Archive for the 'Appraisals' Category

12
Apr
13

Appraising the Situation

Harry Huang Asian Art Appraiser

Asian Art Appraiser, Harry Huang

With every passing week it seems that Michaan’s Auctions Appraisal Event has grown in attendance.  It appears that the power of television has caused a flood of new traffic to stream through the event at rates never seen before.  For those of you who are not quite as familiar with Michaan’s Wednesday Appraisal Events, I’ll try to show you the ropes.  Let’s count down some helpful facts and information regarding the free service.

5)Each person can have up to five pieces appraised at the event. Not to worry, it works like this: grandma’s chair counts as one. Grandma’s silver service set for eight counts as one.

4)The event is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An easy way to remember: it’s hump day, it’s lunchtime, bring it on over!

3)You have an Asian vessel, a World War II firearm, an old coin, a framed print and a diamond ring.  Can someone be helped at the appraisal event with such a mishmash of items? The answer is yes!  Not only are specialists on hand that cover specific categories such as Asian art, but more than one generalist appraiser is usually available to look at the unusual and the curious.

2)You made it to Michaan’s Main Gallery with your things; what do you do to get seen? It’s so very simple.  When you walk in there will be a sign in desk. Fill out your information on the provided sheet.  Then just have a seat and when the appropriate specialist is available your name will be called and you will be seen.  If you have a variety of items and need to see multiple specialists, you will continue to be helped on a first come, first served basis – it’s that simple.

1)Your main goal is to have your items appraised so they can be auctioned at Michaan’s.  Can this be expedited at the appraisal event? Of course; if that is the case we actually have the same goal.  After the specialist evaluates your item(s) and provides estimate(s), a contract can be opened on the spot and your item(s) slated for future auction.  Terms and conditions will be laid out in detail; all you need is a minimum of $1,000 in sellable property and we are ready to roll!

Please visit the Michaan’s Auctions Appraisal Event every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Gallery located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.  Find out if you are sitting on a treasure

11
Sep
12

J.D. Strong Painting Journeys From Summer Appraisal to Winter Fine Sale

A summer appraisal event at Michaan’s Auctions unexpectedly unearthed an exceptional find for the winter fine sale season.  A woman from Dublin, California brought a painting she had inherited to Fine Art Specialist Thomas De Doncker for appraisal.  She went on to tell Thomas how both her and her sister inherited the painting after their father had passed away.  Their father had purchased the piece as well as another work by J.D. Strong at an unnamed auction in the early 1960s, because “he liked the subject.”  The sisters, unaware of the valuable art work they were in possession of, donated the smaller of the two paintings to the Goodwill over a decade ago.  Fortunately, they kept the larger piece and were thrilled to learn that they had quite a treasure on their hands.

JOSEPH DWIGHT STRONG JR

JOSEPH DWIGHT STRONG JR (American 1852-1899) “Diamond Head, Hawaii – Launching the Outriggers, 1888,” Oil on canvas, 24 x 37 inches, Estimate: $60,000/90,000

J.D. Strong was one of the leading members of The Volcano School.  This was a group of non-native Hawaiian artists who painted dramatic nocturnal scenes of Hawaii’s erupting volcanoes.  Strong’s Hawaiian paintings are extremely rare and most of his works of this theme are relatively small.  Any work of his from this genre that is vintage or period Hawaiian, that is pre-1900, is even more rare due to the ravenous effect that the Hawaiian humidity had on the paintings.  Thomas’ awareness of the rarity of the piece caused him to reflect that, “Collectors of J.D. Strong’s work as well as period Hawaiian collectors will undoubtedly be thrilled that this painting will be up for auction on December first.  To my knowledge, a J.D. Strong of this size has never been offered at auction before.  I am delighted that it will now be a part of the fine sale at Michaan’s Auctions.”

The oil painting titled “Diamond Head, Hawaii – Launching the Outriggers, 1888″ measures 24 x 37 inches.  The piece depicts a beautiful Hawaiian day in which natives in canoes are setting out to sea.  The painting will be offered at an estimate of $60,000-90,000 in the Fine Works of Art Auction on December 1, 2012.  For more information please call Michaan’s Auctions at (510) 740-0220 or visit us on the web at www.michaans.com.

27
Jul
12

Auction Makes Me Feel Like Singing

Hopefully you’re having a good work week.  But, if you find yourself having that hump day feeling, some singing is in order…

To the chorus of “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias –

I love to go to auction baby
Auction takes away my pain
I could browse these lots forever
Please don’t take my paddle away.

*Please visit us on the first Sunday of every month for our estate auction held at the main gallery at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.  On the following Tuesday/Wednesday is the Annex warehouse auction held at its new and improved location at 2701 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

To the chorus of “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston –

How will I know
The worth of granny’s china?
I have a prayer
Miss Dalton will tell me
It will be done
On Wednesday when we meet
I’m asking her
‘Cause she knows about these things.

*Visit us every Wednesday in our main gallery from 10-1 p.m. and have up to 5 pieces appraised for free!

To the chorus of “Beat It” by Michael Jackson –

Beat it!
Beat it!
Will all my bids be defeated?
Show them the money
Put up a fight
It doesn’t matter
Out bid with might
Just beat it!

*Something to keep in mind: Some of our most successful bidders are floor bidders.  Whenever you can, try to attend live!

27
Jul
12

Appraisal event discovery: fine Chinese silk robe

A woman from Oakland came to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 25th with this fine Chinese silk robe.  She believed her mother purchased it around 1921 when she was about three months old while the family was living in Beijing (Peking).  She has since worn it throughout her life as a fashion piece.  Although she chose to wear it, she understood it to be a garment of quality, so she took measures to take care of the robe.  Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang was in agreement that it is a special piece originating from China.  Mr. Huang also noted that the robe was made for a wealthy Han ethnic Chinese female of high ranking stature.  Indicators of this notion are seen in the genuine gold thread and exceptional decorative work.  Mr. Huang acknowledged that the expertly crafted robe would be suitable for a Fine Auction at Michaan’s, but due to some condition issues would have to be estimated at $1,500-2,000.

Fine Chinese silk robe

Fine Chinese silk robe

Chinese silk robe detail

Chinese silk robe detail

25
Jul
12

Appraisal event discovery: Schoenhut circus figures

This group of twelve Schoenhut circus figures was taken to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 25th.  The delightful pieces were brought in by a gentleman from Orinda, charming appraiser Elizabeth Dalton and staff members alike.  The toys (which Dalton believed to be circa 1910) include depictions of Buffalo Bill, a rhinoceros, a zebra, a polar bear, a giraffe, two clowns, two donkeys and two horses, one surmounted by a lady.  The toy collection was recently gifted to him after his mother’s passing, but he clearly recalls that she did not allow him to play with them while he was growing up.  These joyous pieces of classic American toy craftsmanship were estimated at $800-1,200

Group of twelve Schoenhut circus figures

Group of twelve Schoenhut circus figures

18
Jul
12

July 18 Appraisal Event find

A coin collector from Fremont brought this group of coins from his father’s collection to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 18th.  He chose Michaan’s Auctions as his first source of one-on-one appraisal after doing some of his own research online.  Coin and Stamp Specialist Michael “Misha” Rosenberg valued each coin to what the client felt was a “trustworthy appraisal.” He found the values given by Rosenberg to be more reliable and realistic than many of the augmented figures he discovered online; many were dealer projections with some inflated up to 4 times over the actual coin value.  As a result, he decided to return for another Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event where he would bring some of his high-end pieces for evaluation.

Coin collection brought to Wednesday Appraisal Event

Coin collection brought to Wednesday Appraisal Event

A busy day at the Appraisal Event

A busy day at the Appraisal Event

11
Jul
12

July 11 Appraisal Event find

A gentleman from San Francisco came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 11th with this wonderful 19th century Bohemian enameled decanter.  He spotted it about one month ago in a pile of relative rubbish at a garage sale in San Francisco’s Mission District.  What appeared to be exceptional hand painting and a large punt at the base intrigued him and he ended up buying the wine vessel for $10.  Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton was in agreement of the fine art work and was quite impressed at the “amazing detail.”  They both noted the charming party scene depicting figures playing the doodle sack and hurdy gurdy as well as the band of gold leaf that handsomely finishes the piece.  Dalton estimated the decanter at $800-1,200, proving it to be quite a find indeed.

19th century Bohemian enameled decanter

19th century Bohemian enameled decanter

 

05
Jul
12

July 4 Appraisal Event find

A gentleman from Boston came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 4th with this unique silver plate service set. The pieces were part of a collection inherited from the consignor’s grandparents and aunt from Manchester, New Hampshire. Upon their passing, they were discovered in their collective attics. The consignor eventually came to find that they were part of a family collection that had spawned over the course of over 100 years. Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton recognized the set to be American circa 1870s and noted the unique and impressive looking figures decorating the pieces. Dalton understood that this interesting design feature would most likely appeal to an auction audience and consigned the set with tray at an estimate of $300-400.

Silver Plate Tea Service

Silver Plate Tea Service

27
Jun
12

June 27 appraisal event find

A woman from San Anselmo came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, June 27th with this beautiful embroidered ladies skirt. She knew nothing about the piece except that it was bought in San Francisco, given to her by an ex-boyfriend in 1987. Asian Specialist Harry Huang informed her that it was approximately 100 years old and was quite a collectible piece due to its fine condition. Huang also pointed out that it would be an obvious choice for auction. He noted that the market for antique Asian clothing is quite strong and that the skirt is a higher end example, crafted for a wealthy woman. She had been considering her selling options and choose to consign it at Michaan’s upon hearing the success of antique Asian apparel in the venue. She agreed to consign the skirt at an estimate of $1,000-1,500.

Asian ladies skirt




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