ALAMEDA, Calif. — Approximately 95 lots of fine Tiffany masterworks and decorative arts will be featured April 12 in Michaan’s Auctions’ Alameda, Calif., showroom. This sale marks the third offering of Tiffany Studios treasures from Japan’s esteemed Garden Museum with additions from private collections.
A Tiffany Peacock chandelier is an expected high point from the sale’s Garden Museum Collection lots ($250,000-$300,000). The hanging shade features a repeating, all-over design depicting peacock tail feathers. The intense, saturated coloration of the glass remains one of the most striking characteristics of the piece, displaying gemlike shades of blue and green. The domed shade measures 26 inches in diameter and is suspended by an understated bronze fixture upon a chain.
A Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp illuminates the sale with an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. This piece features a shade 22 inches in diameter with deep crimson blossoms, surrounded by foliage and background petals of subtly varied hues, expressing the studio’s mastery of color. The shade is mounted upon a fancy reticulated Library base.
Another offering from the Garden Museum Collection attracting presale interest is a Tiffany Studios landscape window, circa 1910-1920. The scene is a landscape image centering a classic veranda setting, with lush plants and blooms, including a fountain spray adorned by flowering water lilies. The landscape window measures 30 1/4 inches in height by 58 inches in width and has an estimate of $250,000 to $300,000.
Additional unique pieces headed to market include:
• Moorish style turtleback tile footed lamp featuring an elaborate supporting bronze and glass base
• Oriental Poppy window by Tiffany Studios
• Tiffany Studios mosaic panel depicting St. Andrew
• Enameled table lamp base with a 16-inch favrille glass shade
• Paperweight vases and fine enamel vases
• Two pate de verre lamps by Steven Stelz.
More than a dozen additional Tiffany lamps will accompany these pieces in the sale, as well as three paintings rendered by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Previews will be held at Michaan’s Auctions, 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, Calif., on April 4-6 and April 11, or by appointment, as well as on the day of the sale.
For more information on Michaan’s April 12 Tiffany Auction call 510-740-0220 or visit www.michaans.com.