Important Summer Fine Art Sale Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Important Summer Fine Art Sale on June 20th, commencing at 10 AM PDT. The sale is bursting with exceptional artwork from iconic creators such as Salvador Dalí, Roy Lichtenstein and Aaron Douglas.

One of the most exciting pieces in this month’s Important Summer Fine Art Sale is a never-before-sold oil on canvas painting by world-renowned Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dalí. Over the course of the early to mid-twentieth century, Dalí established himself as perhaps the most celebrated of the Surrealist painters, famous for both his instantly recognizable visual style and for his eccentric personality and antics. The painting in this month’s sale is titled Portrait of Mrs. Luther Greene and dates to 1942 — the year of the artist’s first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.


Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), Portrait of Mrs. Luther Greene, 1942, oil on canvas, signed and dated right center, 24″ x 20″ (61 x 50.8 cm). Accompanied by preliminary study sketches of Mrs. Greene by Dalí from 1942 (charcoal/ink on paper). Provenance: Private collection (by descent); Mrs. Luther Greene (Ellen Chamberlain), New York. Catalog reference: Fundació Gala - Salvador Dalí: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings by Salvador Dalí (cat. no. P 565). © Fundació Gala - Salvador Dalí
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), Portrait of Mrs. Luther Greene, 1942, oil on canvas, signed and dated right center, 24″ x 20″ (61 cm x 50.8 cm). Accompanied by preliminary study sketches of Mrs. Greene by Dalí from 1942 (charcoal/ink on paper). Provenance: Private collection (by descent); Mrs. Luther Greene (Ellen Chamberlain), New York. Catalog reference: Fundació Gala – Salvador Dalí: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings by Salvador Dalí (cat. no. P 565). © Fundació Gala – Salvador Dalí
Estimate: $700,000–$1,000,000

The portrait depicts the patron seated in the foreground, wrapped in a wine-red sheet, with her dark hair juxtaposed against olive skin. Behind her is a classic Dalíesque landscape, an otherworldly desert with smooth orange sand under a gradient green and blue sky. Two figures stand in the distance, one presenting as a partially skeletonized angel — with one wing intact and both arms cut at the shoulder — recalling antique marbles, such as the Venus de Milo. An amorphous hill on the far right is dotted with buildings, resembling a forgotten ghost town in desolate terrain, and a small boat sits beached by the shore on the far left. This exemplary piece of Dalí’s catalog is accompanied by the preliminary sketches done by the artist in preparation for the painting.


Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Reverie, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II, 1965, screenprint in colors, 27″ x 23″.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Reverie, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II, 1965, screenprint in colors, 27″ x 23″.
Estimate: $70,000–$100,000

Another noteworthy piece in the sale is a serigraph by American Pop art pioneer, Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein was one of the most prominent figures to come out of the Pop Art movement and is most known for his comic strip-inspired paintings, prints, and sculptures. The print featured in the June sale is titled Reverie and dates to 1965. Pictured is a young woman with blonde hair and a melancholy expression, holding a microphone while a speech bubble over her head reads the lyrics, “The melody haunts my reverie.” This lyric — taken from the song Stardust by Tin Pan Alley musicians Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish — was written in 1927 and popularized during the 1930s big band era. The retro feel of the imagery is characteristic of Lichtenstein’s work, as is the comic-style dot work, bold color, and thick, black lines. Reverie was created for a portfolio, titled 11 Pop Artists published by Original Editions, that included 2 other prints by the artist as well as prints by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, and other major names in the Pop Art movement.


Aaron Douglas (American, 1899–1979), Untitled, circa 1955, oil on canvas, signed lower left, 22″ x 44″.
Aaron Douglas (American, 1899–1979), Untitled, circa 1955, oil on canvas, signed lower left, 22″ x 44″.
Estimate: $10,000–$20,000

A third striking highlight in our sale is an oil on canvas painting by key Harlem Renaissance figure, Aaron Douglas. Douglas is widely known for the murals he was commissioned to paint in several high-profile locations. These locations included several Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Harlem YMCA, and one of his most acclaimed works, Aspects of Negro Life, at the New York Public Library in Harlem. Douglas worked with writers Alain Locke and W.E.B. Du Bois, and had illustrations included in publications like Vanity Fair, the NAACP journal The Crisis, and Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life among others. Douglas developed a distinctive, graphic style that combined the aesthetic exploration of modernism with more traditional African subject matter. He often used bold color and evocative light sources with leafy foliage and human figures in silhouette. These figures are at times depicted in an African village or tribal setting, dancing, holding spears, or traversing a jungle-like landscape.

In other instances, figures are shown in American cityscapes, holding industrial tools with skyscrapers looming in the distance, or playing brass instruments in bands. The work in our June sale shows three silhouetted human figures holding spears and chasing five bison-like animals through an abstracted environment that uses the interplay between color and light to mimic an earthly landscape while remaining nonobjective. Douglas’s approach marries the celebratory aspects of Harlem Renaissance figuration with an Orphism-inspired understanding of color theory that creates a composition in which movement and light become as intrinsic to the material as paint and canvas.


Karen LaMonte (American, b. 1967), Nocturne, 2015, white bronze, signed, dated and stamped on base, edition 1/5, 58.5″ x 18″ x 11″.
Karen LaMonte (American, b. 1967), Nocturne, 2015, white bronze, signed, dated and stamped on base, edition 1/5, 58.5″ x 18″ x 11″.
Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Barry Frydlender (Israeli, b. 1954), Take a Picture of Me, 2005, chromogenic print, 75″ x 49.5″.
Barry Frydlender (Israeli, b. 1954), Take a Picture of Me, 2005, chromogenic print, 75″ x 49.5″.
Estimate: $15,000–$25,000

In addition to the aforementioned works, we are also pleased to offer abstract sculptures by Claire Falkenstein, a life-size bronze gown by Karen LaMonte, a suite of six bullfighting paintings by LeRoy Neiman, an abstract expressionist oil by Tancredi Parmeggiani, and much more in our Important Summer Fine Art Sale on June 20th.


Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge (American, 1883–1951), August Reflections, oil on canvas, signed, gallery title label (Newman Galleries, Philadelphia) affixed verso, 20″ x 24″.
Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge (American, 1883–1951), August Reflections, oil on canvas, signed, gallery title label (Newman Galleries, Philadelphia) affixed verso, 20″ x 24″.
Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Homme Barbu Couronne de Feuillage</em>, 1962, linocut, 13.5″ x 10.5″.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Homme Barbu Couronne de Feuillage, 1962, linocut, 13.5″ x 10.5″.
Estimate: $25,000–$35,000
(lot of 6) LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921–2012), <em>The Red Corrida</em>, oils on panels, largest: 7.75″ x 11.75″.
(lot of 6) LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921–2012), The Red Corrida, oils on panels, largest: 7.75″ x 11.75″.
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000
(lot of 4) Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908–1998), Untitleds, set of four mixed media (glass and metal) sculptures, overall each: 3″h x 3″w x 3″d (red), 1.5″h x 2.75″w x 2.75″d (blue), 1.25″h x 3″w x 2″d (orange/red), 2″h x 4″d x 2.75″d (clear/green). Provenance: Estate of Richard D. Lowell (Fresno, California).
(lot of 4) Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908–1998), Untitleds, set of four mixed media (glass and metal) sculptures, overall each: 3″h x 3″w x 3″d (red), 1.5″h x 2.75″w x 2.75″d (blue), 1.25″h x 3″w x 2″d (orange/red), 2″h x 4″d x 2.75″d (clear/green). Provenance: Estate of Richard D. Lowell (Fresno, California).
Estimate: $20,000–$25,000
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Plat à la Tête de Faune</em>, 1948, partially engraved white earthenware ceramic plate with colored engobe and glaze, 12.5″ x 15.5″ x 2″.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Plat à la Tête de Faune, 1948, partially engraved white earthenware ceramic plate with colored engobe and glaze, 12.5″ x 15.5″ x 2″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Tancredi Parmeggiani (Italian, 1927–1964), Untitled, oil on board, 16″ x 26″. Provenance: Private Collection, Auburn, CA, thence by descent to the present owner.
Tancredi Parmeggiani (Italian, 1927–1964), Untitled, oil on board, 16″ x 26″. Provenance: Private Collection, Auburn, CA, thence by descent to the present owner.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
John Marin (American, 1870–1953), <em>Flatiron Building, NYC</em>, 1911, watercolor, 12″ x 15.75″.
John Marin (American, 1870–1953), Flatiron Building, NYC, 1911, watercolor, 12″ x 15.75″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Modern Head #5, 1970, embossed graphite with Strathmore die-cut paper overlay, 20.25″ x 11.25″.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Modern Head #5, 1970, embossed graphite with Strathmore die-cut paper overlay, 20.25″ x 11.25″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Jacqueline Gilmore (American, 21st century), <em>Ashes to Ashes</em>, 2016, oil on canvas, 90″ x 180″.
Jacqueline Gilmore (American, 21st century), Ashes to Ashes, 2016, oil on canvas, 90″ x 180″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Oscar Deveza Zalameda (Philippines, 1930–2010), Fish Market, oil on canvas, 30″ x 36″.
Oscar Deveza Zalameda (Philippines, 1930–2010), Fish Market, oil on canvas, 30″ x 36″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
Bidding for Clars’ June 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.

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 $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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A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

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This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe in stunning Champagne Yellow, serial number 211 947, with engine number P609 601 at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.


A 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 coupe with Champagne yellow paint, serial number 211 947, engine number P609 601, original interior, engine, transmission, and drive train, approx. 65,000 original miles.
A 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 coupe with Champagne yellow paint, serial number 211 947, engine number P609 601, original interior, engine, transmission and drive train, approx. 65,000 original miles, invoice additions include radio, seat belts, and mirror. Original invoice and service records included with this lot.
Estimate: $70,000–$100,000

This car boasts approximately 65,000 original miles and features its original interior, engine, transmission, and drivetrain. The original invoice and comprehensive service records are included with this lot. The 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe epitomizes Porsche’s early commitment to automotive excellence and is celebrated for its timeless design, exceptional engineering, and significant place in automotive history.

Alongside the 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe, there will be 356 rare and original parts, signed Formula 1 helmets, models, early fuel pump, Ferrari and other dealer signage, and vintage and newer lithographs offered at the auction.


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Clars is excited to present our Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction on June 21st, and The Warehouse Auction on June 22nd.

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Clars is thrilled to announce their Luxury Jewels and Timepieces Auction on Friday, June 21st, starting at 9:30 AM PDT. This sale will showcase a stunning collection of diamonds, timepieces, antique jewelry and signed pieces.


An antique aquamarine and gold parure.Estimate: $6,000–$8,000
An antique aquamarine and gold parure.
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

Highlights in our Friday sale include a diamond and platinum rivière necklace, estimated at $25,000–$30,000; a diamond and platinum tennis bracelet, estimated at $15,000–$20,000; an 18k gold Cartier wristwatch, estimated at $2,500–$3,500; a Chopard diamond and 18k gold ‘Your Hour’ wristwatch, estimated at $4,000–$6,000; an antique aquamarine and 18k gold parure set, estimated at $6,000–$8,000; and a Victorian citrine, diamond, enamel, and gold brooch, estimated at $3,000–$5,000. We are also proud to present a set of sapphire, diamond, and gold brooches designed by the renowned artist Salvador Dalí, never before seen on the second-hand market.


From Top to Bottom: A Victorian citrine, diamond, enamel and 15k gold stomacher. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000; An antique foil-back quartz and 14k gold rivière necklace. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500; An antique diamond and 14k gold locket brooch-pendant, Russia. Estimate: $1,800–$2,200
From Top to Bottom: A Victorian citrine, diamond, enamel and 15k gold stomacher. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000; An antique foil-back quartz and 14k gold rivière necklace. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500; An antique diamond and 14k gold locket brooch-pendant, Russia. Estimate: $1,800–$2,200

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Friday sale features modern highlights from design masters such as Isamu Noguchi, Guido Faleschini, Hans Wegner, and Philip and Kelvin LaVerne. Other highlights include Pre-Columbian and other indigenous arts, sterling silver, musical instruments, fine porcelain, Bohemian glass, and Persian and modern carpets.


A Hans Wegner Ox chair and ottoman.
A Hans Wegner Ox chair and ottoman.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
A pair of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne bronze side tables, New York, 1960s.
A pair of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne bronze side tables, New York, 1960s.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will offer a single-owner collection of Chinese archaic jade and hardstone carvings ranging from bi discs to pendants and cong vessels. The highlight from this collection is a jade ‘dragon’ disc, possibly dated to the Eastern Zhou period (771–256 BCE). Another highlight is a Chinese folding screen inset with sixteen finely decorated underglaze blue porcelain plaques featuring various animals from the Republic period (1911–1949). Rounding out the sale is a sizable collection of Chinese porcelain jars and vases from the Estate of Reynold Tom of Piedmont, California.


Background: A Chinese folding screen inset with underglaze blue porcelain plaques. Foreground: A collection of Chinese archaic jade carvings from a single owner collection.
Background: A Chinese folding screen inset with underglaze blue porcelain plaques. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000; Foreground: A collection of Chinese archaic jade carvings from a single owner collection. Estimate: $8,000–$15,000

The Warehouse Auction

Clars’ Warehouse auction is set to showcase an eclectic range of art, prints, and photographs. Each month, we select paintings, prints, and sculptures in diverse styles from all over the world to offer with accessible estimates. The Warehouse boasts an affordably priced collection that encompasses modern and antique furniture and décor, silver, porcelain, glass, fashion, collectible toys, books, and indigenous arts.

The Asian Art Department presents a meticulously curated collection in our June Warehouse auction, including Japanese woodblock prints, ceramics, folding screens, and various decorative pieces. Additionally, our selection includes decorative Chinese furniture, jade and hardstone carvings, and ceramics from various periods.

Bidding for Clars’ June 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.

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 $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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Clars is excited to present The Maritime Sale — featuring the collection of Frank’s Fisherman, the estate of Meri Jaye and Playland at the Beach — on April 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction — featuring the Estate of Harvey Clar on April 19th, and our Warehouse Auction on April 20th.

The Maritime Sale

This April, Clars is hosting a Maritime Sale that will include a multitude of art and décor from celebrated nautical interior designer, Meri Jaye as well as memorabilia and artifacts from the historic marine collectibles shop, Frank’s Fisherman, a San Francisco landmark that was converted from a fishing supplier in the 1970s.


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″. Provenance: From the Estate of Meri Jaye (San Francisco, California).
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000
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

This sprawling collection includes fine paintings from the Atlantic to the Pacific, stunningly crafted model ships, authentic relics from functioning boats, and much more that is sure to draw the enthusiasm of marine collectors. This auction also extends beyond these two extraordinary collections. Additional estates and collections, including vintage fixtures from the beloved San Francisco landmark Playland at the Beach, will also be offered.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Our April 19th auction features 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. The estate of Meri Jaye of Nob Hill, San Francisco, also contributes to this sale. Her collection boasts a coveted 1780 edition of Don Quixote, printed by Don Joaquin Ibarra, and a deluxe copy edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham.


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

The auction further presents a selection of indigenous art from other estates, including Native American beadwork, Hopi kachinas, and Inuit figures. Rounding out this diverse auction is a collection of antique furniture in Regency and Georgian periods, including miniature cabinets, and brass-bound writing boxes.


<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

Fine Art

This month at Clars, we are pleased to present a number of works by well-known and up-and-coming artists. Featured in our April sale is a bronze sculpture by German-born American sculptor, Adolph Alexander Weinman. Weinman received his arts education at Cooper Union and later at the Art Students League of New York, after which he became a member of the National Sculpture Society and served as its president. He is most known for his architectural sculpture, as well as portrayals of American presidents. His most acclaimed works include a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Kentucky State Capitol, the Fountain of the Centaurs at the Missouri State Capitol, his work on Pennsylvania Station in New York, and the pediments of the National Archive Building and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The piece in our April sale is a nude female figure dancing with a hoop, set atop a marble base. The sculpture masterfully evokes movement and displays the influence of the Art Deco style that was flourishing in 1922 when the sculpture was cast.


Adolph Alexander Weinman (American, 1870–1952), Untitled (Nude Dancer with Hoop), 1922, bronze sculpture, 19″h.
Adolph Alexander Weinman (American, 1870–1952), Untitled (Nude Dancer with Hoop), 1922, bronze sculpture, 19″h.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

A second highlight in our sale is a 1915 edition of volume ten of The North American Indian, a book and portfolio by American photographer, Edward Sheriff Curtis. Curtis is widely known for his depictions of the American West and Native American people, including important figures like Geronimo, Princess Angeline, and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. In 1906, financier J.P. Morgan commissioned Curtis to produce the 20-volume series containing many of his photographs of the Native American peoples across the country. Volume 10 is centered on the Kwakiutl people of the Pacific Northwest, mainly based in British Columbia, Canada. The volume in our April sale contained 74 sepia-toned photogravure plates and is out of an edition of 500.


Curtis, Edward S., <em>The North American Indian. Volume X</em>.
Curtis, Edward S., The North American Indian. Volume X.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Another highlight is an oil on canvas painting by Icelandic-American artist, Louisa Matthiasdottir. Born in Reykjavik, Matthiasdottir studied art in Denmark and Paris before moving to New York City in the 1940s. She studied there under Hans Hoffmann and Robert De Nico, Sr., and exhibited often in New York and other major east coast cities. She is known for her landscapes and cityscapes depicting Iceland, with a focus on the light, agriculture, and colorful architecture of the towns. Her work is included in collections at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Reykjavik Art Museum.


Deladier Almeida (American, b. 1961), Summer Spread, 2023, oil on canvas, 48#8243; x 79#8243;. Provenance: Private collection (Boulder, Colorado).
Deladier Almeida (American, b. 1961), Summer Spread, 2023, oil on canvas, 48″ x 79″. Provenance: Private collection (Boulder, Colorado).
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

Along with these exciting items, we will also present a large oil on canvas painting by Deladier Almeida, a painting by Karl Albert Buehr, sculptures by Beniamino Bufano, a mixed media piece by Sam Gilliam, and much more.

Asian Art

A standout piece from the April 19th auction is a hanging scroll calligraphy by Yu Youren, a master revered for his exceptional skill in calligraphy — particularly in cursive script. Yu Youren is celebrated for pioneering the “Standard Cursive Script,” earning him accolades as the “Contemporary Sage of Cursive” and “Modern Saint of Calligraphy.” This calligraphy came from the collection of Huang Siufeng (1892–1975), who held a prominent position at the Central Bank of China during the late 1930s. It was acquired at auction in Seattle where Huang Siufeng lived for many years.


Yu Youren, Calligraphy, hanging scroll, ink on paper, 39.875″ x 13.75″.
Yu Youren, Calligraphy, hanging scroll, ink on paper, 39.875″ x 13.75″.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Accompanying this masterpiece is a Chinese famille rose blue ground bowl, with a blue background and adorned with bird and floral motifs. It also features a dragon in the interior. This exquisite piece, featuring the Guangxu six-character mark, showcases the refined porcelain artistry of the late Qing dynasty period.


A Chinese famille rose blue ground bowl decorated with bird and floral motifs and one dragon inside the bowl, bearing Guangxu six-character mark, 6.625″ across.
A Chinese famille rose blue ground bowl decorated with bird and floral motifs and one dragon inside the bowl, bearing Guangxu six-character mark, 6.625″ across.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500

Next is a Japanese six-panel folding screen, illustrating morning glories, measuring 36″ high by 102″ wide. This screen exemplifies the Japanese aesthetic of capturing the fleeting beauty of nature, rendered in delicate detail and vibrant hues.


A Japanese six-panel folding screen depicting morning glory, 36″ x 102″.
A Japanese six-panel folding screen depicting morning glory, 36″ x 102″.
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000

Completing our highlights is a Chinese landscape painting — executed in the splashed color technique — attributed to Zhang Daqian. This painting showcases Zhang Daqian’s mastery of ink and color on paper. Known for his innovative splashed ink technique, Zhang Daqian’s work is a bridge between traditional Chinese landscapes and modern abstract expression. This work is inscribed, dated, and adorned with two seals.


Attributed to Zhang Daqian, Splashed ink landscape, ink and color on paper, framed and glazed, inscribed, dated, and with two seals, 13″ x 37.25″.
Attributed to Zhang Daqian, Splashed Ink Landscape, ink and color on paper, framed and glazed, inscribed, dated, and with two seals, 13″ x 37.25″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone, and gold jewelry in the upcoming April 19th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. Highlights include an opal, ruby, and gold pendant brooch, estimated at $2,000–$3,000; a pair of diamond and 14k gold earrings, estimated at $1,500–$2,500; and a gold link bracelet, estimated at $500–$700.


A gemstone and 14k gold bracelet. Estimate: $500–$700; A pair of diamond and 14k gold earrings. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500; An opal, ruby and 14k rose gold pendant. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000
A gemstone and 14k gold bracelet. Estimate: $500–$700; A pair of diamond and 14k gold earrings. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500; An opal, ruby and 14k rose gold pendant. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000

The Warehouse Auction

Clars’ April Warehouse Auction will feature a collection from the estate of Harvey Clar, the gallery’s founder, including Lladro, Boehm and Lalique figures. Antique and contemporary silver, porcelain, glass, fine books, carpets, furniture, mirrors and lighting will also be up for offer.

In addition, there will be an eclectic range of art, prints and photographs available. Each month we select paintings, prints, and sculptures in diverse styles from all over the world to offer with accessible estimates. The furniture section will offer antique, vintage and contemporary furniture, and decorative arts. The Asian Art Department presents a meticulously curated collection spanning Japanese woodblock prints, ceramics, folding screens, and various decorative pieces. Meanwhile, the Jewelry department is thrilled to present an array of affordable items, including diamonds, silver and gold necklaces.

Bidding for Clars’ April 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.

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 $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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This June, Clars is excited to present our Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction on June 21st and The Warehouse Auction on June 22nd.

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A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.

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May Auction Highlights

This May, Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction, The Warehouse Auction, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction.

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Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

This March we are excited to present several very special works in our Spring Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction.

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May Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction — featuring the jewelry collection of Hollywood actress, Joanna Barnes — on May 16th, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction on May 17th, The Warehouse Auction on May 18th, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction on May 20th.

The Golden & Glamour Era Auction

At Clars Auctions, we are deeply honored to have been chosen as the exclusive venue to showcase the extraordinary collection of antique and signed jewelry belonging to the esteemed Joanna Barnes. Each item within this remarkable collection serves as a testament to Ms. Barnes’ impeccable taste and enduring legacy in the world of Hollywood glamour. From the delicate antique brooches to the intricate designs of her bracelets and dazzling sparkle of her earrings, every piece offers a captivating glimpse into Ms. Barnes’ journey from a budding ingenue to a revered icon of the silver screen.


<b>Clockwise:</b> Tiffany & Co., a pair of turquoise, sapphire and 18k gold ear-clips. <b>Estimate: $800–$1,200</b>; An antique enamel and 14k gold link necklace. <b><nobr>Estimate: $2,000–$3,000</nobr></b>; An antique aquamarine, diamond and 14k gold brooch. <b><nobr>Estimate: $2,000–$3,000</nobr></b>; Tiffany & Co., an 18k gold Scorpio pendant. <b><nobr>Estimate: $6,000–$8,000</nobr></b>.
Clockwise: Tiffany & Co., a pair of turquoise, sapphire and 18k gold ear-clips. Estimate: $800–$1,200; An antique enamel and 14k gold link necklace. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000; An antique aquamarine, diamond and 14k gold brooch. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000; Tiffany & Co., an 18k gold Scorpio pendant. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000.

At the forefront of Ms. Barnes’ collection are sophisticated creations by renowned artisans such as Tiffany & Co. Among the highlights in the sale are an exquisite 18k gold Scorpio pendant, a radiant citrine and 18k gold brooch, a resplendent 18k gold bombe ring crafted by David Webb, and an opulent 18k gold ‘elephant hair’ bangle bracelet from the esteemed house of Gucci. Furthermore, the auction presents a meticulously curated array of exceptional antique pieces, including an enchanting antique aquamarine, diamond, and 14k gold brooch and a captivating antique enamel and 14k gold link necklace.


A Judith Leiber Couture Martini Glass Cocktail minaudiere clutch bag.
A Judith Leiber Couture Martini Glass Cocktail minaudiere clutch bag.
Estimate: $1,200–$1,500

Complementing the jewelry auction is a collection of luxury bags, featuring Judith Leiber Couture minaudiere clutches and Louis Vuitton monogram luggage.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Furniture enthusiasts can anticipate a diverse array of offerings, spanning various periods and styles, at our upcoming May 17th sale. Among the highlights are coveted modern pieces like the iconic Mira and George Nakashima Cushion and New Chairs which are sure to captivate aficionados of contemporary design.


A pair of Mira Nakashima walnut Conold Cushion chairs with a copy of the original order card.
A pair of Mira Nakashima walnut Conold Cushion chairs with a copy of the original order card.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

For those with a penchant for traditional elegance, a striking Pottier & Stymus New York Aesthetic chamber suite awaits, alongside 19th-century Barbedienne bronzes and Italian marble figures. Complementing these treasures are vibrant Studio Glass pieces, timeless Georg Jensen silverware, and a captivating collection of Indigenous art — showcasing exquisite Inuit carvings — and Navajo rugs.


An important Pottier & Stymus New York Aesthetic carved chamber suite executed for James Clair Floods Atherton mansion, Linden Towers.
An important Pottier & Stymus New York Aesthetic carved chamber suite executed for James Clair Floods Atherton mansion, Linden Towers.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Fine Art

In the realm of fine art, our May auction promises a captivating array of works. One stand out piece is an oil on board painting by French Barbizon School artist, Félix Ziem. Born in the wine capital of Burgundy in 1821, Ziem originally set his sights on a career in architecture and studied at L’École des Beaux-Arts before developing his painting hobby into a full-time practice. Ziem first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1849 and traveled throughout Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, taking inspiration from scenery in Venice, Constantinople, Egypt, and the French Riviera. Ziem was commercially successful during his lifetime and was also known to mentor younger artists. The painting in our sale this month is titled Étude Sur les Bord de la Méditerranée, and depicts a row of buildings on a cliffside overlooking the ocean, dotted with sparse vegetation under a blue sky. It was shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1925 and is a fine example of Ziem’s affinity for seaside scenes.


Félix Ziem (French, 1821–1911), Étude Sur les Bord de la Méditerranée, oil on board, 7″ x 11″ (18cm x 28cm).
Félix Ziem (French, 1821–1911), Étude Sur les Bord de la Méditerranée, oil on board, 7″ x 11″ (18cm x 28cm).
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

A second work featured this month is a bronze sculpture by American sculptor, Richard Howard Hunt. Hunt was born in Chicago in 1935 and was interested in the arts from an early age, attending operas with his mother and working with clay in a makeshift studio in the basement of his family’s home. While studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hunt explored assemblage with found objects, mixing organic and industrial materials to create expressionistic and surreal sculptures. His piece Arachne was bought by the Museum of Modern Art while Hunt was a junior in college. Hunt was inspired by social issues during his early career — he was greatly affected by attending the funeral of Emmett Till and the Civil Rights movement, participating in desegregation protests during the 1960s. Hunt frequently experimented with welding, using materials from junkyards to form figural and abstract works. Hunt was extremely influential and admired during his decades-long career, being the first African American artist to to serve on the National Council on the Arts and having a sculpture commissioned by President Barack Obama in 2022. The bronze sculpture in this month’s auction is an abstract, tree-like form with horn-like appendages and Hunt’s signature flowing lines, made of bronze with a burnished golden sheen.


Richard Howard Hunt (American, 1935–2023), Untitled, 1979, bronze, 11.25″ x 5.25″ x 8″.
Richard Howard Hunt (American, 1935–2023), Untitled, 1979, bronze, 11.25″ x 5.25″ x 8″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

A third highlight this month is a collection of works on paper by American caricaturist, Albert Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld is known for his work on Broadway playbills, contributions to The New York Times and other major publications, and Hollywood studio art direction. The exclusive collection of works at Clars this month includes original gouache paintings used in prominent magazines, such as an illustration of Harry Truman that was featured on the cover of Colliers Magazine in 1954, a caricature of Dwight Eisenhower used for the cover of American Mercury Magazine in 1945, and a satirical painting of Joseph McCarthy that graced the cover of Colliers Magazine in 1950. A number of pen and ink drawings are featured, including a portrait of comedian Fred Allen and a cast portrait from the 1959 Broadway production of Much Ado About Nothing, as well as several lithographs depicting recognizable pop culture figures.


Al Hirschfeld (American, 1903–2003), Harry Truman: I'm Sitting on Top of the World, 1954, gouache and ink on paper, published for the cover of Colliers Magazine January 20, 1954, 15″ x 12.5″.
Al Hirschfeld (American, 1903–2003), Harry Truman: I’m Sitting on Top of the World, 1954, gouache and ink on paper, published for the cover of Colliers Magazine January 20, 1954, 15″ x 12.5″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Asian Art

In the Asian Art department, two captivating highlights await eager collectors. One of these highlights is a grand Chinese embroidered panel, traditionally symbolizing birthday celebrations, which intricately showcases dragon motifs and auspicious symbols — reflecting the richness of Chinese cultural heritage.


A Chinese embroidered panel. 124.5″ x 72.5″.
A Chinese embroidered panel. 124.5″ x 72.5″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

The other highlight is a finely carved Chinese bamboo figure of Shoulao, embodying the deity of longevity, radiates wisdom and prosperity, making it a cherished addition to any discerning collector’s repertoire.


A Chinese bamboo figure of Shoulao.
A Chinese bamboo figure of Shoulao.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500

The Warehouse Auction

Clars’ Warehouse Auction boasts an accessibly priced collection that encompasses modern and antique furniture and décor, silver, porcelain, glass, fashion, collectible toys, books, and indigenous arts. Also on offer will be an eclectic range of art, prints and photographs. Each month we select paintings, prints, and sculptures in diverse styles from all over the world to offer with accessible estimates. Additionally, the Asian Art department will present a meticulously curated collection spanning Japanese woodblock prints, ceramics, folding screens, and various decorative pieces. Meanwhile, the Jewelry department is thrilled to present an array of affordable items, including diamonds, silver and gold necklaces.

Bidding for Clars’ May 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.

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 $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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A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

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April Auction Highlights

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Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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March Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction on March 22nd and our Warehouse Auction on March 23rd.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Friday sale will feature an exquisite array of European and American furniture and decorative arts, including a Tiffany Studios lamp, a Chinese pattern desk set, an English Chinoiserie tall case clock, American Classical Revival cabinets, antique carpets, Egyptian canopic jars, fine English silver, Baccarat glass, Flora Danica, and Herend porcelain.


A pair of Egyptian Alabaster Canopic jars. Provenance: General Sir Maxwell of the British Army.
A pair of Egyptian Alabaster Canopic jars. Provenance: General Sir Maxwell of the British Army.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Additionally, we are proud to present a collection of contemporary Inuit stone carvings by esteemed artists, such as Aquangajuk Shaa, Toonoo Sharky, and Nuna Parr.


A Nuna Parr carved stone dancing bear, Inuit, Kinngait (Cape Dorset).
A Nuna Parr carved stone dancing bear, Inuit, Kinngait (Cape Dorset).
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500

Fine Art

This March at Clars, we are offering a selection of fine paintings and sculptures for the collector with sophisticated and traditional tastes. First is an oil on canvas painting by English equestrian painter, John Frederick Herring Sr., depicting a jockey atop a racehorse. Herring, who was at first at sign painter and coachman by trade, was a successful painter of racehorses and jockeys. He became a favorite of Queen Victoria — who patronized his work for the last 20 years of his life.


John Frederick Herring Sr. (British, 1795–1864), Untitled (Racehorse with Jockey), oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″.
John Frederick Herring Sr. (British, 1795–1864), Untitled (Racehorse with Jockey), oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Second, we present an oil on canvas by French-Polish painter, Adam Styka. Styka was known for his Orientalist work showcasing scenes of North Africa as well as portrayals of the American West. The painting at Clars this month depicts a man riding a donkey while guiding another, both standing in shallow water with a mountainous desert landscape behind them.


Adam Styka (French/Polish, 1890–1959), Untitled (Orientalist Scene with Figure on Donkey), oil on board, 25″ x 29″.
Adam Styka (French/Polish, 1890–1959), Untitled (Orientalist Scene with Figure on Donkey), oil on board, 25″ x 29″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

A third highlight is an oil on canvas by French painter, Jules Cheret. Cheret was known in his time as an icon of Belle Epoque poster art. His paintings show influence from the Rococo masters of the 18th century, particularly Jean-Honore Fragonard, in the use of pastel colors and garden scenery. The painting for offer at Clars is titled Dejeuner sur L’Herbe and depicts a group of picnickers, including a joyful woman in a pink dress and a man who appears to be a friendly spectral onlooker, spending the day enjoying a lush garden.


Jules Cheret (French, 1836–1932), Dejeuner sur L’Herbe, oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″. Provenance: Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 1997. Note: Clars would like to thank Dr. Bradford R. Collins for his opinion on this piece.
Jules Chéret (French, 1836–1932), Déjeuner sur L’Herbe, oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″. Provenance: Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 1997. Note: Clars would like to thank Dr. Bradford R. Collins for his opinion on this piece.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Lastly, we offer a bronze sculpture by Navajo artist, R.C. Gorman. This original sculpture depicts a mother in repose, holding her swaddled baby. The woman’s face shows a tranquil expression as she appears to sing a lullaby to her child who sleeps peacefully in her arms.

Asian Art

In the upcoming March auction, Clars’ Asian Art department is proud to present these exceptional highlights from located collections. First is a magnificent Rattanakosin Kingdom gilt bronze figure of Buddha under Naga — a masterful representation of Thai Buddhist art. This exquisite piece captures the serene moment of the Buddha in meditation, shielded by the protective embrace of the Naga (serpent). The intricate detailing, spiritual symbolism, and lustrous gold embellishment of this statue are hallmark features of the Rattanakosin period, renowned for its artistic brilliance. This statue is not merely an artifact; it is a testament to the devoutness and the exceptional skill of Rattanakosin artisans in bronze craftsmanship.


Thai gilt bronze figure of Buddha under Muchalinda, Rattanakosin Kingdom.
Thai gilt bronze figure of Buddha under Muchalinda, Rattanakosin Kingdom.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Complementing the spiritual allure of the Buddhist statue is a Chinese huanghuali coffer — a fine example of Ming dynasty style furniture. Crafted from the highly coveted huanghuali rosewood — known for its striking grain, aromatic scent, and remarkable durability — this table embodies the luxury and refined taste of its era. Its design, characterized by elegance and simplicity, reflects the core aesthetic values of harmony and balance in Chinese art and philosophy. More than a piece of furniture, this coffer offers a glimpse into life and culture in the past.


A Chinese huanghuali coffer, 32″ x 62.375″ x 23″.
A Chinese huanghuali coffer, 32″ x 62.375″ x 23″.
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000

The Warehouse Auction

Clars’ Warehouse Auction is set to showcase an eclectic range of art, prints and photographs. Each month we select paintings, prints, and sculptures in diverse styles — from all over the world — to offer with accessible estimates.

The furniture section will offer antique, vintage and contemporary furniture and decorative arts, including Arthur Court furniture, a collection of elephants, Studio art glass and pottery, perfume bottles, porcelain dinner services, stemware, clocks, mirrors, and carpets. The Asian Art Department presents a meticulously curated collection in our March Warehouse auction, spanning Japanese woodblock prints, ceramics, folding screens, and various decorative pieces. Additionally, our selection includes decorative Chinese furniture, jade and hardstone carvings, and ceramics from various periods.


Bidding for Clars’ March 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.

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 $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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A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.

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May Auction Highlights

This May, Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction, The Warehouse Auction, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction.

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April Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present The Maritime Sale on April 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on April 19th, and our Warehouse Auction on April 20th.

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Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

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February Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th. These sales will offer a splendid variety pieces that any collector would treasure.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts section of the February Gallery auction offers a diverse collection of antiques and contemporary items, ranging from Regency swan consoles and antique Persian and Chinese carpets to modern furniture icons by Hans Wegner and Percival Lafer.


A pair of Hans Wegner chairs for Johannes Hansen, model: JH-501. Provenance: Originally from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in San Francisco where owner was employed for 40 years (by descent).
A pair of Hans Wegner chairs for Johannes Hansen, model: JH-501. Provenance: Originally from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in San Francisco where owner was employed for 40 years (by descent).
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Decorations include sterling silver, French bronze decorations, Meissen porcelain, and a menagerie of Herend animals. A collection of Santa Clara blackware vessels and a vibrant spectrum of contemporary art glass and studio ceramics will also be available.


A pair of Baccarat molded and cut glass five light candleabra in the Medallion pattern.
A pair of Baccarat molded and cut glass five light candleabra in the Medallion pattern.
Estimate: $1,800–$2,500

Fine Art

Fine Art will present an exciting selection of artwork this February. Highlights include works by important California artists, such as Elmer Bischoff and Sam Francis, as well as an impressive sculpture by Italian-American artist, Harry Bertoia.

First, we offer a painting by Bay Area Figurative Movement artist, Bischoff. A Berkeley native, Bischoff studied art and taught at a Sacramento high school until he joined the United States Air Force in World War II. After the destruction of the war, the prevailing art style in the United States was Abstract Expressionism, and Bischoff moved in circles with avant-garde painters upon his return to the San Francisco area.

After joining the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), Bischoff worked in close company with like-minded artists, including Karl Kasten, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park. Diebenkorn and Park joined Bischoff in forming the “First Generation” of Bay Area Figurative artists. This group transitioned away from working in the mode of Abstract Expressionism and embraced a figurative style.

Bischoff’s work in this month’s sale, titled Cityscape — and depicting just that, shows a scene that could be taken from several areas around the San Francisco Bay, with the rooftops of buildings receding down and peeping over the tops of hills. Although Bischoff and his colleagues championed figuration in their artwork, we can still see the echo of abstraction in the bold colors and emotive brushwork of this painting.


Elmer Bischoff (American, 1916–1991), Cityscape, oil on canvas, 32″ x 38″.
Elmer Bischoff (American, 1916–1991), Cityscape, oil on canvas, 32″ x 38″.
Estimate: $25,000–$35,000

An artist whose work remained solidly in the realm of Abstract Expressionism throughout his career was San Mateo-born, Sam Francis. Like Bischoff, Francis served in the Air Force during World War II. After his return to California, he was visited by artist David Park, who encouraged Francis to express himself artistically. Inspired by artists like Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, Francis’ work was characterized by large dollops of vivid color, smeared into both geometric and organic forms. Rather than remaining in California, Francis travelled globally, exhibiting and working in Paris, Mexico, New York, and Tokyo, where his exposure to Zen Buddhism greatly influenced his work.

Francis eventually landed in Los Angeles and became a prolific printmaker. The Francis piece to be offered at Clars this month is a striking monotype featuring woodcut and oil pigment elements. Viewers will note the painterly elements of the print, translated directly from Francis’ earlier paintings, as well as the solid color structure of the composition. Francis often favored primary colors in his work, particularly blue, and this piece is no exception. These components designate this print as an exemplary Sam Francis creation.


Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915–1978), Sounds Sculpture #15–10, height: 55.5″.
Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915–1978), Sounds Sculpture #15–10, height: 55.5″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Finally, we will offer a large-scale sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Born in Pordenone, Italy, Bertoia travelled to the United States at age 15 to study jewelry making and metalwork. His talent in these areas quickly led to commissions from figures as prominent in the arts as Charles Eames and Edmund Bacon. After further studies in welding, Bertoia experimented with furniture design, and developed his most notable creation — the sound sculpture. Bertoia fashioned several of these sculptures, comprised of brass and beryllium copper rods affixed to a flat surface, and used them to record a series of 11 albums, all titled Sonambient.

Although Bertoia eventually made dozens of these sculptures, each one is completely unique, producing different tones based on the configuration of rods, metal composition, and the shape of the sculpture. These multi-functional artworks can be found in prominent collections nationwide, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The sounding sculpture at Clars this month consists of 16 vertical rods that are minimalist and modern in appearance, yet ring out with an expressive timbre. Also featured this month are attractive works by Louise Nevelson, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and much more.

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department at Clars is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming February 16th sale.


Top: An amethyst, diamond and 18k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500Bottom: A ruby, diamond and 14k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500Right: A 14k gold bracelet. Estimate: $600–$800
Top: An amethyst, diamond and 18k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500
Bottom: A ruby, diamond and 14k gold necklace. Estimate: $1,000–$2,000
Right: A 14k gold bracelet. Estimate: $600–$800

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. Some of these highlights include a diamond ring, featuring a diamond approximately 1.50 carats, estimated at $3,000–$5,000; and a diamond and 14k gold bracelet, estimated at $4,000–$6,000. There will also be a colorful gemstone selection available, including a pink tourmaline and 14k white gold ring, estimated at $2,000–$3,000; and a cultured South Sea pearl, diamond and 14k white gold ring, estimated at $800–$1,200. Other wearable pieces include a collection of Trifari costume jewelry, estimated at $200–$300. Complementing the auction will be a selection classic timepieces, including an Omega Constellation 18k gold watch, estimated at $3,000–$5,000.

Asian Art

This February, Clars’ Asian Art department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.

A key feature in the sale is the collection of jade carvings, crafted in the 18th-century Mughal Style. These pieces, including intricately designed teapots and incense boxes, blend Indian and Chinese artistry, highlighting the rich Mughal influence.


A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Another notable highlight is the Ming Dynasty fahua ceramic figure of Luohan. This piece, characterized by the vibrant and intricate fahua glazing technique, reflects the religious significance and artistic depth of the Ming Dynasty.


Left: A Ming Dynasty Fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
Left: A Ming Dynasty fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

We will be offering additional highlights from the Qing Dynasty, including a Chinese famille rose and underglaze blue bird and flower hu-form vase, which showcases intricate and colorful depictions of avian and floral motifs. A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase is another masterpiece available that features a multitude of deer in various stances — symbolizing longevity and prosperity. Lastly, the Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel up for auction is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, combining luxurious materials in a harmonious design.


A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000

Also to be featured is a remarkable late 19th century Japanese inlaid bronze koro and cover, crafted by Ohashi San’emon (1851–1895) during the Meiji period. Measuring 14.125″ in height, this piece is distinguished by a pixiu finial and is elaborately decorated with auspicious symbols in copper, silver, and gilt. The inscription, “Dai Nihon Ohashi Sam’emon seizo,” on the underside further authenticates its origin.


Bidding for Clars’ February 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.

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 $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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June Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction Highlights

This June, Clars is excited to present our Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction on June 21st and The Warehouse Auction on June 22nd.

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Important Summer Fine Art Sale Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Important Summer Fine Art Sale bursting with exceptional artwork from iconic creators on June 20th.

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  • Fine Art

A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.

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  • Automobilia

May Auction Highlights

This May, Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction, The Warehouse Auction, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction.

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April Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present The Maritime Sale on April 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on April 19th, and our Warehouse Auction on April 20th.

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Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

February Asian Art Highlights

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This February 16th at Clars, the Asian Art Department will offer a diverse array of Asian masterpieces that span several cultures and historical periods.


A special highlight is the 19th century Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover. This exquisite piece, measuring 10.25″ across, is of a globular form adorned with stylized phoenixes in raised relief. It boasts peony branch handles with loose rings, is supported on three short, splayed legs originating from lion masks, and is topped with a domed cover crowned by a mythical beast-shaped finial.


A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
A Chinese celadon jade tripod censer and cover.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Another notable highlight is the Ming dynasty fahua ceramic figure of a Luohan. This piece, characterized by the vibrant and intricate fahua glazing technique, reflects the religious significance and artistic depth of the Ming dynasty.


Left: A Ming Dynasty Fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
Left: A Ming Dynasty fahua ceramic figure of a luohan. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Right: A Japanese inlaid bronze ‘dragon’ koro and cover. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

We will be offering additional highlights from the Qing dynasty, including a Chinese famille rose and underglaze bluebird and flower hu-form vase which showcases intricate and colorful depictions of avian and floral motifs. A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase is another masterpiece available that features a multitude of deer in various stances — symbolizing longevity and prosperity. Lastly, the Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel up for auction is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, combining luxurious materials in a harmonious design.


A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
A Chinese enameled 100 deer hu-form vase.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel.
A Chinese jade and hardstone embellished lacquer wall panel.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Another standout feature in the sale is the collection of jade carvings, crafted in the 18th-century Mughal style. These pieces, including intricately designed teapots and incense boxes, blend Indian and Chinese artistry, highlighting the rich Mughal influence.


A Chinese white jade teapot.
A Chinese white jade teapot.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

Also to be featured is a remarkable late 19th century Japanese inlaid bronze koro and cover, crafted by Ohashi San’emon (1851–1895) during the Meiji period. Measuring 14.125″ in height, this piece is distinguished by a pixiu finial and is elaborately decorated with auspicious symbols in copper, silver, and gilt. The inscription, “Dai Nihon Ohashi Sam’emon seizo,” on the underside further authenticates its origin.


A Chinese celadon glazed crackled ground ‘trigram’ vase.
A Chinese celadon glazed crackled ground ‘trigram’ vase.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Clars invites art enthusiasts and collectors this February 16th to explore these treasures and more.


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This June, Clars is excited to present our Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction on June 21st and The Warehouse Auction on June 22nd.

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Important Summer Fine Art Sale Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Important Summer Fine Art Sale bursting with exceptional artwork from iconic creators on June 20th.

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A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.

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  • Automobilia

May Auction Highlights

This May, Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction, The Warehouse Auction, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction.

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April Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present The Maritime Sale on April 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on April 19th, and our Warehouse Auction on April 20th.

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Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

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January Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on January 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on January 19th, our European Décor Auction on January 20th, and our Fine & Rare Wines Auction on January 22nd. These sales will offer a splendid variety of art, jewelry, Asian works, furniture, decorative arts and fine wines.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction will present a timeless collection of fine furniture from the Baroque period and fine revival styles. Discover gilt cut glass stemware and luxury porcelain dinner services that are being offered.


An Art Nouveau documented Louis Majorelle salon suite, circa 1900.
An Art Nouveau documented Louis Majorelle salon suite, circa 1900.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

This auction also presents a rare opportunity to acquire exceptional pieces from the private collection of Stephen and Lynette Schwartz of Steven’s Antiques. From formal French furniture and 19th century bronze sculptures, to ormolu mounted marble clocks and KPM porcelain plaques, each item reflects the Schwartz’s discerning taste and signature blend of European sophistication.


A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

In our January 19th sale, the Furniture & Decorative Arts department will being offering a collection of ethnographic and Native American artifacts, fine silver including a New York Federal coin silver tea service, and a variety of 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture.


A Federal coin silver tea service, William B. North, New York, active c. 1820–1828.
A Federal coin silver tea service, William B. North, New York, active c. 1820–1828.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Our European Décor sale on January 20th will offer an eclectic collection of antique and contemporary furniture and decorative arts, including Native American pottery and tribal design, sterling and silver plate articles, Studio art pottery, and glass including a collection of Michael Nourot glass, mirrors and carpets.

Fine Art

This January at Clars we are pleased to offer a selection of fine paintings, prints, and sculptures to brighten gray winter days. First up are two springtime scenes from American Impressionist, Paul Sawyier. Sawyier is known today as one of Kentucky’s most renowned artists, beginning his career studying under William Merritt Chase in New York City, and displaying several works at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The two paintings by Sawyier at Clars this month, both oils on panel, are garden scenes showing classical-style sculptures amid pastel flowers in full bloom.


Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Estimate: $10,000–$20,000

Secondly, we present a watercolor by painter, James Taylor Harwood. Born in the territory of Utah, Harwood honed his artistic skills at the California School of Design in San Francisco before embarking on an extended trip to Paris, France with fellow painter and friend, Guy Rose. During this time, he exhibited at the Paris Salon — becoming the first artist from Utah to do so, four years before the territory became a state. The watercolor in this month’s sale was painted after Harwood’s return to the United States, during a period in which his style hovered between Academicism and Impressionism. It depicts the peaceful scene of a birch tree leaning over a stream shaded by lush green foliage.


James Taylor Harwood (American, 1860–1940), Birch by a Stream (Utah), 1909, watercolor, 15.5″ x 13.5″.
James Taylor Harwood (American, 1860–1940), Birch by a Stream (Utah), 1909, watercolor, 15.5″ x 13.5″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

Finally, we offer a charming early work by Pennsylvania painter, Fern Isabel Coppedge. Coppedge was born in Illinois but spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, becoming associated with the Pennsylvania Impressionism movement which also included artists such as George Sotter and Walter Emerson Baum. After studying in several major American cities, Coppedge returned to the Philadelphia area and found success through her association with the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists who exhibited together with the aim of elevating female-made art above the level of hobby and craft. The oil on canvas board painting in January’s sale depicts a cottage in Bucks County, rendered in an Impressionist style with bright, folk art inspired colors. Also included in January’s auction are paintings by Edward Henry Potthast and James Weeks, a lithograph by Robert Riggs, and much more.


Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883–1951), Springtime (Bucks County), oil on canvas board, 8.5″ x 12″.
Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883–1951), Springtime (Bucks County), oil on canvas board, 8.5″ x 12″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department at Clars Auctions is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, and a curated collection of gemstones in their upcoming January 19th sale.


A variety of gemstones to be offered at auction on January 19th.
A variety of gemstones.
To be offered: January 19th.

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. Some of these highlights include a rutilated quartz and 18k gold dress set, French, from the estate of internationally recognized textile artist and designer, Mr. Julian Tomchin, San Francisco, CA; a black cultured baroque pearl and 18k gold ring by Gumps, estimated at $700–$1,000; and a 14k gold bracelet, estimated at $300–$500. A vast assortment of gemstones from the estate of a reputable gemstone dealer will also be presented for collectors and gem lovers.


A black cultured baroque pearl and 18k gold ring.
A black cultured baroque pearl and 18k gold ring.
Estimate: $700–$1,000

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will feature a collection of 19th century Chinese export porcelain articles from the Nathan Hale family, including a partial set featuring the butterfly pattern and various pairs of famille verte guardian lions and beasts. Also on offer is East Coast collection of Chinese ceramics from the Song to Qing dynasties.


A suite of Chinese Export famille rose porcelain with butterflies and flowers.
A suite of Chinese Export famille rose porcelain with butterflies and flowers.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Fine & Rare Wines

A few of the highlights in our Winter Fine & Rare Wines auction include a 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole, a 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole, and a 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.


From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000.
Bidding for Clars’ January 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.

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 $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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Clars is excited to present our Important Summer Fine Art Sale bursting with exceptional artwork from iconic creators on June 20th.

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A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.

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May Auction Highlights

This May, Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction, The Warehouse Auction, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction.

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April Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present The Maritime Sale on April 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on April 19th, and our Warehouse Auction on April 20th.

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Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

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December Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Winter Furniture, Art & Jewelry Auction on December 15th and our Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th. These sales will offer a splendid variety of art, jewelry, Asian works, furniture and decorative arts.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The December 15th auction will showcase a diverse range of items, including Mayan style carved vessels, Native American pottery, Patriano Barela carved sculptures and Kachina figures. Additionally, English and German sterling silver, gold and silver coins, fine porcelain dinner services, and glass stemware and vases from renowned makers and artisans such as Moser, St. Louis, Michael Nourot, and Marialyn Hawke will be featured.


Two Mayan style carved translucent stone vessels.
Two Mayan style carved translucent stone vessels.
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

The auction will also present a variety of antique decorative arts, furniture, and rugs, as well as a contemporary furniture collection from an exclusive St. Helena winery. To round out the holiday season, a delightful selection of oversized stuffed animals and a miniature Christmas house will be available.


A large Art Nouveau Black Starr & Frost sterling compote fashioned in the Louis XV style.
A large Art Nouveau Black Starr & Frost sterling compote fashioned in the Louis XV style.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone gold jewelry, and timepieces in their upcoming December 15th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection and elevate your festive celebrations. To be featured in the sale are a nice selection of diamond jewelry, including a diamond and 14k gold wedding ring set, estimated at $3,000–$5,000, as well as a colorful gemstone selection, including a ruby, diamond and 14k gold brooch by Seaman Schepps, estimated at $5,000–$7,000.


Top Left: A diamond and 14k white gold pendant necklace. Top Right: An enamel and 18k gold pocket watch. Middle: A diamond, onyx and platinum dog brooch. Bottom Left: A Patek Philippe 18k gold ‘Calatrava’ wristwatch. Bottom Right: A ruby, diamond and white gold brooch.
A diamond and 14k white gold pendant necklace. Estimate: $400–$600; An enamel and 18k gold pocket watch. Estimate: $800–$1,200; A diamond, onyx and platinum dog brooch. Estimate: $7,000–$10,000; A Patek Philippe 18k gold ‘Calatrava’ wristwatch Estimate: $6,000–$8,000; A ruby, diamond and white gold brooch. Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life include items such as a diamond, onyx and platinum dog brooch, estimated $7,000–$10,000, complemented by classic timepieces like a Patek Philippe 18k gold ‘Calatrava’ wristwatch, estimated at $6,000–$8,000.

Fine Art

Clars’ Fine Art department is pleased to offer a selection of works from diverse and talented artists this December, with highlights by three painters whose influence can still be seen in contemporary art today. First, we are excited to present an oil on canvas portrait by African-American artist, Bob Thompson. Thompson was active in the bustling mid-century art scene in New York City and is known for his colorful figurative paintings that blend traditional Renaissance and Baroque composition with the energy and experimentation of 20th century Abstract Expressionism. In the painting offered in this month’s sale, titled Portrait of a Lady, we see a woman with a disproportionately large head and an aloof expression. Thompson marries traditional portraiture conventions, like the three-quarter view of the subject and the bust-length focus, with abstracted elements of shadow, color, and dimension to create a distinctive and unique image.


Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson (American, 1937–1966), Portrait of a Lady, 1959, oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″.
Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson (American, 1937–1966), Portrait of a Lady, 1959, oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Second, we are featuring a striking work by celebrated Chinese-American artist, Hung Liu. Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948, and emigrated to California in 1984 where she experimented with different methods and media to create a signature painting style. The mixed media work in this month’s auction, titled Yellow Current, is an outstanding example of this style, for which Liu is best known. The image shows a bust view of a young Chinese woman in a fuchsia robe against a golden-yellow background. We see Liu’s trademark technique of using a wash of linseed oil over heavy brushstrokes — giving a drippy, melting, almost underwater appearance to the composition.


Hung Liu (American/Chinese, 1948–2021), Yellow Current, 2010, layered oil paint and mixed media on panel, 41″ x 41″.
Hung Liu (American/Chinese, 1948–2021), Yellow Current, 2010, layered oil paint and mixed media on panel, 41″ x 41″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Lastly, we will offer an oil on canvas genre scene from American Impressionist, Edward Potthast. Potthast was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied in Paris and Munich before settling in New York City. He worked primarily as a lithographer during his early career, only shifting his focus to painting at age 39. Potthast was likely stylistically influenced by his European studies, as techniques of French Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir, and Berthe Morisot can be seen in Potthast’s work. The painting in this month’s sale is a beach scene — the subject for which Potthast is most known. Figures are gathered in groups on a sunny seaside, seated on blankets and under umbrellas, with emphasis on painterly brushstrokes and soft yet vibrant colors. The atmosphere is relaxed, warm, and inviting, a trademark of Potthast’s work.


Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927) At the Seashore, oil on masonite, 8″ x 10″.
Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927) At the Seashore, oil on masonite, 8″ x 10″.
Estimate: $15,000–$25,000

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will have its year-end offerings of fine Chinese and Japanese works of art sourced from various private collections and estates at the Fine Asian Art & European Décor Auction on December 16th.


A Chinese Qing dynasty white jade ruyi scepter.
A Chinese Qing dynasty white jade ruyi scepter.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

The auction is highlighted by a set of three Chinese ‘qianjiang’ enameled ‘landscape’ plaques by the famous late Qing dynasty porcelain artisan, Cheng Men (1838–1908), a late Qing dynasty imperial style zitan lantern, a pair of huanghuali lantern stands, a late Qing dynasty silver-inlaid bronze figure of Guanyin bearing the Shisou mark, a late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe, a Qing dynasty white jade ruyi scepter, and a magnificent Japanese Meiji period Shibayama lacquered shodana.


A Chinese late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe.
A Chinese late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe.
Estimate: $15,000–$25,000
Bidding for Clars’ December 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.

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 $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!

Read More

June Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction Highlights

This June, Clars is excited to present our Jewelry, Furniture & Asian Auction on June 21st and The Warehouse Auction on June 22nd.

  • Auction

Important Summer Fine Art Sale Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Important Summer Fine Art Sale bursting with exceptional artwork from iconic creators on June 20th.

  • Auction
  • Fine Art

A Stunning Porsche on the Auction Block

This Summer at Clars we are excited to offer a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe at our Classic Car and Automobilia Auction on July 18th.

  • Auction
  • Automobilia

May Auction Highlights

This May, Clars is excited to present The Golden & Glamour Era Auction, our Furniture, Art & Asian Auction, The Warehouse Auction, and our Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction.

  • Auction

April Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present The Maritime Sale on April 18th, our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on April 19th, and our Warehouse Auction on April 20th.

  • Auction

Artists to Watch: California

With this inaugural auction, we take great pride in introducing ten esteemed artists who persistently enrich the tapestry of California art.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary