01 Apr

Antique Persian Farahan tree of life prayer rug, 2nd quarter 19th Century, executed with natural dyes, 6'1" x 4' (Provenance: From the Pittsburgh, PA estate of Richard Mellon Scaife)

Oakland, CA – On Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2015, Clars hosted their Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Antiques Auction. Highlighting this sale were continued offerings from the four Richard Mellon Scaife homes, property from the recently closed Thomas Livingston Antiques store and the stamp collection of the Herbert Morton Estate. Throughout the two days of the sale, several astonishing surprises were seen and overall, the sale generated $1.4 million, Clars second largest March sale in their history.

Once again, the offerings from the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate saw unexpected results, achieving far past high estimates. Of particular note was an antique Persian Farahan tree of life prayer rug from his Pittsburg (PA) estate. Estimated to achieve $2,000 to $4,000, once again, the demand for pieces from the Scaife collection drove the final sale price to $41,650.

U.S. and World Stamps from the Estate of Herbert Morton

The lifetime collection of U.S. and World Stamps from the Herbert Morton estate as well as gold and silver U.S. coins collection from another consignor, was expected to achieve over $100,000 in total. The over 100 exceptional examples of philately from this collection achieved at total of $85,950 and the coins cumulatively earned $88,952, both offerings far surpassing expectations.

Chinese celadon jade boulderThe Asian category saw incredible prices on several lots. The top seller in this category was a Chinese celadon jade boulder carved with children in landscape. Intense bidding drove the final sale price to $32, 725, well beyond it’s high estimate of $4,000. Continuing this trend, Chinese porcelain saw particular strength with a pair of late Qing/Republic period enameled porcelain fish bowls selling for $19,000 against their high estimate of $6,000. A folding screen with four porcelain plaques painted with various immortals and bearing the signature of Wang Qi, sold for $23,700 and a hexagonal cinnabar lacquer vase inset with enameled porcelain plaques, bearing a Qianlong mark on the base, finally went out the door for 24,900, far surpassing its $1,500 estimate.

Guy Carleton Wiggins (American, 1883-1962), "Wall Street," oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"Excellent performance was also seen in the fine art offered. Topping this category was the oil on canvas titled “Wall Street” by Guy Carleton Wiggins (American, 1883-1962). Selling for nicely over high estimate, this work achieved $14,280. A significant surprise was had during the Saturday session when “David,” an ink and ink wash attributed to Jean Baptiste Huet (French, 1745-1811) took the sale by storm. Offered for $1,000 to $1,500, competitive bidding continued to drive this work higher and higher, finally selling for $13,090.

Carved jadeite bead and 14k yellow gold necklaceRounding out the March sale were impressive prices on the jewelry and timepieces offered. Crowning this category was a circa 1995 Gentleman’s Rolex Daytona cosmograph 18k yellow wristwatch, ref. 16518, that sold for $11,300. But it was jadeite that would command a most unexpected price. A carved jadeite bead and 14k yellow gold necklace was expected to sell for $1,600 but heated bidding for this piece drove the final sale price to $9,500.

Clars Auction Gallery’s next Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday , April 25th and 26th , 2015.. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, April 24th 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. For more information, please visit  or email: [email protected]

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland, CA.  As the largest full service auction gallery in the Western United States, Clars has worked in partnership with Christie’s New York on several important collections.  Clars Auction Gallery has also been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country.

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Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Since 2001, 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, Twitter and Instagram!

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