Artist Spotlight: Hernando Ruiz Ocampo

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This March at Clars, we are privileged and honored to present a very important work by 1991 National Artist of the Philippines, Hernando Ruiz Ocampo.


Ocampo stands as an iconic artist in the Philippines, being a leader of modernist painting in the country during the first half of the twentieth century. As a painter who ushered in an era of creative exploration in the country, Ocampo developed a singular style that expressed the Filipino experience through emotive color, form, and abstraction.


Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (Filipino, 1911–1978), Mga Kiti, 1978, acrylic on tetoron, 35.5″ x 354.25″.
Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (Filipino, 1911–1978), Mga Kiti, 1978, acrylic on Tetoron, 35.5″ x 354.25″ (detail shot).
Estimate: $700,000–$1,000,000

Ocampo was born and raised in greater Manila in 1911 and studied both law and writing — becoming an accomplished poet and fiction writer before approaching the visual arts. His early painting career is marked by experimentation with modes of expression, including a series titled Luetica, for which his visceral depictions of human mortality earned him strong reactions upon exhibition.

After the devastation of World War II in the Philippines, progressive artists worked to reflect the hardships and realities of life. Ocampo and his colleagues, including fellow National Artists Vicente S. Manansala and Cesar Legaspi, inaugurated a movement of distinctly Filipino Neo-Realism, combining modernist abstraction with figurative subject matter.

Neo-Realists took their inspiration from the struggles of workers, family life, poverty, and the local landscape. Although one can detect the influence of prior and concurrent movements in Europe and the United States — including Cubism and Vorticism as well as Social Realism — the Neo-Realists’ work was categorically unique in its blend of the Filipino experience with modernist aesthetics. Out of the many talented artists in his circle, Ocampo favored the freedom that abstraction afforded him in his work; and as he gained confidence in his practice, it became more symbolic and less objective in nature.

Ocampo continued to delve further into abstraction as his career progressed. His close peer, Cesar Legaspi, was quoted speaking about Ocampo’s creative evolution, stating, “I think the impact of those paintings was needed then as the controversy between the moderns and the conservatives was going full blast and we had to have some kind of exemplar as to how far and how powerful a new kind of art could be.”

While Ocampo did create paintings that used abstraction while still forming a recognizable scene, such as the landscape Reaching for the Moon and the mother and child figures in Break of Day, his most well-known pieces are those that allow for open interpretation and push viewers to investigate their own subconscious. Here, the painter relies on formal elements to create a sensory experience. The principles of color and shape were fundamental to Ocampo’s work in the later years of his career. One can identify his personal connection to the color orange in many of his works, and he uses amorphous and organic shapes like tiles to form imposing structures — painstakingly faceted with vivid tones to achieve depth and form.

The monumental work by Ocampo in our March sale, one of only two made by the artist in this size, is titled Mga Kiti, which can be taken as a reference to either duck embryos or mosquito larvae. Dating to 1978, the scroll-like painting, done in acrylic paint on Tetoron fabric, showcases a repeating pattern of similar forms that echo human figures, the bodies of birds, lotus pods, and cellular structures. The background — painted a deep red that graduates into lighter crimson — recalls blood, with the small circles sprinkled throughout suggesting blood cells. Yellow linework traces throughout the length of the painting in a style reminiscent of batik, a medium originating in the neighboring country of Indonesia, and further separates the areas of red, black, and orange like cells dividing.

The lines and colors seem to undulate, expand, and contract — like compartments of breathing lungs. Like in much of his previous work, Ocampo utilizes color, specifically in the spectrum of orange, and creates a mosaic-like composition. Although the piece was commissioned by patron, Ginny Jacinto, the idea of regeneration may have been close to Ocampo’s own heart during its creation; the artist was in his late sixties and dealing with multiple health issues. Mga Kiti was Ocampo’s final painting before his death in December of 1978. Its themes of renewal, movement, and creation seem to be a summation of his work — the balance between figuration and abstraction, and a pure expression of life itself. Mga Kiti serves as a grand testament to Ocampo’s talents as a master of his craft both in formal composition, with his uncanny ability to evoke tactility and sensoriality, and as a translator of ideas, emotion, and the creative force from which all art originates.


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Artist Spotlight: Paul Sawyier

Sawyier is known primarily for his watercolor depictions of scenery in Kentucky and New York.

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Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

This November we are excited to present several very special works in our dedicated Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

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Artist Spotlight: William T. Wiley

As an associate of the Funk Art movement, Wiley was a purveyor of using unconventional materials.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: George Morrison

George Morrison was a Native American artist well known for his abstract paintings and landscapes.

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Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her artistic career at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960s, where she originally studied painting but was inspired to change her focus to photography.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ is excited to present our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction on September 14th. The sale will feature artworks spanning movements and decades, with notable works for all collectors.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

February Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th. These sales will offer a splendid variety pieces that any collector would treasure.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts section of the February Gallery auction offers a diverse collection of antiques and contemporary items, ranging from Regency swan consoles and antique Persian and Chinese carpets to modern furniture icons by Hans Wegner and Percival Lafer.


A pair of Hans Wegner chairs for Johannes Hansen, model: JH-501. Provenance: Originally from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in San Francisco where owner was employed for 40 years (by descent).
A pair of Hans Wegner chairs for Johannes Hansen, model: JH-501. Provenance: Originally from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in San Francisco where owner was employed for 40 years (by descent).
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Decorations include sterling silver, French bronze decorations, Meissen porcelain, and a menagerie of Herend animals. A collection of Santa Clara blackware vessels and a vibrant spectrum of contemporary art glass and studio ceramics will also be available.


A pair of Baccarat molded and cut glass five light candleabra in the Medallion pattern.
A pair of Baccarat molded and cut glass five light candleabra in the Medallion pattern.
Estimate: $1,800–$2,500

Fine Art

Fine Art will present an exciting selection of artwork this February. Highlights include works by important California artists, such as Elmer Bischoff and Sam Francis, as well as an impressive sculpture by Italian-American artist, Harry Bertoia.

First, we offer a painting by Bay Area Figurative Movement artist, Bischoff. A Berkeley native, Bischoff studied art and taught at a Sacramento high school until he joined the United States Air Force in World War II. After the destruction of the war, the prevailing art style in the United States was Abstract Expressionism, and Bischoff moved in circles with avant-garde painters upon his return to the San Francisco area.

After joining the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), Bischoff worked in close company with like-minded artists, including Karl Kasten, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park. Diebenkorn and Park joined Bischoff in forming the “First Generation” of Bay Area Figurative artists. This group transitioned away from working in the mode of Abstract Expressionism and embraced a figurative style.

Bischoff’s work in this month’s sale, titled Cityscape — and depicting just that, shows a scene that could be taken from several areas around the San Francisco Bay, with the rooftops of buildings receding down and peeping over the tops of hills. Although Bischoff and his colleagues championed figuration in their artwork, we can still see the echo of abstraction in the bold colors and emotive brushwork of this painting.


Elmer Bischoff (American, 1916–1991), Cityscape, oil on canvas, 32″ x 38″.
Elmer Bischoff (American, 1916–1991), Cityscape, oil on canvas, 32″ x 38″.
Estimate: $25,000–$35,000

An artist whose work remained solidly in the realm of Abstract Expressionism throughout his career was San Mateo-born, Sam Francis. Like Bischoff, Francis served in the Air Force during World War II. After his return to California, he was visited by artist David Park, who encouraged Francis to express himself artistically. Inspired by artists like Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, Francis’ work was characterized by large dollops of vivid color, smeared into both geometric and organic forms. Rather than remaining in California, Francis travelled globally, exhibiting and working in Paris, Mexico, New York, and Tokyo, where his exposure to Zen Buddhism greatly influenced his work.

Francis eventually landed in Los Angeles and became a prolific printmaker. The Francis piece to be offered at Clars this month is a striking monotype featuring woodcut and oil pigment elements. Viewers will note the painterly elements of the print, translated directly from Francis’ earlier paintings, as well as the solid color structure of the composition. Francis often favored primary colors in his work, particularly blue, and this piece is no exception. These components designate this print as an exemplary Sam Francis creation.


Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915–1978), Sounds Sculpture #15–10, height: 55.5″.
Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915–1978), Sounds Sculpture #15–10, height: 55.5″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Finally, we will offer a large-scale sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Born in Pordenone, Italy, Bertoia travelled to the United States at age 15 to study jewelry making and metalwork. His talent in these areas quickly led to commissions from figures as prominent in the arts as Charles Eames and Edmund Bacon. After further studies in welding, Bertoia experimented with furniture design, and developed his most notable creation — the sound sculpture. Bertoia fashioned several of these sculptures, comprised of brass and beryllium copper rods affixed to a flat surface, and used them to record a series of 11 albums, all titled Sonambient.

Although Bertoia eventually made dozens of these sculptures, each one is completely unique, producing different tones based on the configuration of rods, metal composition, and the shape of the sculpture. These multi-functional artworks can be found in prominent collections nationwide, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The sounding sculpture at Clars this month consists of 16 vertical rods that are minimalist and modern in appearance, yet ring out with an expressive timbre. Also featured this month are attractive works by Louise Nevelson, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and much more.

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department at Clars is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming February 16th sale.


Top: An amethyst, diamond and 18k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500Bottom: A ruby, diamond and 14k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500Right: A 14k gold bracelet. Estimate: $600–$800
Top: An amethyst, diamond and 18k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500
Bottom: A ruby, diamond and 14k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$2,000
Right: A 14k gold bracelet. Estimate: $600–$800

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. Some of these highlights include a diamond ring, featuring a diamond approximately 1.50 carats, estimated at $3,000–$5,000; and a diamond and 14k gold bracelet, estimated at $4,000–$6,000. There will also be a colorful gemstone selection available, including a pink tourmaline and 14k white gold ring, estimated at $2,000–$3,000; and a cultured South Sea pearl, diamond and 14k white gold ring, estimated at $800–$1,200. Other wearable pieces include a collection of Trifari costume jewelry, estimated at $200–$300. Complementing the auction will be a selection classic timepieces, including an Omega Constellation 18k gold watch, estimated at $3,000–$5,000.

Asian Art

This February, Clars’ Asian Art department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.

A key feature in the sale is the collection of jade carvings, crafted in the 18th-century Mughal Style. These pieces, including intricately designed teapots and incense boxes, blend Indian and Chinese artistry, highlighting the rich Mughal influence.


A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Another notable highlight is the Ming Dynasty fahua ceramic figure of Luohan. This piece, characterized by the vibrant and intricate fahua glazing technique, reflects the religious significance and artistic depth of the Ming Dynasty.


Left: A Ming Dynasty Fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
Left: A Ming Dynasty fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

We will be offering additional highlights from the Qing Dynasty, including a Chinese famille rose and underglaze blue bird and flower hu-form vase, which showcases intricate and colorful depictions of avian and floral motifs. A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase is another masterpiece available that features a multitude of deer in various stances — symbolizing longevity and prosperity. Lastly, the Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel up for auction is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, combining luxurious materials in a harmonious design.


A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000

Also to be featured is a remarkable late 19th century Japanese inlaid bronze koro and cover, crafted by Ohashi San’emon (1851–1895) during the Meiji period. Measuring 14.125″ in height, this piece is distinguished by a pixiu finial and is elaborately decorated with auspicious symbols in copper, silver, and gilt. The inscription, “Dai Nihon Ohashi Sam’emon seizo,” on the underside further authenticates its origin.


Bidding for Clars’ February auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country, including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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February Asian Art Highlights

This February 16th, the Asian Art Department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.

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Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd.

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  • Fine & Rare Wines

January Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on the 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on the 19th, and our Fine & Rare Wines Auction on the 22nd.

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December Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Furniture, Art & Jewelry Auction on December 15th and our Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th.

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November Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine Interiors & Design Auction on November 17th and our Art, Furniture and Asian Auction on November 18th. Both Auctions begin at 9:30 AM PST.

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Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to host their Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:30 AM PST.

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Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Valuation Day | February 13th

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Clars is now seeking consignments for our upcoming Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on March 21st.


A Bulgari gem-set 18k gold ‘Passo Doppio’ necklace, circa 1990s.
A Bulgari gem-set 18k gold ‘Passo Doppio’ necklace, circa 1990s.
To be offered March 21st | Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Valuation Day
Tuesday, February 13th | 10AM–1PM PST

*This event is by appointment only.

The market for signed and antique jewelry, as well as precious colored gemstones and timepieces, is very strong. Schedule your private and confidential appointment now to speak to one of our Specialists to determine your jewelry’s auction potential.

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Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to host their Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:30 AM PST.

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Consignments Invited | Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Clars is now seeking consignments for our upcoming Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on November 16th.

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Summer Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

The Summer Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction will include a fine selection of colored diamonds, diamonds, colored gemstones, antique and signed jewelry, and timepieces.

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PBS KVIE + Clars Asian Art

Harry Huang spoke to Rob Stewart on the beauty of a Mughal style jade vase for 2023’s Antique Valuation Day.

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PBS KVIE + Clars Furniture & Decorative Arts

Cristina Campion spoke to Rob Stewart on the importance of analyzing and authenticating furniture for 2023’s Antique Valuation Day.

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PBS KVIE + Clars Jewelry

Yao Jiang, Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Specialist at Clars, spoke to Rob Stewart, PBS TV Host & Executive Producer, on one the department's recently sold natural pearl necklaces for 2023’s Antique Valuation Day.

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February Asian Art Highlights

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This February 16th at Clars, the Asian Art Department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.


A special highlight is the 19th century Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover. This exquisite piece, measuring 10.25″ across, is of a globular form adorned with stylized phoenixes in raised relief. It boasts peony branch handles with loose rings, is supported on three short, splayed legs originating from lion masks, and is topped with a domed cover crowned by a mythical beast-shaped finial.


A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Another notable highlight is the Ming dynasty fahua ceramic figure of a Luohan. This piece, characterized by the vibrant and intricate fahua glazing technique, reflects the religious significance and artistic depth of the Ming dynasty.


Left: A Ming Dynasty Fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
Left: A Ming Dynasty fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

We will be offering additional highlights from the Qing dynasty, including a Chinese famille rose and underglaze bluebird and flower hu-form vase which showcases intricate and colorful depictions of avian and floral motifs. A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase is another masterpiece available that features a multitude of deer in various stances — symbolizing longevity and prosperity. Lastly, the Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel up for auction is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, combining luxurious materials in a harmonious design.


A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel.
A Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Another standout feature in the sale is the collection of jade carvings, crafted in the 18th-century Mughal style. These pieces, including intricately designed teapots and incense boxes, blend Indian and Chinese artistry, highlighting the rich Mughal influence.


A Chinese white jade teapot.
A Chinese white jade teapot.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

Also to be featured is a remarkable late 19th century Japanese inlaid bronze koro and cover, crafted by Ohashi San’emon (1851–1895) during the Meiji period. Measuring 14.125″ in height, this piece is distinguished by a pixiu finial and is elaborately decorated with auspicious symbols in copper, silver, and gilt. The inscription, “Dai Nihon Ohashi Sam’emon seizo,” on the underside further authenticates its origin.


A Chinese celadon glazed crackled ground ‘trigram’ vase.
A Chinese celadon glazed crackled ground ‘trigram’ vase.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Clars invites art enthusiasts and collectors this February 16th to explore these treasures and more.


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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd.

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January Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on the 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on the 19th, and our Fine & Rare Wines Auction on the 22nd.

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December Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Furniture, Art & Jewelry Auction on December 15th and our Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th.

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November Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine Interiors & Design Auction on November 17th and our Art, Furniture and Asian Auction on November 18th. Both Auctions begin at 9:30 AM PST.

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Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to host their Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:30 AM PST.

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Artist Spotlight: Paul Sawyier

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This January at Clars we are pleased to offer two paintings by American Impressionist, Paul Sawyier.


Sawyier was born in Ohio in 1865 and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. He traveled first to The McMicken School of Design (now the Art Academy of Cincinnati) to study under Frank Duveneck, and later to New York to study under William Merritt Chase at the Arts Students League of New York.


Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Sold: $49,125

Early in his career, Sawyier excelled in portraiture, painting the likenesses of well-known figures in his community. Although he sometimes included figures in his subsequent paintings, they mostly focused on rural landscapes. Known primarily for his watercolor depictions of scenery in Kentucky and New York, Sawyier gained enough recognition in art circles to exhibit work at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.


Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Fountain and Rose Garden, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 24″ x 20″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Fountain and Rose Garden, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 24″ x 20″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Sold: $28,820

After his professional painting career ended, Sawyier retired to a houseboat in the New York Catskills. He was known to paint in the area en plein air, both in oils and watercolor. Sawyier is notable not only for being one of the only painters from Kentucky working in the Impressionist style during the turn of the century, but also for his ability to capture the atmosphere and tranquility of his surroundings. Although distinctly impressionistic, Sawyier’s work does retain aspects of Realism and Romanticism, perhaps preserved from his years studying in arts academies. Sawyier remains one of Kentucky’s most celebrated artists, and his work is collected in several large museums nationwide.


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Artist Spotlight: Hernando Ruiz Ocampo

Ocampo developed a singular style that expressed the Filipino experience through emotive color, form, and abstraction.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: William T. Wiley

As an associate of the Funk Art movement, Wiley was a purveyor of using unconventional materials.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: George Morrison

George Morrison was a Native American artist well known for his abstract paintings and landscapes.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her artistic career at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960s, where she originally studied painting but was inspired to change her focus to photography.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Henrietta Berk

Henrietta Berk’s artistic prowess stood out as she delved into the intricacies of human emotion and intimacy during the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

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Artist Spotlight: Percy Gray

Born 1869 in San Francisco, California, Gray became a prominent figure in the California plein air movement.

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From the Private Collection of Stephen & Lynette Schwartz

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Mr. Stephen Schwartz and Stephen’s Antiques are recognized antiques dealers and advanced collectors known nationwide.

Originally based in Tiburon, CA, they sold investment grade European Decorative Art and select Furniture from coast to coast. Their largest public sale is a rare 18th century porcelain mounted salon table that sold for a staggering $2.4M in 1998. Mr. Schwartz helped numerous clients build very well curated collections that are still highly regarded.


A monumental and rare Louis XVI style gilt bronze and mirrored three-piece mirrored plateau.
A monumental and rare Louis XVI style gilt bronze and mirrored three-piece mirrored plateau.
Estimate: $18,000–$25,000

Clars Auctions is please to present a selection from their exclusive collection, featuring formal French furniture, 19th-century bronze sculptures, ormolu-mounted marble clocks, and KPM porcelain plaques in our January 18th auction. Each piece is a testament to the discerning taste of the Schwartz family, showcasing their distinctive blend of European sophistication.


A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
A Louis XV Vernis Martin style gilt bronze mounted kingwood cabinet, late 19th century.
A Louis XV Vernis Martin style gilt bronze mounted kingwood cabinet, late 19th century.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
A large pair of Egyptian Revival patinated bronze two-handled urns, 19th century.
A large pair of Egyptian Revival patinated bronze two-handled urns, 19th century.
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
Left: A fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble urns by Susse Frères Foundry. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500 Right: An impressive Sèvres style luster and gilt decorated gilt bronze mounted porcelain covered urn, late 19th/early 20th century.
Left: A fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble urns by Susse Frères Foundry. Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
Right: An impressive Sèvres style luster and gilt decorated gilt bronze mounted porcelain covered urn, late 19th/early 20th century. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500

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From the Estate of Vanna & N. Lee Lacy
Palm Springs, CA

Clars is delighted to be offering the Collection of Vanna and N. Lee Lacy on Friday, July 14th in our Tribal Arts, Interiors, Art & Jewelry Auction

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From the Estate of Rita Moreno

Clars will be offering select items from the personal collection of EGOT winning actress, the legendary Rita Moreno, at our Summer Design Auction on June 15th.

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Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd.

A few of the highlights in the sale include a 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole, a 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole, and a 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.


From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000.
1945 Château Mouton Cadet, Frank Schoonmaker and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Grand Vin de Médoc (Bordeaux).
1945 Château Mouton Cadet, Frank Schoonmaker and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Grand Vin de Médoc (Bordeaux).
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
1969 Domaine René Engel, Clos Vougeot (Burgundy).
1969 Domaine René Engel, Clos Vougeot (Burgundy).
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
(lot of 4) 1983 and 1986 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (Rhone).
1983 and 1986 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (Rhône).
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000
1982 Château Cos d’Estournel Grand Cru, Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux).
1982 and 1985 Château Cos d’Estournel Grand Cru, Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux).
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000
1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Saint Guirons, Pauillac (Bordeaux).
1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Saint Guirons, Pauillac (Bordeaux).
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
1978 Domaine Raymond Trollat, Saint Joseph (Rhone).
1978 Domaine Raymond Trollat, Saint Joseph (Rhône).
Estimate: $1,200–$1,800
1982 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (Rhone).
1982 and 1983 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (Rhône).
Estimate: $1,200–$1,800
1982 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases ‘Grand Vin de Leoville,’ Saint-Julien (Bordeaux).
1982 Château Léoville-Las Cases ‘Grand Vin de Léoville,’ Saint-Julien (Bordeaux).
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500
Bidding for Clars’ January auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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February Asian Art Highlights

This February 16th, the Asian Art Department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.

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January Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on the 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on the 19th, and our Fine & Rare Wines Auction on the 22nd.

  • Auction

Varieties of DRC

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is renowned for producing some of the world's most sought-after and prestigious wines.

  • Fine & Rare Wines
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December Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Furniture, Art & Jewelry Auction on December 15th and our Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th.

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November Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine Interiors & Design Auction on November 17th and our Art, Furniture and Asian Auction on November 18th. Both Auctions begin at 9:30 AM PST.

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January Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on January 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on January 19th, our European Décor Auction on January 20th, and our Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd. These sales will offer a splendid variety of art, jewelry, Asian works, furniture, decorative arts and fine wines.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction will present a timeless collection of fine furniture from the Baroque period and fine revival styles. Discover gilt cut glass stemware and luxury porcelain dinner services that are being offered.


An Art Nouveau documented Louis Majorelle salon suite, circa 1900.
An Art Nouveau documented Louis Majorelle salon suite, circa 1900.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

This auction also presents a rare opportunity to acquire exceptional pieces from the private collection of Stephen and Lynette Schwartz of Steven’s Antiques. From formal French furniture and 19th century bronze sculptures, to ormolu mounted marble clocks and KPM porcelain plaques, each item reflects the Schwartz’s discerning taste and signature blend of European sophistication.


A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

In our January 19th sale, the Furniture & Decorative Arts department will being offering a collection of ethnographic and Native American artifacts, fine silver including a New York Federal coin silver tea service, and a variety of 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture.


A Federal coin silver tea service, William B. North, New York, active c. 1820–1828.
A Federal coin silver tea service, William B. North, New York, active c. 1820–1828.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Our European Décor sale on January 20th will offer an eclectic collection of antique and contemporary furniture and decorative arts, including Native American pottery and tribal design, sterling and silver plate articles, Studio art pottery, and glass including a collection of Michael Nourot glass, mirrors and carpets.

Fine Art

This January at Clars we are pleased to offer a selection of fine paintings, prints, and sculptures to brighten gray winter days. First up are two springtime scenes from American Impressionist, Paul Sawyier. Sawyier is known today as one of Kentucky’s most renowned artists, beginning his career studying under William Merritt Chase in New York City, and displaying several works at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The two paintings by Sawyier at Clars this month, both oils on panel, are garden scenes showing classical-style sculptures amid pastel flowers in full bloom.


Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Estimate: $10,000–$20,000

Secondly, we present a watercolor by painter, James Taylor Harwood. Born in the territory of Utah, Harwood honed his artistic skills at the California School of Design in San Francisco before embarking on an extended trip to Paris, France with fellow painter and friend, Guy Rose. During this time, he exhibited at the Paris Salon — becoming the first artist from Utah to do so, four years before the territory became a state. The watercolor in this month’s sale was painted after Harwood’s return to the United States, during a period in which his style hovered between Academicism and Impressionism. It depicts the peaceful scene of a birch tree leaning over a stream shaded by lush green foliage.


James Taylor Harwood (American, 1860–1940), Birch by a Stream (Utah), 1909, watercolor, 15.5″ x 13.5″.
James Taylor Harwood (American, 1860–1940), Birch by a Stream (Utah), 1909, watercolor, 15.5″ x 13.5″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

Finally, we offer a charming early work by Pennsylvania painter, Fern Isabel Coppedge. Coppedge was born in Illinois but spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, becoming associated with the Pennsylvania Impressionism movement which also included artists such as George Sotter and Walter Emerson Baum. After studying in several major American cities, Coppedge returned to the Philadelphia area and found success through her association with the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists who exhibited together with the aim of elevating female-made art above the level of hobby and craft. The oil on canvas board painting in January’s sale depicts a cottage in Bucks County, rendered in an Impressionist style with bright, folk art inspired colors. Also included in January’s auction are paintings by Edward Henry Potthast and James Weeks, a lithograph by Robert Riggs, and much more.


Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883–1951), Springtime (Bucks County), oil on canvas board, 8.5″ x 12″.
Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883–1951), Springtime (Bucks County), oil on canvas board, 8.5″ x 12″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department at Clars Auctions is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, and a curated collection of gemstones in their upcoming January 19th sale.


A variety of gemstones to be offered at auction on January 19th.
A variety of gemstones.
To be offered: January 19th.

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. Some of these highlights include a rutilated quartz and 18k gold dress set, French, from the estate of internationally recognized textile artist and designer, Mr. Julian Tomchin, San Francisco, CA; a black cultured baroque pearl and 18k gold ring by Gumps, estimated at $700–$1,000; and a 14k gold bracelet, estimated at $300–$500. A vast assortment of gemstones from the estate of a reputable gemstone dealer will also be presented for collectors and gem lovers.


A black cultured baroque pearl and 18k gold ring.
A black cultured baroque pearl and 18k gold ring.
Estimate: $700–$1,000

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will feature a collection of 19th century Chinese export porcelain articles from the Nathan Hale family, including a partial set featuring the butterfly pattern and various pairs of famille verte guardian lions and beasts. Also on offer is East Coast collection of Chinese ceramics from the Song to Qing dynasties.


A suite of Chinese Export famille rose porcelain with butterflies and flowers.
A suite of Chinese Export famille rose porcelain with butterflies and flowers.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Fine & Rare Wines

A few of the highlights in our Winter Fine & Rare Wines auction include a 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole, a 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole, and a 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.


From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000.
Bidding for Clars’ January auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country, including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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February Asian Art Highlights

This February 16th, the Asian Art Department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.

  • Asian Art
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Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd.

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December Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Furniture, Art & Jewelry Auction on December 15th and our Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th.

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November Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine Interiors & Design Auction on November 17th and our Art, Furniture and Asian Auction on November 18th. Both Auctions begin at 9:30 AM PST.

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Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to host their Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:30 AM PST.

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Varieties of DRC

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is renowned for producing some of the world’s most sought-after and prestigious wines. The estate consists of several vineyards, each with its own unique characteristics and appellations within the Burgundy region. Here are the different types of wines produced by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti:

Romanée-Conti

Romanée-Conti is the flagship wine of the domaine and is considered one of the most exclusive and expensive wines globally. The vineyard is a Grand Cru located in Vosne-Romanée and is just over 1.8 hectares in size. The wine is predominantly made from Pinot Noir and is known for its depth, complexity, and ability to age gracefully. The average age of vines is 53 years. The average production is 450 cases.

La Tâche

La Tâche is another highly regarded Grand Cru vineyard owned by DRC, located in the Vosne-Romanée appellation. It is slightly larger than Romanée Conti, spanning around 6.06 hectares. La Tâche wines are known for their intense and seductive character, showcasing the distinctive terroir of the vineyard. The average age of vines is 47 years. The average production is 1,870 cases.

Richebourg

Richebourg is a Grand Cru vineyard situated in Vosne-Romaneée, neighboring La Tâche. The wines from Richebourg are powerful and robust, with a rich and velvety texture. This vineyard covers approximately 3.51 hectares. The average age of vines is 42 years. The average production is 1,000 cases.

Romaneé-Sant-Vivan

Romanée-Saint-Vivant is a Grand Cru vineyard located in Vosne-Romanée. The wines from this vineyard are known for their elegance, finesse, and floral aromatics. Romanée-Saint-Vivant has an area of about 9.44 hectares. The average age of vines is 34 years. The average production is 1,500 cases.

Grands-Échezeaux

Grands-Échezeaux is a Grand Cru vineyard situated in Flagey-Échezeaux. The wines from this vineyard are characterized by their depth, structure, and spicynotes. Grands-Échezeaux covers around 9.14 hectares. The average age of vines is 52 years. The average production is 1,150 cases.

Échezeaux

Échezeaux is a Grand Cru vineyard located in Flagey-Échezeaux. The wines from Échezeaux are often more approachable in their youth compared to some other DRC wines, yet they still possess aging potential. The vineyard spans approximately 35.51 hectares. The average age of vines is 32 years. The average production is 1,340 cases.

Montrachet

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti also produces white wine from the Montrachet Grand Cru vineyard. Montrachet is renowned for its Chardonnay grapes, producing wines of exceptional complexity, richness, and longevity. The average age of vines is 62 years. The average production is 250 cases.

Each of these wines reflects the distinct terroir of its respective vineyard, and together they contribute to the unparalleled reputation of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in the world of fine wines. The limited production and exceptional quality of these wines make them highly coveted by collectors and wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Angry Wine Merchant

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Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd.

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Fall Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

Clars’ October 16th Fall Fine & Rare Wines Auction will feature a vast array of rare French bordeauxes and burgundies.

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From the Estate of Vanna & N. Lee Lacy
Palm Springs, CA

Clars is delighted to be offering the Collection of Vanna and N. Lee Lacy on Friday, July 14th in our Tribal Arts, Interiors, Art & Jewelry Auction

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Han Dynasty Highlights

The Han Dynasty was known for its exquisite craftsmanship and artistic design.

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Summer Modern + Contemporary Post Sale Highlights

Clars’ Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction brought in active bidders from across the globe vying for artwork from world famous artists and design from master woodworkers.

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PBS KVIE + Clars

Clars Auction Gallery recently stopped by the PBS KVIE studio to film interviews for this year’s Antique Valuation Day.

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December Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Winter Furniture, Art & Jewelry Auction on December 15th and our Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th. These sales will offer a splendid variety of art, jewelry, Asian works, furniture and decorative arts.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The December 15th auction will showcase a diverse range of items, including Mayan style carved vessels, Native American pottery, Patriano Barela carved sculptures and Kachina figures. Additionally, English and German sterling silver, gold and silver coins, fine porcelain dinner services, and glass stemware and vases from renowned makers and artisans such as Moser, St. Louis, Michael Nourot, and Marialyn Hawke will be featured.


Two Mayan style carved translucent stone vessels.
Two Mayan style carved translucent stone vessels.
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

The auction will also present a variety of antique decorative arts, furniture, and rugs, as well as a contemporary furniture collection from an exclusive St. Helena winery. To round out the holiday season, a delightful selection of oversized stuffed animals and a miniature Christmas house will be available.


A large Art Nouveau Black Starr & Frost sterling compote fashioned in the Louis XV style.
A large Art Nouveau Black Starr & Frost sterling compote fashioned in the Louis XV style.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone gold jewelry, and timepieces in their upcoming December 15th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection and elevate your festive celebrations. To be featured in the sale are a nice selection of diamond jewelry, including a diamond and 14k gold wedding ring set, estimated at $3,000–$5,000, as well as a colorful gemstone selection, including a ruby, diamond and 14k gold brooch by Seaman Schepps, estimated at $5,000–$7,000.


Top Left: A diamond and 14k white gold pendant necklace. Top Right: An enamel and 18k gold pocket watch. Middle: A diamond, onyx and platinum dog brooch. Bottom Left: A Patek Philippe 18k gold ‘Calatrava’ wristwatch. Bottom Right: A ruby, diamond and white gold brooch.
A diamond and 14k white gold pendant necklace. Estimate: $400–$600; An enamel and 18k gold pocket watch. Estimate: $800–$1,200; A diamond, onyx and platinum dog brooch. Estimate: $7,000–$10,000; A Patek Philippe 18k gold ‘Calatrava’ wristwatch Estimate: $6,000–$8,000; A ruby, diamond and white gold brooch. Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life include items such as a diamond, onyx and platinum dog brooch, estimated $7,000–$10,000, complemented by classic timepieces like a Patek Philippe 18k gold ‘Calatrava’ wristwatch, estimated at $6,000–$8,000.

Fine Art

Clars’ Fine Art department is pleased to offer a selection of works from diverse and talented artists this December, with highlights by three painters whose influence can still be seen in contemporary art today. First, we are excited to present an oil on canvas portrait by African-American artist, Bob Thompson. Thompson was active in the bustling mid-century art scene in New York City and is known for his colorful figurative paintings that blend traditional Renaissance and Baroque composition with the energy and experimentation of 20th century Abstract Expressionism. In the painting offered in this month’s sale, titled Portrait of a Lady, we see a woman with a disproportionately large head and an aloof expression. Thompson marries traditional portraiture conventions, like the three-quarter view of the subject and the bust-length focus, with abstracted elements of shadow, color, and dimension to create a distinctive and unique image.


Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson (American, 1937–1966), Portrait of a Lady, 1959, oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″.
Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson (American, 1937–1966), Portrait of a Lady, 1959, oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Second, we are featuring a striking work by celebrated Chinese-American artist, Hung Liu. Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948, and emigrated to California in 1984 where she experimented with different methods and media to create a signature painting style. The mixed media work in this month’s auction, titled Yellow Current, is an outstanding example of this style, for which Liu is best known. The image shows a bust view of a young Chinese woman in a fuchsia robe against a golden-yellow background. We see Liu’s trademark technique of using a wash of linseed oil over heavy brushstrokes — giving a drippy, melting, almost underwater appearance to the composition.


Hung Liu (American/Chinese, 1948–2021), Yellow Current, 2010, layered oil paint and mixed media on panel, 41″ x 41″.
Hung Liu (American/Chinese, 1948–2021), Yellow Current, 2010, layered oil paint and mixed media on panel, 41″ x 41″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Lastly, we will offer an oil on canvas genre scene from American Impressionist, Edward Potthast. Potthast was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied in Paris and Munich before settling in New York City. He worked primarily as a lithographer during his early career, only shifting his focus to painting at age 39. Potthast was likely stylistically influenced by his European studies, as techniques of French Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir, and Berthe Morisot can be seen in Potthast’s work. The painting in this month’s sale is a beach scene — the subject for which Potthast is most known. Figures are gathered in groups on a sunny seaside, seated on blankets and under umbrellas, with emphasis on painterly brushstrokes and soft yet vibrant colors. The atmosphere is relaxed, warm, and inviting, a trademark of Potthast’s work.


Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927) At the Seashore, oil on masonite, 8″ x 10″.
Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927) At the Seashore, oil on masonite, 8″ x 10″.
Estimate: $15,000–$25,000

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will have its year-end offerings of fine Chinese and Japanese works of art sourced from various private collections and estates at the Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th.


A Chinese Qing dynasty white jade ruyi scepter.
A Chinese Qing dynasty white jade ruyi scepter.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

The auction is highlighted by a set of three Chinese ‘qianjiang’ enameled ‘landscape’ plaques by the famous late Qing dynasty porcelain artisan, Cheng Men (1838–1908), a late Qing dynasty imperial style zitan lantern, a pair of huanghuali lantern stands, a late Qing dynasty silver-inlaid bronze figure of Guanyin bearing the Shisou mark, a late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe, a Qing dynasty white jade ruyi scepter, and a magnificent Japanese Meiji period Shibayama lacquered shodana.


A Chinese late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe.
A Chinese late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe.
Estimate: $15,000–$25,000
Bidding for Clars’ December auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

  • Auction

February Asian Art Highlights

This February 16th, the Asian Art Department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.

  • Asian Art
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Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd.

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January Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on the 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on the 19th, and our Fine & Rare Wines Auction on the 22nd.

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November Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Fine Interiors & Design Auction on November 17th and our Art, Furniture and Asian Auction on November 18th. Both Auctions begin at 9:30 AM PST.

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Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to host their Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:30 AM PST.

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