’Adorateur du Soleil, 1969 (above), is estimated at $8,000-$10,000. This dynamic composition in primary colors with black and gray is the quintessential Miro.
Following strong sales of Picasso’s ceramics at Michaan’s last year, his Mains au Poisson ($5,000-$7,000) should attract many bids. The colorful terre de faïence plate measures 12 ½ inches in diameter.
Three works by Chagall explore religion and culture. These are his most resonant themes and should be well represented in any art collection that includes Chagall. The etching Prophet Killed by a Lion ($2,000-$4,000) is from his Bible series. Hand-colored and signed in pencil by the artist, Prophet Killed by a Lion is numbered 2/100. Also offered are two of Chagall’s musicians, color lithographs signed and numbered by the artist. L’Accordéoniste ($2,000-$4,000) is a charming composition of figures and birds, awash in gaiety and sunshine. The Flute Player, numbered 60/90 ($3,000-$5,000), is a serene portrait in blues layered over bold lines and brushstrokes.
To collectors of early California art, Michaan’s March sale is noteworthy for Landscape With Lake ($3,000-$5,000) by plein air painter William Keith, and November Evening ($15,000-$20,000) by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), whose highly sought works sell very well at auction.
Asian art highlights in the March sale include an untitled etching (48/75, $3,000-$4,000) by Zao Wou Ki (1920-2013). A member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Zao is recognized as a Chinese modern master for his complex abstract images with lyrical qualities, suggestive of fluid movement.
The March 10t sale includes fine handmade rugs and furniture from many periods. The mid-century modern classic “Papa Bear” chair (below) by Hans Wegner is expected to sell for $6,000-$8,000. Another Danish Modern highlight is the pair of iconic upholstered “pot” chairs by Nanna Ditzel for A.P. Stolen (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Michaan’s offers fine estate jewelry and timepieces in each monthly auction. Highlighted in March is the stunning 18K gold ring centering a 35-carat citrine surrounded by diamonds ($3,000-$5,000).
Collectors of Tiffany Favrile glass, Royal Copenhagen china and Gorham sterling will discover great finds at Michaan’s on March 10.