Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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  • Modern + Contemporary

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

We are privileged and honored to present a very important work by 1991 National Artist of the Philippines, Hernando Ruiz Ocampo. Ocampo stands as an iconic artist in the Philippines, being a leader of modernist painting in the country during the first half of the twentieth century. The monumental work by Ocampo in our March sale, one of only two made by the artist in this size, is titled Mga Kiti, which can be taken as a reference to either duck embryos or mosquito larvae. Dating to 1978, the scroll-like painting, done in acrylic paint on Tetoron fabric, showcases a repeating pattern of similar forms that echo human figures, the bodies of birds, lotus pods, and cellular structures.


Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (Filipino, 1911–1978), Mga Kiti, 1978, acrylic on Tetoron, 35.5″ x 354.25″ (zoomed in shot).
Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (Filipino, 1911–1978), Mga Kiti, 1978, acrylic on Tetoron, 35.5″ x 354.25″ (zoomed in shot).
Estimate: $700,000–$1,000,000

Another featured work is a life-size ceramic kimono by American sculptor, Karen LaMonte. LaMonte is known for her sculptures of garments which appear to be draped over a human form but stand alone as if moving on their own. LaMonte works in glass, bronze, and ceramic, and the child’s kimono in our March sale is made of ceramic with a light blue celadon glaze.


Karen LaMonte (American, b. 1967), Child's Kimono, ceramic with celadon glaze, overall: 40″ x 17.5″ x 12″.
Karen LaMonte (American, b. 1967), Child’s Kimono, ceramic with celadon glaze, overall: 40″ x 17.5″ x 12″.
Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Eric Goulder (American, b. 1954), The Woman, 1991, bronze sculpture, overall: 32″ x 21″ x 23″.
Eric Goulder (American, b. 1954), The Woman, 1991, sculpture bronze, overall: 32″ x 21″ x 23″.
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000

Another sculpture highlight in the March sale is a bronze by Eric Goulder, titled The Woman. This figural piece depicts a nude woman seated while raising a hand to her mouth — a look of surprise on her face. The nearly life-size sculpture is formed in a highly realistic style displaying musculature and hair texture, as well as emotion and body language.


Henrietta Berk (American, 1919–1990), Untitled (Seated Figures/Possibly JFK and Jackie), oil on canvas, 48″ x 54″.
Henrietta Berk (American, 1919–1990), Untitled (Seated Figures/Possibly JFK and Jackie), oil on canvas, 48″ x 54″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Moving on to our selection of paintings this March, we are pleased to offer two works by Bay Area Figurative Movement member, Henrietta Berk. Berk is celebrated for her emotive use of color and the strong element of movement in her painting. She often utilizes an impasto painting technique, which we see in both pieces in the March auction. One painting, titled Spanish Landscape, depicts a starkly lit town with a blazing orange sky over green fields and scattered buildings. The second piece, an untitled figurative painting, shows a young woman and man seated and talking in the grass. Speculation of this work and other similar pieces by Berk alleges that the couple is modeled after President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


Raimonds Staprans (American/Latvian, b. 1926), Seated Nude (Erica), 1976–78, oil on canvas, 40″ x 40″.
Raimonds Staprans (American/Latvian, b. 1926), Seated Nude (Erica), 1976–78, oil on canvas, 40″ x 40″. Note: This work was commissioned by the artist’s friend, Maurice Amzallag. Amzallag was a restaurant owner (as well as a poet, artist and architect) in Los Altos, California. This is a portrait of Amzallag’s wife, Erica.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Another standout in the March auction is a large oil on canvas by Latvian-American painter, Raimonds Staprans. Staprans built a large following while practicing in San Francisco during the second half of the 20th century. He is known for bold color and painterly brushwork, often focusing on architectural landscapes and still lifes. The painting at Clars this month is a rare figural work depicting a female nude. Staprans maintains his signature bold color and audacious painting technique in his exploration of the human figure.


Enrico Donati (American/Italian, 1909–2008), Cerveteri in Red + Blue, 1984–85, oil and mixed media (sand) on canvas, 60″ x 50″.
Enrico Donati (American/Italian, 1909–2008), Cerveteri in Red + Blue, 1984–85, oil and mixed media (sand) on canvas, 60″ x 50″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Running at Ocean Beach, 1976, pencil and gouache on paper, 17.75″ x 24″.
Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Running at Ocean Beach, 1976, pencil and gouache on paper, 17.75″ x 24″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Also included this March are large paintings by Enrico Donati and Hunt Slonem, a work on paper and print by Bay Area artist Joan Brown, and much more.


Juvenal Sanso (Spanish/Filipino, b. 1929), Untitled (Surreal Landscape), oil on canvas, 23″ x 28″.
Juvenal Sanso (Spanish/Filipino, b. 1929), Untitled (Surreal Landscape), oil on canvas, 23.75″ x 28.75″.
Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Goetz Valien (Austrian, b. 1960), Ego, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 108″ x 120″.
Goetz Valien (Austrian, b. 1960), Ego, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 108″ x 120″.
Estimate: $25,000–$35,000
Matt Gondek (American, b 1982), Rugrats, acrylic on canvas, 47.5″ x 71.5″.
Matt Gondek (American, b 1982), Rugrats, acrylic on canvas, 47.5″ x 71.5″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Lenore Tawney (American, 1907–2007), Blue Moon, warp-faced weft-ribbed plain weave with collage and paint, weaving: 13″ x 10″, overall (with shadowbox): 17″ x 14.75″.
Lenore Tawney (American, 1907–2007), Blue Moon, warp-faced weft-ribbed plain weave with collage and paint, weaving: 13″ x 10″, overall (with shadowbox): 17″ x 14.75″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000
John Evans (American, b. 1945), Beach Parking, 1997, oil on canvas, 48″ x 52.25″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
John Evans (American, b. 1945), Beach Parking, 1997, oil on canvas, 48″ x 52.25″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Sylvia Lark (American, 1947–1990), China, No, 1987, oil on canvas, 60″ x 78″. From the private Collection of Allan Stone.
Sylvia Lark (American, 1947–1990), China, No, 1987, oil on canvas, 60″ x 78″. From the private Collection of Allan Stone. Note: Born in Buffalo of Native American and Italian-American heritage, Lark had exhibited in over 125 national and international group shows and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the University Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), the Oakland Museum, the Legion of Honor, (San Francisco), Bank of America World Headquarters (San Francisco), and ARCO Foundation (Los Angeles) among others.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Richard MacDonald (American, b 1946), Elena II, bronze sculpture, overall (with base): 26.5″ x 13″ x 13″.
Richard MacDonald (American, b 1946), Elena II, 2004, patinated bronze sculpture, overall: 26.5″ x 13″ x 13″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

Davide Salvadore (Italian, b. 1956), Chitimara 2, Murrini glass with fiber, 29.5″ x 12.5″ x 16″.
Davide Salvadore (Italian, b. 1956), Chitimara 2, Murrini glass with fiber, 29.5″ x 12.5″ x 16″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Therman Statom (American, b. 1953), Agua de Esmerelda, glass with mixed media, overall: 84″ x 16″ x 5″.
Therman Statom (American, b. 1953), Agua de Esmerelda, glass with mixed media, overall: 84″ x 16″ x 5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Henrietta Berk (American, 1919–1990), <em>Spanish Landscape</em>, 1941, oil on canvas, 36″ x 40″.
Henrietta Berk (American, 1919–1990), Spanish Landscape, 1941, oil on canvas, 36″ x 40″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

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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

Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

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

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  • Modern + Contemporary

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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Contemporary Glass Collection

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  • Estate Spotlight

Clars is pleased to offer one of the most extensive contemporary glass collections in Northern California as part of a prominent Bay Area estate on Thursday, March 21st in our Spring Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction.

Dale Chihuly (American b. 1941) Translucent Violet Persian set with yellow-orange lip wrap, 1992.
Dale Chihuly (American b. 1941), Translucent Violet Persian set with yellow-orange lip wrap, 1992.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

The couple were tireless and passionate about the art of glass blowing, and spent over three decades acquiring important pieces. They were known nationally as top tier collectors. From this collection, Clars will be offering iconic pieces from several artists, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Therman Statom, David Salvadore, and Joel Phillip Myers.


Dan Dailey, <em>Moon Man</em>, vase, 1992, blown, cut and etched glass, 20″h x 15″dia.
Dan Dailey, Moon Man, vase, 1992, blown, cut and etched glass, 20″h x 15″dia.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

A Jay Musler sandblasted and airbrushed paint decorated glass Cityscape bowl.
Jay Musler, Cityscape Bowl, sandblasted and airbrushed paint decorated glass, 9.5″h x 18″dia. Provenance: Marx Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL 1999.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Joel Philip Myers, Contiguous Fragment Series, vase, glass, 14.5″h x 15.5″w x 3.5″d.
Joel Philip Myers, Contiguous Fragment Series, vase, glass, 14.5″h x 15.5″w x 3.5″d. Provenance: Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington DC, 2000.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Richard Royal, <em>R93-161 & R93-162</em>, Relationship Series, lot of two, 1993, blown and acid etched glass, greatest 32″h. Provenance: Richard Royal Studio, Seattle, WA 1993.
Richard Royal, R93-161 & R93-162, Relationship Series, lot of two, 1993, blown and acid etched glass, greatest 32″h. Provenance: Richard Royal Studio, Seattle, WA 1993.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
John Littleton and Kate Vogel, <em>Four Bags</em>, 2006, blown glass 17.5″h x 12.5″w x 8″d.
John Littleton and Kate Vogel, Four Bags, 2006, blown glass 17.5″h x 12.5″w x 8″d.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Davide Salvadore (Italian, b. 1956), Chitimara 2, Murrini glass with fiber, 29.5″h x 12.5″w x 16″d.
Davide Salvadore (Italian, b. 1956), Chitimara 2, Murrini glass with fiber, 29.5″h x 12.5″w x 16″d.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Therman Statom (American, b. 1953), Agua de Esmerelda, glass with mixed media, overall: 84″h x 16″w x 5″d.
Therman Statom (American, b. 1953), Agua de Esmerelda, glass with mixed media, overall: 84″h x 16″w x 5″d.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Steven Klein, Balance 64, two vessels on plinth, 2007, glass, 7″h x 7″dia; base: 1.25″h x 18.5″w.
Steven Klein, Balance 64, two vessels on plinth, 2007, glass, 7″h x 7″dia; base: 1.25″h x 18.5″w. Provenance: Davis and Cline, Ashland, OR, 2008.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000
Petr Hora, sculpture Czechoslovakia, 1998, glass, signed, 13″h x 17.75″w x 3.25″d. Provenance: Heller Gallery, New York City, NY.
Petr Hora, sculpture Czechoslovakia, 1998, glass, signed, 13″h x 17.75″w x 3.25″d. Provenance: Heller Gallery, New York City, NY.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Concetta Mason, <em>Wild Seed</em>, glass vase on pedestal, 26.5″h x 15″w x 9″d.
Concetta Mason, Wild Seed, glass vase on pedestal, 26.5″h x 15″w x 9″d. Provenance: Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 1995.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

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

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  • Fine Jewelry

Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

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

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Historic Frank’s Fisherman

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

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Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

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

  • Estate Spotlight

The Collection of Allan Stone

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

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  • Modern + Contemporary

From the Private Collection of Stephen & Lynette Schwartz

Mr. Stephen Schwartz and Stephen’s Antiques are recognized antiques dealers and advanced collectors known nationwide.

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  • Furniture & Decorative Arts

From the Private Collection of Stephen & Lynette Schwartz

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  • Furniture & Decorative Arts

Mr. Stephen Schwartz and Stephen’s Antiques are recognized antiques dealers and advanced collectors known nationwide.

Originally based in Tiburon, CA, they sold investment grade European Decorative Art and select Furniture from coast to coast. Their largest public sale is a rare 18th century porcelain mounted salon table that sold for a staggering $2.4M in 1998. Mr. Schwartz helped numerous clients build very well curated collections that are still highly regarded.


A monumental and rare Louis XVI style gilt bronze and mirrored three-piece mirrored plateau.
A monumental and rare Louis XVI style gilt bronze and mirrored three-piece mirrored plateau.
Estimate: $18,000–$25,000

Clars Auctions is please to present a selection from their exclusive collection, featuring formal French furniture, 19th-century bronze sculptures, ormolu-mounted marble clocks, and KPM porcelain plaques in our January 18th auction. Each piece is a testament to the discerning taste of the Schwartz family, showcasing their distinctive 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
A Louis XV Vernis Martin style gilt bronze mounted kingwood cabinet, late 19th century.
A Louis XV Vernis Martin style gilt bronze mounted kingwood cabinet, late 19th century.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
A large pair of Egyptian Revival patinated bronze two-handled urns, 19th century.
A large pair of Egyptian Revival patinated bronze two-handled urns, 19th century.
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
Left: A fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble urns by Susse Frères Foundry. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500 Right: An impressive Sèvres style luster and gilt decorated gilt bronze mounted porcelain covered urn, late 19th/early 20th century.
Left: A fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble urns by Susse Frères Foundry. Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
Right: An impressive Sèvres style luster and gilt decorated gilt bronze mounted porcelain covered urn, late 19th/early 20th century. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

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

  • Estate Spotlight
  • Fine Jewelry

Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

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

  • Estate Spotlight

Historic Frank’s Fisherman

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

  • Estate Spotlight

Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

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

  • Estate Spotlight

Contemporary Glass Collection

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

  • Design
  • Estate Spotlight

The Collection of Allan Stone

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

  • Estate Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary