Chinese treasures offered in Michaan’s estate auction

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A diverse California estate filled with early 20th century jewelry and Asian art also includes a remarkable collection of Russian and Soviet Union souvenir pins.

The pins, some of which are in five display cases while others are loose, commemorate various events and anniversaries. The collection offers several depictions of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin and is expected to bring $400 to $500.

The estate was home to a number of impressive examples of Asian art including a San Xia River Hanging scroll titled “Xia Jiang Tu.” The piece is considered contemporary because the late Chinese artist Lu Yanshao created it in 1984. The Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia currently hold Yanshao’s work. The scroll has a high estimate of $3,000.

The Yahshao piece is one of a number of examples of different styles from modern, art nouveau to art deco in this sale. It will include works from artists Frank Gallo, Louise Nevelson and Yacov Agam, sterling silver by Shreve and Company, elegant china by Lenox, glassworks by R. Lalique and modern jewelry by George Jensen and Anna Greta Eker.

A Jensen silver bracelet is expected to sell for $100 to $300. A polychrome enamel sterling silver peacock pendant watch with chain may sell for between $600 and $1,200.

In what may be one of the top lots of the sale, a Meissen porcelain dinner service in the Pink Dragon pattern is expected to cross the block at $3,000 to $4,000.

The August estate sale catalog is available at More information is available at 800-380-9822.