Oakland, CA – Clars Auction Gallery will host one of their most important and largest Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Art auctions of the year on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 15,16, 17, 2014. The upcoming three-day event will feature significant investment level offerings in all categories and bidding on this event is expected from collectors worldwide.
Contemporary prints will be some of the highlights in the Clars’ November 16th sale with two stand-out works by Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) and Ed Ruscha (b. 1937). Diebenkorn’s “Red-Yellow-Blue,” a color etching with aquatint and drypoint from 1986 highlights the sale with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. This print was a collaboration for the Bay Area abstract expressionist and figurative artist with the celebrated Crown Point Press in San Francisco, CA.
A second important print being offered will be Ed Ruscha’s iconic “Pepto-Caviar Hollywood” from 1970. In the late 1960’s Ed Ruscha began working with Cirrus Editions and Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles to experiment and push the limits of traditional printmaking by integrating unconventional liquid materials into his prints. By 1970, Ruscha turned his attention to the Hollywood sign with an edition that incorporated his interest in radical new materials and printmaking. “Pepto-Caviar Hollywood” was created by Ruscha in 1970 and masterfully expresses the Janus-faced nature of Los Angeles, through the unique and peculiar media of Pepto-bismol, caviar and lithography. By using caviar, Rusha comments on the high-end posh lifestyle of Los Angeles and, with the mass-produced digestive aide, we note a culture that is commercially saturated and superficially tinted. This important print will be offered at $20,000 to$30,000 Proceeds from the sale of this work will go to funding the “Delaplane Scholarship,” which provides scholarships for graduate students of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
Modern sculpture will also play a dominant role with a large monochromatic wall-piece by the artist Louise Nevelson. The work, which is untitled from 1957 is one of Nevelson’s wall pieces created the year before Nevelson’s work was collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York—making Nevelson an important artist in the canon of 20th century American sculpture. This piece has the monumentality of Nevelson’s work, and with a linearity that echoes her connection and importance to the abstract movement. This important work will surely be one of the most impressive works offered with an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.
A painting by Odd Nerdrum is an exciting highlight of Clars’ November 16th auction and is a significant work of historical importance. The Norwegian figurative painter is most well-known for founding The Kitsch Art Movement, and wrote two seminal texts on the subject entitled On Kitsch in 2000 and Kitsch – More than Art in 2011. In Nedrum’s painting ‘’Twins’’ the artist creates a suspenseful moment, where a figure armed with a spear encroaches on young twins peering over a primordial pool in an otherwise barren landscape. Loaded with allegory, we see Nerdrum’s two main influences, Rembrandt and Caravaggio referenced in the palette and mythological subject matter. The artist’s processes is time-intensive, creating less than ten works a year, making this a unique moment to acquire a work at auction at the attractive estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.
Another highlight will be an exceptional portrait by William Aikman (British, 1682-1731), “Portrait of Maestro, Giovanni Bononcini (Italian, 1670-1747),” that carries with it a remarkable provenance from the Collection of Leopold Mozart. (Estimate: $90,000 to $130,000) The painting was commissioned from the Scottish portraitist William Aikman (1628-1731) on March 17, 1724 by Lady Grisell Hume Baillie (1665–1746), wife of George Baillie (1664–1738), a Presbyterian Whig who was the heir to the estates of Jerviswood in Lanarkshire and Mellerstain in Berwickshire. The sitter is the Italian cellist and composer, Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747), whose popularity rivaled that of George Frederic Handel. The painting was one of the many gifts given to Wolfgang Mozart during the family’s London tour, which lasted from April 1764 to July 1765. The portrait wasshipped directly from London to Salzburg, where it awaited the family’s return in 1766. There the portrait would hang on the wall of Leopold Mozart’s residence at 9 Getreidegasse, until 1773 when the Mozart family moved to a larger residence on Salzburg’s Markartplatz. The Aikman portrait was displayed in this residence until Leopold’s death in 1787. Although gifted to Wolfgang, the Aikman portrait remained the property of his father and was amongst the many items of Leopold Mozart’s estate, which were divided into two collections. First there was his historically important collection of memorabilia centered on his famous son and daughter, which included the Aikman portrait, as well as various other items such as portraits of the children, snuff boxes and knives with golden blades. This veritable treasure trove of objects went to Leopold’s friend and former landlord, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer. The second part of the estate was sold at a public auction 100 days after his death, consisting mostly of household items that had limited or no historic value. The collection of memorabilia was retained by members of the Hagenauer family and their descendants for four generations, eventually winding up in a barn in Bologna around the time of the Second World War.
Leading the important 17th through 19th century Dutch painting genre is an outstanding church interior scene by Daniel de Blieck (1620-1673). In this intimate painting measuring 10 by 15 inches, the artist’s use of perspective, line and geometry is nothing short of mastery. Here seven figures quietly meander through the fantastical space in the evening hours—some huddling in hushed conversation with a loyal pup trailing nearby, while others engage in the space with action and purpose, pulling our eye to notice a beautiful hand-carved door or the incredible irradiance of a glowing chandelier. This painting comes the collection of the virtuoso dealer in Dutch art, Jacques Goudstikker, and was exhibited at The Legion of Honor of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. (Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000)
One of the most collected artists of the renowned painters of The Hague School, Bernard Blommers (1845-1914) is most admired for the tenderness in which he depicted the lives of the Dutch working people. In this 19th century painting entitled, “The Tryst,” Blommers selects as his subject an affectionate yet endearingly humble moment between a young couple. Here a woman attends to her knitting, mindful of and loyal to her work even in the midst of a flirtation, while her obliging suitor, walking stick in tow, gazes upon her. Oscillating between sentiment and humility, Blommers exquisitely captures the romanticism of Dutch working class at the turn of the 20th century. (Estimate: $7,000 to $9,000)
Rounding out the category of Dutch genre painting are elegant examples of still life and portraiture. A 17th century still life of various flora is represented by the work of Simon Verelst (1644-1771). Elegant red, rose and white hues explode from the pictorial ground with a realism that beguiles the senses. Meanwhile, moving into the 19th century, an exceptional portrait painting by Isaac Israels (1864-1934)–known as the Master of Dutch Impressionism—depicts a portrait of a brown-eyed, dark haired beauty wearing a fashionable white hat. The petit young lady meets the viewer’s gaze straight-on with the confidence and air of woman owning her privileged birth-right in the golden age of a European capital. This work also hails from the storied gallery of Jacques Goudstikker (Amsterdam, NL). (Estimate: $15,000 to $20,000)
In the American 20th century portrait category, a large painting by Henry François Farny (1847-1916) titled, “Self Portrait in Mexican Cowboy Attire (1894),” will be featured. Originally from France, Farny was known for his paintings of the American West which often featured Native Americans in their dramatic landscape environs. A large robust individual, physically, Farny depicts himself in period attire in this reflective portrait from 1894 estimated at $60,000 to 80,000. Another artist born in Europe (Germany), who also came to America to go West, was Carl Rungius (1869-1959). Rungius excelled at painting, and perfecting, scenes of Western wildlife and their surroundings. One example is, “Mountain Vista with Grizzly Bear,” estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. This panoramic, yet colorful, scene captures one of nature’s most magnificent animals with a crisp blue sky and snow-capped peaks in the background. Heading South, Robert Wood’s (1889-1979), “Texas Bluebonnets (1943),” offered at $20,000-30,000, is a perfect example of one of the artist’s vibrant oils on canvas depicting a vast field of this beautiful wildflower.
One of the highlights of the sculpture category is by French sculptor, Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). “La Joueuse de Boules (The Ball Player),” 1902, estimated at $22,000-28,000, is a playful gilt bronze featuring a classically posed nude. Italian artist, Marino Marini (1901-1980), exemplifies simplicity of form in his abstract equestrian sculptures such as in the bronze, Untitled (Testa di cavallo), which is being offered at $12,000 to $16,000.
The Davis School of California is also a feature of Clars’ November with prints by Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Peterson and Robert Arneson. There are also three original works on paper by Roland Peterson (an iconic landscape from 1959); Robert Arneson (an energetic mixed media portrait from 1980 entitled “In Search of the Asian Gilda #2”); and William T Wiley (a playful ink and watercolor from 1972 entitled ‘’Fort Prank Playback’’)—forming an impressive presentation of The Davis School, who is concurrently enjoying an institutional exhibition at The Oakland Museum of California entitled, Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, now through April 2015.
Furniture & Decorative Arts
Important investment level furniture will highlight this category’s offerings. An impressive Emile Galle bedroom suite is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000. In addition, a collection of Warren Platner furniture consisting of two ‘1725’ Easy chairs and ottomans will be offered (each estimated at $3,000 to $5,000), and a dinette set (Estimate: $5,000 to $7,000). Also to be offered will be a Philip and Kelvin Laverne bronze low table, depicting stylized Modernist figures, that is estimated to achieve $10,000 to $15,000.
Among the important Ethnographic offerings will be a monumental poi bowl (calabash), 18th century, with scattered indigenous repairs, 14”h x 18.5”w, that is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.
In decorative furnishings, works by world renowned masters will include an ormolu mounted kingwood and Vernis Martin vitrine, attributed to Francois Linke, Paris, circa 1905, that is estimated at $18,000 to $22,000. Also to be offered is a collection of porcelain including two Berlin porcelain plaques estimated at $12,000 to $16,000, and a large KPM plaque depicting Moses, which carries an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.
Sterling highlights will include a Dominic and Half and Gorham flatware, service for twelve in the King’s pattern, consisting of 133 pieces, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.
Asian Art & Antiques
Headlining the Asian art category will once again be furniture. Clars is excited to be presenting various collections of huanghuali furniture. Included are about eight lots from the collection of an American diplomat who acquired the pieces from Asia in the early 1990’s. From another source, we are offering a huanghuali and hardwood table for the game of mahjong with an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000, and a set of eight huanghuali and hardwood side chairs, each with a woven seat, will be offered at $120,000 to $140,000. Also to be offered will be a selection Himalayan items from the Gerber estate of Reno (NV) including various thankga and carved manuscript covers.
Jewelry & Timepieces
Fabulous jewelry and timepieces will be up for bid at Clars in November. The reigning highlight will be a pair of diamond and platinum hoop earrings, G. Arzilli, Italy, set with rectangular step cut diamonds totaling approximately 36.50 cts. (Estimate: $20,000 to $40,000)
Two stunning Art Deco bracelets will attract jewelry collectors worldwide. The first is an Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet, French, set with old European cut diamonds totaling approximately 22.80 cts. that caries an estimate of $18,000 to $25,000. The second is an Art Deco sapphire, diamond and platinum bracelet, French, Bouchet, centering an oval sapphire weighing approximately 18.10 cts., with diamond accents totaling approximately 6.00 cts., (Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).
Two rings of importance both carry an estimate of $12,000 to $14,000. The first is a diamond and 14k yellow gold solitaire ring, highlighting a round brilliant cut diamond weighing 5.09 cts. The second is a diamond and 18k yellow gold ring, featuring an oval brilliant cut diamond weighing 2.77 cts.
Patek Philippe will be the highlight of time pieces offered. An Art Deco enamel and diamond Lapel watch, Circa 1925, is expected to achieve $8,000 to $12,000.
Clars Auction Gallery’s Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will be held November 15th, 16th , and 17th. Fine Art, Jewelry and Decoratives Auction. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday and at 1:30pm on Monday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, November 14th from 1pm to 6pm and 9am, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:30 am and by appointment. A complete catalog will be available online one and one-half weeks prior to the sale.
Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.
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