Important Collection of Latin American Art to highlight Clars Impressive September 16th & 17th Auction

07 Sep

Oakland, CA – 16 & 17 – September 2017 – On September 16 & 17, 2017, Clars Auction Gallery will wrap up their very successful 2016/2017 fiscal year with a sale of exceptional Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction. The sale will feature significant offerings across all categories with an important collection of Latin American art headlining this event.

The Fine Art

The extensive collection of Latin American art will be highlighted by works by Carlos Mérida (Guatemalan, 1895-1984). Of great significance is “El Tono,” one of the largest Mérida’s to ever come to market. This large-scale horizontal composition on handmade paper is certain to engage collectors of Mérida’s signature geometrical forms that come to life with an array of expressive colors. Mérida was part of the Mexican muralist movement in subject matter, but less so in style, favoring a non-figurative and later geometric style rather than using a figurative, narrative technique. This geometric way of painting had echoes in Brutalist architecture and sculpture and was also part of the movement towards an abstraction and linear arrangement in the second and third quarters of the 20th century. This important work will be offered with an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.

Carlos Merida
(Guatemalan, 1895-1984),
“En Tono Mayor,”
oil on panel,
30” x 91”

Rufino Tamayo
(Mexican, 1899-1991),
“10 oros de dibujo,”
1942, graphite on paper,
10.5” x 16”

There will be, in addition, an early surrealist graphite on paper of a woman by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991) titled, “10 oros de dibujo (1942),”, hitting the auction block with an estimate of $15,000-20,000, along with an impressive multi-colored landscape painting by David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1896-1974) estimated at $40,000-60,000. An ink on paper entitled “Three Peasants,” by Alfredo Ramos Martínez (Mexican, 1871-1946) will also highlight the Latin American section of Clars’ September 17th sale with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. This work, which depicts three Mexican workers filling barrels with the crops they had picked that day, was originally acquired by notable Ramos Martinez collector, Milton Holland. In 1967, Mr. Holland donated the work to the Triton Museum of Art (Santa Clara, California). The piece has been in the museum’s collection until now, and has been verified as authentic by Louis Stern and the Alfredo Ramos Martinez Research Project. The auction house is offering quite a few works from the Triton Museum.

David Alfaro Siqueiros
(Mexican, 1896-1974),
Mountainous Landscape,
oil on burlap canvas,
14” x 18”

The Latin American collection will also include impressive works, both original and prints, by José Luis Cuevas (Mexican, 1933-2017), Francisco Zúñiga (Mexican, 1912-1998), Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1913-1986), Felipe Castañeda (Mexican, b. 1933), and Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005).

Clars will once again be offering late 20th century Contemporary paintings, sculpture and ceramic works from prominent collector Allan Stone. Spanning half a century, this New York and San Francisco-based dealer amassed works by the most talented abstract and realism artists of their generation. Stone, who died in 2006, was known for having discovered and popularized many artists in the mid to late 20th century (one of which was artist Wayne Thiebaud having given him his first show in 1962). Important works by Robert Baribeau (American, b. 1949), James Havard (American, b. 1937), Dennis Hare (American, b. 1946), and others will be featured.

Decorative Arts & Furnishings

Large collection of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain tableware

There are several highlights in the Decorative Arts portion of the sale, including two extensive groups of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica, each valued at $10,000-15,000, and an early 20th century beautiful Louis Vuitton steamer trunk which will be offered with an estimate of $10,000-15,000.

To be featured prominently in this sale will be several major art glass pieces, fixtures and vessels. A Tiffany Studios, New York “Stalactite” chandelier is estimated at $15,000-20,000; as well as a Tiffany Studios ”Linenfold” table lamp and a Tiffany Studios favrile glass lamp which both carry estimates of $5,000-7,000, and a Dale Chihuly “Persian” blue art glass sculpture offered for  $4,000-6,000.

Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, early 20th century

Investment level Mid-Century Modern and custom designed furniture pieces will highlight the furnishing offerings. Of particular note is a ‘Table Torsade’ attributed to Diego Giacometti, impressed Diego, which is estimated to achieve $10,000 – $15,000, a pair of after Diego Giacometti “Tete de Femme” cast bronze floor lamps estimated at $4,000-6,000, and an Italian Mid-Century Ico and Luisa Parisi coffee table expected to sell for $10,000-15,000. Rounding out these highlights is a pair of Arne Norell (1917-1971) “Ari” lounge chairs estimated at $5,000-7,000.

There will be several Modern design furniture pieces in the auction, including a Mark Levin “Marylin Monroe” leaf hall table estimated at $4,000-6,000,

Tiffany Studios
“Stalactite” chandelier
with iridescent Favrile
glass shades

and an Enzo Bellini claro walnut dining table valued at $6,000-9,000 (one of several Enzo Bellini pieces to be offered). To be offered as well will be a collection of  specially commissioned pieces for a Menlo Park (CA) residence designed by India’s most noteworthy designer, Pinakin Patel.

Of great significance to certain collectors is a Stein and Goldstein middle row jumper carousel horse, circa 1908, last ridden at Waldameer Park, Erie, PA. (estimate $10,000-15,000) Several additional items that are perfect for the right collectors are a Mill Dewey 5 cent upright floor wheel slot machine valued at $10,000-15,000, and a Gypsy Genco Grandma 10 cent fortune teller, a rare pedestal model, is expected to bring $4,000-6,000.

Rounding out this category’s fine offerings will be a C. Bechstein, Berlin, Model B grand piano, circa 1971, and an antique Persian Kashan listed for $7,000-10,000, as well as many other fine carpets. A treasure trove of fine sterling silver pieces will be offered including a monumental Tiffany sterling silver trophy cup estimated at $6,000-9,000, and several George III holloware pieces. including a sterling silver soup tureen by Benjamin Smith, London 1816, estimated at $8,000-12,000.

Patinated bronze and plate glass
‘Table Torsade’ attributed to Diego Giacometti, impressed Diego

And coming from the Thomas J. Perkins estate will be a Gerald Wingrove 1:15 scale model of a 1930’s Bugatti Atlantic (EXK6) Type 57SC that will be offered for $5,000-7,000.

The Asian Art & Antiques
Over the past several years, Clars has consistently achieved exceptionally impressive results for Asian offerings, with numerous astonishing prices achieved on Chinese zhadou vessels. Anticipated to once again surpass all expectations in September will be a celadon glazed porcelain zhadou vessel with Yongzheng mark.  This piece is offered with an estimate of $50,000-70,000.

Stan and Goldstein Jumper circa 1908,
Last ridden at Waldameer Park, Erie PA

Other Chinese offerings will include a cloisonne enameled archaistic covered urn marked ‘Laotianli zhi’, and a selection of Chinese jade carvings, including various auspicious zoomorphs and mythical beasts, including a carving of a recumbent deer clasping a sprig of lingzhi fungus.

The highlights of the Japanese offerings include a silver koro censer, Meiji period, signed ‘Baio sen’ (estimate: $7,000-10,000) and a cloisonné lidded jar, enameled with butterflies and dragons on a black ground which is estimated to achieve $8,000-12,000.

Jewelry & Timepieces
The exceptional fine estate and antique jewelry offerings will be highlighted by a stunning ruby, diamond and 14k yellow gold bracelet laden with rubies totaling 15 cts is accompanied by a Gubelin Lab Gemmological Report. This incredible “bangle” will be offered for $15,000 – 20,000.

Chinese celadon glazed porcelain zhadou,
base with Yongzheng mark,

A sapphire, diamond and platinum ring, the sapphire weighing 4.5 cts. and accompanied by a GIA report, will be offered for $6,000- $9,000; plus there is a diamond, platinum-topped 18k yellow gold circle chatelaine-pendant-brooch, with total diamond weight of 5.50 cts; and the Rolex Cellini 18k gold wristwatch will catch the attention of those desiring to sport a fine timepiece on their hands.

Clars’ September 2017 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 16th  and 17th , 2017. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, September 15th  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]

Ruby, diamond and 14k yellow gold bracelet,
total ruby weight 15.00 cts.,
(accompanied by a Gubelin Lab Gemmological Report)

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 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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