Highlights in Decorative Arts & Furnishings – Clars November 19th, 2017 Sale

18 Nov

Oakland, CA – 18 & 19 – November 2017 – Clars Auction Gallery will present their monthly auction of Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction on Sunday, November 19th at their Oakland (CA) gallery and saleroom. This sale will bring to market important and rare works in Fine Art, numerous important special collections spanning historic to fashion and exceptional jewelry, both single pieces, and collections.

Highlights in Decorative Arts & Furnishings

Decorative Arts —

Framed hand written and signed legal briefing by Abraham Lincoln dated May 30 1855

Framed handwritten and signed legal briefing by Abraham Lincoln dated May 30 1855

The November sale will feature several exceptional special collections.

For historical collectors, Clars will be offering a framed handwritten and signed legal briefing by Abraham Lincoln dated May 30, 1855, that is expected to bring $6,000-9000.  Matthew Carey’s American Pocket Atlas, Philadelphia: Printed for Mathew Carey by Lang and Ustick, 1796 will be offered as will an impressive Russian historical archive relating to Spyridon Dionisevich Merkulov (1890-1957) businessman, Russian political and public figure, will be offered with an estimate of $10,000-15,000.

For lovers of couture and fine accessories, there will be a large collection of fashion during both the Saturday and Sunday sessions. Destined to bring strong interest will be two Hermes Birkin bags.

A fine collection of Native American art will also feature prominently in this sale highlighted by an antique Apache olla and a San Ildefonso blackware jar, signed Marie and Julian, 1928-1933.

An authentic Pre-Columbian Olmec baby

Pre-Columbian Olmec baby

A selection of Oceanic, African and Pre-Columbian art will also be offered, including a Senufo, Cote d’Ivoire, agriculturist’s staff from the collection of Maria Manetti Shrem and Jan Shrem. This piece will be offered for $8,000-12,000.  An Olmec, Mexico, figural sculpture of a baby, 2000BC-800BC, will also be offered as part of this collection.

Furnishings —

Greta Magnusson Grossman desk for Glenn of California

Greta Magnusson Grossman desk for Glenn of California

For modern furniture enthusiasts, this sale will feature several fine Mid-Century Modern and studio furniture pieces including a Greta Magnusson Grossman desk for Glenn of California, Sweden/USA, circa 1952, estimated at $7000-9,000. A Jack Rogers Hopkins sculpted low table will be offered for $8,000-12,000 and a Gabriella Crespi ‘Sculpture’ table, executed in brushed stainless steel, circa 1970, is expected to achieve $10,000-$15,000.  Concluding these highlights will be an Italian Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte “Pistil” centerpiece circa 1961.

Gabriella Crespi 'Sculpture' table

Gabriella Crespi ‘Sculpture’ table

Among the other important furniture pieces to be offered is an American Wooton ‘Queen Anne’ patent desk circa 1880, a17th century Flemish tapestry depicting the Alexander Party After the fall of Babylon, and a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, circa 1895, that is expected to sell for $8,000-12,000.  A Federal style mahogany tall case clock, retailed by Geo. C. Shreve and Co. San Francisco, CA, and having a Durfee movement, will also be offered.



Bidding for Clars’ auctions is available in person, by phone, absentee 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 10 years, 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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