Oakland, CA, 20 & 21 – February 2016 – Clars Auction Gallery’s important February 20 and 21, 2016 Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale will offer historic and contemporary investment level property from several major estates and collections. Among these are the John S. Meade Estate (Piedmont, CA), The Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL), The James Willis Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Trotter’s Antiques (Pacific Grove, CA). This impressive two-day event will attract collectors and buyers worldwide.
The Fine Art
Clars is pleased to be offering a collection of fine French and American paintings in their Important February 21st 2016 auction. One such piece is the oil on canvas titled, “Eglise de Chatou” by Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883-1955), which is a classic example of the artist’s work. Utrillo was known for painting Parisian street scenes, as well as the countryside encompassing the city as his subject matter. His unique style of using bold, rich colors with strong black contours have made his landscapes of buildings and streets most desirable among collectors. Accompanied by impeccable letters of authenticity, this painting will be offered at $60,000-90,000. Another important French artist from the collection of the John S. Meade Estate is seascape painter, Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898).
Boudin became known for his marine scenes with figures and boats along the French shores and is considered one of the earlier French plein-air Impressionist painters. The oil on panel titled, “Beach Scene,” also estimated at $60,000-90,000, epitomizes Boudin’s delicate brush strokes and atmospheric style. The artist, Albert Marquet (French, 1875-1947), continued in the tradition of Impressionism after Boudin. Marquet often painted views of the Seine in Paris, as well as the harbors of Rouen, Le Havre and Marseilles. His scenes were depicted with a light palette of grey and black brushstrokes with subtle hints of color that conveyed a rainy or misty atmosphere often with reflections on the water. One such example that will be offered at Clars on February 21st is his oil on canvas titled, “Boat Basin,” estimated at $30,000-50,000.
Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) was one of the most respected painters of the Hudson River School, a 19th century American art movement led by a group of landscape artists whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism and the meticulous beauty of nature in the Northeastern United States. Cropsey was one of the elite first generation masters of this group with his richly colored canvases depicting the season he favored most as his subject matter – Autumn. The bucolic fall scene painting of birds in flight titled “Mallards on the River (1886),” will be offered for $40,000-60,000. Clars would also like to thank the generosity of the Newington-Cropsey Foundation in New York for recently authenticating this painting. Edward Moran’s (American, 1829-1901), ”A Shipwreck (1860),” is another important 19th century American painting that will be offered for $20,000-40,000. Listed in the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), this dramatic seascape has both important museum as well as gallery provenance making this an ideal acquisition of the genre.
Always a favorite, Clars is once again pleased to offer four paintings by Wolf Kahn (American/German, b. 1927). The largest of the works is an oil on canvas titled, “Bullock Farm (1977),” an impressive and vibrant landscape by the artist which carries an estimate of $25,000-35,000. An early painting titled, ““Julie London with Orange,” by California photo-realist, Ralph Goings (American, b. 1928) will be offered at $20,000-40,000. A gift to the current owner from the artist, his bright and playful piece from the 1960s will surely attract admirers.
In addition, a rare woodcut by M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972) titled, “Day and Night (1938),” from the collection of Professor Kurt Servos (Menlo Park, CA), epitomizes the artist’s use of linear illusion with light and dark patterns. This classic example will be offered for $20,000-40,000.
Lastly, from noted San Francisco Bay Area artist Arlene Elizabeth Cathey (American, b. 1956) will be her mixed media/fiber work titled “Oprah,” 2011. Created from 7,200 origami cranes, this work was originally commissioned by a colleague of Ms. Winfrey’s to be a presentation piece upon her departure from the network. While the commission was ultimately cancelled, Cathey completed this work, personally printing each individual crane with archival ink and paper then folding each sheet with the Japanese story of 1,000 cranes. Measuring 69.5”h x 58.5”w, this striking piece will be offered for $2,000-4,000. Cathey began working with cranes as a way to heal and come to terms with the acts of 9/11, and continues to use this form of art and ritual to honor positive influences rather than focus on the negative.
The Decorative Arts & Furnishings
A Chinese triple fusee, rosewood and bronze mounted bracket clock with automaton, will no doubt be the highlight of the offerings in this category. Estimated to achieve $50,000-70,000, Clars set a new world record in February 2015 on another Chinese triple Fusee and gilt bronze bracket clock with automaton when it achieved $270,000. Also to be offered this month is a George III double fusee bracket clock by Elicott, London, that is estimated at $4,000-6,000.
Among the other highlights to be offered in this category will be a large and significant ethnographic collection from the James Willis Gallery of San Francisco, CA. Willis has been collecting tribal art since 1955. His extensive knowledge in this genre led him to be appointed to four three-year terms on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee advising the President of the United States on property issues, and was a founding member of the Friends of Ethnic Art, San Francisco; as well as founder and first president of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association. Clars is very honored to have been selected to represent pieces of his collection at this sale. A focal point of the offerings will be a West African Baule Figure, which will be offered for $5,000-7,000. This figure is just one part of the offerings which include a much larger Southern California collection of tribal art. There will also be a collection of Native American art including Mono, Apache and Pima baskets and a large and important Hawaiian koa wood poi bowl (calabash), 18th century, which will be offered at $5,000-7,000.
Coming to the sale from the Birmingham Museum of Art will be a selection of exceptional porcelain highlighted by a pair of 19th century Sevres ormolu mounted porcelain, estimated to achieve $3,000 – 5,000. An 18th century Continental soft paste porcelain group includes a silver mount Saint Cloud sugar bowl that is estimated at $1,500 – 2,000. In addition, this collection will feature a fine selection of antique palace size Persian carpets and furniture.
Additional porcelains to be offered come from Trotter’s Antiques of Pacific Grove, CA. A rare Sevres style porcelain polychrome decorated candelabrum vase (Vase à Tête d’Eléphant), first half 19th century, and a Sèvres style porcelain pot-pourri gondole, also first half 19th century, are each estimated at $4000-6000. Also coming from Trotter’s Antiques will be a circa 1750 Queen Anne chest on stand estimated at $5,000 – 7,000.
A number of important Russian decorative art items will be offered. A Faberge Art Nouveau sterling charger, is estimated at $5,000-7,000; a trompe L’oeil silver cake basket by Khlebnikov, Moscow, 84, 1885, is also estimated at $5,000-7,000; an 11th Artel enamel decorated covered box and a sterling silver compote by Aleksandr Lyubavin (St. Petersburg, prior to 1896), both carry estimates of $3,000-5,000.
Turning to furniture, Modern and Studio examples will attract investment level buyers. Among these examples will be a sleek and sculptured Phillip Lloyd Powell New Hope table, circa 1970, with chip-carved walnut base and glass top that will be offered for $4,000-6,000. A music stand attributed to Sam Maloof is expected to fetch $4,000-6,000. Also to be offered will be furniture by other mid-century master designers including Eero Saarinen, Bruno Mathsson, and Knoll. Modern studio furniture highlights will also include a selection of pieces by Charles Cobb.
Additional decorative art highlights include a Jessie Preston (American, 1873-1942) four-branch “Lily” bronze candelabrum, and a pair of patinated bronze seahorses commissioned for the Old Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco, CA, each estimated at $4,000-6,000. Rounding out this category will be a Steinway Model M baby grand piano, 1914, expected to earn $10,000-15,000.
Asian Art and Antiques
In February, Clars will offer a fine selection of Chinese scholar’s items, jade carvings and toggles, and porcelain. Featured screen items include a Chinese three-panel screen inset with gilt decorated blue ground porcelain plaques painted with birds, flowers, mythical beasts and landscape that will be offered for $5,000-7000 and a Chinese enameled porcelain table screen depicting a scholar in a lakeside landscape, bearing signature ‘Tang Ying’ and reversed with a poem, which is expected to sell for $1,500-2,500. An assortment of beautiful Chinese silk robes from the 19th and early 20th century include a turquoise ground jifu dragon robe with nine gilt couched dragons, estimated at $3,000-5000 and a Daoist priest robe (jiangyi), the back embroidered with symbols of the cosmos on a blue ground, estimated at $1,500-2,500. Also to be offered is a set of 30 Chinese art books titled ‘Mingren shuhuaji’ (Collection of Paintings and Calligraphy by Notables), published by Shanghai Shangwu Yinshuguang in 1927/1928, with original wood box. This collection will be offered for $7,000-10,000.
Jewelry and Timepieces
Fine diamonds reign supreme in this category’s offerings. Headlining the sale overall based on estimate will be an absolutely stunning yellow diamond and 18k two-tone ring with center diamond weighing approximately 6.06 cts. This exceptional example in diamonds and jewelry will be offered for $70,000 to $100,000.
Also of note will be a Jadeite, diamond and 14k white gold ring to be offered for $18,000 – 25,000 followed by a shield-cut sapphire, diamond and platinum ring, (sapphire weighs 5.68 cts) that is estimated at $6,000-9,000.
Clars February 2016 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and 21st. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, February 19th from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 am and by appointment the week prior. A complete catalog will be available online one and one-half weeks prior to the sale. For more information, please visit www.clars.com or email: [email protected]
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