Oakland, CA, 14 & 15 November 2015 – Clars November 2015 sale of Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale achieved an impressive $1.845 million with Fine Art offerings leading the sale earning just over $1 million. Decorative Arts & Furnishings performed strongly as well propelled by Property from the Christian deGuigné IV Collection and The California Academy of Sciences.
“The very notable fine art results were fueled by the level of works offered and numerous outperformers throughout the course of the sale,” commented Rick Unruh, Vice President and Director of Fine Art at Clars.
The premier offering in this category was the impressive painting, “Boothbay Garden,” by the New Hope, Pennsylvania artist, Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965), regarded as one of the great American Impressionist painters. The art community took notice of this work that had been held privately for the past 47 years. Bidding opened at $75,000 and quickly escalated to a final sale price of $190,400.
Several works offered resulted in final sale prices that far exceeded their presale estimates. Among these exciting outperformers was an oil on canvas board by Samuel Isham (American, 1855-1914). Titled “An Afternoon Tennis Match,” this work was expected to achieve a high of $2,000 but sold for over 8 times its estimate for $16,600. A work by Abby Oakes (American, 1823-1898) earned over 5 times its high estimate of $2,000. Her oil on canvas titled “Hudson River Boating Scene (1859),” sold to a collector for $11,900. Nearly tripling its high estimate was “Evening Wind on the Island,” an oil on canvas board by Helen Thomas Drange (American, 1866-1940) that earned an impressive $14,280.
Continuing the “well over estimate” trend of the sale was an oil on canvas by Martha Walter American, (1875-1976). “Ladies at the Beach was offered for $20,000 – $30,000 but sold for $38,675. Woodcuts by M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972) more than tripled their low estimates. A set of four woodcuts by this artist soared to a group total of $36,890. “Blue Mountain Vista,” an oil on canvas by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), significantly surpassed its high estimate achieving $24,990 and America’s most loved comic strip, Peanuts, grabbed the hearts of the bidders. By Charles Schulz (American, 1922-2000) his nine-panel pen and ink drawing, “Peanuts” – Sunday comic strip (1958) sold for nicely over high estimate at $35,700.
Rounding out the strong results in the Fine Art category was “The Egyptian Dancer,” 1867 by Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguiere (French, 1831-1900). This bronze sculpture sold for just under high estimate at $24,990. An oil on board by Yun Gee (American/Chinese, 1906-1963), a prominent member of the San Francisco avant-garde art scene, depicting a Figure with Feathered Hat 1926, achieved $17,850 and Alexei Konstantinovich Korovin (Russian, 1897-1950), Paris à Nuit, an oil on paper (mounted), was offered for $10,000-15,000 but sold nicely for $16,600.
Decorative Arts & Furnishings
The Decorative Arts and Furnishings offerings were highlighted by the strong results of the initial offering of Property from the Christian deGuigné IV Collection which realized a total of $130,900. During the Saturday session, a circa 1912 Wurlitzer Coin Operated Orchestrion, was offered for $2,000 to $4,000. Presale interest fueled the opening bid to $5,500 and quickly escalated to the impressive final sale price of $14,280. Among the other notable sales from this collection were two Continental carved figural sculptures which depicted Jesus on the cross that sold for just over $5,000. An early 19th century English porcelain floral encrusted covered urn brought $5,950 and a Russian icon realized $4,462. Among the historical documents that came from the estate was a Gold Rush era Committee of Vigilance of San Francisco membership certificate of Charles Nahl which sold for near high estimate at $4,460 and an important signed letter by Samuel Colt, dated September 7, 1836, that brought $4,165.
A featured attraction from the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, was a collection of patinated bronze figural sculptures which were designed by Thomas John Kent and installed in 1923. Each depicted seahorses and were original to the Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park. This collection sold for a total of $40,519.
Clars offered a selection of lighting including a Tiffany Studios New York patinated bronze and favrile glass chandelier, executed in the Moorish taste, first quarter 20th century. Estimated to achieve $8,000 – 12,000, this chandelier was among the outperformers of the sale realizing $17,850. In addition, a Tiffany Studios, New York, patinated bronze counter-balance desk lamp, realized $8,925.
Moving onto furniture, a Carlo Bugatti (Italian, 1856-1940) plant stand, executed in vellum, ebonized wood, and hammered copper, sold for well over its high estimate for $14,280. A pair of Arthur and Lucia Mathews, Furniture Shops, carved oak and polychrome decorated armchairs, performed well with a combined total of $17,255 and a Herter Brothers, New York, giltwood and polychrome decorated diminutive slipper chair, late 19th century, sold nicely for $5,355.
Sir Isaac Newton presented a particular surprise at this sale. A marble bust, after Godfrey Keller’s 1702 “Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton,” depicted a youthful face and curled wig. Expected to earn $2,000 on the high side, highly competitive bidding soared the final sale price to $11,305.
Jewelry and Timepieces
The jewelry offerings realized its fair share of strong prices and outperformers. Topping this category was a diamond and 14k white gold ring centering a round brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 4.62 cts. which sold for $13,090. Selling for over high estimate was a tanzanite, diamond and 14k white gold ring that fetched $5,950. Also performing for well over estimate was a lot of five diamond, pearl, enamel, platinum, silver-topped and yellow gold stickpins executed in delightful shapes of birds and animals. Expected to achieve $300 – $500, this lot earned $2,975.
Asian Art and Antiques
Rounding out the November sale was the Asian Art category. The highlights here were two Chinese mother-of-pearl inlaid settees with a scene of figures and landscape along with elaborately carved dragon arms which surpassed high estimate selling for $3,570. A Chinese woven brown ground jifu from the late Qing dynasty, with nine five-claw dragons, sold for $2,678 and a Chinese gilt and patinated bronze tripod censer with a lion finial on the lid fetched $4,462.
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Clars next Important Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 23th, 2015. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, December 11th from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 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 www.clars.com or email: [email protected]
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