SJICA Benefit Art Auction

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Clars is proud to be sponsors of this upcoming Benefit Art Auction. Deric Torres, Senior Vice President of Clars, will be lending his auctioneering skills to keep the bidding competitive.




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ICA San José – Saturday, November 5th
Doors Open: 4PM | Auction Begins: 5PM

The highly anticipated 2022 Annual Benefit Art Auction at the Institute of Contemporary Art San José offers unique opportunities for art enthusiasts and collectors to view and acquire contemporary artwork by rising stars and celebrated artists whose work reflects vibrant, eclectic styles and interests. Live auction guests can actively bid on a wide range of work including paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, wearables, and various mixed-media pieces by nearly 70 artists. All proceeds fund the ICA’s innovative exhibitions and educational programming, making sure that admission is always free for all, and expanding the ICA’s reach and impact.

Artists include: Kathy Aoki, Ray Beldner, Sarah Blaustein, Natalya Burd, Andrew Catanese, Kathryn Dunlevie, Ewa Gavrielov, Diane Andrews Hall, Pancho Jimenez, Kara Maria, Stephanie Metz, Christopher Martin, Humberto Ramirez, Byron Ryono, Beth Davila Waldman, Nathan Oliveira and more!


Standing Figure
Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), Standing Figure, c. 1960, watercolor on paper, set of 2, 37″ x 30″ framed.
Estimate: $32,000

Complimentary champagne, wine, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served. Admission to the Live Auction — always a sellout event — is reserved for ticket holders.


The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is an energetic art space located in downtown San Jose dedicated to making contemporary art accessible and exciting to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Exhibitions are presented in three galleries that display the most current, relevant and often challenging art from the region, the nation and the world.

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Clars Auction Gallery is proud to partner with PBS KVIE for this Valuation Day. For more information, please visit: https://www.kvie.org/events/antique-valuation-day/ or call the PBS KVIE Events team at 916-641-3663.

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Rick Unruh, CEO and President, was invited to join the Panel Discussion on The Costliest Mistakes A Collector Can Make.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

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The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.


Cowboys and Indians
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each.
Sold: $503,750

Clars’ Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale on September 16th started off the season with impressive results having 230 lots achieve a little over $1.3 million in sales. Fine Art led the way with $1.1 million in sales with the highlight being Andy Warhol’s complete set of ten screenprints, Cowboys and Indians, selling for $503,750. Rick Unruh, Clars CEO, remarked, “Clars is definitely ‘moving up the ladder’ in being recognized internationally as one of the premier auction houses for Modern and Contemporary works. This past auction was our 3rd complete set of Warhols to be offered in the last 2 years — all with outstanding results.”

Another stellar performance was several Pumpkin screenprints by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) selling for a combined price of $108,750.


Yayoi Kusama Prints from the September 16th Sale
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Top left: Pumpkin (Y), Top Right: Dancing Pumpkin (YOR), Bottom Left: Napping Pumpkin, Bottom Right: Red Colored Pumpkin.
Sold: $108,750

Clars Auction Gallery had a nearly 100% sell through rate for the Fall Design sale, with just above 100 lots selling for over $210,000 total.


Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table
Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table.
Sold: $18,750

Clients from across the country were vying for Design lots, with many items selling at or above the high estimate. Cristina Campion, Associate Director of 20th Century Design at Clars commented, “strong sales like this one really demonstrate that Clars is a recognized name among Design collectors across the United States.”


Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413To be offered at our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Sale
Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413.
Sold: $10,625

Top picks included an Angelo Mangiarotti ‘Eros’ Dining Table sold for $18,750, with a $6,000–$9,000 estimate. Other auction highlights include a suite of eight Mario Bellini Cab Chairs, Model 413, that brought $10,625, a set of Christian Liaigre Bazane Stools that sold for $9,375, a Charles and Ray Eames 670 and 671 chair and ottoman that realized $8,125, and a Vladimir Kagan Ondine Chair that commanded $8,125.


Christian Liaigre Bazane stools.To be offered September 16th
Christian Liaigre Bazane stools.
Sold: $9,375

Clars is gearing up for it’s next Design auction on December 18th, and is hopeful that the department will continue to see an upward trajectory in sales.


Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa.To be offered at our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Sale
Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa.
Sold: $8,125

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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Fundraiser | San Francisco Historical Society

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SFHS

Clars Auction Gallery is proud to support this upcoming Fundraiser for the San Francisco Historical Society. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be directed to the preservation and upkeep of the San Francisco Historical Society. To learn more about this event, please visit: https://www.sfhistory.org/event/antique-appraisal-day-with-clars/.

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Clars Auction Gallery is proud to support the Lamorinda Village | Senior Living through this Fundraiser. To learn more about this event, please email: [email protected].

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Drive, lunch and learn

Hagerty House Friday – August 19th
Ride and Drive 9 – 11AM | Panel and Discussion 11:30AM – 12:30PM | Lunch 12:30 – 2:00PM

Our morning starts out with a ride and drive featuring a 1968 Camaro SS, 1954 BelAir, and 1969 Firebird. Don’t know how to drive stick? No problem! Two of the vehicles are automatic and lots of fun. While waiting for your turn, enjoy grab-n-go breakfast items along with coffee and tea. Later, we will settle in for a panel on The Costliest Mistakes A Collector Can Make. Collecting items of value requires preparation, strategy, and proper risk management. Join Hagerty for a conversation with Clars Gallery and Draneas Law on the six most important factors to consider when advising clients with high value collections. Our panel features Rick Unruh – CEO and President of Clars Gallery, John Draneas – Attorney at Draneas Law, collector car specialist, contributor to John’s Legal Files in Sports Car Market magazine, and Brian Rabold – VP Automotive Intelligence at Hagerty. We will complete the afternoon with a delicious lunch and plenty of time to catch up with old friends..


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Pictured: Brian Rabold, Vice President of Automotive Intelligence: Hagerty; Rick Unruh, CEO and President: Clars Auction Gallery; John H. Draneas, Attorney: Draneas Law.

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Dragon Vases Soar Above Estimates

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Dragon Vases Soar Above Estimates

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Clars Auction Gallery had an excellent August sale with many highlights and strong prices in our Asian Art Department.

Dozens of telephone bidders were vying for two Chinese imperial bronze ‘dragon’ vases. These vases soared well above estimate to realize a price of $245,000.


Asian Art Dragon Vases
Left: Chinese imperial bronze ‘dragon’ vase, mark and period of Qianlong. Right: Chinese imperial bronze ‘dragon’ vase, mark and period of Jiaqing.

Each features five-clawed dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amid scrolling clouds in low relief. The precision and intricacy of the molding indicates the imperial origin, while the patina on the surface demonstrates the age. One statue has the inscription “Qianlong Nianzao of the Great Qing Dynasty” and the other has the book “Great Qing Jiaqing Nianzao,” both of which were purchased in Tokyo, Japan around 1949.

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November Asian Art Highlights

Clars will offer an exquisite selection of paintings and calligraphy, archer’s rings, fine porcelains, and other categories of Asian works of art on November 20th.

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SJICA Benefit Art Auction

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June Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

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The June 17th Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars totaled $1,070,250 across 239 lots.

Clars was pleased to establish the new, world auction record for Raimonds Staprans (American/Latvian, b. 1926) with the painting Blue Boats selling for $187,500. This beats the previous record held by Clars from September 2020 of $147,600. As Rick Unruh, CEO of Clars, stated, “Staprans has incredible upward momentum at auction at the moment. There is a scarcity issue with his exceptional works currently. Blue Boats was one of those exceptional works. Reaching a new price level and ‘raising the bar’ is challenging but rewarding when it occurs.”


Raimonds Staprans (American/Latvian, b. 1926), <em>Blue Boats</em>, 1990, oil on canvas, 44" x 48".
Raimonds Staprans (American/Latvian, b. 1926), Blue Boats, 1990, oil on canvas, 44″ x 48″.
Sold: $187,500

Also of note was a rare collection of four works by Leonor Fini (French/Argentine, 1908–1996) that were offered at Clars Modern + Contemporary sale on June 17th. This combined collection sold for an astounding $250,625 with one particular painting, Zorniga, selling for $187,500.


Leonor Fini (Argentine/French, 1908–1996), Zorniga, 1959, oil on canvas, 31.5" x 10".Sold: $187,500
Leonor Fini (Argentine/French, 1908–1996), Zorniga, 1959, oil on canvas, 31.5″ x 10″.
Sold: $187,500

Highlights for Design included a set of Mario Bellini Cab chairs that sold for $17,500, and a Phillip Lloyd Powell New Hope Chair that brought $15,000. Cristina Campion, Associate Director of 20th Century Design at Clars noted, “There’s always a strong market for good Design. We’re currently seeing bidders vying for the top lots, and as a result Clars is achieving strong auction records across the board.”


Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413, set of ten.
Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413, set of ten.
Sold: $17,500
Phillip Lloyd Powell, New Hope Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
Phillip Lloyd Powell, New Hope Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
Sold: $15,000

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Clars + The Junior League

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Clars Auction Gallery was a proud sponsor of The Junior League of San Francisco’s 110th Anniversary and Women at the Center Honors Awards Honoring: Mayor London N. Breed and Sallie Huntting, May 20, 2022.

Rick Unruh, President and CEO of Clars Auction Gallery, led the auctioneering efforts at the awards ceremony, where proceeds from each sold lot were donated back to the Junior League of SF and community programs.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 20 - Rick Unruh attends Junior League Women at the Center Honors on May 20th 2022 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Natalie Schrik for Drew Altizer Photography)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 20 – Rick Unruh attends Junior League Women at the Center Honors on May 20th 2022 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Natalie Schrik for Drew Altizer Photography).
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How to Care For Your Jewelry

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The beauty of jewelry can last hundreds, even thousands of years if loved and cared for properly.

These attractive gemstones and precious metals are built into everyday forms, intended to withstand wear. There are simple steps you can take to ensure the safety and care of their precious jewels. This article will review simple at-home steps you can take to ensure the sparkle and longevity of their pieces.

Cleaning:

Gemstones were cut to sparkle, so it is important to keep jewelry clean. With over 3,000 species of gemstones, it is important to take note of which gemstones one has in their possession, and what sort of care they require.


Left: A Retro aquamarine, diamond and platinum pendant brooch.<br>Right: A pair of gemstone and fourteen karat gold earrings.
Left: A Retro aquamarine, diamond and platinum pendant brooch.
Right: A pair of gemstone and fourteen karat gold earrings.

Clean by hand:

Diamonds are famous for their brilliance, and ironically, heavily attract grease. Therefore it is important to be diligent about keeping diamonds clean in order for them to sparkle. Specialized jewelry cleanings products are not necessary to accomplish this. A household grease cutter, such as non-fragranced Dawn dish detergent in warm water, following by a soft-bristled toothbrush, will help to get the diamonds’ sparkle back. Make sure to also scrub underneath the diamond and in-between prongs.


A fancy light yellow and platinum diamond ring.
A fancy light yellow and platinum diamond ring.

For durable gemstones such as sapphires or rubies, which are still relatively less durable than diamonds, the same process but with a mild non-fragranced hand soap will do the trick.


Left: A pair of multi-hued sapphire and eighteen karat gold earclips. <br>Right: A pair of ruby, diamond and platinum earrings.
Left: A pair of multi-hued sapphire and eighteen karat gold earclips.
Right: A pair of ruby, diamond and platinum earrings.

For relatively soft gemstones, which are highly porous, such as emeralds, opals, and pearls, special care must be taken. The content of moisture is essential to for the gemstones to remain intact and retain their beauty. Dehydrating a gemstone like these can result in crazing, cracks or even breakage. Do not utilize abrasive products that include alcohol or grease cutters. This can reduce moisture in these stones, causing irreversible damage. When cleaning these jewels, use warm water with a household non-fragranced hand soap on a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the setting around the stone.


Left: A black opal, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.<br>Right: A Tahitian black South Sea pearl necklace.
Left: A black opal, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.
Right: A Tahitian black South Sea pearl necklace.

Ultrasonic cleaners:

With so many personal and at-home adaptions of the ultrasonic cleaner available on the market, it may be a tempting purchase. However, not all ultrasonic cleaners are considered equal. Most commercial level ultrasonic cleaners can risk shaking gemstones loose from their mountings, risking a sparkly gemstone going down the drain! It is best to wash by hand in a contained space. Or, stop by the original retailer and ask for a quick cleaning!

Over 90% of the gemstones on the market have received some form of treatment to enhance their beauty. It is important to be informed about the treatment associated with the stones. Specifically, know (or assume) that your emerald is fracture-filled and do not place it in the ultrasonic cleaner. Fillers, which help enhanced the clarity (and color in some cases) of the gemstone can shake loose.


A pair of Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum earrings.
A pair of Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum earrings.

Polishing:

A loved piece of jewelry will eventually appear worn, with hundreds of little light scuffs and scratches. This is easily reconciled with a touch of metal polish. A standard metal polish, such as Noxon, can revive the brightness of the metal. Use a microfiber cloth to do the buffing. Be mindful that every time a piece is polished, a little bit of metal is removed from the piece. So it is important not to over polish. You should also be mindful about vintage and antique jewelry. An old patina is something that takes years to form and carries the beauty of history. Be sure to contemplate what you find attractive before taking out the metal polish.


Left: A fourteen karat gold bracelet.<br>Right: A Georgian diamond and silver brooch.
Left: A fourteen karat gold bracelet.
Right: A Georgian diamond and silver brooch.

Storage:

Storage is important to maintain the integrity of jewelry. Consider factors such as form, materials, and the characteristics of the gemstones. Always be sure that precious materials are not stored with non-precious materials. Gold will not normally tarnish, however if that gold bracelet is stored next to some loose change, that metal will eventually turn! For costume jewelry, it is important to keep the area clean and dry to avoid tarnishing.

Separate gemstones. Gemstones of differing hardness can cause damage to one another when rubbed together. To prevent your sapphires from chipping your emeralds, or your diamonds and chipping your diamonds, keep them separated. A nice and easy way to prevent this is to individually store your jewelry in plastic bags. However, best to keep your pearls in linen to prevent deterioration.

A little bit of tender love and care can make a jewelry collection last generations. Be sure to understand what you have, what its needs are, and take the time for care for them. And when in doubt, ask a professional!

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Find out what your family treasures are worth! Join us at the San Francisco Historical Society on September 21st, 10 AM – 3 PM PST.

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