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Michaan’s Auctions to sell 130 lots of artwork Dec. 1

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:01

Percy Gray (American 1869-1952), Majestic Oaks with Poppies, 1923, watercolor on paper laid to board. Estimate:  $20,000 / 30,000. Michaan's image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Fall - Winter season begins at Michaan’s Auctions with the Fine Works of Art Auction scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring over 130 lots of European and American paintings, works on paper, prints, photography and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries. will provide Internet live bidding.

Of the European offerings, Alexander Van Rappard's Cavaliers is a rare opportunity to acquire a highly prized and rare work of art by this Dutch artist who died at the age of 34 (lot 2001). Other exceptional European lots include number 2006, a plein air oil painting by Max Slevogt, one of the finest German Impressionists of the early 20th century. The piece features an outdoor view of his sumptuous home and gardens at Slevogthof Neukastel. Lot 2004 by Hugo Kauffman depicts a tour de force rendition of figurative realism. Lot 2005 by Willy Sluiter offers the collector an opportunity to acquire one of the few works of art available by this early 20th century Dutch artist. A true gem is also found in a small red conte drawing of a nude female by renowned French Impressionist Pierre Renoir (lot 2014).

From the Russian Federation are three works of art by living artist Viacheslav Vasilevich Kalinin (b.1939) along with an early modern work by avant garde artist Alexander A. Osmerkin depicting his future wife E.T. Barkova. From the selection of American works is a rare view of the Pittsburgh steel mills by Jewish painter Aaron Gorson (lot 2024) and a recently discovered pair of illustrations by Harrison Fisher. Six works of art deaccessioned by the Tiffany Garden Museum in Matsue, Japan are included in the sale as well. Featured are high quality works of art by Lilla Cabot Perry (lot 2028), James Whistler (lot 2029), John La Farge (lot 2030), Robert Blum (lot 2031), Thedore Wores (lot 2073) and an exceptional large landscape by Arthur Wesley Dow (lot 2032).

A curious work on paper is seen in an early Edward Hopper drawing of his friend and work associate Walter Tittle, titled The Illustrator. The piece was drawn in 1918 when the two artists shared an office at the New York Tribune Co. Of the Western offerings is a fine William Gollings (lot 2046) depicting two wolves at night stalking the horses of a Native American encampment. From the Pacific, an exceptional watercolor is seen by Millard Sheets of the Tahitian mountain Moua Puta (lot 2047). The painting represents one of the artist’s most desirable subjects. Lot 2048 by J.D. Strong Jr. depicts Hawaiian natives launching their outriggers from Diamond Head. Other exceptional watercolors include five works by Jade Fon, an early Sydney J. Yard and a highly collectable view of Magestic Oaks with Poppies by Percy Gray (lot 2060). A vintage Californian piece features a large format view of Tomales Bay by George Demont Otis (lot 2078).

Notable from leading painter and pioneer of the Bay Area Figurative School, David Park, is Spring from 1952 (lot 2083).

Works on paper include a fresh pair of Marc Chagall's Le Cirque from the Teriade Edition (lots 2088, 2089) and prints by Joan Miro, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Roy Lichtenstein, Louis Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring and an exceptional monotype by Elizabeth Murray.

For the first time Michaan's Auctions offers photography, featuring prints by Stieglitz, Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, David Plowden, Bruce Davidson, W. Eugene Smith and four early prints from Brett Weston.

For more information please visit our website or call the front desk at 510-740-0220.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to


Percy Gray (American 1869-1952), Majestic Oaks with Poppies, 1923, watercolor on paper laid to board. Estimate:  $20,000 / 30,000. Michaan's image. 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919), Jeune Femme nue aux bras levés, sanguine on paper. Estimate:  $25,000 / 50,000. Michaan's image. 

Lilla Cabot Perry (American 1848-1933), Contemplation, 1891, oil on canvas. Estimate:  $60,000 / 90,000. Michaan's image. 

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American 1834-1903), Study of Poppies, Pastel on paper. Estimate:  $15,000 / 30,000. Michaan's image. 

John La Farge (American 1835-1910), Yellow Roses in a Blue Glass Vase, watercolor & gouache on wove paper. Estimate:  $150,000 / 200,000. Michaan's image. 

 Robert Frederick Blum (American 1857-1903), Repose, pastel on paper. Estimate:  $25,000 / 50,000. Michaan's image.

Arthur Wesley Dow (American 1857-1922), Golden Willow. Estimate:  $80,000 / 120,000. Michaan's image. 

Joseph Dwight Strong Jr (American 1852-1899), Diamond Head, Hawaii - Launching the Outriggers, 1888, oil on canvas. Estimate:  $60,000 / 90,000. Michaan's image. 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:17

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