Featured February Lots

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Clars will hold their Fine Jewelry and Timepieces auction on February 17, followed by auctions showcasing Fine Art, Asian Art and Furniture & Decorative Arts February 19–20.

Fine Jewelry

On February 17th 2022, Clars Auction will be offering a Fine Jewelry & Timepiece sale including a variety of colored gemstone, diamond, gold and signed jewelry and timepieces. The sale includes a nice selection of colored gemstones of exceptional origin, impressive diamond and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

The selection of gemstones are highlighted by lot 3012, a Ceylon sapphire, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $4,000–6,000; lot 3050, a Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant, estimated at $5,000–7,000; and lot 3019, a Burmese ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $10,000–15,000.


Left: A Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.<br>Right: A Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant.
Left: A Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.
Right: A Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant.

A selection of impressive diamond jewelry includes old and new, with lot 3005, an Art Deco diamond and platinum ring, estimated at $8,000–12,000; a wide strap bracelet set with 45.00 carats of diamonds, estimated at $35,000–45,000; and lot 3080, a 4.30 carats round brilliant-cut diamond ring, estimated at $25,000–35,000.


Left: A Burma ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.<br>Right: An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring.
Left: A Burma ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.
Right: An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring.

Tiffany & Co. is represented by, lot 3081, a sapphire and eighteen karat gold ring, estimated at $3,000–5,000; lot 3144, a cultured pearl torsade necklace, designed by Paloma Picasso, estimated at $2,000–3,000; and lot 3108, an ‘Open Heart’ eighteen karat gold pendant necklace, by Elsa Peretti, estimated at $1,000–1,500.


Fine Art

Clars’ February sale will offer a wide collection of Fine Art from varying genres and mediums. The main highlight of the sale will be a stunning painting by Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), demonstrating his classical style sea nymphs basking along a rocky coast. Draper was known for painting mythological themes, having studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and traveling to Paris and Rome to further this knowledge of the style. The painting to be offered February 20th, titled Evening Calm, is estimated at $70,000–100,000.


Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), Evening Calm, oil on canvas, 24" x 40".
Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), Evening Calm, oil on canvas, 24″x40″.

Clars is also eager to offer a beautiful example of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (French, 1841–1919) lithograph Le Chapeau Épinglé. The print depicts the daughter of Renoir’s contemporary Berthe Morisot, Julie Manet, along with her cousin Paulette, in the traditional attire of the times. Easily one of Renoir’s most recognizable prints, this olive green print is a first plate version, from a small edition of just fifty printed in that color. The lithograph is valued at $6,000–$9,000.

A student of William Merritt Chase, Addison Thomas Millar’s (American, 1860–1913) Orientalist scenes with figures were highly desired among collectors at the turn of the last century, The painting, Rue de Diable, Algiers, epitomizes this and will be offered at $8,000–12,000.


Addison Thomas Millar (American, 1860–1913), Rue de Diable, Algiers, oil on board, 13.75″x9.5″.

For those historical purists that prefer photographs, the rare orotone by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952) titled, The Rush Gatherer, is estimated at $15,000–20,000 and will surely get noticed by collectors.


Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952), The Rush Gatherer, orotone, 7.5″x9.5″.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

For the Furniture and Decorative Arts portion of the sale, there will be a patinated verdigris metal sculpture executed in the Renaissance taste, valued at $2500–3500. Decorated with whimsical mythological figures, this sculpture will undoubtably captivate the auction audience.


A patinated metal sculpture in the Renaissance taste.
A patinated metal sculpture in the Renaissance taste.

Also up for offer is an early Gorham Aesthetic Movement coin silver hot beverage service estimated at $6,000–9,000. The large Marcus & Co. New York sterling tray will be offered in a subsequent lot, and at 220 toz. is expected to command $7,000–9,000. Collecting fine silver is a passion for many. Elaborate table-scapes that sparkle in pictures are trending on various Social Media platforms, including Instagram.


An Early Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service and a Massive Marcus & Co. sterling tea tray.
An Early Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service and a Massive Marcus & Co. sterling tea tray.

A Santa Inez painted decorated Santos caged figure, Guatemala, 18th century, will be offered with an estimate of $2,000–4,000.

There will be a nice selection of Native American basketry and Navajo blankets. Highlights include a Karuk basketry hat, as well as Maidu, Washoe and Tlingit examples.

Asian Art

The Asian art department will have several highlights including a Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha (lot 6840). Commonly known as the Medicine Buddha, he is considered a healer who alleviates suffering and offers solace to the afflicted through the medicine of his teachings. The practice of veneration of the Medicine Buddha is popular in China and Tibet, as he is depicted as one of the three prominent Buddha figures, the others being the founder Shakyamuni and Amitabha. The current example hails from the late 17th century to early 18th century, and was made for a devoted Buddhist practitioner of significant wealth and stature. The Buddha carries an auction estimate of $15,000–25,000.


Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha.
Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha.

Featuring prominently in the auction will be a Chinese white jade pendant (lot 6894). The plum blossom featured on the white jade pendant is a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring. Specifically, the plum blossom came to symbolize perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitory state of life. The two character seal inscription ‘Meishou’ on the reverse grants the owner of the jade pendant hope and longevity. This jade pendant is a fine example of 18th century workmanship and the jade stone is of a high quality.


Chinese white jade pendant.
Chinese white jade pendant.
Bidding for Clars’ February 17–20, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and 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 $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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