Major Work Attributed to Zhang Daqian to Headline Clars Important December 17th 2017 Sale

07 Dec

Highlights in Asian Art and Antiques

December 16-17, 2017 – Oakland, CA

Chinese Album, attributed to Zhang Daqian

Chinese Album, attributed to Zhang Daqian

Clars is once again honored to present works attributed to Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983) at auction. On December 17th, Clars will offer Album of Still Lifes. This ink and color on paper consists of eight painted pages that include subject matters such as flowers, fruits, and vegetables, each with colophon bearing signature and seal and some bearing the collector’s seal ‘Dingshan zhen cang’ (Chen Dingshan, 1897-1987). This work will be offered with an estimate of $50,000 – $70,000. (Clars presented a collection of eight scrolls by Zhang Daqian at their June 2017 auction. Offered with an estimate of $200,000 – $400,000, the scrolls commanded the exceptional price of $2,827,000).

Chinese Porcelain Plaques, Fang Zhenji

Chinese Porcelain Plaques, Fang Zhenji

Chinese Huanghuali Mixed Wood Cabinet

Chinese Huanghuali Mixed Wood Cabinet

Another highlight in this category’s offerings will be a Chinese hanging panel inset with four porcelain plaques, each etched and highlighted in black pigment.  Each bears the signature ‘Houci, Fang Zhenji’ as well as the seal ‘Fang Zhenji’ or ‘Houci’. These will be offered with an estimate of $15,000 – $25,000.

A Chinese six-panel overlay decorated lacquered screen featuring various scholar’s items will be also offered for $12,000 – $16,000.

A collection of highly desirable Chinese huanghuali furniture will be presented. This collection includes an elaborately carved clothing cabinet estimated at $15,000 – $25,000. In addition, horseshoe back armchairs, a wine table, a low table, a settee with lattice back rail and arms, will each carry an estimate of $10,000 – $15,000. (Provenance: from the collection of a colleague of Edward Gerber (Reno, NV.) from whom Clars sold an important collection in 2014.)

Rounding out the impressive Asian offerings will be a selection of Chinese textiles including Qing dynasty dragon robes, embroidered and brocade robes for winter and summer; a Chinese kesi woven tapestry of celestial beauties plus silk pouches and sachets.

From Japan will be a lacquer writing box from the Edo period. The box features peonies heightened with mother-of-pearl inlay, bearing the signature Korin (Ogata Korin, 1658-1716) and Hoetsu seal.

Our 2-day December 2017 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces & Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th, 2017. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, December 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.

Bidding 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.

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