October Collections Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our October Collections Auction on October 13th. This sale will offer a splendid variety of art, jewelry, and furniture.

Asian Art

Highlights from the Asian Art department include a group of Chinese monochrome glazed ceramic bowls and vases from Song and Yuan dynasties, and Chinese export underglaze blue items from the Ca Mau shipwreck acquired from Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 2007.


(lot of 5) Chinese export Ca Mau shipwreck underglaze blue ‘boy on a buffalo’ spoon trays.
(lot of 5) Chinese export Ca Mau shipwreck underglaze blue ‘boy on a buffalo’ spoon trays.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Additionally, there will be a selection of Japanese works of art, such as two Edo era tanto daggers and various Meiji period metalwork vases.


A Japanese mounted tanto.
A Japanese mounted tanto.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts department will offer a collection for the discerning connoisseur, including 18th and 19th century furniture and rugs, such as a Francoise Linke table, a collection of Regency Chinoiserie furniture and a Palace Kashan carpet.


An F. Linke Gilt bronze marquetry circular table.
An F. Linke Gilt bronze marquetry circular table.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Russian bronze sculptures and decorative arts, including Czarist examples and Grachev Bros enameled flatware, will also be up for auction. In addition, there will be a group of modern and contemporary pottery and art glass, and a selection of cameras and lenses available.


A Russian Grachev Brothers flatware set.
A Russian Grachev Brothers flatware set.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department is excited to offer a selection of diamonds, colored gemstone gold jewelry, and timepieces in their upcoming October 13th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. To be featured in the sale are a nice selection of diamond jewelry, including a diamond and 14k white gold tennis bracelet, estimated at $4,500–$5,500, and a colorful gem-set 18k gold bracelet, estimated at $3,500–$4,500.


A gem-set 18k gold bracelet and a yellow, pink sapphire and 18k gold ring.
A gem-set 18k gold bracelet and a yellow, pink sapphire and 18k gold ring.
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life include items such as a diamond and 18k bi-color gold starburst pendant brooch, estimated $1,200–$1,800. This brooch is complemented by classic timepieces, including a Rolex two-tone Oyster Perpetual lady’s wristwatch, estimated at $2,000–$3,000.


A diamond and 18k bi-color gold brooch-pendant of stylized starburst design.
A diamond and 18k bi-color gold brooch-pendant of stylized starburst design.
Estimate: $1,200–$1,800

Fine Art

This month the Fine Art department is pleased to feature a number of works by contemporary and early California artists, including an oil on canvas painting by painter George Demont Otis. Otis first came to California in 1924, where he worked as a scene designer for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He later moved to San Francisco and eventually settled in Marin County. He is known for landscapes of central and Northern California scenes, often depicting eucalyptus trees and rolling hills. In the featured painting this month, titled Marin Redwoods, he depicts a grove of the California state trees with sunlight peeking in through the canopy.


George Demont Otis (American, 1879–1962) Marin Redwoods, oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″.
George Demont Otis (American, 1879–1962) Marin Redwoods, oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Another highlight this October is a large print by funk artist William T. Wiley. Wiley began his artistic studies at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and later taught at U.C. Davis alongside artists Roy DeForest and Robert Arneson. Wiley’s work has been the subject of major exhibitions, including showings at the 1980 Venice Biennial, the de Young Museum, and a retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The monumental woodcut print featured this month, titled Mr. Bones, features hand coloring by the artist. The piece demonstrates Wiley’s eclectic visual style, including sketchy, movement-heavy lines and text interspersed throughout, with a humorous, surrealist-inspired subject. Also to be featured this month are an important print by Roberto Matta, paintings by Guy Anderson and Arthur Grover Rider, sculptures by Squeak Carnwath, and much more.


William T. Wiley, (American, 1937–2021), Mr. Bones, 1989, woodcut with hand coloring, 74&#8243 x 23&#8243.
William T. Wiley, (American, 1937–2021), Mr. Bones, 1989, woodcut with hand coloring, 74″ x 23″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Bidding for Clars’ October auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

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In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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