Clars To Host World-Class Fine Art And Special Collections Sale On September 19 & 20, 2015

09 Sep

Oakland, CA – On Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 2015, Clars Auction Gallery will wrap up their 2014-2015 fiscal year with a major Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale that will be a world-class experience for buyers and collectors around the globe. Once again, Clars will be offering significant property from major collections including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, The Hirschhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), The Art Institute of Chicago, the Lizabeth Virginia Scott Estate of Los Angeles and Trotter’s Antiques of Pacific Grove (CA) to name just a few.

The Fine Art
Following the overwhelming success from the sale of the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg (Chicago, Illinois) photography collection in 2014, Clars’ is once again pleased to be offering well over 300 works by the world’s finest 19th and 20th century photographers from the Art Institute of Chicago and numerous other private collections. The impressive list of featured artists include Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernard, Edward Boubat, Bill Brandt, Brassai, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lucien Clergue, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Michael Disfarmer, Robert Doisneau, Harold Eugene Edgerton, Walker Evans, Roger Fenton, Johan Hagemeyer, Todd Hido, Lewis Wickes Hine, Gertrude Kasebier, Michael Kenna, Andre Kertesz, Clarence John Laughlin, Nathan Lerner, Leon Levinstein, Jim Marshall, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Inge Morath, Willy Ronis, Sebastio Selgado, Aaron Siskind, W. Eugene Smith, Ralph Steiner, Alfred Stieglitz, Marion Post Walcott, Carleton Watkins, Todd Webb, William Wegman, Brett Weston, Edward Weston as well as many others.

Clars.ClarsWTRichardsIrishCoastAmong the many fine art categories that will be highlighted in Clars Important September 20th Auction are marine paintings from the late 19th and early 20th century. One of the significant offerings will be an oil on canvas titled, “On the Irish Coast (1893),” by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905). Estimated at $40,000-60,000, this painting clearly shows the artist’s mastery in the genre of marine art. In 1866, Richards traveled to England where he immersed himself in studying and perfecting the structure of waves and the effects of weather on the sea and shore. He later moved to Newport, Rhode Island where he continued mastering this style.

A beautiful and tonal painting titled, “Fishermen on the Docks,” by Armin Hansen (1886-1957) is estimated at $20,000-40,000. Painted in the 1920s, the painting also has a visible oil sketch of boats on the reverse side of the canvas. Hansen, a native of San Francisco, is most recognized for marine subject matter and his dramatic use of light. With aspirations to see the world, he become a deck hand on commercial ships and ventured to Germany for traditional training in the studio arts. After his studies overseas, he returned to Northern California to become a famous instructor at University of California, Berkeley and continued vividly painting the relationships between man and sea. Another maritime highlight is a historically relevant oil on canvas by William Coulter (American, 1849-1936) titled, “Bay Scene (San Francisco)” which is being offered at $8,000-12,000. Coulter’s depiction of this bustling Northern California city’s shipping industry with its schooners and square-riggers that sailed in and out of the Golden Gate will surely be a must-have for collectors of this genre. Lastly, a dramatic watercolor of a ship under full sail passing through rough seas by Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973) titled, Signaling, is estimated at $15,000-20,000 and will round out the fine maritime paintings that will be offered.

Clars will be offering the ‘best of the best’ in 19th and 20th century American landscape painters from the East Coast on September 20th. Among the important works to be offered comes one from David Johnson (American, 1827-1908) with the painting titled, Hudson River Scene, estimated at $15,000- 20,000. This oil on canvas is a classic example of the artist’s work and demonstrates his knowledge as a painter who was well aware of this beautiful upstate New York area. As a second generation Hudson River School artist, his work shows his skills at capturing the rich foliage of the area. Another East Coast artist who captures the beauty and depth of light on the land and water is Alexander Harrison (American, 1853-1930). Harrison’s seascape, “Sunset Over the Bay,” emphasizes his brilliant style work in this oil on canvas which will be offered at $8,000 and $12,000. Harrison’s voyages to numerous coastal destinations, like the shores of New England and Florida, helped transform him into the noted seascape painter for which he is known today.

Clars.WigginsWallStreetThe painting, Path Through the Birches, by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902) demonstrates his ability to capture the essence of nature and is estimated at $8,000 and $12,000. Known as one of America’s best landscapists, Bierstadt does not disappoint with this detailed and enchanting work, emphasizing the peace and serenity of the great outdoors. Although an interior composition, the oil on canvas, Still Life with Fruit, by Paul LaCroix (American, 1827-1869) will also be featured on September 20th. Estimated at $10,000- $15,000, this still life is an exquisite demonstration of LaCroix’s detailed and harmoniously arranged mastery of this genre which he successfully brought back into the public’s favor during his lifetime. To round out the American landscape highlights is an urban cityscape titled, “Wall St. Winter,” by American Impressionist, Guy Carleton Wiggins (American, 1883-1962) which is a classic example of the artist’s most collectible subject matter – the snow-covered streets of Manhatttan. This oil on canvas board will be offered at $18,000-24,000.

Clars.LWHaleOfficerAmerican portraiture will be well represented in this sale. Lilian Westcott Hale (1881-1963) will be one of the highlighted artists in this category with a wonderful example that demonstrates her ability to bring both beauty and liveliness to her figures. The painting, Portrait of an Officer, with an estimate of $15,000-$20,000 is one such example. Her gift for incorporating great detail and dimension into her impressionistic style elevates her from other portrait painters of her time. Another staple artist in this highly collectible genre in American art is painter, Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933). His oil painting, Orientalist Portrait of a Man, which will be offered at $8,000-$12,000, and highlights his interests in diverse cultures. Tiffany was known, not only for his landscapes, which he perfected under the study of renowned landscapist George Inness, but for his studies and renderings of Islamic and Eastern lifestyles. Continuing in the category of remarkable portraiture is a painting by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) titled Portrait of a Lady, which will be estimated at $10,000- $15,000.  This oil on canvas is a wonderful example of Chase’s ability to capture fleeting moments and expressions and transfer them from reality to canvas. This painting, as well as several others, come to the sale from the Los Angeles Estate of Lizabeth Virginia Scott (1922-2015). Ms. Scott, known for her sultry voice, was an American film actress featured in numerous film noir movies during the 1940s and 1950s. Furthering the American offerings will be “Mexican Vaquero,” 1929, a gouache by Southwest artist, Maynard Dixon (American, 1875-1946), that is estimated to fetch $15,000-25,000.

Clars.PaulJenkinsEbbFlowA monumental watercolor by California Abstract Expressionist, Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012) titled, “Phenonena Ebb and Flow (1975),” will be offered at $20,000-$40,000. Francis was greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionist, as well as the Color Field Movements, including artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Clyfford Still. For a period of time Sam Francis was part of the Bay Area Abstract group that included Styll, Richard Diebenkorn and David Park but soon he broke away to develop his own unique, free flowing and luminous style. Another Abstract Expressionist is California Contemporary artist, Tom Lieber. (American, b. 1949). Lieber uses contrasting colors to give balance to his mesmerizing and beautiful pieces. His work, “Endow,” with an estimate of $10,00-$15,000, suggests symmetry through the horizontal and vertical divisions of his canvas, while simultaneously alluding to chaos with the use of erratic brush strokes.

Clars.GorhamSterlingDecorative Arts & Furnishings
Investment level furniture, decorative art and important special collections will be the focus of this category. Sterling will no doubt be the highlight as a Gorham .9584 silver Martele six piece hot beverage service, 1917, 404.60 troy oz. comes to the sale from the collection of Trotter’s Antiques in Pacific Grove, (CA). This remarkable set will be offered for $50,000-$70,000.

Among the special collections will be Western artifacts and weaponry coming from various important estates. In weaponry, an important pair of circa 1850 percussion pistols, from the collection of Trotter’s Antiques, is cased in a Clars.PercussionPistolsfit­ted Boulle style box. Bearing Belgian hallmarks, this pair was likely finished in Paris, France and will be offered for $25,000-$35,000. A Colt .38 caliber 1877 ‘Lightening’ revolver, with matching serial numbers 08188, carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000, and a pair of Tatham & Egg cased flintlock muff pistols, circa 1810, is expected to fetch $2,000-$4,000. Custom Western saddles have assumed their place in the world of collecting and Clars will be offering a handmade silver mounted saddle, executed by Circle Y Saddlery, that is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Turning to the Native American collection, baskets will be offered including a three rod Washoe degikup basket, attributed to Lillie Frank James, Antelope Valley, circa 1925, 5”, that will be offered for $6,000-$8,000. Also to be offered will be a 19th century Hawaiian koa wood poi bowl with several indigenous repairs, that is estimated to achieve $3000-$5,000.

A wonderful collection of several carousel horses will be offered. Among the highlights will be a carved and painted carousel horse by the C.W. Parker Company, which is estimated at $3000-$5,000.

Rounding out this category will be a fine selection of antique furniture including a circa 1770 American Queen Anne flat top highboy, executed in highly figured tiger maple, that is estimated at $6,000-$9,000. An impressive selection of table lamps by Handel, Pairpoint and Wilkinson nicely conclude the investment quality offerings in Decorative Arts and Furnishings.

Clars.ChineseHuanghualiChairsAsian Art and Antiques
A collection of Chinese Qing dynasty export porcelain (including chargers, vases, and serving vessels) from the estate of Richard Melon Scaife will be among the highlights of the Asian category. Furthering the porcelain offerings will be a Chinese four panel folding screen inset with famille verte porcelain plaques depicting various village scenes that will be offered for $5,000-$7,000.  A pair of Chinese enameled porcelain plaques featuring various legendary figures along with name cartouche and colophon, are estimated to sell for $2,000-$4,000.

In furniture, a pair of Chinese huanghuali hardwood armchairs in official’s hat style from the 20thcentury will be offered for $15,000-$25,000.  A huanghuali and mixed wooden Southern official’s hat armchair carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Jewelry and Timepieces
Diamonds, rubies and jadeite will dazzle collectors on September 20th. A Ceylon ruby, diamond and 18k white gold ring, (ruby weighs 3.23 cts.), will be offered for $18,000-$25,000. A jadeite, diamond and platinum ring follows closely behind with an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.

In important timepieces, a Lady’s Patek Philippe Tiffany & Co. Golden Ellipse diamond and 18k yellow gold wristwatch is expected to achieve $14,000-16,000. A Gentleman’s Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Oyster Perpetual 18k yellow gold and stainless steel wristwatch will be offered for $7,000-$10,000.

Clars Auction Gallery’s Important Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th , 2015. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, September 18th from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 am and by appointment. A complete catalog will be available online one and one-half weeks prior to the sale. For more information, please visit or email:

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.

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Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Since 2001, Clars Auction Gallery has sold over $150,000,000 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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