May Highlights

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The May sale will feature a Spring Fine Jewelry and Timepiece Sale on May 19th, with general auctions to follow on the 21st and 22nd.

Fine Jewelry

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department at Clars Auction gallery is thrilled to present a dynamic selection of diamond, colored gemstone, signed jewelry and timepieces in our upcoming Spring Fine Jewelry & Timepiece Sale, set to take place on Thursday, May 19th beginning at 10AM PST. The collection includes important diamonds, such as lot 3150, a 2.03 carats fancy blue VVS modified rectangular step cut diamond, estimated at $500,000–$700,000. Exceptional colored gemstones are highlighted by lot 3114, a 7.67 carat Colombian emerald and diamond ring, estimated at $16,000–$18,000; and lot 3046, a 3.77 carats unheated Burma and diamond ring, estimated at $10,000–$15,000. Makers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., Fabergé, and more are well represented, including lot 3057, a Cartier sapphire and eighteen karat gold Panthère ring, estimated at $5,000–$7,000. In addition, Clars is excited to represent two important Rolex wristwatches, including lot 3020, an early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, reference no. 6205, estimated at $80,000–$100,000; and lot 3018, a Rolex Daytona chronograph wristwatch.


A 2.03 Carats Fancy Blue VVS2 Modified Rectangular Step Cut Diamond.
A 2.03 Carats Fancy Blue VVS2 Modified Rectangular Step Cut Diamond.

Lore and mystery surround blue diamonds, including some of the world’s most famous gemstones, such as the infamously ‘cursed’ Hope Diamond. Blue diamonds are among the rarest gemstones in the world. Their remarkable color is most often caused by the mineral impurity boron. These stones, precious for their rare hue, are infamously difficult to cut, as the rough is commonly asymmetric in shape and display color zoning. It is common for cutters to fashion colored stones into brilliant-cuts, to make the color appear more saturated. Contrary to common cutting practices, lot 3150, is fashioned as a step-cut. This demonstrates how truly exceptional the inherent color of the stone is. The cut allows multiple views into the depths of the stone, flaunting its exceptional clarity. This mystique, in conjunction with its beauty and rarity, make blue diamonds some of the most desirable gemstones on the market.


An early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205.
An early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205.

The timepiece, reference number 6205, is an early model of the Rolex Submariner. It was produced only second to 6204, and was later followed by 6200. Reference 6205 is one of three early models produced in 1954, including reference numbers 6204 and 6200. Although reference 6205 was produced the same year as 6204 and 6200, it quickly ceased production, while other models continued to enter the market. These early models marked the beginning of a 60+ year evolution of the Submariner.

References 6204, 6200 and 6205, share major aesthetic differences from their later counterparts, marking a major shift in its design progression. Reference 6205, was one of the first models to display the name ‘Submariner’. The dial does not feature the Submariner’s now iconic Mercedes hands, but pencil hands which are sought-after by collectors. Reference 6205 is considered ‘small crown’, as models today are easily identified by their oversized crown, a feature beginning with reference 6200. The watch remains intact with its original riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet.


A Rolex Daytona chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6263.
A Rolex Daytona chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6263.

This Daytona Cosmograph, reference no. 6263, began production in the early 1970s. Reference 6263, was the first model to be fitted with screw-down pushers, allowing for water protection up to 100 meters. Reference no. 6263, is one of the last to include a manually wound Valjoux movement. In 1988, the watches were equipped with automatic movements. This early model features a unique black dial, lacking the ‘Daytona’ name, but signed ‘Rolex Oyster Cosmograph’, marking the early evolution of the watch.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture and Decorative Arts department will be offering an Italian polychrome decorated dressing chest circa 1750, commanding an auction estimate of $6,000–$9,000.


An 18th century Italian polychrome decorated dresser.
An 18th century Italian polychrome decorated dresser.

Appealing to a musically inclined audience, the sale will include four pianos, two of which are Steinways, one, a Model M, is valued at $8,000–$12,000.

Fine Art

Clars will be offering a beautiful oil on canvas by artist Michele Cascella (Italian/American, 1892–1989) in the May 22nd sale. The painting titled Summer Holidays is a classic example of the artist’s impressionist style. Much influenced by artists such as Van Gogh and Raoual Dufy, Cascella utilizes a colorful and vibrant palette to entice his audience. The painting is estimated at $4,000–$6,000.


Michele Cascella (American/Italian, 1892–1989), Summer Holidays, oil on canvas, 30" x 40".
Michele Cascella (American/Italian, 1892–1989), Summer Holidays, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″.

The prints and multiples portion of the sale will feature a wide variety of works from artists like Alex Katz, Yaacov Agam, and Jim Dine to name a few. It will also feature two Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) prints each estimated at $10,000–$15,000. With prints ranging in price and genre, Clars will have something for any buyer.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Vase (I), 1992, lithograph in colors.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Vase (I), 1992, lithograph in colors.

Asian Art

Among the woodblock prints created by the great shinhanga artist, Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), is lot 6803. The design Zojo Temple, Shiba is regarded as his most outstanding and iconic creation. Among collectors of Japanese prints of the shinhanga movement, it is one of the most expensive designs.


Kawase Hasui, woodblock print, Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba.
Kawase Hasui, woodblock print, Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba.
Bidding for Clars’ May 19–22, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and 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.

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 including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 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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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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August Highlights

The August sale at Clars will be led by the Asian art department with numerous highlights from porcelains, to furniture and paintings, among others.

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Huanghuali Highlights

First rising in popularity during the Ming Dynasty, Huanghuali (Dalbergia odorifera), has been desired and sought after since.

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July Highlights

Clars will offer a fine selection of Asian works of art including Chinese Ming dynasty bronze Buddhist sculptures, huanghuali furniture, Chinese paintings and porcelains on Sunday, July 17th.

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June Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

View Clars’ June 2022 Modern + Contemporary Art Auction highlights.

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五月拍卖精品一览
Featured May Highlights

  • Asian Art
  • Auction
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Clars拍卖行将于5月19日10时举办春季精品珠宝名表拍卖。此次精选跨越百年呈现一系列钻石宝石首饰、品牌设计珠宝以及精致名表,汇集了卡地亚、蒂凡尼、梵克雅宝、Seaman Schepps、法贝热等名家风采。详情敬请点击这里浏览完整图录,欢迎通过以下联系方式垂询。Lauren Della Croce:[email protected] Yao Jiang 江湛瑶:[email protected] 微信:yaoj423

Clars will hold its Spring Fine Jewelry & Timepiece Sale on May 19th, 10AM PST. The collection includes a wide selection of diamond, colored gemstone and signed jewelry spanning over a century. Maker’s such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, Seaman Schepps, Fabergé, Rolex and more are represented in the dynamic collection. To view the full catalog, please visit here. For inquiries, please reach out to Lauren Della Croce at [email protected] and Yao Jiang at [email protected] or WeChat yaoj423.

Clars拍卖行5月22日(星期日)拍卖会将呈现多件精品亚洲艺术品,拍品将包括瓷器,玉石,家具,书画,绣品,金属制品,以及各类杂项。点击这里浏览完整图录。拍卖垂询Harry Huang 黄曦 [email protected] 及Megan Ma 马艺铭 [email protected] (微信mayiming0723)。

The May 22nd sale at Clars will offer numerous highlights from the Asian Art Department include porcelains, jade and stones, furniture, paintings, embroideries, metalwork, among others. To view the full catalog, please visit here. For inquiries, please reach out to Harry Huang at [email protected] and Megan Ma at [email protected] or WeChat mayiming0723.


A 2.03 Carats Fancy Blue VVS2 Modified Rectangular Step Cut Diamond.
2.03克拉混合长方形阶梯切割彩蓝VVS钻石
A 2.03 Carats Fancy Blue VVS2 Modified Rectangular Step Cut Diamond.
Chinese cloisonné enamel conjoined moon flask vase.
景泰蓝双联山水花鸟长颈抱
Chinese cloisonné enamel conjoined moon flask vase.
A 7.67 carats Colombian emerald and diamond.
7.67克拉哥伦比亚祖母绿及钻石戒指
A 7.67 carats Colombian emerald and diamond ring.
Chinese white jade pendant plaque.
清代白玉梅花珮饰
Chinese white jade pendant plaque.
An early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205.
初代劳力士小表冠潜航者腕表, 型号6205
An early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205.
Chinese archaistic russet jade plaque.
仿古玉牌
Chinese archaistic russet jade plaque.
A Rolex Daytona chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6263.
劳力士迪通拿宇宙型计时腕表,型号6263
A Rolex Daytona chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6263.
Chinese white jade brush washer.
白玉雕桃型小笔洗
Chinese white jade brush washer.
A ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold brooch.
红宝石及钻石18K白金胸针
A ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold brooch.
Pair of Chinese famille rose fish bowls.
粉彩鱼缸一对
Pair of Chinese famille rose fish bowls.
A sapphire and eighteen karat gold ring, Cartier.
蓝宝石18K黄金“猎豹”戒指,卡地亚设计
A sapphire and eighteen karat gold ring, Cartier.
Chinese embroidered blue-ground ‘dragon’ robe.
蓝底龙纹绣袍
Chinese embroidered blue-ground ‘dragon’ robe.
A pair of sapphire, diamond and platinum earrings.
一对蓝宝石及钻石铂金耳坠
A pair of sapphire, diamond and platinum earrings.
Kawase Hasui, woodblock print, Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba.
川濑巴水,木刻版画,《东京二十景 – 芝增上寺》
Kawase Hasui, woodblock print, Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba.
An eighteen karat gold necklace, Seaman Schepps.
18K黄金项链,Seaman Schepps 设计
An eighteen karat gold necklace, Seaman Schepps.
Chinese celadon jade footed water coupe.
青玉水盂
Chinese celadon jade footed water coupe.
A pair of ruby and diamond earrings.
一对红宝石及钻石耳坠
A pair of ruby and diamond earrings.
Set of three Chinese white jade scepter plaques.
白玉浮雕葫芦牌(一组三个)
Set of three Chinese white jade scepter plaques.
Art Deco diamond and black chalcedony brooch.
装饰艺术时期钻石及黑玉髓胸针
Art Deco diamond and black chalcedony brooch.
Chinese white jade pendant.
白玉吉祥结珮饰
Chinese white jade pendant.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars is excited to kick off the Fall Season with an exceptional Modern + Contemporary Fine Art sale on Friday, September 16th.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

Clars’ upcoming Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction will feature an array of mid-century San Francisco Bay Area figurative works.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Dragon Vases Soar Above Estimates

Dozens of telephone bidders were vying for two Chinese imperial bronze 'dragon' vases.

  • Asian Art
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August Highlights

The August sale at Clars will be led by the Asian art department with numerous highlights from porcelains, to furniture and paintings, among others.

  • Auction

Huanghuali Highlights

First rising in popularity during the Ming Dynasty, Huanghuali (Dalbergia odorifera), has been desired and sought after since.

  • Asian Art
  • Auction

July Highlights

Clars will offer a fine selection of Asian works of art including Chinese Ming dynasty bronze Buddhist sculptures, huanghuali furniture, Chinese paintings and porcelains on Sunday, July 17th.

  • Auction

亚洲艺术高光精品一览
Featured Asian Art Highlights

  • Asian Art
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Clars拍卖公司4月24日(星期日)拍卖会将由各类精品亚洲艺术品领衔,拍品将涵盖各代瓷器,家具,书画,玉石,鼻烟壶,以及各类杂项。点击这里浏览完整图录。拍卖垂询Harry Huang 黄曦 [email protected]m 及Megan Ma 马艺铭 [email protected] (微信mayiming0723)。

The April 24th sale at Clars will be led by the Asian art department with numerous highlights from porcelains, to furniture, paintings, jade and snuff bottles, among others. To view the full catalog, please visit here. For inquiries, please reach out to Harry Huang at [email protected] and Megan Ma at [email protected] or WeChat mayiming0723.


Chinese molded Dingyao bowl. Provenance: Sotheby’s Parke Bernet Los Angeles, The Late Chingwah Lee Collection, June 8, 1981, lot 263, from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.<br><b>Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.</b>
宋代定窑铜口暗花大碗
来源:洛杉矶苏富比,Chingwah Lee李清华旧藏专场,1981年6月8日,lot263。三藩市私人收藏
Chinese molded Dingyao bowl. Provenance: Sotheby’s Parke Bernet Los Angeles, The Late Chingwah Lee Collection, June 8, 1981, lot 263, from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.
Lot 2882. Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Chinese huanghuali and mixed wood altar coffer.<br><b>Estimate: $20,000–$40,000.</b>
晚晴民国时期 黄花梨三联闷柜橱
Chinese huanghuali and mixed wood altar coffer.
Lot 2946. Estimate: $20,000–$40,000.
Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), Plum Blossom. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945.Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
吴昌硕《墨梅图》立轴 纸本水墨,1915 来源:藏家1945年前购于上海
Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), Plum Blossom. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945.
Lot 2824. Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Pair of Chinese huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.<br><b>Estimate: $30,000–$50,000.</b>
清中期黄花梨圈椅一对
来源:三藩市私人收藏
Pair of Chinese huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.
Lot 2974. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000.
Chinese famille rose yellow ground ‘Three Rams’ bowl. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945.<br><b>Estimate: $5,000–$7,000.</b>
清光绪 黄地轧道粉彩三阳开泰膳碗
来源:藏家1945年前购于上海
Chinese famille rose yellow ground ‘Three Rams’ bowl. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945.
Lot 2870. Estimate: $5,000–$7,000.
Chinese cobalt-blue-ground gilt-decorated vase.Estimate: $3,000–$5,000.
蓝地金彩六方瓶
Chinese cobalt-blue-ground gilt-decorated vase.
Lot 2877. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000.
Chinese blue and white charger dish.<br><b>Estimate: $3,000–$5,000.</b>
清光绪 青花对头凤纹盘
Chinese blue and white charger dish.
Lot 2878. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000.
Chinese Ming Dynasty celadon glazed charger dish.<br><b>Estimate: $1,000–$1,500.</b>
明代 龙泉窑青釉大盘
Chinese Ming Dynasty celadon glazed charger dish.
Lot 2881. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500.
Chinese imitation bronze glazed vase.Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.
仿桐釉长颈天球瓶
Chinese imitation bronze glazed vase.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.
Chinese celadon-glazed carved vase.Estimate: $3,000–$5,000.
清乾隆粉青釉莲瓣纹
Chinese celadon-glazed carved vase.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000.
Chinese archaic jade cong. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.
高古玉琮
来源:三藩市私人收藏
Chinese archaic jade cong. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.
Lot 2898. Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.
Chinese celadon jade ‘Three Abundance’ toggle. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.<br><b>Estimate: $1,500–$2,500.</b>
青玉“三多”把件
来源:三藩市私人收藏
Chinese celadon jade ‘Three Abundance’ toggle. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.
Lot 2907. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500.
Chinese amber pendants (lot of 2). Provenance: Berkeley estate.Estimate: $1,000–$1,500.
琥珀吊坠挂饰(一组两件)
来源:加州伯克利遗产
Chinese amber pendants (lot of 2). Provenance: Berkeley estate.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500.
Chinese famille rose snuff bottles (lot of 3). Provenance: Berkeley estate.<br><b>Estimate: $1,000–$1,500.</b>
粉彩鼻烟壶(一组三件)
来源:加州伯克利遗产
Chinese famille rose snuff bottles (lot of 3). Provenance: Berkeley estate.
Lot 2936. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500.
Chinese shadow agate snuff bottle. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.Estimate: $400–$600.
玛瑙鼻烟壶
来源:三藩市私人收藏
Chinese shadow agate snuff bottle. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.
Estimate: $400–$600.
Chinese white jade snuff bottle. Provenance: Berkeley estate.Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.
清代 和田玉雕洛可可纹饰鼻烟壶
来源:加州伯克利遗产
Chinese white jade snuff bottle. Provenance: Berkeley estate.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars is excited to kick off the Fall Season with an exceptional Modern + Contemporary Fine Art sale on Friday, September 16th.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

Clars’ upcoming Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction will feature an array of mid-century San Francisco Bay Area figurative works.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Dragon Vases Soar Above Estimates

Dozens of telephone bidders were vying for two Chinese imperial bronze 'dragon' vases.

  • Asian Art
  • Stories & News

August Highlights

The August sale at Clars will be led by the Asian art department with numerous highlights from porcelains, to furniture and paintings, among others.

  • Auction

Huanghuali Highlights

First rising in popularity during the Ming Dynasty, Huanghuali (Dalbergia odorifera), has been desired and sought after since.

  • Asian Art
  • Auction

July Highlights

Clars will offer a fine selection of Asian works of art including Chinese Ming dynasty bronze Buddhist sculptures, huanghuali furniture, Chinese paintings and porcelains on Sunday, July 17th.

  • Auction