Designer Necklaces from Tamara Hill Studio
Dec
15
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Designer Necklaces from Tamara Hill Studio

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Designer Necklaces from Tamara Hill Studio, featuring over 85 one-of-a-kind necklaces. Each is composed of rare antique and ethnic components, pendants, beads, semi-precious stones, minerals and shells; these are repurposed into elegant, colorful contemporary statement pieces with an antiquarian look that reflects the legacy, spirit and magic of many cultures.

Fine hand-woven macramé and knotted cords in subtle hues, vintage button closures, handcrafted clasps, and attention to detail are the trademarks of her designs. Tamara’s work has been featured in Ornament, the magazine of personal adornment (September 2008). Often treasured as personal talismans, her designs have also been shown in galleries and boutiques throughout California, in Santa Fe and Tucson, at the Asian Art Museum and Xanadu Gallery in San Francisco, and at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York.

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Estate Jewelry & More
Dec
9
10:30 AM10:30

Estate Jewelry & More

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Estate Jewelry & More, offering fine and costume jewelry. Featuring over 185 lots from multiple collectors and estates, the sale offers antique, vintage and contemporary jewelry, mostly for ladies, including rings, earrings, necklaces, chains, bracelets, pendants, brooches, watches, and more. Most are crafted of gold or sterling silver, gem-set with embellishments such as white or colored diamonds, opal, coral, jade, sapphire, amethyst, turquoise, rose quartz, lapis, malachite, tanzanite, and other semi-precious stones. Other lots offer Southwest-style and Mexican silver jewelry. Highlights of the sale include several Matl necklaces by noted Mexico City jewelry designer Matilde Poulat or her nephew, Ricardo Salas.

There are also many groupings of costume jewelry and other wearables – including necklaces, bracelets, pins, rings, crosses, Hawaiian shell headdresses, Hawaiian and Filipino leis and necklaces, pocket and wrist watches, watch fobs, and gentlemen’s accessories. In addition, the sale includes beaded purses, pens, paperweights, daguerreotype portraits, and more.

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Native American Jewelry
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Native American Jewelry

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Native American Jewelry on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Offering over 300 lots, mostly from one major collector, this extensive sale features a fine selection of Native American and Southwest jewelry, including bracelets, squash blossom and heishi necklaces, ladies’ and men’s rings, numerous watch cuffs and watch bands, concho and other belts, brooches and pins, pendants, hat bands, belt buckles, bolos, and ketohs.  Most are Native American, including Navajo and Zuni, with sterling or coin silver; most have turquoise, coral or other embellishments.  All are Old Pawn or vintage.   Several other related items round out the sale, including a desk set, bead work items and a Navajo rug.

 Of note, this is the final sale of items from a major collector whose exceptional jewelry Turner Auctions + Appraisals has been privileged to offer buyers over the past two years.  The owner of this collection was a major dealer and collector of Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry in Southern California for over 30 years. From the mid-1970s to the early 2000s, he operated a retail business that sold vintage, contemporary and custom Southwest jewelry to movie studios, prop and costume houses, and collectors.  All auction items were “from the vault” – ones that were reserved for personal use or set aside for future appreciation.  Everything in his collection is original and hand-made.  Most items are made of heavy, solid silver – either coin or sterling silver, and adorned with gem-quality stones and elaborate hand-cut bezels.  The majority were crafted by talented artists; many are maker-stamped.  Some items are vintage ceremonial pieces; many are museum-quality.  None of the pieces have color-enhanced stones, or are plated with silver or nickel.  Overall, the owner’s quest was to obtain top-quality items that were out of the ordinary – the finest examples of handwork he could find.

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Asian Decorative Works of Art
Nov
20
10:30 AM10:30

Asian Decorative Works of Art

On Tuesday, November 20, Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer a diverse selection of Asian Decorative Works of Art. The sale features over 210 lots from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries.

From China are Ming celadon platters and bowls; bronze Buddhas and heads; censers and tea pots; a stone goddess carving; Blanc de Chine and other figures; porcelain bowls and cups; a polychrome vase; sets of dishes and plates; foo dogs; snuff bottles; embroideries; stone seals; cinnabar; cloisonné; carved wood panels; dolls; jadeite and stone carvings; paneled screens; Peking glass, crackle ware, blue & white, and famille vert items; paintings, scrolls and watercolors; furniture; and more. From Japan are Meiji bronze vases and an elephant sculpture; Imari bowls and dishes; Satsuma and other porcelain items; lacquer ware and boxes; geisha dolls; fabrics; a tsuba and more. From other countries are a palm sutra and gilded Buddha from Tibet; several bronze Buddhas from Thailand; carved wood panels and figural carvings from Indonesia; Asian purses and pendants; and other items. Several reference books complete the sale.

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Kappy Hendricks Collection of Japanese Prints
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Kappy Hendricks Collection of Japanese Prints

On Sunday, November 18, Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Kappy Hendricks Collection of Japanese Prints. The sale features over 175 lots from the personal collection of Mrs. Hendricks, a long-time enthusiast, expert and gallery owner of Japanese prints. Most of the works are from the 20th century. Among the artists are Tadashi Nakayama, Joichi Hoshi, Hiroshi and Toshi Yoshida, Kawase Hasui, Yoshitoshi Mori, Kiyoshi Saito, Hajime Namiki, Ryohei Tanaka, Kihei Sasajima, Hiroyuki Tajima and Ted Colyer. Artists from other centuries are represented as well, including Hiroshige, Hiroshige II, Tsuchiya Koitsu and Toyokuni III.

Returning to the U.S. from Japan after living there for five years, Kappy Hendricks (1935-2016) began to offer Japanese woodblock prints to buyers in America and beyond – always seeking the best images and top-quality prints of artists whose work would appreciate. Her collection focused in three areas: contemporary 20th-century artists, shin hanga transitional prints, and ukiyo-e, “pictures of the floating world.” In 1983, she wrote the biography and catalog raisonné of Tadashi Nakayama, which helped open Western eyes to Japanese prints; this was updated by Kappy and her son Jeffrey in 2011. The Hendricks Art Collection has continued since 1970 as a full-service gallery featuring Japanese contemporary and antique works, appraisals and consulting.

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American & European Fine Art
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

American & European Fine Art

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present American & European Fine Art on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Offering over 210 lots, mostly from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the sale includes oil paintings, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, ink and pastel drawings, and some sculpture. Among the many artists featured in the auction are Bror Nordfeldt, LeRoy Neiman, Chiura Obata, Julian Rix, William Keith, Harry Vincent, Jean Varda, A. D. M. Cooper, David Maass, Georges Rouault, Brenda Morrison, Nicolas de Largilliere (attrib.), Alfred Richard Mitchell, Christian Walter, Myles Birket Foster, Alfred de Breanski, William Mellor, Pierre Tetar Van Elven, and Shirley Marie Russell. There is also a selection of 18th- and 19th-century portraits.

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The Attic Sale: The Final Auction of the John Pence Collection & Gallery
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

The Attic Sale: The Final Auction of the John Pence Collection & Gallery

On Sunday, October 21, Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to present The Attic Sale, showcasing the final auction of the personal collection of John Pence, supplemented by works from his acclaimed gallery in San Francisco, which closed in 2017 when Mr. Pence retired.  The focus of Mr. Pence’s own assemblage and his gallery has been on academic realists, abstract art, and significant works that inspired them.

Featuring artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, this sale offers over 260 lots of diverse subject matter – works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media; as well as posters, etchings, lithographs, sculpture and art pottery.  Artists from the 19th century include Raymond Nott, Jacques Maroger, Walter Clark, Robert Hallowell, and Frank Herrmann.  Works from the 20th century were created by Douglas Fenn Wilson, Jason Gaillard, Donald Jurney, Gregory Hull, Farre Harada, Will Wilson, Robert Maione, Robert LaVigne, Michael Bergt, John Koenig, Daniel Phill, Steve Armstrong, Gary Viviano and Eric Goulder, among others.  Women artists represented in the auction include Mary Foote, Iola Lorie Benton, Marguerite Takvorian-Holmes, Maria Alquilar and Judith Clancy. 

From Mr. Pence’s personal library are numerous reference materials, including books on art and artists, catalogues raisonnés, coffee table books, and diverse auction catalogs. Among several items of decorative arts are an African drum, a Japanese fireplace hook, and Gold Rush bottles.

John Pence was founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco, which was also one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S. He retired in 2017 from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business.  Now, as Mr. Pence figuratively clears out his attic, the resulting sale means his noteworthy collection of artworks by well-known artists and reference materials are available at exceptional prices to tempt savvy buyers.

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Bears and Dolls Adoption Sale
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Bears and Dolls Adoption Sale

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Bears and Dolls Adoption Sale on October 14, 2018, at 10:30 am PST. The sale features over 140 lots of vintage and collectible teddy bears, dolls and other toys -- all looking for good homes. Most are sold in groups. Among the cuddly toys are Steiff bears, monkeys, hedgehogs, lions and more; Merrythought and Hermann bears; and vintage stuffed toys, including rabbits, monkeys, dogs, a kewpie doll and riding toys. Just waiting to bring happiness to new owners are a varied selection of dolls:  Golly, Sacha and button-eye dolls, plus those from Norah Wellings, Chad Valley, Lenci, Anili and Wendy Lawton. Marionettes and numerous Disney collectibles are also included in the sale.

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Richard Stacks Photography
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

Richard Stacks Photography

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present photographs by Richard Stacks on October 6, 2018, at 10:30 am PST. The sale features 36 color works of the Bay Area by this award-winning photographer, plus two black-and-white photographs by the famed photographer Dorothea Lange.  

Born in 1930 and a native of Baltimore, MD, Richard Stacks had no formal photography training. His interest began at Baltimore’s City College, where he took pictures of dances and sporting events, then continued as he worked as a door-to-door baby photographer. In 1991 he was hired by the Baltimore Sun and, in 1955, won Honorable Mention Photographer of the Year in a national contest sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association. Known for his mastery of light and composition, he described himself as part pictorialist and part photojournalist. Stacks was also acclaimed for his photographs of animals, and cats in particular, which appeared in greeting cards, calendars and posters around the world. A long-time resident of Pacifica, CA, Stacks passed away in 2015.

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Baubles, Purses & More: The Final Felicia Michalski Jewelry Sale
Sep
22
10:30 AM10:30

Baubles, Purses & More: The Final Felicia Michalski Jewelry Sale

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the final sale of the Felicia Michalski Collection, featuring fine and costume jewelry, beaded purses and more on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 10:30 am PDT.  Featuring over 145 lots acquired over five decades, the sale offers fine jewelry, mostly for ladies, including rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, brooches, watches and more. Most are crafted of gold or silver, gem-set with embellishments such as diamonds, opal, amethyst, jade, amber, turquoise, coral, cinnabar, rose quartz, cultured pearls, tourmaline, moonstone, bone, agate, onyx, tiger’s eye and other semi-precious stones. Among the items are Southwest-style and Mexican silver jewelry, including cuff bracelets; and several charm bracelets. A highlight is an oversized gold charm necklace, with charms of nine world cities, including a Paris charm by Cartier. Several items come from another collector, including a 2.10 carat diamond solitaire ring.

Of note is an extensive selection of purses and bags, including Victorian and Art Deco beaded purses, a vintage Chanel purse, a vintage Judith Leiber evening bag, a Gump’s clutch with jade and brocade, snakeskin purses, and evening bags of Swiss petit point and from Paris. There are also many groupings of costume jewelry and other wearables – antique, vintage and retro – including necklaces, bracelets, pins, pocket and wrist watches, shoe and belt buckles, and gentlemen’s accessories. In addition, the sale includes parasol handles, a carving set, Baccarat paperweights, several clocks, a cigarette case, jewelry boxes and pouches, and more.

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Native American Jewelry and Collectibles
Sep
9
10:30 AM10:30

Native American Jewelry and Collectibles

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Native American Jewelry and Collectibles on Sunday, September 9. Offering over 200 lots from one major collector, this diverse sale features a wide selection of Native American and Southwest jewelry, including bracelets, squash blossom and heishi necklaces, ladies’ and men’s rings, numerous watch cuffs and watch bands, concho and other belts, pins, pendants, hat bands, belt buckles, bolos, ketohs and money clips. Most are Native American, including numerous Navajo and Zuni pieces, with sterling or coin silver; most have turquoise, coral or other embellishments. All are Old Pawn or vintage. 

Collectibles are from various tribes, among them Laguna, Pueblo, Hopi, Apache, Papago and Navajo, include pottery jars and vessels, rugs, dolls, Katsina-related carvings, headdresses, miniature baskets, cornhusk bags and other Native American items. The sale also offers a selection of moccasins. Artwork includes Navajo sand paintings, wall hangings and prints; sculpture, including Sacagawea II by Harry Jackson; and a Kwakiutl mask.

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Forgotten Faces:  Portrait Miniatures
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Forgotten Faces: Portrait Miniatures

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Forgotten Faces:  Portrait Miniatures on September 8, featuring a collection of miniatures, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Acquired over several decades, primarily from one owner from Louisiana, the miniatures collection features renderings of young and older ladies, gentlemen, boys, and scenes of a battle and a sailing ship. Of varying sizes and media, the miniature portraits were most often keepsakes of loved ones, long before photos and selfies came about to serve the same purpose. Offering over 70 lots, the sale also includes two antique illuminated manuscript pages, several silhouettes (including one attributed to Willian Bache), 19th-century etchings, a Russian icon, and an oil painting from Gumps.

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European & American Doll Collection
Jul
29
10:30 AM10:30

European & American Doll Collection

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the European and American Doll Collection on Sunday, July 29. Offering over 130 lots from one collector, the sale features dolls from Italy, England, Switzerland and America; teddy bears by Steiff, Hermann, Merrythought and others; Disney collectibles; and marionettes, puppets and other selected toys. Among the doll collection are those from R. John Wright, Chad Valley, Lenci, Wendy Lawton, Norah Wellings, Sasha, Anili and Golly, plus some vintage dolls. 

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A Fine Mélange: Decorative Arts & More from Around the World
Jul
22
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A Fine Mélange: Decorative Arts & More from Around the World

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer an online sale of over 310 lots featuring decorative arts and more from around the world. This "Fine Mélange" comes from numerous sources, collections and estates. Dating mostly from the 1700s to the present day, the sale includes a wide selection of items, including paintings, watercolors, etchings and other artworks; sculpture; folk art; Italian art glass; Asian art and decorative arts, both antique and modern, from China, Japan, Korea, Burma and Tibet; books, both modern and historical, including first editions and some signed; toys and toy trains; car mascots, from the early 1900s on; pottery; silver; and other decorative arts.

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Jewelry from the Felicia Michalski and Anita Hellman Collections
Jul
1
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Jewelry from the Felicia Michalski and Anita Hellman Collections

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present more fine and costume jewelry from the collections of Felicia Michalski and Anita Hellman on Sunday, July 1. Featuring over 210 lots acquired over five decades or more, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and more. Most are crafted of gold, silver or platinum, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, opal, jade, amber, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, pink tourmaline, enamel, and citrine.  

Among the selection of Native American jewelry, some old pawn, are squash blossom and heishi necklaces, cuff bracelets, rings, bolo ties, belt buckles, brooches and earrings. Mexican jewelry of silver and copper includes bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Also featured are many groupings of fine and costume jewelry – antique, vintage and retro - including necklaces, bracelets, cameos, gem-set and gold rings, pins and brooches, pocket and wrist watches, shoe and belt buckles, and gentlemen’s accessories.  

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Fine Japanese Prints & Decorative Arts
Jun
17
10:30 AM10:30

Fine Japanese Prints & Decorative Arts

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Fine Japanese Prints & Decorative Arts on Sunday, June 17. Offering over 200 lots from several collections, the online sale features a wide selection of fine Japanese arts, including woodblock prints, watercolors and mezzotints from the 18th to 21st centuries; lacquer boxes; bronze Buddhas; scrolls; netsuke; tsuba, cloisonné; Meiji bronzes; Satsuma and Imari; multi-panel screens and more. Highlights of Japanese prints include works by Hiroshi Yoshida, Hiroshige, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Hokusai, Ota Masamitsu, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Kogyo, Bertha Lum, Charles William Bartlett, Elizabeth Keith and Paul Jacoulet. Modern mezzotints are from Yozo Hamaguchi and Katsunori Hamanishi.

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The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to present The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II, on Sunday, June 10.  Featuring artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, this sale offers over 200 lots of diverse subject matter – works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, crayon, pencil, egg tempura and mixed media; as well as etchings, lithographs and sculpture.

Artists from the 19th century include Raymond Nott, Jacques Maroger, Walter Engelhardt, Robert Hallowell, Michael von Meyer, Frank Herrmann and Carroll Thayer Berry. Works from the 20th century were created by Will Wilson, Randall  Lake, Robert Maione, Douglas Fenn Wilson, Jason Gaillard, Robert LaVigne, Michael Bergt, John Koenig, Daniel Phill, Steve Armstrong and Gary Viviano, among others. Women artists represented in the auction include Mary Foote, Iola Lorie Benton, Marguerite Takvorian-Holmes, Maria Alquilar, Judith Clancy and Yvonne Muinde. Two Audubon prints, Havell Edition, complete the sale.

John Pence was founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco, which was also one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S. He retired last year from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business. This online auction, Part II of his sale, features artworks from Mr. Pence’s personal collection, supplemented with works from his gallery. The focus of Mr. Pence’s own assemblage and his gallery is on academic realists, abstract works, and significant works from the 19th and early 20th centuries that inspired them.  

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Fine Art & Prints
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Fine Art & Prints

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present fine art and prints from America, Europe and Mexico at its June 2 sale. Offering over 170 lots, the timed online auction features oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; etchings; lithographs; and mixed media works from the 17th to 21st centuries. American artists include Jade Fon, Ken Auster, John Whorf, Frank Myers, John Sloan, Charles Dormon Robinson, James McNeill Whistler and Walter Stuempfig; and many more. Two works are attributed to Thomas Hill and Edward Potthast. 

Among European artists are George Turner, Richard Earlom, Carl Jorres, Derk Smit, Georges Robin and Claude Marechal. There are two works from Mexican artist Horacio Renteria Rocha. A selection of wildlife art comes from Peter Markham Scott, Lee LeBlanc, David Chapple and others. A large number of 17th- and 18th- century architectural etchings, many by Italian painter Luca Carlevaris, are also included in the auction. Two Coptic artworks and two Obama posters round out the sale.

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Asian Arts
May
20
10:30 AM10:30

Asian Arts

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Asian arts at its May 20 sale. Offering 75 lots, the timed online auction features an intriguing selection of antique and modern art and decorative arts from various countries in Asia. Acquired over many years by one collector, this sale includes paintings from Korea, Thailand, Burma, Japan, China and Taiwan (with several by Lee Win Han); snuff bottles from Tibet and China; and hand-knotted rugs and prayer rugs from China, Pakistan and Turkey. One highlight is a painting of a Balinese temple by noted Dutch painter Hans Snel. 

A diverse selection of other items comes from various countries. From Japan are numerous woodblock prints, an antique fukusa and a sake keg. From Burma are an 18th-century polychrome painted Buddha, a pair of painted wood dancers, and an offering box and bowl. Other items from China include painted fans, embroidered textiles -- some from the Qing Dynasty, picnic stands, jewelry chest, offering box, tobacco pipes, dressing table, and pillows. 

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Decorative Arts & Jewelry from America, Europe and Asia
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Decorative Arts & Jewelry from America, Europe and Asia

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer decorative arts and jewelry from America, Europe and Asia at its May 19 sale. Offering over 240 lots, the timed online auction offers an extensive selection of antique and collectible items from the U.S., England, France, Italy, China and other countries. From America are a wide range of Native American jewelry pieces with turquoise coral and silver, including necklaces, bracelets, concho belts and buckles. Additional Native American items include pottery, cradles, dolls, clothing, moccasins, rugs, prints and sculpture. Among other items from the U.S. are folk art, small furniture, and ephemera from 20th-century world’s fairs and expositions.

From Italy is a diverse selection of colorful art glass. Various items from France include a Boulle-style marquetry clock, marble sculpture, vases and a decanter. From England are Toby jugs, Wedgwood creamware, Royal Doulton figurines and lacquer trays. A wide selection of sterling silver pieces come from England, Denmark, Sweden and Southeast Asia. Also from Asia, mostly from China, are paintings, vases, lacquer boxes, jars, bowls, tableware, snuff bottles, cloisonné, a Coromandel screen, wood carvings, bronze and jade Buddhas, lion dogs and more. Several African artworks round out the sale.

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Toys, Trains & Automobilia
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

Toys, Trains & Automobilia

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer toys, trains and automobilia at its May 6 sale. Featuring over 170 lots, the timed online auction offers a wide selection of vintage and antique items from several collections and estates. Trains and accessories in standard, O or 1 gauge include manufacturers both domestic (Lionel, Ives, American Flyer, MTH, Dorfan, Carlisle & Finch) and international (Bing, Marklin, Carette, Edobaud, KBN, Issmayer, Hornby, Paya). Toys include automobiles, circus wagons, animals, boats and ships, buses, guns, cartoon characters, building blocks, and much more. A selection of car mascots and radiator caps date mostly from the early 1900s. Toy train books and 1932 Olympics ephemera round out the sale.

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The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2
Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2. Presenting over 190 lots acquired over six decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, lockets, pendants and wristwatches, buckles, eyeglass frames and jewelry sets. Most are crafted of gold, white or rose gold, platinum or silver, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emerald, amethyst, garnets, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, cameos, rose quartz, moonstone, malachite, tiger’s eye, tourmaline, enamel, onyx and gold coins.  

Also featured are a number of jewelry groupings, including necklaces, bracelets, cameos, brooches, charms, gem-set and gold rings for women and men, pins and stickpins, wristwatches, and gentlemen’s accessories. There are also several collections of unmounted rubies and sapphires, and other stones.

The life of Felicia Michalski reads like a suspense novel, particularly during the war years.  Born in Gostynin, Poland, in 1919, she survived the Holocaust, capture by the Russians who sent her to Siberia as slave labor, gangrene and typhus. In 1942, she married Joseph Michalski, who also had been a Russian prisoner of war, then had two of their three sons.  In 1949, the family went to America, ending up in San Francisco, where life gradually became better.  

Living in California after the war, Felicia developed a serious collecting passion. According to her son Henry, Mrs. Michalski was known for her exceptional eye, a natural love of beauty, and an unrelenting desire to acquire. Among her many collecting pursuits, jewelry was her favorite. Part 2 of the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry features many of the treasured adornments she collected over 60 years.

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The Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer & Art
Apr
15
10:30 AM10:30

The Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer & Art

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to present the Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer & Art. Offering over 100 lots, the online sale features Russian lacquer boxes and jewelry, icons, a Faberge cigarette case, and reference materials from the personal collection of Lucy Maxym, noted author and expert on Russian lacquer art. The sale also includes a selection of silver items from Russia and Asia, cloisonné, books and other collectibles.

Lucy Maxym was born in a small town in Russia near the Ukraine and emigrated to the U.S. as an infant. The family first lived in New York, then Japan and then San Francisco, where Lucy grew up. After she married renowned bassoonist Stephen Maxym, the couple returned to New York, where they had two children and lived for over 45 years before returning to California. The family’s life was rich with music, culture and travel.  

Creative and adventuresome, Lucy Maxym further expanded her interests in the late 1950s when she and her sister founded Siamese Imports, sourcing items from Thailand, where their brother lived. Their import and wholesale business added a new destination when Lucy happened to see a Russian box on the coffee table of a friend. She became fascinated with this art form, launching a passion, curiosity and desire to know more that lasted for the rest of her life. After her sister passed away, Lucy and her business began to focus more on Russian lacquer and art, Kashmir lacquer, and fine crafts from all over the world.

Although such travels were uncommon at the time (for a man, let alone a woman!), Lucy was a pioneering entrepreneur and intrepid traveler – to the U.S.S.R., Kashmir, Burma, Vietnam and other exotic destinations. On her frequent journeys to the USSR, she would travel to small villages known for these unique lacquer crafts – primarily Fedoskino, Palekh, Kholui, and Mstera – each with a distinctive style. On these trips, she would search out the talented artists who painted in miniature, and bring their wares back to the U.S.  

According to the Sitka Sentinel in June 1985 regarding her then-upcoming exhibit in Sitka, Alaska, Lucy Maxym was “the only American authorized by the Soviet government to purchase the boxes from Russian artists for resale in the U.S.” As she exposed these hand-crafted Russian artworks at trade shows and elsewhere, buyers were very curious about the beautiful boxes. Because she was constantly explaining the Russian stories that were the subjects of the miniature paintings, she decided to write a book – so in 1981, "Russian Lacquer, Legends and Fairy Tales" was born. Five years later, Volume Two shared new stories of Russian myths and life. 

In addition to the lacquer boxes, Lucy also became interested in icons and was one of the first persons allowed to take icons out of Russia. Long held and worshipped in religious homes or churches where soot or grime would accumulate over time, the icons would be removed, then carefully restored to their original effulgence for sale to avid collectors. In this way, Lucy acquired some superb icons and so did her clients. This interest led her to a book on icons that she commissioned and edited.

Lucy was instrumental in elevating the lacquer boxes to an art form. This was not only a benefit to those in America who enjoyed them, it had a major impact on the lives of the artists’ themselves:  they were able to make a living from their artworks and to buy homes for their families. Her efforts made a difference is many people’s lives and even helped revitalize the towns they lived in. After a long life full of adventure and discovery, Lucy Maxym passed away in 2017 at age 99. 

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Modern & Historical Books
Mar
31
10:30 AM10:30

Modern & Historical Books

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer modern and historical books from the 16th to 20th centuries. Offering over 170 lots from several collections and estates, the online sale features renowned modern books, some signed and/or with photographs; large multiple-volume leather-bound sets; literary collections of famous authors; a “Thesaurus Sacrarum” in Latin printed in 1585, with Old and New Testament Biblical stories; military works, including a map of Washington, D.C. from 1861; groupings of assorted books; and more. Many books are first or early editions; others include engravings, illustrations, photographs, and/or maps. 

The sale presents a diverse selection of modern and antique books, from this century to the 1500s. From 2001 is an important tome on Antartica by Pat and Rosemarie Keough; this +27-pound volume has been honored with numerous awards for its outstanding photography and printing technique. Among the first or early editions by modern authors are those by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, Jack London, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Sinclair Lewis, A. A. Milne, James Jones, Colleen McCullough, and Truman Capote. Authors from the 19th century include Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, W. B. Yeats, and Lewis Carroll. Multi-volume sets of celebrated authors from various eras include works by William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ivan Turgenieff, Pierre Corneille, Honoré de Balzac, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas, and Voltaire (in French). Reflecting the interests on one collector, there are also a number of books on exploration and voyages.

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The Jane Miller Chai Collection of Modern Chinese Paintings
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Jane Miller Chai Collection of Modern Chinese Paintings

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Jane Miller Chai Collection of Modern Chinese Paintings. Offering 20 lots acquired over 40+ years, the small but significant collection features works by noted artists Li Keran (1907-1989), Zhu Qizhan (1892-1996), Cui Zifan (1915-2011) and Ding Yanyong (1902-1978). An antique work by Dong Bangda (1699-1769) is also included in the collection.

Born in Southern California in 1938, Jane Miller Chai had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, editor, teacher and author on matters related to Asia. After graduating from Stanford University in Far Eastern History, she held a number of positions that reflected her interest in Asian culture and passion for Asian arts. She was Editor for Asia at the Japanese Reader’s Digest in Tokyo. At the Associated Press headquarters in New York, she was a division head, with a focus on Asia. In more recent years, Jane Miller Chai was Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and taught on the San Francisco peninsula on subjects such as Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and the Silk Road (from China to Rome). She wrote Tiger and the Hare, a semi-autobiographical historical novel set during the Vietnam War; and was co-author of Pacific Security with Dr. Claude A. Buss, her Far Eastern History professor at Stanford. Mrs. Chai passed away in 2017.

According to her son, Neil Chai, the paintings were collected at least since the mid-1970s. Some were acquired when Mrs. Chai lived and traveled in Southeast Asia, and some through an art dealer and close friend in San Francisco. Blessed with a good eye and good taste, Mrs. Chai had a love for Chinese paintings, scrolls and vases, and Asian antiquities that was founded in her university education and professional experiences in Far Eastern cultures. The passion, enjoyment and appreciation of Asian arts continued throughout her life. Her acquisitions created pleasure both for her personally and for her family at their Bay Area home. She had numerous other interests as well – she served on the Board of the U.N. Council, was an enthusiastic advocate for Stanford University and its museum, and enjoyed music and sports, especially tennis.  

Gifted with the collection by his mother, Mr. Chai is selling the paintings now to fulfill his mother’s intention that proceeds be put toward the education of his two young daughters.

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The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine & Costume Jewelry
Feb
18
10:30 AM10:30

The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine & Costume Jewelry

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine & Costume Jewelry on Sunday, February 18. Presenting 140 lots acquired over six decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, pendants and wristwatches. Most are crafted of gold, white gold, platinum or silver, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, cultured pearls, cameos and French bloodstone. 

There is also a vast range of antique and vintage costume jewelry from the Anita Hellman Collection. The diverse selection features large groupings of necklaces; brooches; belt and shoe buckles; antique miniature portraits and scenes; Mickey Mouse, pocket and fob watches; pocketknives; gents’ accessories; and designer items from Chanel, Renoir, Dior and others.

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Automobilia
Jan
7
10:30 AM10:30

Automobilia

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer a selection of Automobilia from two major California collectors. The sale features over 65 lots of car mascots, artwork and related collectibles. The diverse range of hood ornaments come mostly from the U.S., France and Britain. Their creation extends throughout the 20th century, from the very early 1900s to the 1960s, with an emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s. In the early days of automobiles, wealthy owners would personalize their vehicles to add beauty; make a political statement; or identify with a person, brand or organization. Later, automobile companies created signature hood ornaments with the petite statues to adorn their cars and help showcase their brands. This collection features winged goddesses, diverse animals and birds, dolls and comic characters, 1932 Olympic athletes, airplanes and Charles Lindberg, heads of Indian chiefs, bells, flags and more. One highlight is a glass mascot from René Lalique.

The sale also features a selection of artwork – limited-edition prints, vintage posters, and lithographs featuring sports cars, Indy winners and the Monaco Grand Prix – plus a Chuck Queener watercolor. There are several groupings of books, including a Ferrari catalog raisonné (1946-1989) and several books signed by Mario Andretti, Carroll Shelby and Janet Guthrie. Among the car-related collectibles are sports car and racing trophies, decanters, tire ashtrays and product signs. Several items of Olympics ephemera round out the sale.

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Native American Jewelry, Pottery and Collectibles
Dec
17
10:30 AM10:30

Native American Jewelry, Pottery and Collectibles

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present over 280 lots of Southwest jewelry, pottery, and a wide range of collectibles from three major collectors. This very diverse sale features extensive offerings of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, belts, belt buckles, bolos, hat bands and ketohs. Most are Native American with sterling or coin silver, many with turquoise, coral or other embellishments. Pottery jars and figures are from the Navajo, Hopi, Santa Clara, Acoma, Santa Domingo, Laguna, Pueblo, Anasazi, Casas Grandes, Matsaki, Mimbres and others; several basketry items come from the Navajo, Pomo, Nez Perce and others.

Diverse clothing includes moccasins, gauntlets, arm bands, leggings, pouches and adornments. Among the wide selection of collectibles are dolls, stone effigies, saddles, cradles and cradle boards, baby carriers, bladder pouches, quivers, beaded roundels, Mexican spurs, rugs, blankets, textiles, and a drum. Artwork includes paintings and sculpture. While most items are Native American, there are some African and Pre-Columbian pieces as well. The sale also offers various reproduction pieces, such as a headdress, hunting lance, hide shield, quiver, dance stick, tobacco bag, jacket, belts, fetishes, plaques and more.

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The Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

The Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry -- just in time for holiday gift-giving! Offering over 95 lots amassed over 50+ years, the collection includes necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, brooches and pins, charms and several watches. Many of the pieces feature cultured pearls or precious or semi-precious stones and materials, including gold, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphire, peridot, jade, aquamarine, garnet, citrine, tiger’s eye and turquoise. The sale also includes watches by Patek Philippe and Bucherer; and hardstone, shell and lava cameos. Among the diverse costume jewelry makers are Kenneth Jay Lane, William De Lillo, Bauer, Joseff of Hollywood, Hattie Carnegie, Eisenberg, Ciner, Trifari, Francisco Rebaje, Cini, Weiss, Coro, and Boucher, Matisse and Renoir. Groupings in the auction include vintage, holiday and Scandinavian collections; hair combs; opera glasses; assorted purses; and beaded necklaces. Items from several other consignors round out the sale.

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Cabinet of Curiosities
Dec
10
10:30 AM10:30

Cabinet of Curiosities

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer for sale a Cabinet of Curiosities. The eclectic sale features over 200 lots from private collections and estates. Among the diverse offerings are ammonite and other fossils, turquoise nuggets and other minerals, dinosaur eggs and bones, historical nautical items, architectural and 18th-century Italian etchings, African wood carvings, Chinese scholar’s stones, sterling and silver plate pieces, Star Wars and Obama posters, and 20th-century design, including decorative housewares created by famed fashion designer Elsa Peretti for Tiffany.

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The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains, Part 2
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains, Part 2

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Part 2 of the Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains. Mr. Heid, a long-time member of the Train Collectors Association, has collected trains for 55 years. This sale offers over 200 lots, their first time to market. The collection features trains, toys and accessories from leading manufacturers, including Carette, Bing, Marklin, Issmayer, KBN, Hornby, Lionel and American Flyer, with a focus on Ives O gauge.

About Warren Heid

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Warren Heid has lived there most of his life, although his military service in World War II took him to many exotic, far-flung places. As a Class 4 Sergeant in the Army Air Corps working in communications, he traveled around the world, spending time in India, China and North Africa. When he returned from the war, thanks to the GI Bill, Mr. Heid studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to finding his career there, he also found his bride, marrying Shelia when he was a university sophomore; they have now been happily married for 70 years.

During his long, award-winning career as an architect, Mr. Heid designed private homes, commercial and government buildings, schools, churches and hotels, including one in Tahiti. Living and working in Saratoga, California, for decades, he retired in 2008.  In late 2016, the Architect Emeritus was honored by the Saratoga City Council for his architectural contributions there, which include St. Andrews Episcopal Church and The Inn at Saratoga.

Mr. Heid did not collect trains as a child – that passion came later, and by accident. In 1958, working on a project in San Jose, Warren parked in front of a Goodwill store and happened to see a train in the window. Encountering that American Flyer train by chance and buying it, he launched an enthusiasm that has endured to this day.  

With his interest piqued in his new toy, literally, Mr. Heid continued to visit Goodwill in search of trains. Getting to know the staff over time, he was invited to the Goodwill train depot, where trains were fixed before going to sale. Soon Mr. Heid was repairing trains as well, buying some along the way and building a collection.  

Besides antique stores and friends, the Train Collectors Association played a significant part in Mr. Heid’s collecting. He was an early member – number 433 of a group that now includes over 50,000! – and is still a member to this day. Through the years, the group’s Nor-Cal division met once a month in the East Bay, where members would buy, sell and trade trains. Over this shared interest, numerous long-term friendships were made. Mr. Heid’s family – Shelia and their children Susan and Jeff – participated as well, enjoying Christmas parties, regional meets and national conventions. During his time as a TCA member, Mr. Heid served on the Board of Directors and was elected as President of the Nor-Cal chapter.

Pursuing toy trains for over 50 years, Mr. Heid’s collection grew to over 2,500 individual train cars and train sets (comprised of a locomotive, tender and three cars). These were displayed in the basement of his home, a room dedicated to showcasing and enjoying the collection. There Mr. Heid and Jeff operated the trains on a large, standard-gauge layout. Among the favorites in his collection are Ives trains, the Blue Comet by Lionel, delicate tin-plate trains, a live steam engine that works with alcohol, and Tootsietoys. The collection goes up for bid on April 22 at Turner Auctions + Appraisals, except for a few valued items, including his first train from Goodwill.

Long before eBay provided easy, fingertip access to countless goods and collectibles, 
Mr. Heid was inspired by the joy of the hunt for toy train treasures. At an antique store, for example, buying a box of old train-related stuff, one might find a coveted catalog at the bottom. Now in his ninth decade, Mr. Heid is ready to share the fruits of his half-century of passionate collecting with others, who hopefully will enjoy them as well. “Part of the fun is the chase,” he says. “My many years of collecting have brought great pleasure to me, and my family as well. I’ve had a wonderful life. Train collecting has been part of it – giving me an enjoyable hobby, a valuable investment, and great friends with other train-crazy people.”

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