Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Collection and Important Asian Offerings to be Presented at Clars March 19, 2017 Sale

09 Mar

Oakland, CA, 18 & 19 – March 2017 – On Sunday, March 19, 2017, Clars Auction Gallery is honored to present the second installment from the collection of decorative arts and furnishings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), that is being deaccessed to benefit the Museum’s acquisition fund. The first offering of property from the Met was featured in Clars February 2017 sale, realizing over $280,000, with many of the pieces over-achieving their conservative pre-auction estimates. The second installment of Met property to be featured in March is expected to continue this upward trend and is anticipated to be a very exciting sale, with a wide array of furniture and decorative arts from the collection to be presented.

English mahogany tripod table

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) Collection

There will be several highlights of note coming to this sale including English furniture and decorative art stretching across a wide range of periods. Several tripod tables will be featured in the auction including an English mahogany tripod table, circa 1800, valued at $5,000-$7,000, and another George III mahogany tripod table, circa 1800, valued at $4,000-$6,000. Some earlier examples will be presented including an English walnut armchair, circa 1680, valued at $2,000-$4,000, as well as an English oak drop leaf table, 17th century with later elements, estimated conservatively at $2,000-$4,000. Also to be offered are two George III mahogany side chairs, a Queen Anne needlepoint upholstered ottoman and two George III inlaid mahogany Pembroke tables, each valued at $2,000-$4,000.

Moving along to the 19th century, several English Victorian items will be listed, such as a side cabinet, mid-19th century in black lacquer and papier-mache with mother of pearl inlay, estimated at $800-$1,200, and two similar side chairs valued at $800-$1,200.

Collection of English blue transferware

In addition, a collection of decorative art and porcelains will open the Sunday sale. A large collection of English blue transfer ware is sure to enliven the audience. With over 100 pieces presented, prices of the groupings will range up to $1,000-$1,500. Also sure to invigorate the early morning bidding is a collection of nearly 100 pieces of lusterware in several groupings plus several Staffordshire figurines, and 18th/19th century soft-paste porcelains including a Derby soft-paste porcelain group estimated at $800-$1,200.

A fine selection of  English samplers, dating from as early as the 18th century, will be

Selection of fine British samplers

offered. The collection includes a silk on wool needlework, dated 1790, that is adorned with a scenic illustration of a house beside a man harvesting fruit from a tree, and a woman with sheep and a dog. Another fine example, dated 1810, is decorated with a floral border centering a bucolic scene depicting a dog herding a flock of sheep, and is valued at $500-700.


Clars will be offering an exceptional selection of carpets including an important Antique Persian Serapi carpet, circa 1850. This carpet measures 12’5″ x 20′ and will be offered for $15,000-$20,000.  (Provenance:  Claremont Rug Gallery, Oakland CA). Also to be presented will be an Antique Turkish silk carpet circa 1870, measuring 5’10” x 4’5″which is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

In addition, of note to be be auctioned, is a 1929 du Pont rolling chassis having a bull nose grille and a Lycoming straight eight cylinder engine which carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Rounding out the eclectic collection of items is a large Civil War archive penned by and relating to Colonel Nelson B. Bartram, estimated at $2000-4000.  Bartram served in the Civil War for the Union as a Captain of Company “B” 17th New York Volunteer Infantry from May 1861 to June 1863 rising in rank to Lt. Colonel. He then served as Colonel of the 20th US Colored Troops & 55Th US Colored Troops, mustering out in 1865. The collection includes over 50 pages of letters.


Yu Youren
(Chinese, 1979-1964),
Two Page Calligraphy

The Asian art and antiques to be presented at the March sale will be particularly impressive with works by master calligrapher Yu Youren, (Chinese, 1979-1964), among the highlights of this category. Coming from the estate of a prominent Republic official, Clars has offered several works by Yu Youren over the past months with prices soaring well past expectations. To be offered in the March sale will be a calligraphy, ink on paper, a two-page essay that discusses various artists of the late Ming and Qing dynasties. This work is dedicated to his son Yu Wangde, dated 41st year of the Republic (=1952), and signed Youren. This important work will be offered with an estimate of $50,000-$70,000.

Also to be offered will be a group of Chinese soapstone seals of Yu Youren (Chinese, 1879-1964) and his son Yu

Zhang Daqian
(Chinese, 1899-1983),
Splashed Landscape

Wangde, including a mottled tan and russet hue, the shaft having a rounded top and one side incised with an inscription, followed by the carver’s name ‘Lu Peng’, underside carved ‘Guanzhong Yu shi’.  This group of seals is collectively estimated to achieve $30,000-$50,000.

Anticipated to draw international bidding will be an ink and color on paper titled Splashed Color Autumn Landscape by Zhang Daqian (Chinese 1899-1983). This work is estimated to achieve $30,000- $50,000. (Provenance: acquired from Wah Cheong Art Gallery, Hong Kong, circa 1980; private San Francisco collection)

Expected to perform well is an 18th/19th century Chinese jade vase. The short neck is decorated with acanthus leaves flanked by zoomorphic handles with mock loose rings, the flattened oval shaped body is carved with reserves of pine trees in relief. This vase will be offered for $20,000-$30,000.


Ivan Fedorovich Choultse
(Russian, 1877-1932),
Sunset Snow Scene

Important works by Russian artists will highlight the fine art offerings in the March sale. Topping the list will be an oil on canvas by Ivan Fedorovich Choultse (Russian, 1877-1932), Untitled (Sunset Snow Scene) which is expected to earn $20,000-$40,000.

From Russian artist Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov (1876-1945) will be Fishing Boats, an oil on canvas (laid down on board) that will be offered for $15,000-$20,000. And by Elie Anatole Pavil (French/Russian, 1873-1948), will be the lovely pastel titled Lady with Cocktail, estimated to achieve $10,000-$20,000.

Moving to western Europe, Ralph (Grandfather of Lady Chetwynd and Only Son of Ralph Moreton Esq.), 1787 by Joseph Wright (of Derby), (British, 1734-1797) is estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000 and from French artist Louise

Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov
(Russian, 1876-1945),
Fishing Boats

Renée Lacroix (French, 1890-1940), his oil on canvas titled Two Figures Painting in a Courtyard, 1924, will be offered with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

And finally in American works, following the enormous success from the February auction, Clars is pleased to be offering, yet again, another rare woodcut by Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975) titled, Silence/Last Twilight on an Unknown Lake, Jhonson (Johnson) Peak, High Sierra, California (1930), which will be offered at $4,000-$6,000. Also to be featured is an oil on board by Clayton S. Price (American, 1874-1950), Untitled (Wooded Clearing), which is sure to outperform its $6,000-$9,000 estimate.


Victorian 18k yellow gold micromosaic necklace

The spectacular designs of the Victorian and Edwardian period will highlight the jewelry offerings. An elegant Victorian 18k gold micro-mosaic necklace, circa 1850, will be offered for $5,000-$7,000. Following will be a stunning Edwardian diamond, platinum-topped 14k yellow gold pendant-brooch with diamonds totaling 1.80cts. (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000)

Rounding out the highlights in the jewelry category will be a pair of Elizabeth Gage sapphire, enamel and 18k yellow gold zodiac cufflinks that are expected to bring $900-$1,300.

Clars’ March 2017 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, 2017. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, March 17th 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 or email: [email protected]

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).

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