Fine Estate, Inc.


121 Jordan Street, San Rafael, California 94901
415-419-5012

About Auction House

Fine Estate is a boutique auction house in Marin County, California. We offer an eclectic array of personal property for auction including fine art, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, silver, coins, Asian works of art and decorative arts. As our primary source for property is from prominent Bay Area estates, we offer the 'freshest-to-market' property for collectors, designers, dealers, stagers and the general public looking to discover something unique.

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    Burmese Ruby Ring and Unmounted Aquamarine Lead Fine Estate Inc.’s Upcoming Sale

    Mogôk Valley in Myanmar has been a major source of rubies for centuries. An interesting legend is associated with the discovery of the Burmese gemstone in this region. It is believed that when a group of hunters were shooting crows, they found rubies in the claws of the retrieved birds. Exploring further, they found rubies lying all over, which is how the Mogôk area became culturally and geologically significant for ruby mining. A ring studded with a natural ruby from Myanmar (former Burma) is a key highlight of the upcoming Fine Estate Inc. auction. Designed in 18-karat white gold, it is fashioned with an oval-cut ruby that weighs 2.53 carats. It is accented by 124 diamonds, including round brilliant-cut and princess-cut that together weigh 2.06 carats. Another noteworthy lot in this sale is an unmounted emerald-cut aquamarine, weighing 110.36 carats.  Harry Raymond Henry’s oil on canvas, The Carnival of Nature, leads the fine arts section of the catalog. Henry is known for painting the lyrical landscapes of Southern California in his famous Pointillist style. To view the complete catalog for this and other online auctions and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    Fine Estate, Inc to Showcase 1964 Porsche 356 C in the Upcoming December Art and Wine Auction

    Fine Estate, Inc. will offer a 1964 Porsche 356 C in its upcoming December auction. A Porsche legend, the 356 series stands out for its refreshing departure from the norm. In its role as the first official model, the Porsche 356 was continuously improved, modified, and perfected, becoming a formidable rival both on the track and in showrooms. With its lightweight design, excellent handling, and avant-garde appeal, the 356 became a timeless classic. Despite the end of production of the 356 in 1965, the beloved brand had established a distinctive style of the sports car that continues to resonate today, both visually and mechanically. The available vehicle was formerly purchased in 1998 from a seller in Pittsburgh, PA. On the date of purchase, the mileage was 106,781. According to the Bill of Sale, the previous owner purchased the car in 1992. As per the list provided, the car owner made several upgrades to this vehicle.   A crate of 12 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon from the California-based Jordan Winery also leads the listings. Jordans Vineyards provide the majority of the grapes for this Bordeaux blend, while some fruit comes from other prestigious vineyards. Featuring black cherry, cassis, blackberry, and dark chocolate flavors, the 1997 Jordan is rich and deeply textured. With hints of cedar and sweet leather, oak and vanilla support the soft notes. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete catalog of this and other online auctions.

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    David Webb Chevron Ring and Victorian Gemstone Jewelry Highlight Thanksgiving Auction by Fine Estate

    Better known as a wish bone ring, the chevron finger ring has a characteristic V-shape motif predominant in its design. Dating back to 1800 BCE, the V symbol has been associated with different connotations throughout history. For instance, Roman, Greek, and Spartan warriors would wear these rings as a mark of protection. One such chevron ring by David Webb is a key highlight of the upcoming Thanksgiving auction from Fine Estate. Featuring 26 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.3 carats, the 18-karat yellow gold and platinum piece is accented by black and white enamel.  A Victorian 14-karat yellow gold jewelry suite also leads the listings. It comprises a festoon-style chain necklace fashioned with six cushion-cut hessonite garnets set in foliate-motif black enamel frames. The suite also includes two detachable pendants designed with pear-shape hessonite garnets and a pair of detachable drop earrings highlighted by one pear-cut hessonite garnet. Another Victorian lot of interest is a star ruby and emerald 14-karat rose gold necklace. It features 56 oval and round star ruby cabochons combined with square and rectangular step-cut emeralds weighing a total of approximately 7.54 carats. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Fine Estate, Inc. Offers Wide Range of Jewelry and Art in May Sale

    Two 18-karat gold rings headline Fine Estate, Inc.’s latest auction. That includes one with a large, yellow diamond framed by two triangular diamonds on either side. Several brilliant-cut diamonds accent the other available ring. Two of the stones feature a crescent moon shape. Also available in this sale is a selection of wristwatches, including a Patek Philippe ref. 3589. Originally brought to retail by Gübelin, this Patek Philippe watch has an oval-shaped dial and 18-karat yellow gold frame. Bidders can also consider a Lady-Datejust watch from Rolex.Those looking for contemporary fine art in this Fine Estate, Inc. sale will find Beverly McIver’s Goodbye. McIver’s work explores stereotypes and institutionalized racism, including numerous works on blackface, of which Goodbye is an example. Growing up in the projects of Greensboro, North Carolina, Beverly McIver sought levity and dreamed of becoming a clown. In Goodbye, McIver explores the damaging history of performative blackness. Register to bid and view each of the lots on Bidsquare.

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    Patek Philippe Calatrava Watch and Model of Tiny Alice’s Chantilly Chateau Highlight Fine Estate Auction

    Patek Philippe introduced the Calatrava dress watch in 1932. This wristwatch is best known for its elegant looks and simple design. The Calatrava continues to be one of the most popular Patek Philippe models. A brushed 18-karat gold Patek Philippe Calatrava wristwatch is among the highlights of the upcoming Fine Estate auction. It features gold brick links, a fold-over clasp, and applied baton hour markers. Another noteworthy lot is a model of the Chantilly chateau built for Tiny Alice, a three-act play written by Edward Albee. Designed by the United Scenic Artists of New Jersey, the model measures approximately 17 feet long by 3.5 feet high. William Ritman (1928-1984), the set designer for the play’s American debut, also designed sets for several other Albee plays. Furniture collectors will find a Bohemian cabinet designed by Dan Pohl in the auction as well. Inspired by tramp art and Americana folk art, the cabinet is crafted with pine, turned spindles, and bobbins. Multi-hued, transparent paint decorates the exterior with Rococo swirls of paint on the inside. Primarily an oil painter, Pohl took up furniture design after decades of collecting. To view the auction’s complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    Upcoming Fine Estate auction presents an eclectic collection of artifacts

    The upcoming October auction from Fine Estate offers a selection of decorative and ethnographic art. Among the highlighted lots is a pair of rare huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs from the late 20th century. Huanghuali wood first originated in the Yaxian region of Hainan in China. Often used in Chinese furniture, the popularity of the wood can be dated back to the Ming dynasty. Each available chair features a curving back-splat above the seat. An inset single panel timber rests above a stepped apron.  Another lot of interest is a 10th-century Indian sandstone statue of Vishnu, an important Hindu deity. The sculpture portrays Vishnu on a stepped base holding various items. The upper section features an elaborate scrollwork pediment. Tribal arts from the Philippines and Africa are also on offer, as well as a collection of fine jewelry and vintage collectibles. Visit Bidsquare to view the entire catalog or to place a bid.

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    Ancient censers were vessels used for burning incense, perfume, or pastille. Varying in size and design, some were made of simple earthenware while others were intricately carved in metal. One of the highlights of the upcoming Fine Estate auction is a cloisonné enamel tripod censer from the 19th century. Decorated with a pair of opposing dragons on a patterned background, the lid has an openwork decoration of bats and clouds. A cloud finial rests on top of the piece. Another lot of interest belonging to the 19th century is a jadeite openwork carving featuring a chilong dragon climbing fungus branches on a rocky outcrop. This semi-translucent mint green stone is fitted on a wood stand. The sale also showcases a Khmer sandstone sculpture from the Angkor Wat period depicting the head of a male deity. Carved with a faint smile, almond-shaped eyes, and ridged eyebrows, the deity has an elaborate hairstyle and crown. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    Fine Estate Auction Presents: July Estate Auction

    Kangxi, the fourth emperor of China’s Qing dynasty, was one of the longest-reigning and most powerful Chinese emperors in history. A significant achievement in the porcelain from the Kangxi period is the mastery of underglaze copper red pigments. Among the earliest pieces successfully fired in the era were porcelains painted in underglaze cobalt blue and copper red. Monochrome copper red glazed items soon followed them. The upcoming July Estate Auction, presented by Fine Estate, Inc., offers Kangxi period porcelains in copper red, copper blue, and peach bloom colors. A pair of Kangxi marked dragon bowls is among the highlighted lots. These bowls feature several five-clawed dragons striding through clouds. Also available is a mixed media work by Japanese artist Takesada Matsutani. A key member of the post-war Gutai group, Matsutani is best known for his techniques utilizing blown air and vinyl glue to produce bulbous forms on the surfaces of his works. In the available piece, titled A White Spot, Matsutani has divided the canvas into two halves - black and gray, with a white oval spot in the gray area. A Caucasian rug with a geometric design on a bright orange background will be presented as well. Interested bidders can register on Bidsquare.