Rare Asian Offerings Soar to Unexpected High Prices at Clars February Sale Plus Maurice Utrillo Oil Achieves $77,000

09 Mar


Chinese Longquan type ice-crackled brush washer
Sold for: $89,250

Oakland, CA, 20 & 21 – February 2016 – On February 20th and 21st, 2016, Clars Auction Gallery’s hosted their important Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale which experienced intense bidding, particularly from the Internet, on the investment level property from several major estates and collections that was offered. Overall, the sale performed with strength in all categories achieving $2.1 million but it was the Asian category that generated great surprises driving several lots to astonishing prices.

Asian Art and Antiques
The Asian category is always offered in the final session of Clars Sunday sales and, in perhaps the spirit of saving the most exciting for last, online bidders queued up for a fight to the finish on three lots in particular that came up for sale.

Chinese celadon wall vase Sold for: $77,350

Chinese celadon wall vase
Sold for: $77,350


Chinese turquoise gauze Jifu dragon robe
Sold for: $45,750

Among the first lots that were offered in this session was a Chinese Longquan type ice-crackled brush washer estimated to sell for $800 – $1,200. The bidding opened at $900 and the exhaustive battle of Internet bidders began driving the final sale price to an amazing $89,250!

Just six lots later, it happened again. A Chinese celadon wall vase with an apocryphal Qianlong mark was expected to achieve $1,000 – $1,500. The bidding opened at $500 and this time, it was competitive bidding from the floor, phones and Internet that drove the final price on this piece to $77,350.

Flash forward 20 lots and a Chinese turquoise gauze Jifu dragon robe, late 19th/early 20th century, blows past its presale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000 selling for $45,750. (This Jifu robe and the celadon wall vase came to the sale from a private Oakland (CA) estate.)


“Eglise de Chatou” by Maurice Utrillo
Sold for: $77,350

The Fine ArtBut all the excitement wasn’t reserved for the Asian category. The February sale offered a number of important works that experienced highly competitive bidding from the domestic and international markets.

Topping this category’s offerings was the oil on canvas titled, “Eglise de Chatou” by Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883-1955). A classic example of this artist’s work, it achieved an impressive $77,350.

Another highly anticipated offering was “Mallards on the River (1886),” by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900), who was one of the most respected painters of the Hudson River School. Bidding on this work opened at $20,00 but quickly escalated to a final sale price of $44,625.


“Mallards on the River (1886),”
by Jasper Francis Cropsey
Sold for: $44,625

A watercolor by John Marin (American 1870-1953) titled “Boats in a Harbor, 1927,” more than doubled its high estimate by selling for $28,650. Also doubling its estimate was a striking bronze sculpture by Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1913-1986) titled “El Nino,” which earned $23,800 fueled by highly competitive bidding. Earning $23,800 as well was 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). This “over estimate” trend continued with the oil on panel titled “View of a Lake,” by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902). Offered for $8,000 to $12,000, this work sold impressively for $21,420.


“El Nino” by Angel Botello
Sold for: $23,800

Also of significant note in this sale were four (4) works by Wolf Kahn (American/German, b. 1927) that cumulatively achieved $36,592; “Winter in Holland,” 1860, an oil on panel by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (Dutch, 1803-1862) sold very well for $19,040 and by Armand Palliere (Brazilian/French), 1784-1862) was his oil on canvas of Dona Amelia-Empress Consort of Brazil, circa 1828, which likewise achieved $19,040.

From the American Folk Art School (19th century) were two works which both achieved double their estimates. The first, an oil on panel of the steamer “Jonas C. Heartt” and the second, “Portrait of Jonas Coe Heart,” sold cumulatively for $17,255.

Rounding out this highly successful sale was the bronze sculpture by Evgeny Aleksandrovich Lansere (Russian, 1848, 1886) titled “Wealthy Merchant,” 1886 which sold for $17,850 and turning back to America, by Will Sparks (1862-1937), his oil on canvas titled “Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco, California),” went on to sell for $14,280.


George III double fusee bracket clock by Ellicot, London
Sold for: $35,700


Louis XV style Chinese porcelain presse papiers
Sold for: $5,562

The Decorative Arts
& Furnishings
Solid prices and some unexpected surprises fueled the excitement of the Decorative Art and Furnishings session. Topping this category was a George III double fusee bracket clock by Ellicot, London. Executed in the Chinoiserie taste, this clock was offered for $4,000 to $6,000. Grabbing the attention of serious collectors, spirited bidding drove the bidding well past estimate finally chiming in at $35,700.

A number of highly desirable offerings came from the Birmingham Museum Art. Among these was a late 19th century Louis XV style Chinese porcelain presse papiers that was expected to achieve $400 – $600 but quickly soared well past to sell for $5,562. Also achieving well over estimate was an exquisite Continental cut crystal-hanging candelabra that realized $8,925. Rounding out the highlights from the Museum was a circa 1900 Mahal carpet, West Persia, that sold very well for $6,454.


New Hope School low table by Phllip Lloyd Powell
Sold for: $7,735

The Modern furniture offerings attracted highly competitive bidding. Achieving almost twice its high estimate was a New Hope School low table by Phllip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008) which sold for $9,520. Also selling for over high estimate was a pair of easy lounge chair by Warren Platner (American, 1916-2006) for Knoll ‘1725’ which earned $7,735.

In sterling offerings, the highlight was the sale of a Russian .875 silver trompe l’oeil art basket by Ivan Khlebnikov, Moscow, 1885 which sold for nicely for $5,950.


sapphire, diamond and platinum ring sporting a center shield cut sapphire weighing 5.68 cts
Sold for: $5,355

Jewelry and TimepiecesAnd finally in jewelry and timepieces, sapphires and diamonds reigned supreme. Two rings took top spot in this category. The first was a sapphire, diamond and platinum ring sporting a center shield cut sapphire weighing 5.68 cts which sold for $9,520. The next was also a sapphire, diamond and platinum ring centering a cushion cut sapphire weighing 3.25 cts and surrounded by diamonds with total weight of 1.91cts. This stunning ring achieved $5,355.

A complete list of prices realized for the February sale is available at www.Clars.com.

Clars’ next Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th, 2016. 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]

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.

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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 and Twitter!

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