Our Specialists and Staff

CEO and President Rick Unruh

Rick Unruh has been CEO and President of Clars since 2019 and Director of Fine Art since 2010. Under his leadership, Clars’ Fine Art Department has had numerous world auction records, as well as eight (8) consecutive record years of sales growth in the fine art department. Prior to this, Rick was an institutional equities trader with several international investment banking firms in New York and Paris. Rick has established numerous client relationships with affluent collectors, corporations, museums, galleries, and dealers both in the U.S. and Internationally. He has also been a regular guest commentator on Northern and Southern California’s PBS television.

Senior Vice President, Trust and Estates Directory, Furniture and Decorative Arts Deric Torres

Deric Torres is Senior Vice President of Trusts and Estates and Director of Furniture and Decorative Arts. Deric has been a part of the Clars team since 2009 and has brought to Clars many high level multi million dollar estates, including Thomas J. Perkins, Richard Mellon Scaife, the Spenger collection, and many other high profile estates including the Christensen estate which sold a rare Tiffany and Co. jade scent bottle which brought over $200,000. Deric is also responsible for bringing the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC and many other institutions to the gallery.

Associate Director, Asian Art Harry Huang

With over a decade of experience in the auction industry, Harry was previously the Head of Asian Art at Michaan’s Auctions and Fine Estate Inc. He holds a Master of Letters degree in Art History of China from Christie’s Education, London accredited by the University of Glasgow. Harry is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Coordinator, Asian Art Megan Ma

Megan Ma is the Asian Art Coordinator at Clars Auction Gallery where she coordinates consignments, manages Asian monthly sales, and provides pre-sale and post-sale assistance to consignors and buyers.

Senior Specialist, Fine Art Alexa Malvino

Alexa Malvino has been with the company since 2014. Ms. Malvino received her Master’s in Art History from San Francisco State University, with a focus on printmaking, along with her Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Visual Culture from University California, Santa Cruz. Today, she manages the print multiples, photography, and contemporary art sales at Clars. Alexa is also one of the auctioneers at the gallery.

Senior Specialist, Fine Art Erin Cabral

Erin Cabral is a Senior Specialist in the Fine Art Department at Clars. She has worked in the auction industry for over a decade beginning her career at Bonhams in San Francisco where she was a cataloguer then specialist in the California and Western Paintings and Sculpture department. Prior to joining Clars, Erin was the Fine Art Specialist at Fine Estate Inc. She has also worked in fine art galleries, most recently at Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. Erin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of California, Davis.

Associate Director, 20th Century Design, Furniture and Decorative Arts Cristina Campion

Cristina Campion is Associate Director of 20th Century Design, and the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Clars. Cristina has been with Clars since May 2012, and has a wide range of knowledge of furniture and decorative arts including both American and Continental ranging from the 17th-21st centuries. Cristina has handled numerous notable names in 20th Century Design, and specializes in Danish, American and Italian Modern. Ms. Campion has handled numerous prominent estates including Robin Leach, and is also an auctioneer at the gallery.

Senior Specialist, Furniture and Decorative Arts Elizabeth Dalton

Elizabeth Dalton is a Senior Specialist in the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Clars. Elizabeth has had over thirty years of auction experience in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Clars in 2019, Elizabeth headed the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department at Michaans Auctions where she was responsible for their Fine and monthly Estate auctions for fifteen years. During the 1990s Elizabeth worked at Butterfield & Butterfield as a Cataloguer and an Inventory Controller for Asian, Furniture and Decorative Arts departments. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Elizabeth worked as a curatorial researcher at Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington DC and in the Education Department at National Gallery of Arts during The Treasure House of Britain exhibit. Elizabeth received a BA in art history from University of Southern California and a postgraduate certificate from Sotheby’s Works of Arts, London.

Senior Specialist, Furniture and Decorative Arts Suzy Pai

Suzy Pai is a specialist in the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Clars. She has over 20 years’ experience in brick-and-mortar auctions and luxury online resale. Suzy began her career at Bonhams in San Francisco in 1999, and worked there for 17 years as a cataloguer, then specialist and auctioneer for the Decorative Arts Department. Prior to joining Clars, she was the Account Manager for Galleries for Sotheby’s online, and Luxury Manager for private consignors at The RealReal. Suzy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Boston University.

Director, Jewelry & Timepieces Lauren Della Croce

Lauren Della Croce, is a Graduate Gemologist and Specialist at Clars, where she manages the Jewelry and Timepiece sales. Ms. Della Croce is a Graduate of Gemology of Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey.

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Associate Specialist, Fine Jewelry Yao Jiang

Yao Jiang serves as the Cataloguer in the Jewelry and Timepiece department at Clars, where she is responsible for cataloguing property and actively assisting in appraisals and consignments.

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Coordinator, Jewelry & Timepieces Campbell Unruh

Campbell Unruh is the Fine Jewelry and Timepiece Coordinator at Clars. Prior to joining Clars, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2020 in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.

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