ALAMEDA -- Michaan's Auctions will soon host its third sale of Tiffany lamps and other pieces from Japan's Garden Museum and several private collections.

The sale, which will include about 95 Tiffany masterpieces, is set for 1 p.m. April 12 at the Alameda Point-based auction house. Several items are expected to fetch between $250,000 and $300,000.

The rarest object in the sale, according to Michaan's, is the Tiffany Studios Peacock Chandelier, which is believed to be one of a kind.

"Gemlike hues of blue and green feather glass differentiate the piece from all others, creating an absolutely magical effect that can only be attributed to authentic Tiffany glass," said Allen Michaan, president of the auction house and an Alameda resident.

"The use of such deep, saturated blues and greens was normally only used in Tiffany's depictions of angel wings created for his many church commissions," the Tiffany expert explained.

Alamedans are invited to see the decorative objects at no charge from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The public can also view the Tiffany collection next Friday afternoon and Saturday or by appointment.

In addition, the preview events at Michaan's Auctions give Tiffany aficionados a chance to view the Tiffany Mosaic Tray, which will be part of a six-month show opening this summer at San Francisco International Airport entitled " A Radiant Light: The Artistry of Louis C. Tiffany.


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The early-1920s tray is made of Favrile glass, as gold and silver plated bronze, and was created for Cuban President Mario Garcia Menocal and the Presidential Palace. It is bordered by a group of cherubs and scrolled foliage.

Visitors to the auction preview also can see a 13-foot-wide Tiffany mosaic panel that includes tiles of multi-colored glass. The piece features a sailing ship flanked by extravagant floral and geometric designs.

Louis Comfort Tiffany introduced Favrile glass to the world in the 1890s, according to the auction house. It soon became famous for its iridescence and brilliance of color. To the glass, Tiffany applied his unique decorative style, notably nature-themed motifs and mesmerizing colors.

"What sets the Garden Museum Collection apart from many others lies in the quality and comprehensiveness of it," Michaan said. "Every artistic discipline produced by Tiffany Studios was represented, with the highest artistic level displayed in each category. The following sale highlights provide a glimpse into the history and grandeur of the Tiffany legacy, as well as the prestige of the Garden Museum Collection itself."

Other objects included in the sale are two magnificent windows made by Tiffany Studios. One shows a picturesque view through a columned foreground with distant hills and floral elements and has a three-dimensional visual effect.

The second window highlights a beautifully delicate landscape scene. The panel features blood-red poppies silhouetted against a hand hammered glass sky.

Tiffany began his work in the arts as a painter, and three of his paintings will be sold at Michaan's on April 12. One is an 1874 watercolor of a market scene in Geneva. Another, "Algiers," shows a Middle Eastern street scene painted in 1880s.

The auction house is located at 2751 Todd St. For more information, call 510-740-0220 or visit www.michaans.com.

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