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ALAMEDA, Calif. — August may be a great time for beach reading, weekend getaways and back-to-school shopping, but auction buyers know it’s also a good time to discover great finds at Michaan’s. “Our summertime sales have been so strong this year,” said Fine Art specialist Susan Paffrath, “and in August Michaan’s has many wonderful choices for buyers.” In addition to works of fine art and Asian art, highlights of the Aug. 10 Gallery Auction include fine timepieces, Fortuny gowns, an Indian Princess cigar store figure and an exceptional Mid-Century Modern chess set.

A circa 1890 Indian Princess figure is attributed to Samuel Anderson (“S.A.”) Robb, a Scottish-born shipwright/carver who emigrated to New York in the latter half of the 19th century. Robb’s cigar store figures are recognized and prized by discerning collectors. The carved wooden sculpture decorated with colored paint and touches of gilt, depicts a Native American woman with long black hair wearing a feather headdress. The consignor’s father owned a sign painting store in Chicago; this figure was owned by one family from the 1920s to the present.

Another American collectible offered in August will interest collectors of Civil War and Masonic artifacts: the walking stick carved and inscribed by Corporal J. Warren Sheffield to commemorate his service in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Estimated at $1,500-$2,000, it is carved with various symbolic emblems and motifs.

The signature pleated designs of the House of Fortuny have been coveted by women of style for more than 100 years. In August Michaan’s offers a graceful belted Delphos gown in pink and a rose silk Peplos gown (circa 1925) with stenciled sash and Murano glass bead detail.

A top August highlight is Portrait of a Child ($8,000-$10,000) by Guido Reni (1575-1642) in sanguine (red crayon) on paper.

Fine timepieces offered in August include several by Rolex. A lady’s two-tone (18k yellow gold and stainless steel) Oyster Perpetual is accented by diamonds, including the hour markers as well as the diamond bezel.

Bidders will be able to participate online or live at the auction.

Contact: (510) 740-0220,

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