February Highlights

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Our February 10th and 11th Auctions will offer stunning jade from China, rare furniture and collectibles, and Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry from private estates.


Asian Art

On February 11th, the Asian Art department will feature two fine Chinese jade lots comprising a set of imperial quality Chinese white jade belt buckle and associated ornaments depicting dragons and cranes from the 18th to 19th century.


Chinese white jade
Set of Chinese white jade belt buckle and pair of ornaments.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

The other lot is a Republic Period Mughal style celadon jade vase and linked cover finely carved in low relief with bamboo, prunus and chrysanthemum along with a pair of magpies. It also has a pair of openwork peony handles and a finial, all set with a linking chain. It is estimated at $4,000–$6,000.


Mughal style celadon jade vase and linked cover.
Mughal style celadon jade vase and linked cover.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Another imperial quality piece being offered in this month’s auction is a 18th century Chinese mother-of-pearl inlaid black lacquered box and cover, which is decorated with a stylized longevity character painted in gold lacquer, surrounded by a profusion of floral roundels inlaid with mother-of-pearl.


Chinese mother-of-Pearl inlaid black lacquer box
Chinese mother-of-Pearl inlaid black lacquer box and cover.
Estimate: $6,0000–$9,000

Furniture & Decorative Arts

There will be a fine selection of furniture, porcelains, coins, silver, and other objects de vertu in our February 10th sale. Highlights include a pair of French Napoleonic demilune bronze mounted tables circa 1850, estimated at $3,000–$5,000.


A rare pair of French brass inlaid and bronze mounted Demilune tables
A rare pair of French brass inlaid and bronze mounted Demilune tables, 19th century.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Camera
Selection of Camera equipment including a Leica M2.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department is excited to offer a selection of antique diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry in their upcoming February 10th sale.


February Jewelry Highlights
Left: An antique diamond and eighteen karat gold pendant. Estimate: $1,200–$1,800
Right: A pair of emerald, diamond and fourteen karat bi-color gold earrings. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

This sale features a variety of lovely new and old wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points, including a colorful gemstone selection with an Art Deco star sapphire and diamond ring, estimated at $800–$1,200 and a pair of emerald, diamond and fourteen karat bi-color gold earrings, estimated at $1,500–$2,500. Other exquisite pieces that will highlight your everyday life are represented by an Edwardian diamond and platinum pendant brooch, estimated at $2,000–$4,000, and an antique diamond and eighteen karat gold pendant, estimated at $1,200–$1,800.


February Jewelry Highlights
Top: An Art Deco diamond, sapphire and platinum ring. Estimate: $800–$1,200
Bottom: An Edwardian diamond and platinum pendant brooch. Estimate: $2,000–$4,000
Bidding for Clars’ February 2023 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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January Highlights

The Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California), will highlight Clars’ January auctions.

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Winter Auctions Highlights

The December auction series will include the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on December 16th and the Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on December 18th.

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Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to invite you to join our Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, 10 AM PST.

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  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

Our Fine Collectors Auction will showcase outstanding property from fine estates and collections, including 18th through 20th century furniture, decorative art, Native American basketry, and gold coins.

  • Auction

November Asian Art Highlights

Clars will offer an exquisite selection of paintings and calligraphy, archer’s rings, fine porcelains, and other categories of Asian works of art on November 20th.

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Artist Spotlight: Chiura Obata

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  • Modern + Contemporary

While attending the Nihon Bijutsuin art school in Tokyo, Japan, Okayama-born artist, Chiura Obata, was trained in both Japanese and Western painting techniques — a unique education that would influence his style over the years.


Chiura Obata, Storm on Lyell Mountain.
Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Storm on Lyell Mountain (from the World Landscape Series), 1930, woodcut print in colors, 10.75″ x 15.5″.
Sold: $13,000

As a young man entering the United States, Obata settled in California and focused his talents on depicting the landscapes he saw, ranging from deserts and treeless plains to the cliffs and lakes of Yosemite. Obata found success with these subjects, working in both painting and woodblock printing, and began his teaching career at the University of California, Berkeley in 1932. During the second World War, Obata experienced discrimination due to his Japanese identity and was interned at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah, where he painted some of his darkest and most emotionally resounding works.


Left: Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Evening at Clark Inn (from the World Landscape Series), 1930, woodcut print in colors, 15.5″ x 10.75″. Sold: $7,150
Right: Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Upper Lyell Fork (from the World Landscape Series), 1930, woodcut print in colors 15.5″ x 10.75″. Sold: $9,100
Chiara Obata, Mountain Mist
Chiara Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Mountain Mist, watercolor, 15.5″ x 19.75″.
Sold: $20,000

Throughout his career, the marriage of Japanese and Western approaches to visual language set Obata apart from his peers both in Japan and in the United States. Using Japanese techniques, like woodblock printing and sumi ink-and-brush painting, while portraying distinctly American landscapes earned him a glowing reputation in and around his chosen home of California. Obata’s work resonates within the blended cultures of the San Francisco Bay Area, where his art, whether in subject or technique, feels familiar to so many residents. Obata’s resiliency during and after confronting the horrors of war, with his continued commitment to cultural collaboration, feels just as inspirational and relevant today as it surely was during his lifetime.


Obata highlights
Left: Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Shower, Point Lobos, 1933, watercolor and gouache on silk, 19.5″ x 14″. Sold: $15,000
Right: Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885–1975), Deer Dance (Folk Dance), Scare Crow, Northeastern Prefecture, Japan, circa 1960, watercolor, gouache, and gold leaf on silk, 33.5″ x 21″. Sold: $18,750

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Artist Spotlight: Jaime “Germs” Zacarias

The marriage of nostalgia and innovation in the work of GERMS creates a visual language that transcends barriers, both cultural and temporal.

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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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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.

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Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

“How do I know when I’ve finished a painting? It’s when that element of surprise is there” (Joan Brown).

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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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Artist Spotlight: Jaime “Germs” Zacarias

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Jaime Zacarias, also known as “GERMS,” is an artist native to South Los Angeles who names his Chicano heritage and predecessors among his influences.


GERMS, Queso
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Queso, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 48″.
Sold: $500

Mentored by Chicano painter, Gilbert “Magú” Lujan, and taking inspiration from the Surrealists as well as Avant Garde and street artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Zacarias paints otherworldly creatures that draw reference from familiar imagery while creating strikingly original forms.


GERMS, Untitled (Free/Dumb)
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Untitled (Free/Dumb), 2022, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″.
Sold: $750
GERMS, Ziggy
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Ziggy, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.
Sold: $500

Zacarias says, “I find myself mesmerized by the seemingly infinite details and borderline infectious behaviors of each character I create, while striving to transform and challenge the traditional interpretations of the icons we all know so well.” The marriage of nostalgia and innovation in the work of GERMS creates a visual language that transcends barriers, both cultural and temporal.


GERMS, L.A. Taco
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), L.A. Taco, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 16″.
Sold: $562.50
GERMS, Untitled (Squid)
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Untitled (Squid), acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″.
Sold: $500
Sources:
Jaime GERMS Zacarias – GERMS 4 U
Watch Inside the World of Artist Jaime ‘Germs’ Zacarias | SoCal Connected | KCET

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Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Chiura Obata

Chiura Obata was trained in both Japanese and Western painting techniques — a unique education that would influence his style over the years.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

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

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.

  • Modern + Contemporary
  • Stories & News

Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

“How do I know when I’ve finished a painting? It’s when that element of surprise is there” (Joan Brown).

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

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

January Highlights

  • Auction

The Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California), will highlight Clars’ January auctions.


Asian Art

A selection of woodblock prints will lead the Asian Section of the January auctions. Among the woodblock prints created by the great Shin-hanga artist, Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), is the design Zojo Temple, Shiba, commissioned in 1925. Zojo Temple, Shiba is regarded as Hasui’s most outstanding and iconic creation. Among collectors of Japanese prints of the Shin-hanga movement, it is one of the most sought-after and valuable designs.


Kawase Hasui prints
Left: Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) Shiba Zojoji (Zojoji Temple, Shiba). Right: Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) Nara Kasuga jinja (Kasuga Shrine, Nara). To be offered: January 16th

Fine Art

Clars is pleased to be offering the Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California). Ms. Barnes was a Hollywood film actress featured in movies such as Auntie Mame (1958) and The Parent Trap (1961). Mr. Warner was a prominent architect featured in numerous issues of Architectural Digest. One of the highlights from the estate is a large monotype (diptych) by Charles Arnoldi (American, b. 1946), Untitled (GTW-CA-SF-3-86), estimated at $12,000–$18,000. This colorful work exemplifies Arnoldi’s bold style.


Untitled (GTW-CA-SF-3-86)
Charles Arnoldi (American, b. 1946), Untitled (GTW-CA-SF-3-86), 1986, monotype (diptych), 78″ x 85.5″. To be offered: January 13th

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Clars’ Furniture & Decorative Arts department will be offering a selection of Spanish Colonial religious figures including a Spanish Colonial santos figure, 18th century, with inset glass eyes and painted details, overall 22″h estimated at $2,000–$4,000, and a Spanish Colonial gilt and polychrome decorated santos figure, retaining original pigment decorated face with glass eyes, and traces of pigment to the body, 37″h x 28″w, also with a $2,000–$4,000 estimate. Rounding out the sale, our fine silver and Vertu department will offer a selection of fine sterling silver from important Bay Area estates and collections.


Spanish Colonial santos figure
Spanish Colonial santos figure. To be offered: January 13th

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department at Clars is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming January 13th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points, including a colorful gemstone selection with a jadeite and fourteen karat gold ring, estimated at $800–$1,200, and an opal, diamond and fourteen karat gold pendant necklace, estimated at $2,500–$3,500. Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life are featured by makers such as Tiffany & Co., represented in a coral and eighteen karat gold brooch, estimated at $1,200–$1,800.


a jadeite and fourteen karat gold ring
A jadeite and fourteen karat gold ring.
To be offered: January 13th
Bidding for Clars’ January 2023 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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Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

February Highlights

Our February 10th and 11th Auctions will offer stunning jade from China, rare furniture and collectibles, and Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry from private estates.

  • Auction

Winter Auctions Highlights

The December auction series will include the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on December 16th and the Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on December 18th.

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Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to invite you to join our Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, 10 AM PST.

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  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

Our Fine Collectors Auction will showcase outstanding property from fine estates and collections, including 18th through 20th century furniture, decorative art, Native American basketry, and gold coins.

  • Auction

November Asian Art Highlights

Clars will offer an exquisite selection of paintings and calligraphy, archer’s rings, fine porcelains, and other categories of Asian works of art on November 20th.

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Winter Auctions Highlights

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The December 16th–18th auction series will include the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction and the Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction.


Jewelry & Timepieces

Clars is thrilled to host their Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, beginning at 10 AM PST. The sale includes a fine selection of diamond, colored gemstone, antique and signed jewelry.

The sale is highlighted by a selection of important diamonds, which includes lot 5241, a 4.01 carats VVS1 Fancy Yellow diamond, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $40,000–$60,000; and lot 5229, a 7.75 carats old European-cut diamond ring, estimated at $25,000–$35,000.


Fancy Yellow diamond ring.
A Fancy Yellow diamond, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Complementing the auction will be exceptional gemstones, including lot 5043, a 13.64 carats Colombian emerald ring, estimated at $15,000–$25,000; lot 5244, a natural pearl, diamond and platinum pendant, estimated at $10,000–$20,000; and lot 5033, a jadeite “A” jade, diamond and platinum ring, estimated at $6,000–$9,000.


December Diamonds
Left: A diamond and white gold brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate: $25,000–$35,000
Right: A pair of diamond ear clips, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate: $10,000–$20,000

Makers, such as Van Cleef & Arpels, are represented in lot 5246, a diamond and white gold brooch, estimated at $25,000–$35,000, and lot 5247, a pair of diamond ear clips, estimated at $10,000–$20,000. Tiffany & Co. is represented in lot 5005, a sapphire, diamond and palladium bracelet, estimated at $5,000–$7,000. Lot 5069, a pair of coral, onyx, emerald and diamond pendant earrings, will present Cartier, estimated at $8,000–$12,000.


An early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205.
An early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000

Also leading the sale is a selection of timepieces led by lot 5184, an early Rolex small crown Submariner wristwatch, ref 6205, estimated at $50,000–$70,000; lot 5178, an eighteen karat gold wristwatch, ‘Hourglass,’ Patek Phillepe, estimated at $4,000–$6,000; and lot 5177, an eighteen karat rose gold wristwatch, Tri-Compax Chronograph, Universal Geneve, estimated at $3,000–$5,000.

Design

The December 18th auction will be led with Design. There will be a large selection of pottery including several pieces by Toshiko Takaezu. Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’ Clars is pleased to offer four ‘Closed Forms’ in the auction; the largest, a ‘Closed Form (with rattle),’ commanding a conservative estimate of $4,000–$6000. Other designers include Viola Frey and Jim Melchert, among other Clay Funk potters.


Closed Forms
Toshiko Takaezu (American/Japanese, 1922–2011), ‘Closed Forms.’
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Another highlight of the sale will be a Napoleone Martinuzzi Incaminciato vase, estimated at $8,000–$12,000. Incaminciato glass is a Murano glass technique that overlays lattimo (or milk glass) with layers of transparent colored glass, in this case cobalt blue. There will also be numerous noteworthy Italian glass items on offer by various designers such as Carlo Scarpa, Fontana Arte, Vittorio Zecchin, etc.


Napoleone Martinuzzi, Incamiciato vase.
Napoleone Martinuzzi, Incamiciato vase.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

Beyond pottery and glass, there will also be a fine collection of furniture, including a Mathews Furniture Shops fall front desk estimated at $3,500–$4,500. Numerous noteworthy names will be featured, including Charles and Ray Eames, John Dickinson, Mies Van Der Rohe, George Nakashima, Vladimir Kagan Couture, etc.


Mathews Furniture Shops Desk.
Mathews Furniture Shops Desk.
Estimate: $3,500–$4,500

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will offer a fine group of Chinese scholar’s rocks hailing from a Piedmont, CA collection. The collection consists of rocks of various forms suggesting mountain landscapes as well as an array of abstract imagery evoking mythical animals and sagely figures. The collection also features rocks of various sizes ranging from the small desktop variety to the imposing variety used for furnishing scholar’s studios and gardens.


Chinese scholar’s rocks
Fine selection of Chinese scholar’s rocks from a Piedmont, CA collection.
Estimate: $3,200–$4,700

Also up for auction is set of three watercolor paintings by the famous Burmese artist, Mg Tun Hla (1874–1946). Hla was one of the first and most important Burmese artists who painted in Western watercolor style in the early 20th century. The three watercolors depict street scenes from Mandalay, the former capitol of Burma.


watercolor paintings
(lot of 3) Mg Tun Hla (Burmese, 1874–1946) watercolor paintings.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

Fine Art

Clars Fine Art department is excited to offer two ceramic pitchers by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). The two works, titled Visage and Quatre Visage, were both produced at the Madoura de Vallauris workshop in the 1950’s and have Picasso and Madoura stamped beneath. They will be offered at $6,000–$9,000 and $4,000–$6,000.


Picasso pitchers
Left: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Visage (A. R. 288), 1955, terre de faience pitcher, painted in colors and partially glazed, 12″ x 4″ x 5″. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Right: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Quatre visages (A.R. 436), 1959, white terre de faience pitcher with colored engobe and glaze, 9″ x 5.5″ x 7.5″. Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
Bidding for Clars’ December 16–18, 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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Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

February Highlights

Our February 10th and 11th Auctions will offer stunning jade from China, rare furniture and collectibles, and Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry from private estates.

  • Auction

January Highlights

The Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California), will highlight Clars’ January auctions.

  • Auction

Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to invite you to join our Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

Our Fine Collectors Auction will showcase outstanding property from fine estates and collections, including 18th through 20th century furniture, decorative art, Native American basketry, and gold coins.

  • Auction

November Asian Art Highlights

Clars will offer an exquisite selection of paintings and calligraphy, archer’s rings, fine porcelains, and other categories of Asian works of art on November 20th.

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Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

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On November 20th Clars will hold our Fine Collectors Auction. This auction is devoted to outstanding property from fine estates and collections, including 18th through 20th century furniture, decorative art, Native American basketry, and gold coins.


Fine Art

Clars Fine Art department is excited to feature a Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931–2004) original work from his iconic series Great American Nude in the November 20th auction. The oil and mixed media work, titled The Great American Nude #13, was completed in 1962 and is an early example of the series, which he completed in 1973 with number #100. The work demonstrates the artist’s use of bold color and military imagery, along with his famous female nude form — the recurring subject throughout his career. The artwork is estimated at $50,000–$70,000.


The Great American Nude
Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931–2004), The Great American Nude #13, 1962, oil, fabric, and collage cut-outs on tin, 7″ x 7″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000

Clars will also be offering a work on paper by renowned abstract expressionist artist, Richard Pousette-Dart (American, 1916–1992), titled The Chalice. The watercolor and gouache on paper was created during the 1940s while the artist was experimenting with biomorphic and symbolic forms. Pousette-Dart was a contemporary of several successful expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Ad Reinhardt, to name just a few. The work will be offered at $12,000– $18,000.


The Chalice
Richard Pousette-Dart (American, 1916–1992), Untitled (The Chalice), circa 1940s, watercolor, ink, and gouache on paper, 6″ x 9″. Estimate: $12,000–$18,000

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Clars is pleased to offer a fine selection of European and American furniture and decorative arts. Highlights include a Fine Neo Grec salon cabinet circa 1870 likely Herter Brothers, estimated at $4,000–$6,000, a pair of Louis XVI style malachite mounted gilt bronze gueridons, at $4,000–$6,000, and a Russian Napoleonic gilt bronze chandelier valued at $7,000–$9,000.


A Russian Napoleonic chandelier.
A Fine Russian Neoclassical gilt and crystal chandelier 19th century.
Estimate: $7,000–$9,000

Also on offer will be a fine Italian micro-mosaic plaque of the Doves of Pliny by the Vatican Mosaic Workshop, late 19th century, and a French gilt bronze and champleve enamel clock garniture retailed by Le Roy et Fils, Paris, late 19th century.


mosaic plaque
A fine Italian micro-mosaic plaque of the Doves of Pliny by the Vatican Mosaic Workshop, late 19th century.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

The department will also feature several specialized collections, including a large collection of South African Gold Krugerrands, Native American baskets, Indian miniature paintings, and Russian icons, among others.


Collection of gold Krugerrands
Collection of gold Krugerrands dating from 1975–1978.
(multiple lots) Estimate: $8,000–$10,000

Asian Art

The paintings and calligraphy section will be led by a massive ink and color on paper hanging scroll by Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), titled Pine and Lingzhi, painted in 1921. As one of the world’s most acclaimed masters in Chinese painting and one of the leading masters of Shanghai School in the Republic period, Wu Changshuo is known for his style of merging calligraphy techniques into paintings, using the ink and brushstroke to demonstrate the conception rather than striving for realism, which greatly influenced the modern and contemporary Chinese art world. This massive piece at Clars presents a great example of Wu Changshuo’s iconic style of mixing traditional Chinese with Western sensibility to depict one of his favorite subject matters in his late years, the pine tree. The painting comes from an important Southern California estate and it will be offered with an estimate of $80,000–$120,000.


Pine and Lingzhi
Wu Changshuo (Chinese, 1844–1927), Pine and Lingzhi, hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, titled, dated, signed and with two artist’s seals, 96.5″ x 48.5″. Provenance: Southern California estate.
Estimate: $80,000–$120,000

A strong San Francisco Bay Area collection of archer’s rings will lead the jade and miscellaneous section, presenting nearly 40 lots of imperial quality white jade, celadon jade, jadeite, agate, glass, enamel, and various organic material archer’s rings. The collector acquired this impressive collection throughout 1970s to 1990s from various important dealers and estates in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Ching Wah Lee, Herb Newman, and Sandra Sakata, among others.


jade and hardstone archer’s rings
A fine selection of Chinese jade and hardstone archer’s rings hailing from a Piedmont, California private collection amassed over the past fifty years.
(multiple lots) Estimate: $4,500–$7,000

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 November 20th sale.

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples as your perfect gifts to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of wearable diamond jewelry will be offered including lot 2044, an approx. 3.40 carats colored diamond and eighteen karat gold ring, estimated at $7,000–$9,000; and lot 6016, a diamond and fourteen karat white gold bangle bracelet, estimated at $3,000–$5,000. To be offered as well is a colorful gemstone selection, including lot 6023, a Burma ruby, diamond and fourteen karat white gold bracelet, estimated at $7,000–$9,000; and lot 6004, a South Sea pearl, diamond and platinum ring, estimated at $800–$1,200. Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life are featured by makers such as Tiffany, represented in lot 6003, an Early 20th Century diamond and pearl silver-topped fourteen karat gold pin, Tiffany & Co., estimated at $800–$1,200; and lot 6159, a sterling silver bracelet, Buccellati, estimated at $700–$900.


November Jewelry
Left: A colored diamond and eighteen karat gold ring. Estimate: $7,000–$9,000
Right: A Burma ruby, diamond and fourteen karat white gold bracelet. Estimate: $7,000–$9,000
Bidding for Clars’ November 19–20, 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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February Highlights

Our February 10th and 11th Auctions will offer stunning jade from China, rare furniture and collectibles, and Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry from private estates.

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January Highlights

The Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California), will highlight Clars’ January auctions.

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Winter Auctions Highlights

The December auction series will include the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on December 16th and the Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on December 18th.

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Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to invite you to join our Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, 10 AM PST.

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November Asian Art Highlights

Clars will offer an exquisite selection of paintings and calligraphy, archer’s rings, fine porcelains, and other categories of Asian works of art on November 20th.

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October Highlights

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The October 16th auction at Clars will feature a wide range of Fine Art, Asian Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts, and Fine Jewelry.


Fine Art

Clars is pleased to offer a monumental work by Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010) titled, Wing-Owl (1996), is estimated at $20,000–$30,000. This large oil on canvas (50″h x 42″w) was part of a series the artist was commissioned to create for Stanford University in the 1990s. It was also featured in Architectural Digest magazine in December 1999.


Wing-Owl
Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), Wing-Owl, 1996, oil on canvas, 50″ x 42″. Note: This painting was featured in Architectural Digest (December 1999).

Offered in its entirety for the first time at auction, Richard Diebenkorn’s (American, 1922–1993), Six Soft Ground Etchings, a suite of six (6) prints, will be offered at $15,000–$25,000 on October 16th. This rare group of etchings comes from the collection of the assistant printmaker on this project published by Crown Point Press in 1978.


Six Soft Ground Etchings
Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993), Six Soft Ground Etchings, 1978, rare complete suite of six (6) etchings, 40″ x 26″.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

There will be a fine selection of sterling silver in the auction including a large Wallace Grande Baroque sterling silver flatware service, 196 pieces, estimated at $5,000–$7,000.


Wallace Grande Baroque sterling silver
Wallace Grande Baroque sterling silver flatware service, 196 pieces.

Also to be offered is a Heyn carousel horse, valued at $2,000–$4,000, and an Hermes “Attelage” flatware set expected to sell for $1,500–$2,000.


Heyn carousel horse, circa 1910
Heyn carousel horse, circa 1910.

Asian Art

The Asian Art Department gladly offers a large Chinese embroidered ‘dragon’ wall panel with an estimate of $3,000–$5,000. The panel features two pairs of dragons chasing a flaming pearl and one dragon in the center with a fierce expression. While the dragons symbolize royal status and power, the bats and Shou medallions surrounding them represent longevity and prosperity.


Chinese embroidered ‘dragon’ hanging panel.
Chinese embroidered ‘dragon’ hanging panel.

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 October 16th sale.

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 lot 2014, a diamond and eighteen karat white gold bracelet, estimated at $3,000–$5,000; lot 2043, a diamond and eighteen karat white gold moi et toi ring, estimated at $2,000–$3,000. To be offered as well is is a colorful gemstone selection, including lot 2001, a Ceylon sapphire, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $2,500–$3,500; and lot 2046, an emerald, diamond and fourteen karat gold ring, estimated at $2,000–$3,000. Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life are featured by makers such as by Hammerman Brothers in lot 2105B, a gemstone and eighteen karat gold brooch, estimated at $1,000–$2,000; and lot 2105A, an eighteen karat gold brooch, by Buccellati, estimated at $300–$500.


brooch
A gemstone and eighteen karat gold brooch, Hammerman Brothers.
Bidding for Clars’ October 15–16, 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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Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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February Highlights

Our February 10th and 11th Auctions will offer stunning jade from China, rare furniture and collectibles, and Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry from private estates.

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January Highlights

The Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California), will highlight Clars’ January auctions.

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Winter Auctions Highlights

The December auction series will include the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on December 16th and the Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on December 18th.

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Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to invite you to join our Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, 10 AM PST.

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Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

Our Fine Collectors Auction will showcase outstanding property from fine estates and collections, including 18th through 20th century furniture, decorative art, Native American basketry, and gold coins.

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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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Artist Spotlight: Chiura Obata

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Artist Spotlight: Jaime “Germs” Zacarias

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Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.

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Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

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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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Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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February Highlights

Our February 10th and 11th Auctions will offer stunning jade from China, rare furniture and collectibles, and Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry from private estates.

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January Highlights

The Estate of Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner (Santa Barbara, California), will highlight Clars’ January auctions.

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Winter Auctions Highlights

The December auction series will include the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on December 16th and the Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on December 18th.

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Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is thrilled to invite you to join our Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16th, 10 AM PST.

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Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

Our Fine Collectors Auction will showcase outstanding property from fine estates and collections, including 18th through 20th century furniture, decorative art, Native American basketry, and gold coins.

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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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Artist Spotlight: Chiura Obata

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Artist Spotlight: Jaime “Germs” Zacarias

The marriage of nostalgia and innovation in the work of GERMS creates a visual language that transcends barriers, both cultural and temporal.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.

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“How do I know when I’ve finished a painting? It’s when that element of surprise is there” (Joan Brown).

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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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