Significant and Rare works by Gustav Klimt, Frederick Kensett, Paul Sawyier, Rembrandt and Warhol to be presented at Clars’ Important November 18th, 2018 Sale

07 Nov

John Frederick Kensett
“Beverly, Massachusetts”

Oakland, CA – 17 & 18 – November 2018 –, Clars Auction Gallery will host a very important sale on November 18th that will feature impressive and rare works by both American and European artists. Also to be presented will be exceptional works in sterling, art glass and a number of special collections.  Clars November 2018 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will bring to the market investment level property across all categories from prominent California estates, museums, private institutions and special collections. Following are highlights to be presented.


Paul Sawyier
Kentucky River Scene

Late 19th and early 20th century American paintings will be well represented at the November 18th Auction. Frederick Kensett (American, 1816-1872) is one of the most respected painters of the Hudson River School, a 19th century American art movement by a group of landscape artists whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism and the meticulous beauty of nature in the Northeastern United States. Between 1859 and 1872, Kensett produced over thirty paintings of the North Shore of Massachusetts, then a popular vacation spot for Bostonians. Clars is pleased to be offering one of these rare paintings titled Beverly, Massachusetts (1863), for $60,000-90,000.

Gustav Klimt
“Im Lehnstuhl sitzernd von vorne,
beide Unteratme aufgestutzt”

Having set the highest record price for a watercolor by the artist ($54,450 in February 2018), Clars will again be featuring another spectacular watercolor by Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917).  Titled Kentucky River Scene, this work will be offered with an estimate of $20,000-40,000.

Rare works by European artists will also be presented at this sale. Headlining this category will be a beautiful black chalk drawing by the Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). This work, having belonged to the late Jerome Snyder, American illustrator and graphic designer, who was best known for his position as Sports Illustrated’s first art director, depicts Klimt’s most famous patron, Adele Bloch Bauer.

Klimt created two paintings of Bloch-Bauer in 1907 and 1912, both of which were commissioned by her husband Ferdinand Bloch. Several of his female figures are believed to have been modeled after Adele, including his most celebrated work, The Kiss. The drawing, which will be sold at Clars on November 18th, is one of Klimt’s studies of Adele for the 1907 painting, The Lady in Gold. This significant work will be offered for $50,000-$70,000.

Lynn Chadwick
“Maquette V Winged Figures”

NOTE: While Klimt did several studies for his painted works, it’s important to note that many are held in private collections and museums and rarely come to auction.

In the European sculpture category, a bronze sculpture by Lynn Chadwick (British, 1914-2003) titled Maquette V Winged Figures (1968), will be offered for $30,000-50,000. Chadwick was a prominent abstract sculptor who followed in the steps of Henry Moore in depicting monumental works of the Human Figure.

One of the most sought after mediums by collectors are the small (3 x 3 inch) kinetic, wood paintings from the early 1960s by Yaacov Agam (Israeli, b. 1928). Clars is pleased to be offering one of these meticulously executed works titled Red Movement(1962), for $30,000-50,000. (Provenance: Prominent Atherton, CA estate)


Yaacov Agam
“Red Movement”

Highlighting the prints and multiples category will be Andy Warhol’s Mao (1972), a screenprint of the iconic image of the Chinese Communist party leader, considered to be the most famous person in the world at the time. The image Warhol used for his 10 screenprints is the official portrait of Mao Zedong, which was illustrated on the cover of Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, or, The Little Red Book—which was comprised of the foundations of Maoist ideology. Mao’s image, first popular in political propaganda in China, and then popular in America following Nixon’s visit to China, follows Warhol’s cult of celebrity in these highly stylized portraits. This work will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-50,000.

Dark Cake (1983), a woodcut by Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920), will also be served up during Clars’ impressive print and multiples offerings with an estimate of $25,000-35,000.

Andy Warhol

Rounding out the print sale will be Robert Longo’s (American, b. 1953) Gretchen (1984), from his pivotal Men in Cities series with an estimate of $12,000-16,000; Pablo Picasso’s (Spanish, 1881-1973) Fumeur III (1964), estimate: $10,000-15,000, and Rembrandt’s (Dutch, 1606-1669), The Virgin and Child and Cat and Snake (1654), estimated at $15,000-20,000.


Investment level sterling silver will be featured prominently at this sale. A top example is the impressive and important pair of American sterling silver candelabra that was designed by George Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co., 1902-1907. The candelabra will be offered with an estimate of $35,000-55,000.

Wayne Thiebaud
“Dark Cake”

Another major offering will be a Tiffany & Co. French silver and enamel gothic style table clock, attributed to Lucien-Clement Steiner, estimated at $15,000-20,000.

Exceptional works from Tiffany Studios, New York, will also be presented. A leaded glass table lamp in the Dogwood pattern will be offered for $25,000 – $35,000. [PHOTO 10] A second leaded glass table lamp carries an estimate of $10,000-15,000. There will also be a patinated bronze tobacco humidor, having a volcano crater top, estimated at $8,000-12,000, and a Turtleback desk lamp, in the “Zodiac” pattern, carries an estimate of $6,000-9,000.

An impressive assortment of art glass from renowned designers will be offered. By Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), his Persian cobalt and vermillion art glass sculpture, carries an estimate of $8,000-12,000. By John Littleton (American, b. 1957) and

Rembrandt Van Rijn
“The Virgin and Child with Cat and Snake”

Kate Vogel (British, b. 1956) the art glass sculpture titled BAG Explosion 2004, will be featured as well as Cacto Complimento, 2001 by Flo Perkins (American, b. 1951). (Collection Provenance: Prominent Atherton, CA estate.)

Coming to this sale from the same important Atherton (CA) estate is a collection of contemporary furniture. A David Marks inlaid dining table, 1994/95, will be offered for $8,000-12,000. A custom walnut Tavolo Trastevere Wave Leaves table, executed in 1999 by L. Rossi, carries an estimate of $6,000-9000.

There will also be a fine selection of Native American and Pre-Columbian artwork. A highlight of this collection includes a fine early 20th century Northwest California coiled basketry bowl, Pomo or Coastal Miwok.

Tiffany & Co.
Sterling silver candelabra

For numismatists, a selection of coins will include a complete Whitman album, 1878 – 1886, Morgan silver dollars, valued at $6,000-9,000, and a California Historical Society 1855 $50 gold Kellogg commemorative restrike S.S. Central America coin.

Musical instruments will also be presented. Highlights include a Wittmayer Bach harpsichord and Kohler & Campbell and Chickering grand pianos.

For art book collectors there will be a large selection of 19th and early 20th century as well as Modern art books and catalog raissones. The proceeds from this collection will go to benefit the Friends of the Menlo Park Public Library. The entire collection is estimated at $25,000-45,000.


Beautiful jewelry featuring diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other gems, will be offered. Of note will be a garnet, diamond and 18k

Dale Chihuly

white gold ring, a ruby, diamond and 18k yellow gold ring and a pear-cut diamond white gold wedding ring set with the center diamond weighing 1.45 cts.

Of particular interest for collectors will be an extraordinary collection of stickpins in multiple designs sporting everything from rubies, diamonds and even arrowheads.


Highlighting the Asian offerings will be a Chinese calligraphy in the manner of Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) as well as the handscroll Prunus. A Chinese scroll in the manner of Chen Shaomei (1909-1954), Arhats, will be presented as well as the scroll Horse, in the manner of Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953).

David Marks inlaid dining table

In furniture, the highlights include a Chinese overlaid wood screen featuring various scholars items and antiquities; a Chinese marble mother-of-pearl inlay chair and two Japanese two-section Tansu chests.

Rounding out the top offerings will be a wide selection of Chinese porcelain and jade items plus numerous offerings of fine Chinese snuff bottles.

Of Special Note Coming In December 2018 – On December 16th, 2018, Clars will be presenting The Lotus Pond, an ink and color on paper by Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983). This work will be offered with an estimate of $200,000 – 300,000. (Provenance: Featured on the back cover of the May 10-31, 1970, exhibition catalog at Laky Gallery, Carmel, CA)

Clars’ Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday November 17th and 18th, 2018. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, September 16th from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 am and by appointment the week prior. A complete catalog is available online prior to the sale. For more information, please visit or email: [email protected]

Bidding for Clars’ auctions is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online at and through and 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 over $105,000,000 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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