Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

  • Estate Spotlight

This April, our auctions will feature a remarkable collection from the estate of Harvey Clar, the gallery’s founder. Mr. Clar’s collection includes exquisite Lalique pieces, fine porcelain, marble and bronze sculptures.


Harvey Clar
Harvey Clar.
A Royal Crown Derby assembled porcelain dinner service in the Old Imari pattern 1128.
A Royal Crown Derby assembled porcelain dinner service in the Old Imari pattern 1128.
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000
A Chinese celadon jade elephant figure.
A Chinese celadon jade elephant figure.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
A Daum Frères enameled cameo glass vase, 9.75″h.
A Daum Frères enameled cameo glass vase, 9.75″h.
Estimate: $1,200–$1,800
Attributed to Thomas Lawrence (British, 1769–1830), Untitled (Young Gentleman with Horse), oil on canvas, 36″ x 43″. Provenance: From the Estate of Harvey Clar (Orinda, California).
Attributed to Thomas Lawrence (British, 1769–1830), Untitled (Young Gentleman with Horse), oil on canvas, 36″ x 43″. Provenance: From the Estate of Harvey Clar (Orinda, California).
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
An Italian alabaster figure of a boy fishing by Lorenzo Corelli. Provenance: From the Estate of Harvey Clar.
An Italian alabaster figure of a boy fishing by Lorenzo Corelli. Provenance: From the Estate of Harvey Clar.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500
A Lalique clear and frosted glass model of a tiger, engraved factory mark and applied factory label, 9.5″ x 11″.
A Lalique clear and frosted glass model of a tiger, engraved factory mark and applied factory label, 9.5″ x 11″.
Estimate: $400–$600

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Property from the Estate of Professor Raymond Lifchez

Clars is pleased to offer the Art & Photography Collection from the Estate of Professor Raymond Lifchez who made a deep and lasting impact on teaching and advocacy for accessible design.

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes was a multifaceted talent, known as an author, newspaper columnist, and actress.

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Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

Meri Jaye was a renowned, San Francisco interior designer of passenger and cargo ships.

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Historic Frank’s Fisherman

Frank’s Fisherman, located on San Francisco’s waterfront, was established in 1946 and began as a chandlery for the bay area’s commercial fishing fleet.

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Contemporary Glass Collection

On March 21st, Clars will be offering iconic pieces from glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, and more.

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The Collection of Allan Stone

From 1960 to 2020, Stone had a prominent New York City gallery that was known for showing artists such as: Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Jack Whitten, and more.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Historic Frank’s Fisherman

  • Estate Spotlight

Frank’s Fisherman, located on San Francisco’s waterfront, was established in 1946 and began as a chandlery for the bay area’s commercial fishing fleet.


Frank’s Fisherman, San Francisco, CA, 1970s.
Frank’s Fisherman, San Francisco, CA, 1970s.
A scratch built ship model of La Flore Americaine in case, 55″ x 24.5″ x 45.75″.
A scratch built ship model of the frigate La Flore du Americana, by Jean Boudroit, mounted in glazed case, 45.75″ x 55″ x 24.5″.
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

For nearly five decades, Frank’s Fisherman was a cornerstone of Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1946, the store transformed under the ownership of 4th generation San Franciscan brothers, Ken and Ron Brown, who purchased the store in 1977. From then on, Ken and Ron began what became a lifelong passion for researching, collecting and selling maritime antiques. With a mission of maintaining a sense of history, the brothers remained an integral part of the Wharf for 47 years, focusing on important 18th and 19th century maritime and scientific antiques.


A massive scratch built paddle wheel steamship model ‘California, built by Tom Fordham (d. 2004), Scale 1/4″+1’.
A massive paddle wheel steamship model of the SS California, scratch built by Tom Fordham (d. 2004), scale 1/4″+1’, mounted in a glazed case, 37.5″ x 63″ x 19.25″. 
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000
Ken and Ron Brown, late 70s.
Ken and Ron Brown, late 1970s.

Renowned for their expertise, the brothers were a trusted resource for museums and private collectors alike. Their recent closure in February 2024 marked the end of an era, but their legacy lives on in their remarkable collection. The store featured an unusual mix of artifacts, making Frank’s Fisherman the destination spot on Fisherman’s Wharf for collectors and travelers from around the world. Clars is honored to present a curated selection from the Frank’s Fisherman collection in The Maritime Sale on April 18th.


A waterline ship model of Elin Maria in case.
A cased waterline ship model of the Elin Maria, 29″ x 44″ x 15″.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Highlights include an American carved eagle from New Hampshire, estimated at $4,000–$6,000; a Japanese silk and metallic thread commemorative embroidery of the U.S.S. Chattanooga, estimated at $2,500–$3,500; a waterline ship model of the Elin Maria in case, estimated at $6,000–$8,000; and a magnificent scratch-built paddle wheel steamship model of the ‘California,’ crafted by Tom Fordham (d. 2004) at a scale of ¼″ + 1′, estimated at $6,000–$8,000.


An American carved eagle.
An American carved folk art barn eagle, circa 1930.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
A Japanese silk and metallic thread commemorative sailor's silk embroidery: U.S.S. Chattanooga.
A Japanese silk and metallic thread commemorative sailor’s silk embroidery: U.S.S. Chattanooga.
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500

The Maritime Sale will also include a small collection of amusement park collectibles, featuring two iconic items from the legendary San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: an elephant animatronic character supporting a globe, and a whimsical larger-than-life paper mache head of a man/boy with large ears.


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Property from the Estate of Professor Raymond Lifchez

Clars is pleased to offer the Art & Photography Collection from the Estate of Professor Raymond Lifchez who made a deep and lasting impact on teaching and advocacy for accessible design.

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes was a multifaceted talent, known as an author, newspaper columnist, and actress.

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Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

Meri Jaye was a renowned, San Francisco interior designer of passenger and cargo ships.

  • Estate Spotlight

Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

This April, our auctions will feature a remarkable collection from the estate of Harvey Clar, the gallery’s founder.

  • Estate Spotlight

Contemporary Glass Collection

On March 21st, Clars will be offering iconic pieces from glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, and more.

  • Design
  • Estate Spotlight

The Collection of Allan Stone

From 1960 to 2020, Stone had a prominent New York City gallery that was known for showing artists such as: Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Jack Whitten, and more.

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Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

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Ms. Meri Jaye was a renowned, San Francisco interior designer of passenger and cargo ships, as well as the corporate headquarters for American President Lines.


Edward Moran (American/British, 1829–1901), New York Bay from the Battery, 1871, oil on canvas, 24.75″ x 42.75″. Provenance: Estate of Mérí Jaye (San Francisco, California).
Edward Moran (American/British, 1829–1901), New York Bay from the Battery, 1871, oil on canvas, 24.75″ x 42.75″.
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000

Ms. Jaye, who designed up on Lombard Street in San Francisco, CA, amassed a distinguished collection with a keen eye. She had a notable array of shipping related artwork, furnishings, ship models, and other artifacts related to the projects she worked on. Many of her pieces, acquired from reputable dealers in the 1960s and 1970s, haven’t been offered for sale in over 50 years. Property from the Meri Jaye estate will be offered in both The Maritime Sale on April 18th, and our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on April 19th.


Admiral Horatio Nelson (English, 1758–1868) autograph letter signed by Admiral Horatio Nelson (<q>Nelson & Bronte</q>).
Admiral Horatio Nelson (English, 1758–1868) autograph letter signed by Admiral Horatio Nelson (Nelson & Bronte).
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Pieces to be offered this April include a rare manuscript by Admiral Horatio Nelson, exquisite ship models, half-hull models, and unique nautical furnishings — like royal tiller yokes and ships’ tables. Among the treasures from her collection, we are thrilled to present a rare and breathtaking oil on canvas painting by the English-born American artist, Edward Moran (American/British, 1829–1901). Entitled New York Bay from the Battery, painted in 1871, this masterpiece is estimated to be valued between $20,000–$40,000. Moran began his artistic journey as an apprentice to landscape painter, Paul Weber in Philadelphia. He later established himself as a prominent marine artist in the United States, studying at the Royal Academy in London and setting up studios in Paris and New York City.


<em>Don Quixote</em>, Saavedra, Miquel de Cervantes. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
Don Quixote, Saavedra, Miquel de Cervantes. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Arguably, Moran’s most significant contribution lies in his series of thirteen Marine History paintings, capturing pivotal moments in American maritime history. The featured work in our April sale provides a captivating glimpse of New York City’s harbor, with its intricate composition portraying two small boats navigating turbulent waves in the foreground, amidst a backdrop of numerous ships entering the harbor.


HMS Bellerophon stern model in case with letter fragment stating that the model was made by a sailor on duty on the Bellerophon in 1815.
HMS Bellerophon stern model in case with letter fragment stating that the model was made by a sailor on duty on the Bellerophon in 1815.
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500

Another notable highlight from Ms. Jaye’s collection is a portrait miniature of Marie Antoinette by Pierre De Nolhac. It was published in London by Arthur L. Humphreys in 1905 and is valued between $600–$800. Other highlights include an HMS Bellerophon stern model in case with letter fragment stating that the model was made by a sailor on duty on the Bellerophon in 1815, estimated at $4,000–$6,000; and Don Quixote, printed by Don Joaquin Ibarra, estimated at $5,000–$7,000.


De Nolhac, Pierre. Marie Antoinette. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1905. Fine deluxe Cosway style binding with mounted portrait miniature of Marie Antoinette.
De Nolhac, Pierre, Marie Antoinette, London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1905. Fine deluxe Cosway style binding with mounted portrait miniature of Marie Antoinette.
Estimate: $600–$800

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Property from the Estate of Professor Raymond Lifchez

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes was a multifaceted talent, known as an author, newspaper columnist, and actress.

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Historic Frank’s Fisherman

Frank’s Fisherman, located on San Francisco’s waterfront, was established in 1946 and began as a chandlery for the bay area’s commercial fishing fleet.

  • Estate Spotlight

Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

This April, our auctions will feature a remarkable collection from the estate of Harvey Clar, the gallery’s founder.

  • Estate Spotlight

Contemporary Glass Collection

On March 21st, Clars will be offering iconic pieces from glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, and more.

  • Design
  • Estate Spotlight

The Collection of Allan Stone

From 1960 to 2020, Stone had a prominent New York City gallery that was known for showing artists such as: Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Jack Whitten, and more.

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The Collection of Allan Stone

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Clars is pleased to be offering over 70 works of art from the Collection of Allan Stone (by descent) on Thursday, March 21st in our Spring Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction.

Allan Stone.
Photo of Allan Stone.

From 1960 to 2020, Stone had a prominent New York City gallery that was known for showing artists such as: Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Jack Whitten, as well as, Barnett Newman, Richard Estes, Yasuhide Kobashi, Robert Arneson, Cesar and Dorothy Grebenak among many others.


Sylvia Lark (American, 1947–1990), China, No, 1987, oil on canvas, 60″ x 78″. From the private Collection of Allan Stone.
Sylvia Lark (American, 1947–1990), China, No, 1987, oil on canvas, 60″ x 78″. From the private Collection of Allan Stone. Note: Born in Buffalo of Native American and Italian-American heritage, Lark had exhibited in over 125 national and international group shows and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the University Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), the Oakland Museum, the Legion of Honor, (San Francisco), Bank of America World Headquarters (San Francisco), and ARCO Foundation (Los Angeles) among others.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
John Evans (American, b. 1945), <em>Beach Parking</em>, 1997, oil on canvas, 48″ x 52.25″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
John Evans (American, b. 1945), Beach Parking, 1997, oil on canvas, 48″ x 52.25″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Kazuko Inoue (Japanese, b. 1946), <em>Untitled (Red Squares)</em>, 2008, acrylic on linen, 32″ x 32″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Kazuko Inoue (Japanese, b. 1946), Untitled (Red Squares), 2008, acrylic on linen, 32″ x 32″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Derrick Guild (Scottish, b. 1963), <em>Onion, Sweet Potato, Beet</em>, 2004, oil on linen, 12″ x 22″. Exhibited: Allan Stone Gallery (New York, NY) <em>Derrick Guild: Pre-Ascension</em>, March 8–April 28, 2007. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Derrick Guild (Scottish, b. 1963), Onion, Sweet Potato, Beet, 2004, oil on linen, 12″ x 22″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Harry Bowden (American, 1907–1965), Interior, 1942, oil on canvas, 10.13″ x 8.13″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Harry Bowden (American, 1907–1965), Interior, 1942, oil on canvas, 10.13″ x 8.13″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

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Clars is pleased to offer the Art & Photography Collection from the Estate of Professor Raymond Lifchez who made a deep and lasting impact on teaching and advocacy for accessible design.

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Lichtenstein was one of the most prominent figures of the Pop Art movement — most known for his comic strip-inspired paintings, prints, and sculptures.

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes was a multifaceted talent, known as an author, newspaper columnist, and actress.

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Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

Meri Jaye was a renowned, San Francisco interior designer of passenger and cargo ships.

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Historic Frank’s Fisherman

Frank’s Fisherman, located on San Francisco’s waterfront, was established in 1946 and began as a chandlery for the bay area’s commercial fishing fleet.

  • Estate Spotlight

Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

This April, our auctions will feature a remarkable collection from the estate of Harvey Clar, the gallery’s founder.

  • Estate Spotlight