Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.


Left: General Custer; Right: Geronimo
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: General Custer. Right: Geronimo.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

In 1986, Andy Warhol created the Cowboys and Indians series. In this portfolio, Warhol portrays a range of images that represent both the history and constructed lore of the American West, pulled from reality and fiction. Warhol interspersed portraits of world-famous Americans with those of anonymous Native Americans in his ironic commentary on America’s collective mythology of the historic West.


Left: Mother and Child; Right: Teddy Roosevelt
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: Mother and Child. Right: Teddy Roosevelt.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape, or cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol went with a stylized and romanticized version of the American West — already a favored lens in novels, films, and various television series popular during the 20th century.


Cowboys and Indians
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: Plains Indian Shield. Right: Northwest Coast Mask.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

Included in the composition are Native Americans and their authentic emblems — a mask, Kachina dolls, and a shield — alongside John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt and General George Custer, the latter group exemplifying Warhol’s preoccupation with stardom.


Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: John Wayne. Right: Annie Oakley.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

At this point in his life, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle, Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel.


Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: Indian Head Nickel. Right: Kachina Dolls.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

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Artisan Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

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Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

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June Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

Clars’ June Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale totaled $1,070,250 across 239 lots.

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Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

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Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures, installations, paintings, performances and fashion. Kusama is the highest-selling living female artist and has a body of work that spans over the past 70 years.


Yayoi Kusama, Napping Pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Napping Pumpkin, 1993, screenprint, 20.8″ x 25.75″.
Sold: $37,500
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), A Pumpkin GB-D, 2004, screenprint, 9.4″ x 11.1″.
Sold: $40,625

A preeminent figure in the art world, Kusama emerged onto the art scene in the 1960s in New York, collaborating with Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and Robert Morris and contributed to the rise of feminist and pop art.


Kusama, <em>Grapes</em>
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Grapes, 1982, screenprint, 12.4″ x 10.6″.
Sold: $21,250
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23" x 19".Estimate: $30,000–$50,000 (one of two to be offered).
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23″ x 19″.
Sold: $31,250

Throughout her work, Kusama has explored such themes as her own obsessive-compulsive disorder, hallucinations, sexuality and freedom. Various Kusama prints that were sold at Clars exhibit her signature style, featuring polka dots and nets in dense patterns with obsessive repetition.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23" x 19" (one of two to be offered). Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23″ x 19″.
Sold: $87,500

In 1993, Kusama represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo as well as a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012. In 2017, she opened the Yoyoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo near her studio and the psychiatric hospital where she has voluntarily lived since 1977.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4" x 16”.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4″ x 16″.
Sold: $17,500
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Flower (1), 1992, lithograph in color, 9.4″ x 11.1″.
Sold: $12,500

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Artisan Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

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Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.

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June Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

Clars’ June Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale totaled $1,070,250 across 239 lots.

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August Highlights

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


Asian Art

The Asian art department will offer a fine selection of Asian works of art on Sunday, August 14th. This auction will include various exquisite Chinese Imperial metal works, ceramics, huanghuali furniture, Buddhist objects and other categories of Asian works of art.


Chinese imperial bronze 	‘dragon’ vase, Mark and Period of Qianlong.
Chinese imperial bronze ‘dragon’ vase, Mark and Period of Qianlong.

The sale will be led by two related Qing dynasty imperial bronze square-form zun vases. Each features five-clawed dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amid scrolling clouds in low relief. One vase features a six-character Qianlong mark, and the other one features a six-character Jiaqing mark. The precision and intricacy of the molding indicates the imperial origin, while the patina on the surface demonstrates the age. Both square-form zun vases were acquired in Tokyo, Japan, circa 1949. Another imperial object is a cloisonne enamel ‘crane and peach’ wall panel, depicting a pair of cranes perching on a garden rock under nine peaches, symbolizing longevity and prosperity.

The porcelain section will feature a blue and white brush pot of the Kangxi period. The cylindrical scholars’ object is painted with scholars in a serene mountain and river landscape with a fishman sailing on a boat. The masterful utilization of shades depicts the depth of the landscape, while the vivid illustration of the figures adds a lively touch to the tranquil scene.


Liu Guosong (Chinese, b. 1932), <em>Smokey Landscape</em>.
Liu Guosong (Chinese, b. 1932), Smokey Landscape.

Other highlights of the sale include a Ming dynasty bronze figure of Manjushri, a pair of Qing dynasty celadon glazed arm rests, a huanghuali round-corners cabinet, a Liu Guosong (Chinese, b. 1932) watercolor depicting an abstract Smokey Landscape executed in 1980, a white jade bird-finial seal, and many other fine selections from various categories of Asian works of art.

Fine Art

The art portion of the Clars August sale will offer an exquisite watercolor and gouache on silk painting by renowned Bay Area artist, Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885–1975). The 1933 painting, titled Shower, Point Lobos, captures Obata’s time in California and his exploration of the landscapes in the greater Bay Area. The intricate watercolor also demonstrates his skills at traditional Japanese sumi-e ink painting, a style Obata trained in as a young boy. Shower, Point Lobos will be offered on Sunday August 14th with an estimate of $15,000–$20,000.


Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885–1975), Shower, Point Lobos, 1933, watercolor and gouache on silk, 19.5" x 14".To be offered: August 14thEstimate: $15,000–$20,000
Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885–1975), Shower, Point Lobos, 1933, watercolor and gouache on silk, 19.5″ x 14″.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts portion of the auction will be led by a large 18th century Flemish verdure tapestry, depicting a castle within a naturalistic setting, estimated at $8,000–$12,000. The tapestry was the centerpiece on the wall of chic San Francisco, CA Financial District pied-de-terre. Also coming up the auction block will be an early Mughal School miniature painting attributed to Payag, also known as Prayaga, dating to 17th century, depicting a mystic sitting around campfire with a group of devotees; this painting is a highlight from an impressive collection of Indian miniature paintings, presale estimate of $30,000–$50,000.


Flemish Verdure Tapestry.
Flemish Verdure Tapestry.
An Indian miniature painting, gouache on paper, depicting an ascetic before a cave attended by various figures, sight 9" x 6.5".
An Indian miniature painting, gouache on paper, depicting an ascetic before a cave attended by various figures, sight 9″ x 6.5″.

There is also a lovely mélange of 19th century European ceramics and 20th century art glass including a large Spanish Triana majolica basin featuring a rabbit, a fine Victorian pair of Minton porcelain pate sur pate pilgrim flasks depicting a scenes from Aesop’s fables and a Daum pate de verre glass ‘Les Danseurs’ figural group.


Pair Pate Sure Pate Moon Flasks.To be offered: August 14th
A fine pair of Minton porcelain pate sur pate pilgrim flasks of Aesop’s fables by Thomas H. Rice or Frederick Alfred Rhead, last quarter 19th century, one depicting the tortoise and hare, and the cow and frog, indistinct ‘TR’ artist’s cipher in decoration, gold printed crowned globe mark, impressed ‘MINTONS,’ shape 1819, date cypher for 1872 or 1882, original paper label, 10.25″ h.
A Daum pate de verre glass ‘Les Danseurs’ figural group, designed by Dan Dailey, limited edition 5 of 200, engraved ‘5 / 200,’ (restored), 14.25" h x <nobr>13.25" w.</nobr> Provenance: Property of a prominent Hillsborough, CA estate.
A Daum pate de verre glass ‘Les Danseurs’ figural group, designed by Dan Dailey, limited edition 5 of 200, engraved ‘5 / 200,’ (restored), 14.25″ h x 13.25″ w. Provenance: Property of a prominent Hillsborough, CA estate.

Fine Jewelry

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department at Clars Auction Gallery is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming August 14th sale.


A Retro diamond and fourteen karat gold ring.
A Retro diamond and fourteen karat gold ring.

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points, including diamond jewelry such as a pair of diamond and fourteen karat white gold earrings, estimated at $3,000–$5,000 and a Retro diamond and fourteen karat gold ring, estimated at $1,000–$2,000. To be offered as well is a colorful gemstone selection, including a peridot, pink beryl and fourteen karat gold ring, estimated at $400–$600 and a sapphire, diamond and eighteen karat gold ring, estimated at $800–$1,200. Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life are represented by a gemstone and eighteen karat gold brooch, by Fred Paris, estimated at $800–$1,200.


A gemstone and eighteen karat gold brooch, Fred Paris.
A gemstone and eighteen karat gold brooch, Fred Paris.
Bidding for Clars’ August 13–14, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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Huanghuali Highlights

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

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July Highlights

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

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July Highlights

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Clars Auction Gallery will offer a fine selection of Asian works of art on Sunday, July 17th. This auction will include various Chinese Ming dynasty bronze Buddhist sculptures, huanghuali furniture, Chinese paintings, porcelains, and other categories of Asian works of art.


Asian Art

The auction will be led by three Ming dynasty bronze Buddhist sculptures. The first will be a bronze Avalokiteshvara figure seated on a double-lotus thrown with one hand in an abhaya gesture, estimated at $10,000–$15,000. The back of the base is incised with the name of the patron of the sculpture and dated the sixteenth year of Hongzhi reign (1503). This bronze sculpture of Avalokiteshvara is from a Bay area private collector who previously acquired it from Gu Yea Guan Art Gallery in Bangkok in 1993. The other is a seated figure of Avalokiteshvara in ‘royal ease’ position, with a calm and serene expression. The gilt bronze figure of Vajrasattva is presented sitting on a double-lotus throne, holding a Vajra and a bell in each hand, with turquoise inlay on the crown and ornaments. These two bronze sculptures come from a prominent San Francisco estate. In addition to the three sculptures, there will also be several other gilt bronze Himalayan Buddhist sculptures from an important San Francisco collector.


Left: Cast bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara. Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Middle: Gilt bronze figure of Vajrasattva. Provenance: San Francisco estate. Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Right: Bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara. Provenance: San Francisco estate. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

The furniture section will feature a pair of Qing Dynasty huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, valued at $30,000–$50,000. Each chair features a ruyi-head-form roundel on the back carved in relief with a mythical beast amongst flaming clouds. The arched back and the arms with white brass hardware are decorated with prunus motifs.


Pair of Chinese huanghuali horseshoe back armchairs. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1989.
Estimate: $30,000–$50,000

Another furniture highlight is a Qing dynasty huanghuali cabinet of tapered form, expected to sell for $40,000–$60,000. The elegant design amplifies the rich and dramatic wood grains of huanghuali.


Chinese huanghuali tapered cabinet. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1989. Estimate: $40,000–$60,000
Chinese huanghuali tapered cabinet. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1989.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Other highlights of the sale include a painting by a contemporary Chinese artist, Gu Gan (Chinese, born 1942); this painting was acquired from Michael Goedhuis Gallert, in London in 2001, and is valued at $5,000–$7,000. Along with a pair of blue and white ‘dragon’ bowls with Xianfeng mark of the period, are a pair of blue and white garden stools, a cobalt blue ground yellow glazed ‘dragon’ dish with Chuxiugong Zhi mark, a Japanese early Edo period Katana, and a Japanese wakizashi.


Gu Gang (1922–2020), Harmony. Provenance: Michael Goedhuis Gallert, London, 2001.To be offered: July 17
Gu Gang (1922–2020), Harmony. Provenance: Michael Goedhuis Gallert, London, 2001.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Fine Art

Clars is pleased to offer two large paintings by Harry Curieux Adamson (American, 1916–2012) titled, Flooded Timber Mallards and Winter Quarters – Widgeon. Both are estimated at $10,000–$15,000 each. Adamson’s portrayals of wildfowl in their natural surroundings are highly sought after by many sporting art enthusiasts.


Harry Curieux Adamson (American, 1916–2012), <em>Winter Quarters - Widgeon</em>, 1971, oil on board, 24" x 36".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–$15,000</b>
Harry Curieux Adamson (American, 1916–2012), Winter Quarters – Widgeon, 1971, oil on board, 24″ x 36″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

The print portion of Clars’ July 17th sale will have a wide variety of works for all collectors. Several prints will be offered by Bay Area figurative artist Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010) including four intaglio works from his Revisited series printed in 1994. Christopher Brown (American, b. 1951) followers will also be excited to see the three works In the Green, Malage, and Station coming up for auction. Rounding out the sale is a collection of Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904–1989) lithographs formally in the private collection of master printer, Irwin Hollander. The early prints by Dali were trial proofs aside from the known edition of 150. One of the 1965 prints, titled Cosmic Rays Resuscitating Soft Watches, will be offered at $7,000–$10,000.


Harry Curieux Adamson (American, 1916–2012), Flooded Timber Mallards, oil on canvas board, 24" x 36".Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Harry Curieux Adamson (American, 1916–2012), Flooded Timber Mallards, oil on canvas board, 24″ x 36″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts portion of the sale will be led by a large Empire style gilt bronze and crystal six light chandelier circa 1909, estimated at $6,000–$9,000. The chandelier was original to the Scottish Rite Freemasons lodge 1909, currently the Regency Center, San Francisco, CA. Also coming up the auction block with the same provenance will be another large Empire style chandelier at $5,000–$7,000, and a pair of Empire style gilt bronze wall sconces, circa 1909, having swan supports.


Left: A large Empire style gilt bronze and crystal six light chandelier circa 1909. Provenance: Original to the Scottish Rite Freemasons lodge 1909, currently the Regency Center, San Francisco CA. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Right: A massive Empire style twelve light chandelier with gilt bronze mounts and canopy. Provenance: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco CA. Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

There will be a lovely mélange of decorative arts, including an Italian micro mosaic, a selection of Delftware including a figure of a dalmatian, chargers, faience figures of cows, a Rene Lalique Ambre perfume bottle, etc.


An Italian micromosaic by Cesare Roccheggiani.
An Italian micromosaic by Cesare Roccheggiani.
Selection of Continental Faience and Delftware, including 18th and 19th century examples.
Selection of Continental Faience and Delftware, including 18th and 19th century examples.

Fine Jewelry

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department at Clars Auction Gallery is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming July 17th sale.


A pair of unheated Burma ruby, diamond and fourteen karat gold ear jackets.
A pair of unheated Burma ruby, diamond and fourteen karat gold ear jackets.
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points, including bridal jewelry such as lot 2004, a diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $1,500–$2,500; everyday diamonds such as lot 2076, a diamond and eighteen karat gold necklace, estimated at $1,800–$2,200. To be offered as well are a colorful gemstone selection, including lot 2038, a pair of unheated Burma ruby, diamond and fourteen karat gold ear jackets, estimated at $2,500–$3,500 and lot 2073, a black opal, diamond and fourteen karat gold ring, estimated at $2,000–$3,000. Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life include gentleman rings such as lot 2077, a diamond and fourteen karat bi-color gold ring, estimated at $1,000–$2,000.


A black opal, diamond and fourteen karat gold ring.
A black opal, diamond and fourteen karat gold ring.
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000
Bidding for Clars’ July 16–17, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

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August Highlights

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

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Huanghuali Highlights

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

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June Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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June Modern + Contemporary Design Highlights

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May Highlights

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

Fine Jewelry

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Furniture & Decorative Arts

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


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

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

Fine Art

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


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

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


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

Asian Art

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


Kawase Hasui, woodblock print, Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba.
Kawase Hasui, woodblock print, Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba.
Bidding for Clars’ May 19–22, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

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  • Modern + Contemporary

August Highlights

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

  • Auction

Huanghuali Highlights

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

  • Asian Art
  • Auction

July Highlights

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

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June Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Featured April Lots

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The April 24th sale at Clars will be led by the Asian art department with numerous highlights from porcelains, to furniture, paintings, jade and snuff bottles, among others.

Asian Art

Clars Auction Gallery will offer a fine selection of Asian works of art on Sunday, April 24th. This auction will include various Chinese antique porcelains, jade and stone carvings, furniture, Chinese paintings, embroidered works, and other categories of Asian works of art.


Chinese molded Dingyao bowl. Provenance: Sotheby’s Parke Bernet Los Angeles, The Late Chingwah Lee Collection, June 8, 1981, lot 263, from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Chinese molded Dingyao bowl.

A finely molded Dingyao bowl featuring lotus and other aquatic plants along with a double-fish medallion will headline the auction. The Song dynasty bowl was acquired from the late Chingwah Lee Collection of San Francisco sold at Sotheby’s Los Angeles Fine Oriental Art Sale on June 8th, 1981. A fine example of Chinese monochromes is the Qianlong mark and period celadon-glazed and carved vase displaying overlapping lotus petals throughout. Another Qing imperial porcelain is the Guangxu mark and period famille rose ‘Three Rams’ bowl, which has four medallions each depicting the Three Rams against a lemon-yellow sgraffito ground.


Chinese famille rose yellow ground ‘Three Rams’ bowl. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945.Estimate: $5,000–$7,000.
Chinese famille rose yellow ground ‘Three Rams’ bowl.

The jade, hardstone and snuff bottle portion of the sale will feature an eclectic selection of carvings from the Neolithic period up to the modern era. A fine example can be seen in the white jade snuff bottle with finely carved decoration in the Rococo style. Rounding out the section is a group of jade and hardstone toggles and pendants from the Ming and Qing dynasties.


Chinese white jade snuff bottle. Provenance: Berkeley estate.Estimate: $2,000–$4,000.
Chinese white jade carved snuff bottle.

The furniture portion will feature a pair of 18th century huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs. These armchairs feature decorative carved panels on the backs with auspicious floral groupings and mythical creatures. Another furniture highlight is the huanghuali altar coffer dated to the late Qing to Republic period. The wide single panel top is flanked by a pair of everted flanges above three drawers with white brass hardware, atop a coffer cabinet with a pair of hinged double doors. The simplistic design exemplifies the rich and attractive huanghuali wood grains.


Pair of Chinese huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs. Provenance: from San Francisco collection formed over five decades.Estimate: $30,000–$50,000.
Pair of Chinese huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs.
Chinese huanghuali and mixed wood altar coffer.Estimate: $20,000–$40,000.
Chinese huanghuali and mixed wood altar coffer.

Another highlight of the sale is an ink on paper hanging scroll by Wu Changshuo (Chinese, 1844–1927). The ink painting depicting plum blossoms is extensively inscribed by the artist and dated to 1915. The painting is a perfect example of the artist’s masterful utilization of dry and wet brush techniques to illustrate the strength of the branches and the depth of the scene. This painting was acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945 and this is the first time that it has been offered for sale at auction.


Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), Plum Blossom. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai prior to 1945.Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), Plum Blossom.

Fine Art

Clars fine art is excited to offer the first printings of the photograph Girl with Candy by Ukrainian photographer Oleskii Kyrychenko. Oleskii gained recognition on social media after uploading the photo of his young daughter holding a (unloaded) double barrel rifle with lollipop in mouth, just days before Ukraine was attacked by Russian forces. Oleksii, who’s been a photography hobbyist since school, wanted to capture and show the world what a war-torn Ukraine would look like for its people and its children. Despite attempts to share the images on Facebook, they were not truly appreciated until his dystopian photograph became reality.


Oleskii Kyrychenko, Girl with Candy, Print of Photograph (edition of 5), 2022.To be offered April 24, 2022. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Come Back Alive, a non-governmental organization helping the Ukrainian military by supplying troops with technical support and medical aid.
Oleskii Kyrychenko, Girl with Candy, Photography Print (edition of 5), 2022.

Clars will be auctioning one photograph, printed here in Oakland by permission of the photographer, in our April 24th sale with an estimate of $1,000–$2,000. Oleksii has requested that half of the proceeds be donated to Come Back Alive, a non-governmental organization helping the Ukrainian military by supplying troops with technical support and medical aid.

The print multiples portion of the sale will also hold two works by famous art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939). Titled Tetes Byzantines, the lot will include both the Brunette and the Blonde profiles printed on the original 1897 round paper. The two images became quite popular at the turn of the century and were printed numerous times in different variants for advertising and souvenir purposes. Brunette and Blonde will be offered at $6,000–$9,000 for the pair.


Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939), <em>Tete Byzantine Brune et Blonde</em>, 1897, lithographs in colors, 13" x 11". <br><b>To be offered April 24, 2022.</b>
Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939), Tete Byzantine Brune et Blonde, 1897, lithographs in colors, 13″ x 11″.

Clars Auction Gallery is also pleased to offer two prints by Yayoi Kusama, Grapes, a screenprint, from 1982, and Shoes a lithograph, from 1984. A preeminent figure in the art world, Kusama emerged onto the art scene in the 1960s in New York, collaborating with Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and Robert Morris and contributed to the rise of feminist and pop art. Throughout her work, Kusama has explored such themes as her own obsessive-compulsive disorder, hallucinations, sexuality and freedom. Grapes and Shoes exhibit Kusama’s signature style, featuring polka dots and nets in dense patterns with obsessive repetition. In 1993, Kusama represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo as well as a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012. In 2017, she opened the Yoyoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo near her studio and the psychiatric hospital where she has voluntarily lived since 1977. Each print is estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), <em>High Heels</em>, 1986, screenprint, 12.4" x 16”.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4″ x 16″.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

There will be a fine selection of coins, silver, and other objects de vertu. Highlights include a Parker Rare and Exceptional ribbon eye dropper fountain pen, dated 1914, estimated at $8,000–$12,000, and an 1887 $1 Gold type 3 Princess Head PCGS Proof 63 cameo valued at $5,000–$7,000.


A Parker Rare and Exceptional ribbon eye dropper fountain pen, dated 1914.
A Parker Rare and Exceptional ribbon eye dropper fountain pen, dated 1914.

Also to be offered, is a collection of Native American basketry and blankets, a large selection of Daum glass, and Berkeley Mills furniture.


A selection of Native American basketry and blankets including Northern Plains, Yoruk, Tlingit, and Navajo, among others.
A selection of Native American basketry and blankets including Northern Plains, Yoruk, Tlingit, and Navajo, among others.

Fine Jewelry

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department at Clars Auction Gallery is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming April 24th sale.

This sale features a variety of brightly colored gemstone jewelry to enlighten your wardrobe in time for Spring and build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. These whimsical and colorful pieces include a pair of beryl and fourteen karat gold earrings, estimated at $800–$1,200, a turquoise, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $1,800–$2,200, a pair of floriform eighteen karat gold earrings and a pendant necklace suite, estimated at $400–$600.


A turquoise, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.
A turquoise, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.

Clars will also be offering a nice selection of diamond jewelry in time for bridal season, including a diamond and eighteen karat white gold necklace, estimated at $3,500–$5,500, a pair of South Sea pearl and fourteen karat white gold earrings, estimated at $800–$1,200, and a pair of diamond tassel and fourteen karat white gold earrings, estimated at $1,500–$2,500.

Bidding for Clars’ February 23–24, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

August Highlights

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

  • Auction

Huanghuali Highlights

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

  • Asian Art
  • Auction

July Highlights

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

  • Auction

June Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Featured March Lots

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Clars is thrilled to offer our specialized Modern + Contemporary Art and Design sale on Friday March 25th.


Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), <em>Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac)</em>, 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated  verso, dimensions: 48"h x 36"w x 5"d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017 $400,000–600,000.
Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated verso, dimensions: 48″h x 36″w x 5″d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017.

The art portion of the sale will be chockfull of iconic prints, sculptures, and original works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Wonner, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Milton Avery, Robert Longo, and Robert Motherwell to name a few. The highlight of the sale will be a spectacular painting by California artist Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983) titled Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon over Orange Sac). The vibrant work is a stunning example of Hollowell’s colorful blend of abstraction and bodily form. The painting, estimated at $400,000–$600,000, stands four feet tall and pulls the observer in with its rhythmic arrangement and three dimensionality.


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75" x 25".
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75″ x 25″.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25" x 20.25".
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25″ x 20.25″.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Country City, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5" x 31.75".
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Country City, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5″ x 31.75″.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Etudes VII (d'apres Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.

The sale will also highlight a 1961 original graphite on paper by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). The drawing, titled Études VII (d’après Manet), was exhibited at Alex Maguy Galerie De L’Élysée in 1966 and has remained in private collection ever since. The original work will be offered at $100,000–$150,000.


Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25" x 7.5" x 8.5".Estimate: $15,000–20,000.
Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25″ x 7.5″ x 8.5″.
Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), "Young Woman at the Threshold," 1940, oil on canvas, 50.38" h x 31.13" w Ref: Zuniga, Ariel "Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne, Volume II, Oil Paintings, Prints & Reproductions 1927-1986 (2003)," #144 (Reproduced in B&W). Provenance: Estate of Ray and Barbara Wolfinger (Berkeley, California).
Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), Young Woman at the Threshold, 1940, oil on canvas, 41″ h x 25.25″ w. Ref: Zuniga, Ariel “Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne, Volume II, Oil Paintings, Prints & Reproductions 1927-1986 (2003),” #144 (Reproduced in B&W). Provenance: Estate of Ray and Barbara Wolfinger (Berkeley, California).

The Design portion of the sale will feature numerous notable names, including George Nakashima, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Hans Olsen, Jens Risom, Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll among others.


George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.

The highlight will be a George Nakashima 7’ overhanging walnut wall case executed in 1971 estimated at $20,000–$30,000. Also to be offered is a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and a Valet chair, and a Finn Juhl Japan sofa. There will be a large collection of glass including Dale Chihuly, Fontana Arte, Venini, Daum, and Lalique.


Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen Papa Bear lounge chair, Denmark, circa 1960.
Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen Papa Bear lounge chair, Denmark, circa 1960.
Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen valet chair, Denmark 1953.
Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen valet chair, Denmark 1953.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) Persian glass group, in amethyst with yellow lip wrap, 10.5″h.
Bidding for Clars’ March 25th auction is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artisan Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

  • Artisan Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.

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Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

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August Highlights

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

  • Auction

March Modern + Contemporary Art Auction Highlights

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Clars is thrilled to offer our specialized Modern + Contemporary Art and Design sale on Friday March 25th.

The art portion of the sale will be chockfull of iconic prints, sculptures, and original works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Wonner, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Milton Avery, Robert Longo, and Robert Motherwell to name a few. The highlight of the sale will be a spectacular painting by California artist Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983) titled Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon over Orange Sac). The vibrant work is a stunning example of Hollowell’s colorful blend of abstraction and bodily form. The painting, estimated at $400,000–$600,000, stands four feet tall and pulls the observer in with its rhythmic arrangement and three dimensionality. The sale will also highlight a 1961 original graphite on paper by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). The drawing, titled Les Déjeuners – Femmes Accroupies (Crouching Women), was exhibited at Alex Maguy Galerie De L’Élysée in 1966 and has remained in private collection ever since. The original work will be offered at $100,000–$150,000.


Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated  verso, dimensions: 48"h x 36"w x 5"d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017 $400,000–600,000.
Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated verso, dimensions: 48″h x 36″w x 5″d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017.
Estimate: $400,000–$600,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Etudes VII (d'apres Manet)</em>, 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, <em>Hommage à Picasso</em>, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.<br>Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.
Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II</em>, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75" x 25". Esimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75″ x 25″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5" x 27". Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5″ x 27″. Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), <em>Country City</em>, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5" x 31.75". <b>Estimate: $18,000– $24,000.</b>
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Country City, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5″ x 31.75″.
Estimate: $18,000– $24,000.
M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972), <em>Castel Mola</em>, 1932, lithograph, 8.75" x 12.25".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–15,000.</b>
M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972), Castel Mola, 1932, lithograph, 8.75″ x 12.25″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25″ x 20.25″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000.
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, complete portfolio of thirty-nine (39) etchings, with additional six (6) loose etchings, 17.75" x 12.5". Estimate: $18,000–24,000.
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, complete portfolio of thirty-nine (39) etchings, with additional six (6) loose etchings, 17.75″ x 12.5″.
Estimate: $18,000–$24,000.
Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25" x 7.5" x 8.5".Estimate: $15,000–20,000.
Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25″ x 7.5″ x 8.5″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5" x 39".Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5″ x 39″.
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), <em>Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees</em> (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), <nobr>19.5" x 25.5".</nobr><br><b>Estimate: $50,000–70,000.<b>
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), 19.5″ x 25.5″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), <em>Reclining Bathers</em>, 1950, color monotype with hand coloring in oil and gouache on cream wove paper, 17" x 22".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–15,000.</b>
Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), Reclining Bathers, 1950, color monotype with hand coloring in oil and gouache on cream wove paper, 17″ x 22″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000.
Thomas Hart Benton print: Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), <em>Huck Finn</em>, 1936, stone lithograph, 16.5" x 21.75".<br><b>Estimate: $15,000–20,000.</b>
Thomas Hart Benton print: Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Huck Finn, 1936, stone lithograph, 16.5″ x 21.75″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Sol LeWitt (American 1928–2007), Untitled, 1985, gouache on paper, 3.75" x 7".<br><b>Estimate: $5,000–7,000.</b>
Sol LeWitt (American 1928–2007), Untitled, 1985, gouache on paper, 3.75″ x 7″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000.
Richard Estes (American, b. 1932), <em>Holland Hotel</em>, 1980, screenprint in colors, 45.5" x 72".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–15,000.</b>
Richard Estes (American, b. 1932), Holland Hotel, 1980, screenprint in colors, 45.5″ x 72″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artisan Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

  • Artisan Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

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August Highlights

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

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Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction

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Join Clars for our major March 25th Modern + Contemporary + Art + Design auction.

Highlights range from the turn of the 20th to the 21st century, and include Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), Young Woman at the Threshold, a Louis Sullivan elevator grille from the Chicago Stock Exchange, a Finn Juhl Japan sofa, Dale Chihuly glass sculptures, Italian glass such as Fontana Arte and Afro Celotto, among others.

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Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated  verso, dimensions: 48"h x 36"w x 5"d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017 $400,000–600,000.
Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated verso, dimensions: 48″h x 36″w x 5″d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017. Estimate: $400,000–$600,000.
Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), Young Woman at the Threshold, 1940, oil on canvas, 41″h x 25.25″w (128 cm x 79 cm) . Ref: Zuniga, Ariel, Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne, Volume II, Oil Paintings, Prints & Reproductions 1927–1986 (2003), #144 (Reproduced in B&W). Provenance: Estate of Ray and Barbara Wolfinger (Berkeley, California). Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) Persian glass group, in amethyst with yellow lip wrap, 10.5”h.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) Persian glass group, in amethyst with yellow lip wrap, 10.5″h.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), Radiant Yellow Persian Pair with Black Lip Wraps.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), Radiant Yellow Persian Pair with Black Lip Wraps.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25″ x 20.25″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000.
Philip Moulthrop (American, b. 1947) turned White Pine Node bowl, 10”h x 13”w.
Philip Moulthrop (American, b. 1947) turned White Pine Node bowl, 10″h x 13″w.
Louis Sullivan Elevator Grille from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan Elevator Grille from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan Iron Baluster from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan Iron Baluster from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Arthur Court antler chairs.
Arthur Court antler chairs.
Milo Baughman occasional tables, set of four.
Milo Baughman occasional tables, set of four.
Charles and Ray Eames CTM coffee table.
Charles and Ray Eames CTM coffee table.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates early rosewood credenza, with Carrera Bella marble top, circa 1960.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates early rosewood credenza, with Carrera Bella marble top, circa 1960.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5" x 27". Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5″ x 27″. Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II</em>, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75” x 25”. Esimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75″ x 25″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
George Nakashima, 7' overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
Handel table lamp with chipped ice shade.
Handel table lamp with chipped ice shade.
Vladmir Kagan side chairs.
Vladmir Kagan side chairs.
Miles Karpilow sideboard, 63”h x 60”w x 17.5”d.
Miles Karpilow sideboard, 63″h x 60″w x 17.5″d.
Afro Celotto vase.
Afro Celotto vase.
Fontana Arte bowl.
Fontana Arte bowl.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Etudes VII (d'apres Manet)</em>, 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, <em>Hommage à Picasso</em>, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.<br>Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.
Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Jacques Moniquet, Boxes.
Jacques Moniquet, Boxes.
Venini-Ludovico Piaz De Santillana.
Venini-Ludovico Piaz De Santillana.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5" x 39".Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5″ x 39″.
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Fontana Arte mirror.
Fontana Arte mirror.
Hans Wagner for Carl Hansen CH34 armchair.
Hans Wagner for Carl Hansen CH34 armchair.
Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH 504 chairs, set of six.
Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH 504 chairs, set of six.
Borge Mogensen cabinet.
Borge Mogensen cabinet.
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), <em>Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees</em> (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), <nobr>19.5" x 25.5".</nobr><br><b>Estimate: $50,000–70,000.<b>
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), 19.5″ x 25.5″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Peter Hvidt teak credenza.
Peter Hvidt teak credenza.
Arne Vodder teak desk.
Arne Vodder teak desk.
Poul Kjaerholm PK 20 Lounge Chair.
Poul Kjaerholm PK 20 Lounge Chair.
Hans Wegner for Ry Mobler cabinet.
Hans Wegner for Ry Mobler cabinet.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Artisan Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

August Highlights

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

  • Auction

Featured February Lots

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Clars will hold their Fine Jewelry and Timepieces auction on February 17, followed by auctions showcasing Fine Art, Asian Art and Furniture & Decorative Arts February 19–20.

Fine Jewelry

On February 17th 2022, Clars Auction will be offering a Fine Jewelry & Timepiece sale including a variety of colored gemstone, diamond, gold and signed jewelry and timepieces. The sale includes a nice selection of colored gemstones of exceptional origin, impressive diamond and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

The selection of gemstones are highlighted by lot 3012, a Ceylon sapphire, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $4,000–$6,000; lot 3050, a Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant, estimated at $5,000–$7,000; and lot 3019, a Burmese ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Left: A Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.<br>Right: A Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant.
Left: A Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.
Right: A Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant.

A selection of impressive diamond jewelry includes old and new, with lot 3005, an Art Deco diamond and platinum ring, estimated at $8,000–$12,000; a wide strap bracelet set with 45.00 carats of diamonds, estimated at $35,000–$45,000; and lot 3080, a 4.30 carats round brilliant-cut diamond ring, estimated at $25,000–$35,000.


Left: A Burma ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.<br>Right: An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring.
Left: A Burma ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.
Right: An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring.

Tiffany & Co. is represented by, lot 3081, a sapphire and eighteen karat gold ring, estimated at $3,000–$5,000; lot 3144, a cultured pearl torsade necklace, designed by Paloma Picasso, estimated at $2,000–$3,000; and lot 3108, an ‘Open Heart’ eighteen karat gold pendant necklace, by Elsa Peretti, estimated at $1,000–$1,500.

Fine Art

Clars’ February sale will offer a wide collection of Fine Art from varying genres and mediums. The main highlight of the sale will be a stunning painting by Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), demonstrating his classical style sea nymphs basking along a rocky coast. Draper was known for painting mythological themes, having studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and traveling to Paris and Rome to further this knowledge of the style. The painting to be offered February 20th, titled Evening Calm, is estimated at $70,000–$100,000.


Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), Evening Calm, oil on canvas, 24" x 40".
Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), Evening Calm, oil on canvas, 24″x40″.

Clars is also eager to offer a beautiful example of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (French, 1841–1919) lithograph Le Chapeau Épinglé. The print depicts the daughter of Renoir’s contemporary Berthe Morisot, Julie Manet, along with her cousin Paulette, in the traditional attire of the times. Easily one of Renoir’s most recognizable prints, this olive green print is a first plate version, from a small edition of just fifty printed in that color. The lithograph is valued at $6,000–$9,000.

A student of William Merritt Chase, Addison Thomas Millar’s (American, 1860–1913) Orientalist scenes with figures were highly desired among collectors at the turn of the last century, The painting, Rue de Diable, Algiers, epitomizes this and will be offered at $8,000–$12,000.


Addison Thomas Millar (American, 1860–1913), Rue de Diable, Algiers, oil on board, 13.75″x9.5″.

For those historical purists that prefer photographs, the rare orotone by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952) titled, The Rush Gatherer, is estimated at $15,000–$20,000 and will surely get noticed by collectors.


Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952), The Rush Gatherer, orotone, 7.5″x9.5″.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

For the Furniture and Decorative Arts portion of the sale, there will be a patinated verdigris metal sculpture executed in the Renaissance taste, valued at $2,500–$3,500. Decorated with whimsical mythological figures, this sculpture will undoubtably captivate the auction audience.


A patinated metal sculpture in the Renaissance taste.
A patinated metal sculpture in the Renaissance taste.

Also up for offer is an early Gorham Aesthetic Movement coin silver hot beverage service estimated at $6,000–$9,000. The large Marcus & Co. New York sterling tray will be offered in a subsequent lot, and at 220 toz. is expected to command $7,000–$9,000. Collecting fine silver is a passion for many. Elaborate table-scapes that sparkle in pictures are trending on various Social Media platforms, including Instagram.


An Early Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service and a Massive Marcus & Co. sterling tea tray.
An Early Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service and a Massive Marcus & Co. sterling tea tray.

A Santa Inez painted decorated Santos caged figure, Guatemala, 18th century, will be offered with an estimate of $2,000–$4,000.

There will be a nice selection of Native American basketry and Navajo blankets. Highlights include a Karuk basketry hat, as well as Maidu, Washoe and Tlingit examples.

Asian Art

The Asian art department will have several highlights including a Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha (lot 6840). Commonly known as the Medicine Buddha, he is considered a healer who alleviates suffering and offers solace to the afflicted through the medicine of his teachings. The practice of veneration of the Medicine Buddha is popular in China and Tibet, as he is depicted as one of the three prominent Buddha figures, the others being the founder Shakyamuni and Amitabha. The current example hails from the late 17th century to early 18th century, and was made for a devoted Buddhist practitioner of significant wealth and stature. The Buddha carries an auction estimate of $15,000–$25,000.


Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha.
Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha.

Featuring prominently in the auction will be a Chinese white jade pendant (lot 6894). The plum blossom featured on the white jade pendant is a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring. Specifically, the plum blossom came to symbolize perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitory state of life. The two character seal inscription ‘Meishou’ on the reverse grants the owner of the jade pendant hope and longevity. This jade pendant is a fine example of 18th century workmanship and the jade stone is of a high quality.


Chinese white jade pendant.
Chinese white jade pendant.
Bidding for Clars’ February 17–20, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

August Highlights

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

  • Auction

Huanghuali Highlights

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

  • Asian Art
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July Highlights

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

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June Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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