Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts Department specializes in fine furniture and decorative arts which comprises American, English, and Continental pottery, porcelain, glass, textiles, mirrors, lighting, clocks, bronze and marble sculpture, tapestries, and carpets from the late 17th century through the 21st century. Clars has realized record results in all categories of property included in this very broad department of decorative art and furniture auctions.


Clars specializes in the Arts and Crafts movement through Post-War Contemporary decorative art and Design. Designers Clars has handled include: Tiffany Studios, Emile Gallé, Rene Lalique, Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima, Frank Lloyd Wright, among others.

Sale Highlights

George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
Sold: $62,500

Senior Vice President

Deric Torres

Deric joined the Clars Auction Gallery team in 2009 and was instrumental in helping turn Clars into a nationally recognized auction gallery. Deric has brought many multi-million dollar estates and institutions to Clars from coast to coast, many achieving record setting prices in every department at the gallery. Deric played a pivotal role in securing property from the illustrious Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC. He made national news with the discovery of a rare Japanese cloisonne vase, executed for the Chicago Worlds Columbian Exhibition 1893, that was long thought lost and is now in a public institution. He has also been a regular guest commentator on Northern and Southern California’s PBS television, and the Seattle/Tacoma region.

Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Elizabeth Dalton

Elizabeth Dalton is a Senior Specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department at Clars. Elizabeth has had over thirty years of auction experience in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Clars in 2019, Elizabeth headed the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department at Michaans Auctions where she was responsible for their Fine and monthly Estate auctions for fifteen years. During the 1990s Elizabeth worked at Butterfield & Butterfield as a Cataloguer and an Inventory Controller for Asian, Furniture and Decorative Arts departments. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Elizabeth worked as a curatorial researcher at Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington DC and in the Education Department at National Gallery of Arts during The Treasure House of Britain exhibit. Elizabeth received a BA in art history from University of Southern California and a postgraduate certificate from Sotheby’s Works of Arts, London.

Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Suzy Pai

Suzy Pai is a specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department at Clars. She has over 20 years’ experience in brick-and-mortar auctions and luxury online resale. Suzy began her career at Bonhams in San Francisco in 1999, and worked there for 17 years as a cataloguer, then specialist and auctioneer for the Decorative Arts Department. Prior to joining Clars, she was the Account Manager for Galleries for Sotheby’s online, and Luxury Manager for private consignors at The RealReal. Suzy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Boston University.