ALAMEDA -- Michaan's Auctions of Alameda will share Tiffany artwork from a special collection with the community this weekend and next Friday, before these 140 items are sold at auction Nov. 17.

The items include lamps, windows, vases, paintings, enamels and mosaics that were previously part of Japan's Garden Museum Collection. Several objects are expected to be sold for more than $1 million each.

Tiffany artwork was made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, an American artist and designer who focused on stained glass and other decorative projects from about the 1880s to the 1920s. (His father, Charles Lewis Tiffany, was a founder of the jewelry company Tiffany & Co.)

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to see a spectacular collection that is unlike any other in the world," said Allen Michaan, president of the auction house, an expert in Tiffany artwork. "Afterward, the items will be dispersed to private collectors and museums around the country and the globe."

The masterpieces came to the United States from Japan, where the collection's owner -- Takeo Horiuchi -- had become concerned with their potential loss during a future earthquake or other natural disaster in Japan.

Some non-Tiffany paintings from Horiuchi's collection will be sold Dec. 1 by Michaan's Auctions. In February, the French Art Nouveau collection from the Garden Museum will be sold by Michaan in Paris in cooperation with Sotheby's. And in May, Michaan will host a second Tiffany sale in Alameda.


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Michaan's Auctions is at 2751 Todd St. Public viewing hours of pieces from the Garden Museum's collection of Tiffany decorative art are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 12 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16.

IF YOU GO
What: Treasures of Tiffany Auction Preview
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 10 and Nov. 11;
12-6 p.m., Nov. 16
Where: Michaan's Auctions, 2751 Todd St., Alameda