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Aquamarine, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum Necklace

From the Beaux Arts period is this beautiful Belle Époque aquamarine, diamond, pearl and platinum necklace. The necklace is dated to 1910-1920 and mirrors the grand tastes and values of the period. Fashioned in an elegant Festoon style, the piece features seven aquamarines of ideal color and brilliance in three different cuts, weighing a total of approximately 7.50 carats. The stones are then enhanced by nine round cut diamonds, further accented by several seed pearls. The necklace will be offered in Michaan's January estate sale at an estimate of $1,500-2,000.

19th Century Chinese Ink Stone

This classic, 19th century ink stone highlights Asian offerings for the month of July. The piece is traditionally shaped, decorated by carved ruyi clouds, lingzhi fungus and a single bat to symbolize longevity. The decorative carvings help form the well, an instrumental component in the production of the ink. An ink stick was ground upon the main platform, while fresh water was kept in the small area designated as the well. As water was combined with tiny soot particles fresh ink was made, with its intensity controlled by the user. This quintessential ink stone will be sold at an auction estimate of $300-500

American Cotton Applique Quilt

From a private estate collection is this delightful cotton appliqué "Love Apple" quilt, to be sold as lot 429 at an estimate of $500-700. The piece was made in 1861 by the consignor's paternal grandmother in Mt. Auburn, Indiana at the tender age of fourteen. A simple red border encases the applied, blossoming love apples, all set upon a background of repeating, quilted wreath forms. The piece measures 74 inches wide by 91 ½ inches in length. This serves as a wonderful glimpse into the history of quilting in the United States.

Art Deco Diamond, Sapphire Ring

This Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring is listed at an estimate of $6,000-9,000 in Michaan’s December fine auction.  Three old European cut diamonds, each of an approximate weight of 1.40 carats apiece, are then surrounded by twenty-four cut sapphires weighing a total of approximately 1.30 carats.  The stones are then beautifully set in platinum and 18 karat white gold.  This piece has remained in the collection of a French aristocratic family estate and will be offered to the public for the first time ever in this fine auction.  The aristocratic Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring will be sold on Monday, December the 8th. Join us on December 8 for a chance to buy art deco diamond, sapphire ring at auction.

Asian Lacquered Box

Highlighting October's Asian antiquities is this lacquered wood box featuring auspicious symbols.  The lid centers a painted longevity medallion, encircled by a highly stylized rendition of a bat upon each of the four corners.  In the Chinese culture, bats symbolize good fortune and happiness; a stark departure from the animal's often dark Western connotations.  The decorative box has the option of being displayed on a matching wood stand and it is also accompanied in the lot by a set of small stacking trays.  The box, with stand, measures approximately 20 3/4 x 20 x 20 inches, to be sold at an auction estimate of $300-500.

Two Bronze Abstract Sculptures

These two substantial bronze sculptures stand as March's highlighted modern art lot. Both pieces are commanding images, whose impact is largely felt by simple forms and uncomplicated compositions. The larger sculpture is done in the style of Henry Moore and depicts one male and one female bust form gently cradling an infant. The accompanying sculpture depicts an interpretational image of an anonymous figure ascending a curving staircase. This piece bears an artisan signature and measures approximately 9 inches in height. Both sculptures will be offered as lot 579 at an auction estimate of $1,200-1,500. Come to Michaan's Auctions for a chance to buy two Bronze Abstract Sculptures!

1963 Avanti by Studebaker

This Avanti by Studebaker automobile designed by Raymond Loewy is derived from the Cabella Collection, to be offered as lot 200 at an estimate of $20,000-25,000. The car is one of only 2,800 produced by hand in 1963 and bears a serial number of 777. The automobile remains in exceptionally clean, authentic condition with all of its original parts.

Andy Warhol Cherub Lithograph

From the controversial father of pop art comes this delightful watercolor upon lithograph titled “Two Cherubs and a Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden).” The Andy Warhol signed work is dated to 1956 and is regarded as a one-of-a-kind piece. Each of these Warhol produced lithographs of a pair of plump cherubs hoisting a flower by its stem is of unique watercolor brushwork. A 2007 Parisian auction sale of “Two Cherubs and a Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden)” brought over $14,500 for the print. The Warhol lithograph will be auctioned in Michaan's June fine auction as lot 2060 at an estimate of $10,000-15,000.

Arts & Crafts Heinz Mixed Metal Desk Set

This Arts & Crafts desk set with lovely foliage motif decor boasts sterling on bronze as part of its mixed metal components.  The desk suite includes a blotter board, a pen tray, a calendar holder and a small letter rack that all prominently bear the contrasting decoration of sprigs.  A single brass candlestick measuring approximately 12 inches in height completes the lot.  The late era Arts & Crafts desk set stems from a private Alameda, California collection and remains in wonderful condition with its original patina. This will be sold at an estimate of $500 to $700.

Asian Woodblock Art

Two notable woodblock print artists are highlighted in a single lot in February's Asian offerings.  Woodblocks by Pieter Irwin Brown are represented in "Bei Hai, Peking" as well as in "Nan Hei, Peking".  Also professionally known as Pieter van Oort, the European illustrator is credited with influencing the shin hanga movement of the 1930s.  Accompanying the Brown pieces in the sale lot will be two small Utagawa Hiroshige landscape prints.  Revered as "the artist of rain, snow and mist," Hiroshige's catalog contains a classic display of beautifully crisp and vibrant images.  The Asian woodblock art lot will be sold on Saturday, February the 7 as lot 169 at an estimate of $600-800. Don't pass up this chance to buy Asian woodblock prints at auction!

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