Oakland, CA – On Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, 2015, Clars Auction Gallery will host their very important Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale. Contributing to what will be a significant investment level buying opportunity will be important works by Edward Willis Redfield, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Clars and property from the very notable estates of Christian deGuigné IV and Richard Mellon Scaife.
Clars Auction Gallery is pleased to announce that they will be offering the impressive painting, “Boothbay Garden,” by the New Hope, Pennsylvania artist, Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965). Edward Willis Redfield is known as one of the great American Impressionist painters. While spending time in France in the 1890’s studying painting, Redfield was introduced for the first time to the French Impressionists, including Claude Monet. This time in France had a profound effect on Redfield, who used what he observed during his stay abroad to bring a fresh perspective of landscape painting to his home in the New Hope area of Pennsylvania. Abandoning portraiture and figure painting because of his time and influence from France, Redfield switched his focus to the great American landscape. It was this switch that solidified Redfield’s place in the canon of art history. Even at the time he was working, it was well known amongst his peers that what he was creating was special, as can be seen in the July 1915 issue of Arts and Decoration, the artist Guy Pène du Bois, writes, “The Pennsylvania School of Landscape Painters, whose leader is Edward W. Redfield, is our first truly national expression…It began under the influence of the technique of French Impressionists. It has restricted itself patriotically to the paintings of the typical American landscape.” Redfield’s dedication to capturing the landscape eventually led him in 1903 to the Boothbay Harbor area of Maine where he created some of his greatest jewel toned paintings of the spring and summer months on the American coast.
Enamored with the Boothbay Harbor area, Redfield eventually purchased a cabin there, and spent the majority of his summers in this community. It was in the Boothbay Harbor area, that Redfield’s painterly brushstrokes and bright colors blossomed on the canvas, just as the surrounding atmosphere also awakened with bursts of color in the spring and summer months. Working en plein air and abandoning his studio, Redfield let nature dictate his painting, flushing his canvases with the feverish brush strokes and heavy impasto he became known for in order to catch the fleeting moments of nature. This quick and heavy application of paint can be seen in Redfield’s handling of the piece, “Boothbay Garden.” The thick application of the paint swirls on the canvas with surges of color in blues, purples, pinks, and reds, framing the sailboat on the water in the distance. The beauty of the early 20th century American landscape is depicted in this painting, as the viewer finds themself engulfed in Redfield’s offering of an unruly and abundant garden. “Boothbay Garden,” has been in private hands for the past 47 years, since the Newman Gallery exhibition, “Redfield Retrospective of Oil Paintings, October 23 – November 30, 1968,” from which the painting was acquired. This quintessential summery painting of rich color and dense impasto will be sure to pique the interests of collectors interested in Redfield’s paintings of the Boothbay Harbor area, with an auction estimate of $150,000-$250,000.
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (Aborigine, 1932-2002) is considered to be the most conceptually and technically advanced Aboriginal artists, as well as a national treasure, in his native land of Australia. His work commands pride of place in virtually every Australian public Institution and he is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon among collectors. Geologist, scientist, and explorer, Peter Los, travelled for more than two decades of Possum’s life path right alongside him. In the process, Los collected some of Tjapaltjarri’s finest iconic works, such as the impressive, acrylic on Belgian linen titled, “Love Story at Ngarlu (1991),” which is being offered at $175,000-$225,000. Recognized for achieving the highest U.S. price to date on a work by the artist ($131,000 for “Possum Dreaming” in February 2014), Clars is pleased to be offering four of these rare paintings from Mr. Los’ collection in tribute to Tjapaltjarri’s place as a master of the “Dream” genre in the international marketplace.
Born in China, Yun Gee (American/Chinese, 1906-1963) arrived in San Francisco in 1921 where he settled near Chinatown. A gifted artist, Gee enrolled at the California School of Fine Art and was mentored by Otis Oldfield and Gottardo Piazzoni. In particular, Oldfield’s Cezanne-like style of geometric, color fields greatly influenced Gee. He soon developed an artistic style all of his own called “diamondism” which was composed of colorful, fragmented forms. In 1926, Gee soon became a prominent member of the San Francisco avant-garde art scene forming “Modern Gallery” with several other artists dedicated to abstraction. Clars will be offering one of these rare paintings from his 1926 period, “Untitled (Figure with Feathered Hat),” estimated at $30,000-50,000. This vibrant oil on board exemplifies Gee’s style at the peak of his career and is a ‘must have’ for collectors of this artist.
Robert Motherwell, Willem De Kooning, Mark Rothko, Phillip Guston, and Alexander Calder were just a few of the artists that represented the circle of New York friends of Adja Yunkers (American/Latvian, 1900-1983). Often overlooked, Yunker’s importance to the New York abstract art movement in the mid-20thcentury is long overdue. Represented by some of the most important Manhattan galleries in the 1960s and 70s, Yunkers work can be found in numerous global museums and private collections. Offered at $12,000-$16,000, the largest painting ever to be offered at auction (77 x 64.25 inches) titled, “Bal Des Pendus II (1977),” is a deep and textural composition that has the exceptional provenance of coming directly from collection of one of the artist’s daughters.
The Contemporary category will be highlighted by R.B. Kitaj’s “Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta,” 1997-2000, a charcoal and pastel on paper drawing of the famous Cone sisters of Baltimore. The Cone sisters created one of the greatest collections of modern art in America as they purchased works from Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and their contemporaries with the guidance of their friend and fellow collector, Gertrude Stein. Throughout their lifetimes the Cone sisters amassed a huge collection from places as far as Asia and Africa, eventually donating it all to the Baltimore Museum. Kitaj’s beautiful and interesting painting of the two sisters is one of the works highlighted on Kitaj’s page on the Royal Academy of Arts website. This important work, which was acquired by the current owners from Marlborough Gallery, London, will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Clars is very please to have been selected to represent property from the magnificent 16,000 sq. ft. estate of Christian deGuigné IV in Hillsborough (CA). Count Christian deGuigné I, born of French nobility, came to California in 1879 and was soon engaged to Mary Katherine Parrott. Her father, John Parrott, was a Gold Rush pioneer who amassed a mega-fortune through banking, landholdings, quicksilver mining, and ranching. Using investments from his father-in-law, the Count established the Stauffer Chemical Company and co-founded the Leslie Salt Company (the worlds largest solar evaporation plant for the production of salt), further expanding the family’s fortune. For almost 100 years, the deGuigné family has been known worldwide for their extravagant collecting of fine art and antiques. *
To be offered on November 15th from this estate will be an oil on canvas by Norton Bush (American, 1834-1894) titled “View of the Tropics,” 1888. This work will be offered for $12,000 to $18,000. (During the Saturday session, 50 works from the deGuigné estate will also be offered.)
Decorative Arts & Furnishings
The Decorative Arts category will also be highlighted by select historic property from the Christian deGuigné Estate. Coming from this estate will be rare books and documents including a Committee of Vigilance of San Francisco membership certificate of Charles Nahl, the stone lithograph by Britton & Rey, S.F., that will be offered for $3,000-$5,000, as well as an important signed letter by Samuel Colt, dated September 7, 1836, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Property from the Ligonier estate of Richard Mellon Scaife will also be featured at this sale. Among the highlights from this collection will be a George II mahogany triple-fold harlequin games table, circa 1740, which will be offered for $3,000-5,000.
There will be a selection of investment level furniture, including a pair of Arthur and Lucia Mathews, Furniture Shops, carved oak and polychrome decorated armchairs, each valued at $8,000-$12,000. Highlights also include a pair of John Henry Belter, New York, American Rococo Revival Laminated and Carved Rosewood Side Chairs, executed in the Tuthill King pattern, circa 1850, estimated to achieve $6,000-$8,000, and a Herter Brothers, New York, giltwood and polychrome decorated diminutive slipper chair, late 19th century, 29.5”h, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. In addition, this category will also feature a range of Modern furniture offerings including a Carlo Bugatti (Italian, 1856-1940) plant stand, executed in vellum, ebonized wood, and hammered copper, estimated at $6,000-$9,000, and a Ib Kofod-Larsen lounge chair, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
There will also be a grouping of Dirk Van Erp studios, San Francisco, hammered copper “Warty” vases, the most valuable estimated at $5,000-$7,000. And in sterling offerings of note will be a Donald Colflesh (American, born 1932) for Gorham Manufacturing Co., sterling silver, ebony and formica three piece tea set from the “Circa ‘70” series valued at $5,000-$7,000.
During the exceptionally large Saturday session, a big collection of eastern US flint arrowheads from the California Academy of Sciences will be offered as well as a unique mid-19th century surgeons tool case.
Asian Art and Antiques
The Asian offerings will be highlighted by a Chinese brocade brown ground jifu robe, late Qing dynasty, woven
with nine five claw dragons, that will be offered for $3,000-$5,000. A Thai gilt lacquered bronze figure of a seated Buddha, is expected to achieve $1,500-$2,500 while a selection of Chinese furniture from the late 19th/early 20th century will include two hardwood chairs carved with meandering dragons.
Jewelry and Timepieces
Rounding out this exceptional sale will be a Gentleman’s Rolex Day-Date President 18k yellow gold wristwatch that will be offered for $7,000-$10,000. For the ladies, a most elegant emerald, diamond, platinum and 18k yellow gold ring, (fine emerald weighs approximately 2.48 cts., flanked by emerald cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.90 cts.) will be offered for $8,000-$12,000. For those who prefer sapphires, a platinum ring centered by a 22.75 cts. violet blue star sapphire, surrounded by diamonds, is expected to achieve $5,000 – $8,000. A natural pearl, diamond, platinum and silver necklace is estimated to sell for $3,000 – $5,000.
*Christie’s Auctioneers will hosting a sale of other property from the deGuigné estate in Spring 2016 in New York.
Clars Important Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th , 2015. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, November 13th 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 www.clars.com or email: [email protected]
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