Oakland, CA – On Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 2015, Clars Auction Gallery concluded their impressive 2014-2015 fiscal year with a major Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale that earned $1.8 million, the second highest September sale for the firm. Overall, the fiscal year realized $17.5 million, the second highest in their history.
The Fine Art
As a whole, photography from the Art Institute of Chicago was the overwhelming favorite amongst collectors and dealers of the Fine Art categories on September 20th. Following the overwhelming success from the sale of the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg (Chicago, Illinois) photography collection in 2014, Clars offered well over 200 works by the world’s finest 19th and 20th century photographers from the A. I. C. that amounted to a cumulative total of $150,300 for the day with many more to be offered in auctions in October and January. Works by Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernard, Bill Brandt, Brassai, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evan, Lewis Wickes Hine, Gertrude Kasebier, Michael Kenna, Andre Kertesz, Clarence John Laughlin, Sebastio Selgado, Aaron Siskind, Marion Post Walcott, William Wegman,
Brett Weston, Edward Weston as well as many others, outperformed their estimates. One example was a gelatin silver print titled
“Aboard the Cressida, South Pacific,” 1932, by Walker Evans (American, 1930-1975. This photograph was expected to sell for $700 to $1,000 but achieved an impressive $4,150. “Photography was in a bit of a lull a few years ago,” remarked Clars Director of Fine Art, Rick Unruh. “But now we are seeing a resurgence with lots of momentum as of late, making it one of the strongest mediums in the art market.”
Among the other notable works of fine art offered, an oil on canvas titled “On the Irish Coast,” 1893, by William Trost Richards (American 1833-1905) earned $29,750. In sculpture, the top seller was a bronze by Diego Giacometti (Swiss, 1902-1985) titled “L’autruche,” that sold solidly within estimate for $27,370.
Decorative Arts & Furnishings
It was the case of the “dueling bidders” that drove a pair of circa 1840 French dueling pistols to the impressive price of $27,370. Cased in ivory and silver percussion, the dueling pistols were attributed to Devisme and came to the sale from the collection of Trotter’s Antiques, Pacific Grove CA
Overall contemporary furniture continued to sell very well. An outdoor patio set comprised of two Chaise lounge, two armchairs and ottomans and occasional table, sold collectively for by Walter Lamb sold for $17,800. And in lighting, an early 20th century Wilkinson leaded glass table lamp sold well for $5,350.
Asian Art and Antiques
In the Asian offerings, the highest price achieved was on this pair of Chinese huanghuali official’s hat armchairs from the collection of a diplomat who purchased them in the early 1990’s. This set sold for nicely over estimate at $29,750. It was a Chinese silk scroll painting in the manner of Tang Yin (Chinese, 1470-1524) that defied all pre-sale estimates, however. Expected to sell for $400 to $600, this scroll sold for an astonishing $19,040! Also achieving over 10 times high estimate was a Chinese brown ground uncut dragon collar in excellent condition that sold for $14,300.
Jewelry and Timepieces
And as always at Clars, the estate and fine jewelry offerings are always exceptional. The top jewelry lot at this auction was a jadeite, diamond and platinum ring that achieved $16,600. A unique Art Deco diamond and platinum convertible necklace/two bracelets sold for $11,350 and an emerald (2.48 cts), diamond, platinum and 18k yellow gold ring earned over $10,000.
Clars Auction Gallery’s will kick-off their 2015-2016 fiscal year on Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th, 2015 with their Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, October 16th 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.
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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.
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.
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