ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions will hold its monthly Gallery Auction on Friday, March 17, featuring a unique variety of lots such as a Walter and Berge pate de verre vide poche, a large Chinese blue and white porcelain dragon moon flask vase, jewelry from designers such as Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman, and Japanese tansu cabinets. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Gallery Auction will open with a wide variety of furniture and decorative arts, including a Walter and Berge pate de verre vide poche with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Pate de verre glass, produced by melting powdered glass with binding and coloring agents into a paste, is an ancient Greek technique that saw a prolific revival in the Art Nouveau period. Walter and Berge is known for producing beautiful floral and faunal pate de verre wares, with this vide-poche featuring dark red berry clusters and green leaves on a blue ground.
Jewelry in a variety of materials and from a number of designers will be offered at the Gallery Auction, including an Art Deco Tiffany & Co. diamond, enamel and platinum brooch, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a David Yurman sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry suite, estimated at $400-$600.
Also featured is an 18K gold necklace-bracelet macaroni link set by an unidentified maker, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and a pair of Chopard diamond and 18K gold Happy Diamond earrings, estimated at $1,000-$1,500. Earrings from the Happy Diamonds collection contain a diamond gently twirling between two sapphire crystals, adding an extra shine to every turn of the head.
The March 17 Gallery Auction will also deliver a collection of Asian art spanning several genres, from famille rose porcelain to Japanese tansu furniture. This includes items such as a large Chinese famille rose porcelain figural vase with an inscription, which has an estimate of $800-$1,200, and a large Chinese blue and white porcelain dragon moon flask vase, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. The offered Asian art also includes furniture, such as a pair of Chinese carved rosewood armchairs with white marble dream stone inserts, estimated at $500-$800, and several tansu cabinets, a form of traditional Japanese mobile cabinetry, including a tansu cabinet with a marble top that has an estimate of $600-$800.
There will be a special section of the Gallery Auction featuring an array of furniture and decorative arts dating from the Georgian to Victorian eras. These include a Louis XV or XVI transitional marble top walnut commode, estimated at $5,000-$7,000, as well as a hardcover illuminated quran that carries an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.
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