Native American and Inuit Art from the Estate of Michael Denman
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Native American and Inuit Art from the Estate of Michael Denman

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Native American and Inuit Art from the Estate of Michael Denman. An eclectic and enthusiastic collector for over 50 years, Mr. Denman was the well-known and popular owner of a San Francisco restaurant that is a favorite among locals. Offering 225 lots, this sale features an intriguing selection of Native American pottery and baskets; Inuit stone sculpture and carvings; Navajo rugs; Cape Dorset, Native American, Southwest and Hawaiian artworks; tribal arts magazines and catalogs; and Arts & Crafts furniture. Pottery comes from a variety of Southwest tribes, including the Pueblo, Hopi, San Ildefonso, Pomo, Zia, Santa Clara, and Acoma. The sale also offers some African, Pre-Columbian, Eskimo and Latin American items. Rounding out the sale are items from several other collectors, including Old Pawn jewelry and more, such as necklaces, pendants, concho belts, bracelets, pins, rings, belt buckles, bolos, and watch bands.

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Treasures from a Couture Closet
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Treasures from a Couture Closet

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Treasures from a Couture Closet. Offering a selection of high-fashion goods from several collectors and estates, the sale features 135 lots, many from the world's most celebrated designers. Highlights of coveted items include those from Chanel, Louis Vuitton luggage and accessories, a rare Gianni Versace 4-row Medusa necklace, a selection of Hermes scarves, and a gold Rolls-Royce keychain.

From Chanel are vintage bags and other leather goods, a ladies wool & silk suit, shoes, earrings and sunglasses. The sale's numerous jewelry items include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, pendants, rings, watches and stick pins. Many are of gold, white gold or sterling silver, set with precious or semi-precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, turquoise, coral, jade, cultured pearls, lapis lazuli or amber. Designers include Gucci, Christian Dior, Tiffany and Elsa Peretti. There are also many groupings – of vintage and costume jewelry, cameos, designer belts, beaded purses and more.

A distinctive selection of handbags, evening purses and wallets comes from Prada, Gucci, Valentino, Fendi, Badgley Mischka, Judith Leiber, Céline, Chloé and Ralph Lauren. Shoes from Ferragamo and Ralph Lauren are also offered. While primarily for women, the sale includes items for men as well, including cufflinks, watches, pocket watches and a watch fob. Completing the sale are canvas and nylon salesman's carrying cases for jewelry.

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Bill Drake Collection of Model Trains
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Bill Drake Collection of Model Trains

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Bill Drake Collection of Model Trains.  Featuring 290 lots, the assemblage offers an exceptional range of model trains, with something to tempt all collectors. While the collection predominantly features American Flyer S Gauge, there is wide diversity of manufacturers and eras – from pre-World War II, as early as the 1920s, to modern day. Here is an overview of items in the collection: 

  • American Flyer – Prewar Wide gauge and O gauge, HO gauge; postwar S gauge (both Gilbert and Lionel production]),

  • Lionel:  Standard gauge and O gauge, postwar and modern O gauge

  • K-Line:  O and S gauge

  • S-Helper, Des Plaines Hobbies, Hico:  S gauge

  • European:  Hornby, French Edobaud, Chad, Brimtoy, Mettoy, Marklin, Trix, Bing

  • Japanese Tin Trains

  • Accessories from Colber, Minicraft, Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, misc.

  • Marx, Hafner, Unique, Henry Katz, Chien, Mohawk

  • Voltamp 2” Gauge

  • Dealer Promotional Sets and Displays

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Estates Auction
Apr
24
2:00 PM14:00

Estates Auction

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer an Estates Auction, featuring over 195 items from various estates and collectors. This eclectic sale includes a wide range of items, including 19th- and 20th-century paintings and other artworks of various subjects, sculpture, antique toys, early 20th-century car mascots, Napoleon lithographs, and diverse Asian arts. From Japan are numerous woodblock prints, paintings, textiles, bronze vases, carvings, sculpture, Satsuma and Imari items, small furniture, and a screen. From China are porcelain bowls, pottery, vases, jade belt buckles and carvings, snuff bottles, seals, screens, scrolls, paintings, a Buddha, and more.

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A Fine Melange: Art, Decorative Arts & More
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

A Fine Melange: Art, Decorative Arts & More

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer a Fine Melange: Art Decorative Arts & More. Featuring over 260 items, the sale features a wide range of artworks, decorative arts and more, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Highlights include a portrait of a Chinese porcelain Xiangqi game, a carved gilt wood peacock, an etching of three horsemen by Edward Borein (1873-1945), a 19th-century silver compact by Donadio, and 19th-century portrait of a gentleman.

Among the artworks are oils, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, ink on paper, pastels, prints and photographs of diverse eras and subject matter. Other items going up for bid include sculptures and figures of bronze, copper and porcelain; boxes and compacts of sterling, porcelain or agate; a selection of art glass; paperweights; miniatures and silhouettes; geodes; tableware and flatware, many of sterling silver; candlesticks; clocks and lamps; 17th/18th-century English documents; American fractional currency notes; duck decoys; decorative items from China and Japan; and vintage fishing rods and reels. The auction also includes numerous groupings of letter openers, watch fobs, wooden pipes, fountain pens, and mechanical pencils.

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Japanese Prints
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Japanese Prints

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature a sale of Japanese Prints. The auction offers over 95 Japanese woodblock prints and etchings, including single prints, triptychs and groupings. A highlight is a rare shunga print by Eiri. Among the other leading artists in the auction are Hiroshige I & II, Utamaro, Jacoulet, Yoshida, Hasui, Keinin, Hokusai, Koitsu, Kasamatsu, Kuniyoshi and others. Other artworks in the sale include several watercolors and a hand scroll.

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Fine Asian Works of Art
Feb
24
10:30 AM10:30

Fine Asian Works of Art

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer Fine Asian Works of Art, featuring over 145 lots of art, sculpture, porcelain, jade and more. Most are from China and Japan, although Korea, Tibet, Thailand, India and Indonesia are represented as well. Highlights include important paintings by Li Keran, Qiu Ying, Yang Mingyi and Chiura Obata; an 18th-19th century painting of cranes; Han Dynasty horses; and an 11th-century Korean bowl. The sale also offers Ming porcelain pieces; celadon items; jade carvings including buckles, bracelets, seals and a fish bowl; Blanc de Chine figures; agate pendants; snuff bottles; cloisonné; cinnabar vases and boxes; Peking glass bowls; bronze Buddhas; stone carvings and bookends; gilt panels; a Khmer head; an Indian painting on silk; and other decorative items. From Japan are woodblock prints, textiles such as kimonos, silk panels and fabrics; small carvings of gods; Satsuma and Imari items; bronze vases and censers; tsuba; art pottery; geisha dolls; small furniture pieces; and more.

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The Felicia Michalski Collection of Decorative Arts
Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

The Felicia Michalski Collection of Decorative Arts

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Felicia Michalski Collection of Decorative Arts. Offering over 350 lots acquired over five decades, the sale features a wide array of decorative arts from America, Europe and Asia. Among the single lots and groupings are bronze sculptures and marble busts; oil and watercolor paintings; art glass and pottery, including Lalique, Gallé, Rookwood, Weller and Roseville; porcelain and metal figures; brass letter openers; pitchers and jugs including Royal Doulton and Ridgway; scent and perfume bottles including Lalique; porcelain and enamel boxes; cigarette cases; mirrors and dresser brushes; framed portraits, plaques and portrait miniatures; several lamps and clocks; candleholders; bookends; inkwells; antique photographs with fine Syrian frames; vintage marbles; salt and pepper shakers; framed botanicals; hand-crank sewing machines; several books and catalogs; and more.

There is also a wide selection of table and serving ware, including lots of Meissen Blue Onion, Wedgwood, Jasper Ware, and many of sterling silver. From Asia are snuff bottles, cloisonné pieces, cane and parasol handles, and incense burners; from China come silk embroideries, porcelain bowls and vases, moon flask jars, and a celadon planter; from Japan are Satsuma, carvings, netsuke and lacquer items.

Highlights include a Lalique goldfish vase, a Staunton Chessman set, Limoges chargers, sterling and enamel compacts and boxes; a carriage clock from Tiffany; a Favrile glass shade and desk sets from Tiffany Studios; and a portrait of Phoebe Hearst.

This is the final Felicia Michalski collection to go up for bid. Turner Auctions + Appraisals has been privileged to offer Mrs. Michalski's extensive collection of fine jewelry in three previous sales, which proved to be extremely popular with bidders.

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Designer Necklaces from Tamara Hill Studio
Dec
15
10:30 AM10:30

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
10:30 AM10:30

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
10:30 AM10:30

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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