Summer Modern + Contemporary Post Sale Highlights

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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.

The sale began with modern and contemporary art. A featured highlight was Wayne Thiebaud’s (American, 1920–2011) Portrait of Jean Lee Porter, 1951/52, whose provenance was strong and led to a hammer of $31,500. The subject, Jean Lee Porter, was a big band singer in San Francisco and her own notoriety certainly contributed to the interest in the piece.


Wayne Thiebaud, Portrait of Jean Lee Porter.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Portrait of Jean Lee Porter, 1951/52, oil on canvas/board, 16″ x 12″.
Sold: $31,500

Another featured highlight was March Avery’s (American, b. 1932), Resting Nude, 1989, oil on canvas. Her stark style of painting, with bold colors and simple linework, appeals to the 21st century minimalist aesthetic. This particular work depicts a female nude — a subject that is highly sought after — and sold for $28,980.


March Avery, Resting Nude.
March Avery (American, b. 1932), Resting Nude, 1989, oil on canvas, 18.25″ x 42.25″.
Sold: $28,980

This sale also included a fine example of Alecos Fassianos’ (Greek, 1935–2022) work, Figure in Blue, 1963, oil on canvas, which sold for $20,160. The piece features a quite graphic and color-saturated palette. Several phone bidders fed the competitive bidding.


Alecos Fassianos, Figure in Blue.
Alecos Fassianos (Greek, 1935–2022), Figure in Blue, 1963, oil on canvas, 39″ x 51.75″.
Sold: $20,160

Squeak Carnwath’s (American, b. 1947), Not Fact, 1996, oil and alkyd on canvas, sold for $18,900 — achieving the 4th highest record price for the artist. Squeak Carnwath, like Thiebaud, is another Bay Area figure. She lives in Oakland and taught art at both UC Davis and UC Berkeley, so her name is notable in Northern California. Her paintings are playful and youthful, appealing to the younger audience buying contemporary art.


Squeak Carnwath, Not Fact.
Squeak Carnwath (American, b. 1947), Not Fact, 1996, oil and alkyd on canvas, 55″ x 55″.
Sold: $18,900 – 4th highest auction record for the artist

Jasper Johns’ (American, b. 1930), Flag (Moratorium), 1969, offset lithograph in colors, edition 97/300, sold for $17,640. This piece was made as a political and anti-war expression, and in the highly politicized climate we live in now, powerful imagery and strong statements feel pertinent and valuable to collectors.


Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium).
Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), Flag (Moratorium), 1969, offset lithograph in colors, edition 97/300, 17″ x 26″.
Sold: $17,640

The Design department had strong prices realized across various categories in the Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction. Leading the show was an Arthur Espenet Carpenter dining suite, consisting of eight Wishbone dining chairs and a dining table. The chairs and table realized a combined $40,950, with numerous bidders vying for the lots. Also, a Philip and Kelvin LaVerne ‘Marriage Whirl’ table realized $12,600.


Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Sold: $40,950

Cristina Campion, Associate Director of 20th Century Design, noted, “we’re certainly seeing strong results for American master woodworkers, including Espenet — as well as other American icons like the design duo, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne.”


Philip and Kelvin Laverne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Sold: $12,600

The sale included master craftsmanship from across genres and cultures. A highlight was a Tony Hunt totem pole dating to 1990, measuring at a mighty 8′11″. There were several telephone bidders on the totem pole that brought the final sale price to $20,160.


Tony Hunt Monumental Totem Pole.
Tony Hunt Monumental Totem Pole.
Sold: $20,160
Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Sold: $16,380

Danish Modern furniture preformed quite well, with a pair of Finn Juhl NV-45 lounge chairs selling for $25,200, and a single Finn Juhl NV-45 lounge chair realizing $16,380. “There’s always a market for noteworthy and iconic Danish Design at auction,” commented Ms. Campion.


Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Sold: $25,200

Clars’ next auctions will be held on July 14th & 15th. Consignments are always invited. Schedule a private or virtual valuation appointment by emailing [email protected].


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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

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Artist Spotlight: George Morrison

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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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Artist Spotlight: Rafael Coronel

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Rafael Coronel is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the new expressionism movement in Mexican art.

Coronel was born on July 24, 1931, into a family of artists in Zacatecas, Mexico. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda” (National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking) in Mexico City and Europe.


Rafael Coronel, <em>Dos Viejos</em>.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Dos Viejos, 1960, oil on paper, 19″ x 24.5″.
Sold: $4,410

Coronel’s art often depicted human figures, landscapes, and still life compositions. He employed a distinctive style characterized by vibrant colors, meticulous details, and a touch of surrealism. His paintings showcased a deep understanding of Mexican culture and history — reflecting indigenous influences and the country’s social issues.


Rafael Coronel, <em>Retrato Sorprendido</em>.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Retrato Sorprendido, oil on canvas, 39.5″ x 14″.
Sold $6,300
Rafael Coronel, <em>Los Primos</em>.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Los Primos, 1959, oil on paper, 25.5″ x 19.5″.
Sold: $13,860

Gudelia emphasizes Coronel’s interest in portraiture, which was inspired by everyday people encountered on the streets of Mexico City. He depicted the human existential angst in the figure’s spectral, menacing face, with a downturned mouth and harrowing facial features set against a chiaroscuro background.


Rafael Coronel, <em>Gudelia</em>.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Gudelia, 1961, oil on board, 40.5″ x 30.5″.
Sold: $8,820

Coronel’s contributions to the art world and his dedication to preserving Mexican cultural heritage continue to inspire artists and art enthusiasts to this day.


Rafael Coronel, <em>El Veterano</em>.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), El Veterano, 1959, oil on paper, 18.5″ x 24.5″.
Sold: $5,355

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Artist Spotlight: Paul Sawyier

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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

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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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Designer Spotlight: Arthur Espenet Carpenter

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California has a lengthy history of woodworking and studio furniture design. One of the most renowned master woodworkers was Arthur Espenet Carpenter.

Born in 1920, Arthur Espenet Carpenter was a self-taught furniture maker. He began making wood turned bowls at his studio in San Francisco in the late 1940s to early 1950s. By the mid-1950s, he had expanded to build custom furniture. Carpenter found that production was so busy that he felt disconnected from the furniture building process. In 1957, he decided that it was time to relocate to Bolinas, California, where he custom built his own house for his family. At his Bolinas studio, Espenet would create unique one-of-a-kind pieces for his clients, as well as his most well-known iconic pieces, such as the Wishbone armchair.


Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Bolinas, CA, walnut Wishbone armchair.
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Bolinas, CA, walnut Wishbone armchair, having a shaped back with dowel construction, continuing to the contoured arms, above the blue upholstered seat, and rising on shaped legs.
Sold: $5,937

Espenet valued function as well as form. While his furniture pieces appear quite sculptural, they were also designed with comfort and utility in mind. For example, the arm hits the armrest of the Wishbone chair at just the right angle. Clars is offering a suite of eight Wishbone chairs, including two armchairs, with an auction estimate of $20,000–$30,000 in our June 15th Design auction. Also to be offered is a stunning dining table having five butterfly inlays, estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Sold: $40,950

While there’s a certain simplicity or minimalism to Espenet’s designs, great attention is also paid to the finer details. An example of this point is the drop-down cabinet, which features a wood turned locking knob above well carved hinged supports, that sold at Clars for $5,937.


Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Bolinas, CA, walnut cabinet, having a rectangular top, above a hinged front with a locking knob, opening to a fixed shelf interior, and rising on tapered legs.
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Bolinas, CA, walnut cabinet, having a rectangular top, above a hinged front with a locking knob, opening to a fixed shelf interior, and rising on tapered legs.
Sold: $5,937

Another example of Espenet’s extraordianry attention to detail can be seen in a set of two nesting walnut low tables, which commanded $6,875 at auction. While seemingly simple, the tables feature exposed dovetail joinery.


Detail of dovetail joinery, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Bolinas, CA, walnut nesting low tables.
Detail of dovetail joinery, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Bolinas, CA, walnut nesting low tables.
Sold: $6,875

The featured Arthur Espenet Carpenter jewelry box below, while quite functional, is also very sculptural. The contoured form has six bandsaw-carved drawers that feature prominently on the case.


An Arthur Espenet Carpenter, jewelry box, executed in walnut, with six bandsaw-carved drawers.
An Arthur Espenet Carpenter, jewelry box, executed in walnut, with six bandsaw-carved drawers.
Sold: $3,125
A Tripp Carpenter (Espenet Furniture) jewelry casket, of organic form with three lined drawers and crimson pulls.
A Tripp Carpenter (Espenet Furniture) jewelry casket, of organic form with three lined drawers and crimson pulls.
Sold: $250

Though Arthur Espenet Carpenter passed away in 2006, his legacy continues with his son, Tripp Carpenter, who learned woodworking as a child, and now is a professional woodworker in his own right.


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Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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Artist Spotlight: William T. Wiley

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Artist Spotlight: George Morrison

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Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

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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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Artist Spotlight: Jasper Johns

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From the wall frescoes of ancient Rome to the trompe-l’oeil ceiling murals of Renaissance Europe, optical illusions have been a popular trend in visual art for ages.

Artists like Victor Vasarely and M.C. Escher revamped the way artists fool the eye in the 20th century. Perhaps inspired by the revitalized interest in optics, Jasper Johns created an image that toys with our perception of color.


Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium).
Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), Flag (Moratorium), 1969, offset lithograph in colors, edition 97/300, 17″ x 26″.
Sold: $17,640

In the work, titled Flag (Moratorium), Johns presents the United States flag with pink, green, and black, replacing the traditional stars and stripes palette. The viewer is invited to stare at the small white dot in the center of the flag for 30 seconds, then avert their gaze to a white wall where they will see the same flag in its original red, white, and blue. This phenomenon, known as a negative afterimage, is caused by stimulation of the cells that carry signals between the eyes and the brain. Johns’ artwork is often layered — whether literally with material or metaphorically with meaning — and Flag (Moratorium) takes this layering a step further, with a covert optical illusion hiding just beneath the surface.

Johns’ flag prints are among his most well-known and iconic works. He first began exploring the American flag as a subject in the mid-1950s and the flag became a recurring motif in his art, representing various themes and concepts. The flag prints emerged during a time when abstract expressionism dominated the art scene. Johns’ use of familiar imagery, like the flag, challenged the prevailing ideas of what art could be. By appropriating this national symbol, Johns questioned the boundaries between art and everyday objects, inviting viewers to reconsider their own perceptions and interpretations.

The flag prints were created through various printmaking techniques, such as lithography, screen printing, and etching, allowing Johns to experiment with different textures and color variations. Today, Johns’ flag prints are highly regarded and can be found in significant museum collections worldwide. They continue to be celebrated as essential contributions to contemporary art history.


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Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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Artist Spotlight: William T. Wiley

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Artist Spotlight: George Morrison

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Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

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Summer Modern + Contemporary Design Highlights

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The June 15th Modern + Contemporary Design Auction will include master craftsman from across genres and cultures.

California has a lengthy history of woodworking and studio furniture design. One of the most renowned master woodworkers was Arthur Espenet Carpenter. Born in 1920, Arthur Espenet Carpenter was a self-taught furniture maker. He began with making wood turned bowls at his studio in San Francisco in the late 1940s to early 1950s. However, by the mid-1950s, he had expanded to build custom furniture. Carpenter found that production was so busy that he felt disconnected from the furniture building process.


Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Estimate: $30,000–$45,000

In 1957, he decided that it was time to relocate to Bolinas, California, where he custom built his own house for his family. At his Bolinas studio, Espenet would create unique one-of-a-kind pieces for his clients, but would also create his most well-known iconic pieces — such as the Wishbone armchair. Clars is excited to offer a suite of eight Wishbone chairs, including two armchairs, in our June 15th Design auction. The suite has an auction estimate of $20,000–$40,000. Also to be featured is a stunning dining table having five butterfly inlays, estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Philip and Kelvin Laverne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Philip and Kelvin Laverne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Another highlight from American designers in the auction is a Philip and Kelvin Laverne ‘Marriage Whirl’ table, estimated at $15,000–$20,000.


Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000

Danish Modern will also have a prominent role in the auction. Highlights include a pair of Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs, estimated at $20,000–$40,000, and a single chair, estimated at $8,000–$12,000. The auction will also include an extensive Georg Jensen ‘Acorn’ pattern table service, estimated at $5,000–$7,000, and an Illum Wikkelso Leather V-11 Sofa, valued at $4,000–$6,000.


Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Georg Jensen “Acorn” sterling flatware service.
Georg Jensen “Acorn” sterling flatware service.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Illum Wikkelso Leather V-11 Sofa.
Illum Wikkelso Leather V-11 Sofa.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

The Summer Design sale features master craftsman from across genres and cultures. Clars is pleased to present a monumental Tony Hunt Totem pole, measuring 8’11”, and estimated at $4,000–$6,000. A part of the Kwakwaka’wakw community in British Columbia, Hunt was born into a family of professional woodcarvers and started training at an early age.


Tony Hunt Monumental Totem Pole.
Tony Hunt Monumental Totem Pole.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
Alain Chevret table.
Alain Chevret table.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Also on offer will be an Alain Chevret table, estimated at $4,000–$6,000.


1930 Model A Tudor with a Chevrolet 350ci Vortex Turbo engine.
1930 Model A Tudor with a Chevrolet 350ci Vortex Turbo engine.
Estimate: $25,000–$30,000

There will be two custom roadsters from a single owner advanced collector in Sonoma Valley, CA. One is a 1930 Model A Tudor with a Chevrolet 350ci Vortex Turbo engine, estimated at $25,000–$30,000, and the other is a 1927 Model T with a Ford 302ci 40 over engine with comp cam, valued at $25,000–$30,000. Both have custom paint and interiors and many added performance features which make these hot rods very fast, street legal machines.


1927 Model T with a Ford 302ci 40 over engine with comp cam.
1927 Model T with a Ford 302ci 40 over engine with comp cam.
Estimate: $25,000–$30,000

Clars is also proud to represent select items from the personal collection of EGOT winning actress, the legendary Rita Moreno. Rita’s remarkable career ranges from music to film and dance, though she is arguably best known for her Academy-Award winning performance as Anita in the 1962 motion picture, West Side Story. Later in her career, she would work in both television and the stage. Items in the auction range from stage worn dresses by designers including Bob Mackie, scripts and awards, as well as fine artworks.


Rita Moreno, mini dress with pink and purple fringe, likely worn at the 1988 Ice Capades T.V. Special.
Rita Moreno, mini dress with pink and purple fringe, likely worn at the 1988 Ice Capades T.V. Special.
Estimate: $500–$700
Rita Moreno, Robe and dress, 1990s, West End London Production of Sunset Blvd.
Rita Moreno, Robe and dress, 1990s, West End London Production of Sunset Blvd.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,000

The auction will include a host of other well-known names in design including Stan Bitters, Peter Voulkos, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Frank Gehry, Mario Bellini, Liberty & Co, and Tiffany Studios, among others.

Bidding for Clars’ June 15th, 2023 auction is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. For more information about this auction, please contact [email protected].

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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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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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Designer Spotlight: Tiffany Studios

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Louis Comfort Tiffany was a prolific American designer whose career spanned from the 1870s–1920s. While he was most well known for his stained glass, he produced pieces in a variety of mediums, including pottery, metalwork, and lighting.

At the close of the 19th century, Louis Comfort Tiffany first developed Favrile glass. Deeply impressed from a recent trip to Europe in the 1860s, Tiffany drew inspiration from Roman and Syrian glass making. After much experimenting, Tiffany’s technique of ingraining color within the glass set it apart from other types of iridescent glass, resulting in the beautiful distinctive hues of Favrile glass.


Tiffany Studios, New York, Venetian table lamp, circa 1910.Sold: $106,250
Tiffany Studios, New York, Venetian table lamp, circa 1910.
Sold: $106,250

Tiffany was also largely inspired by nature – he was captivated by the array of lush colors of flowers and plants. This attraction to color also contributed to the brilliant shades featured in Favrile glass objects.


Tiffany Studios, New York, Favrile Urn.
Tiffany Studios, New York, Favrile Urn.
Sold: $504

Tiffany went on to win a grand prize at the 1900 Paris Exposition (the World’s Fair), for his Favrile glass. Later, he began producing lamps and large stained-glass Favrile pieces, cementing himself as one of the most influential figures in the Art Nouveau style through to the Arts and Crafts period.


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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

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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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Summer Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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This June 15th at Clars Auction Gallery, we are excited to offer a number of excellent pieces by esteemed artists throughout the Modern and Contemporary periods.

First featured is a photo-collage by influential English artist, David Hockney. Titled Gregory Watching the Snowfall, Kyoto, February 21st, 1983, the arrangement of violet-toned photographs depicts Hockney’s partner, assistant, and frequent model, Gregory Evans, lying in bed and looking out the window of a Japanese washitsu at the garden outside.


David Hockney, Gregory Watching the Snowfall, Kyoto, Feb. 21st 1983
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Gregory Watching the Snowfall, Kyoto, Feb. 21st 1983, 1983, photograph collage on paper, 46.6″ x 43.6″.
Estimate: $25,000–$35,000
Louis Valtat Fraises
Louis Valtat (French, 1869–1952), Fraises, circa 1902, oil on board, 10.75″ x 13.5″.
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000

Another highlight in the June sale is an oil on board painting by French Fauve artist, Louis Valtat. The work, titled Fraises, depicts a cluster of bright red strawberries on a deep green lettuce leaf. Valtat’s technique blends the color-forward elements of Fauvism with the expressive brushwork of Impressionism to create a sense of movement in a traditional still-life composition.


Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium).
Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), Flag (Moratorium), 1969, offset lithograph in colors, edition 97/300, 17″ x 26″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Lastly, we are presenting a signed multiple by American Neo-Dadaist, Jasper Johns. Titled Flag (Moratorium), the print is a rendering of perhaps Johns’ most well-known subject: the American flag. This work was made to commemorate the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations that took place in 1969. The symbolic use of orange and camouflage-green tones, along with a white “bullet hole” in the center of the image, is meant to highlight the violence that occurred throughout the controversial war.


Paul Klee, Fragment einer Wandmalerei.
Paul Klee (German, 1879–1940), Fragment einer Wandmalerei (Fragment of a Mural Painting), 1933, watercolor and titanium white glue on paper laid down on cardboard, 7.5″ x 9.75″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000
Alecos Fassianos, Figure in Blue.
Alecos Fassianos (Greek, 1935–2022), Figure in Blue, 1963, oil on canvas, 39″ x 51.75″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

This sale will also offer additional important works by renowned artists such as Rafael Coronel, Brett Weston, Milton Reskin, Wayne Thiebaud, and Hunt Slonem.


Brett Weston, White Sands, 1949.
Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993), White Sands, 1949, portfolio of twelve (12) gelatin silver prints, 7.75″ x 9.5″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000
Gunther Gerzso, Eleysis III.
Gunther Gerzso (Mexican, 1915–2000), Eleysis III, 1961, oil on canvas affixed to board, 17″ x 12.75″.
Estimate: $12,000–$18,000
Rafael Coronel, <em>Gudelia</em>.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Gudelia, 1961, oil on board, 40.5″ x 30.5″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
March Avery, Resting Nude.
March Avery (American, b. 1932), Resting Nude, 1989, oil on canvas, 18.25″ x 42.25″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Brett Weston, Abstractions II.
Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993), Abstractions II, 1927–1980, portfolio of twenty (20) gelatin silver prints, 10.75″ x 13.75″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Franz Hagenauer, Male and Female Busts.
(lot of 2) Franz Hagenauer (Austrian, 1906–1986), Male and Female Busts, circa 1935, stainless steel sculptures.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Wayne Thiebaud, Portrait of Jean Lee Porter.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2011), Portrait of Jean Lee Porter, 1951/52, oil on canvas/board, 16″ x 12″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Hunt Slonem, <em>Untitled</em>.
Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951), Untitled, 2014, oil on wood panel, 24″ x 20″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Marcel Dyf, Untitled (Still Life with Flowers).
Marcel Dyf (French, 1899–1985), Untitled (Still Life with Flowers), 1969, oil on canvas, 28.75″ x 23.5″.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Salvador Dali, Le Decameron.
Salvador Dali (Spanish/1904–1989), Le Decameron, 1972, portfolio of ten (10) drypoint etchings, 18.5″ x 13.5″.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Bill Brandt, London (Nude with Bent Elbow).
Bill Brandt (British, 1904–1983), London (Nude with Bent Elbow), 1952, gelatin silver print, 13.5″ x 11.5″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Nathan Oliveira, Angel Rocker.
Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), Angel Rocker, 2005, color sugar lift aquatint and drypoint etching, 44.5″ x 35.25″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Elizabeth Catlett, Betye Saar, Erique Chagoya, Rupert Garcia, Raymond Saunders, Freedom or Slavery: The Paul Robeson Portfolio.
Freedom or Slavery: The Paul Robeson Portfolio, 1998, a portfolio of fourteen (14) screenprints, including works by Elizabeth Catlett, Betye Saar, Erique Chagoya, Rupert Garcia, Raymond Saunders, 25.25″ x 20″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Squeak Carnwath, Not Fact.
Squeak Carnwath (American, b. 1947), Not Fact, 1996, oil and alkyd on canvas, 55″ x 55″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Bidding for Clars’ June 15th, 2023 auction is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. For more information about this auction, please contact [email protected].

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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

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
  • Auction

Winter Fine & Rare Wines Auction Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • 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.

  • Auction

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.

  • Auction

Artist Spotlight: March Avery

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

“I knew I would be a painter. It never occurred to me that I would do anything else,” March Avery.


March Avery, Resting Nude.
March Avery (American, b. 1932), Resting Nude, 1989, oil on canvas, 18.25″ x 42.25″.
Sold: $28,980

Born into a family of artists — her father being Milton Avery and mother Sally Michel — March Avery cultivated a style that was distinctly her own. Growing up, she was surrounded by artists who were friends of her parents. She began creating by the age of two through painting, drawing and sculpting. She developed a style of her own that celebrates brilliant color and abstract forms.


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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: Paul Sawyier

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

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Fine Art

Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • 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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • 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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: David Hockney

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Working across multiple mediums, David Hockney is known for his painting, drawing, prints, photography, collage, set design and digital media.

Hockney was born on July 9, 1937 in Bradford, United Kingdom, and studied at Bradford School of Art and London’s Royal College of Art. In 1964, Hockney moved to California. Drawing inspiration from the region’s light, color, and landscape, his swimming pool paintings garnered him international recognition.


David Hockney, Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, complete portfolio of thirty-nine (39) etchings, with additional six (6) loose etchings, 17.75″ x 12.5″.
Sold: $34,375

During the 1980’s, Hockney began creating intricate photo collages that he called “joiners.” His early photo-collages consisted of polaroid photographs in a grid. He evolved his style to photo lab processed 35mm photographs, creating abstract representations of the scenes he had photographed in a more organic layout. Photos were taken over a number of minutes, highlighting Hockney’s interest in showing the passing of time, and often show slightly different perspectives of the subject. Deeply inspired by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Greorge Braque, Hockney’s photographic collages are a historical nod to the cubist collages that inspired him. He remains one of the greatest living artists of his generation.


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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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Paul Sawyier

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

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Fine Art

Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • 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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • 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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

From the Estate of Rita Moreno

  • Estate Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Clars will be offering select items from the personal collection of EGOT winning actress, the legendary Rita Moreno, at our Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction.


Rita Moreno, Robe and dress, 1990s, West End London Production of Sunset Blvd.
Rita Moreno, Robe and dress, 1990s, West End London Production of Sunset Blvd.
Sold: $4,095
Rita Moreno purple and green mini dress with fringed shoulders, label for Elizabeth Courtney Costumes, Hollywood.
Rita Moreno, purple and green mini dress with fringed shoulders, label for Elizabeth Courtney Costumes, Hollywood.
Sold: $2,268

Rita’s remarkable career ranges from music, film, and dance. Maybe best known for her Academy-Award winning performance as Anita in the 1962 motion picture, West Side Story, she also worked in both television and the stage later in her career. Items to be offered on June 15th include fine art, stage worn dresses by designers including Bob Mackie, scripts, and awards.


Rita Moreno, mini dress with pink and purple fringe, likely worn at the 1988 Ice Capades T.V. Special.
Rita Moreno, mini dress with pink and purple fringe, likely worn at the 1988 Ice Capades T.V. Special.
Sold: $756
Rita Moreno, Signed Jacket.
Rita Moreno, Signed Jacket.
Sold:$4,095
Scripts signed by Rita Moreno.
Scripts signed by Rita Moreno.
Sold: $283.50

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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

From the Private Collection of Stephen & Lynette Schwartz

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

  • Estate Spotlight
  • Furniture & Decorative Arts

Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • 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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • 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.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary