Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

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May Auction Highlights

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

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April Auction Highlights

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

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Artists to Watch: California

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

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Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is excited to present the Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, March 21st, commencing at 9:30 AM PDT.

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Artist Spotlight: Hernando Ruiz Ocampo

Ocampo developed a singular style that expressed the Filipino experience through emotive color, form, and abstraction.

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Artist Spotlight: Matt Gondek

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A standout piece in our March Modern + Contemporary sale is this large acrylic on canvas painting by Los Angeles-based artist, Matt Gondek.


Gondek is known for colorful canvases with thick, bold lines depicting cartoon and comic book characters from the late 20th century, often exploding, melting, or in some way deconstructed through a darkly humorous lens.


Matt Gondek (American, b 1982), Rugrats, acrylic on canvas, 47.5″ x 71.5″.
Matt Gondek (American, b 1982), Rugrats, acrylic on canvas, 47.5″ x 71.5″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

The painting at Clars this month will look familiar to millennial collectors; the scene shows the characters from the Nickelodeon cartoon show Rugrats in a state of fragmentation. Followers of Clars will remember the Gondek painting in our November 2023 sale depicting 1990s Warner Brothers characters, Pinky and the Brain, which sold at auction for $12,600.


Matt Gondek (American, b. 1982), Pinky and the Brain, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 72″.
Matt Gondek (American, b. 1982), Pinky and the Brain, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 72″.
Sold: $12,600

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Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

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

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Artist Spotlight: Salvador Dalí

Dalí established himself as perhaps the most celebrated of the Surrealist painters, famous for both his instantly recognizable visual style and for his eccentric personality and antics.

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Artist Spotlight: Albert Hirschfeld

Albert Hirschfeld — a master caricaturist — is known for his depictions of twentieth-century pop culture icons.

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Artist Spotlight: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Weinman’s work embraces both the storied past of his influences and predecessors as well as the developing aesthetic of the modern era.

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Artists to Watch: California

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

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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

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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). This March at Clars we are proud to feature a work on paper and a print by one of the most well-loved modern artists of Bay Area origin.


Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Running at Ocean Beach, 1976, pencil and gouache on paper, 17.75″ x 24″.
Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Running at Ocean Beach, 1976, pencil and gouache on paper, 17.75″ x 24″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Joan Brown was born in San Francisco in 1938 and continued to work in the area for her entire life, creating paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that celebrated the city of San Francisco and its surroundings. Brown began her art education at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) where she began working with her mentor — fellow Bay Area icon, Elmer Bischoff — who she credited with encouraging her to focus on her own creative instincts and less on academic rules.

During her prolific career, Brown evolved stylistically from abstract expressionism to folk art-inspired figurative painting and became involved in the highly influential Bay Area Figurative Movement. Brown was married for a period to a fellow member of the movement, Manuel Neri, with whom she had a son who inspired much of her work during the 1960s. Brown also taught at several California universities during the 1960s, including the California School of Fine Arts, Mills College, and UC Berkeley.


Cucumber and Lemon
Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Cucumber and Lemon, 1965, oil on plywood board, 16.25″ x 15″.
Sold: $31,250

As she matured in her practiced, Brown included more symbolism in her paintings, including spiritual and New Age ideas. This interest led her to travel the world and gather inspiration from various religions and cultures — installing mosaic obelisks honoring these new influences. Brown tragically passed away while installing one of these obelisks at Sai Baba’s Eternal Heritage Museum in Puttaparthi, India. The works included in the March auction are a gouache and pencil on paper piece, titled Running at Ocean Beach, which depicts the artist jogging at the famous San Francisco seaside, and a woodcut/lithograph, titled Golden Gate, depicting the renowned bridge at sunset with a swimmer and boater in the blue bay waters.


Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), <em>Golden Gate</em>, 1987, woodcut and lithograph, 37.5″ x 27″.
Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Golden Gate, 1987, woodcut and lithograph, 37.5″ x 27″.
Sold: $9,450

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Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

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

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Artist Spotlight: Salvador Dalí

Dalí established himself as perhaps the most celebrated of the Surrealist painters, famous for both his instantly recognizable visual style and for his eccentric personality and antics.

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Artist Spotlight: Albert Hirschfeld

Albert Hirschfeld — a master caricaturist — is known for his depictions of twentieth-century pop culture icons.

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Artist Spotlight: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Weinman’s work embraces both the storied past of his influences and predecessors as well as the developing aesthetic of the modern era.

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Artists to Watch: California

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

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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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The Collection of Allan Stone

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Clars is pleased to be offering over 70 works of art from the Collection of Allan Stone (by descent) on Thursday, March 21st in our Spring Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction.

Allan Stone.
Photo of Allan Stone.

From 1960 to 2020, Stone had a prominent New York City gallery that was known for showing artists such as: Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Jack Whitten, as well as, Barnett Newman, Richard Estes, Yasuhide Kobashi, Robert Arneson, Cesar and Dorothy Grebenak among many others.


Sylvia Lark (American, 1947–1990), China, No, 1987, oil on canvas, 60″ x 78″. From the private Collection of Allan Stone.
Sylvia Lark (American, 1947–1990), China, No, 1987, oil on canvas, 60″ x 78″. From the private Collection of Allan Stone. Note: Born in Buffalo of Native American and Italian-American heritage, Lark had exhibited in over 125 national and international group shows and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the University Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), the Oakland Museum, the Legion of Honor, (San Francisco), Bank of America World Headquarters (San Francisco), and ARCO Foundation (Los Angeles) among others.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
John Evans (American, b. 1945), <em>Beach Parking</em>, 1997, oil on canvas, 48″ x 52.25″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
John Evans (American, b. 1945), Beach Parking, 1997, oil on canvas, 48″ x 52.25″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Kazuko Inoue (Japanese, b. 1946), <em>Untitled (Red Squares)</em>, 2008, acrylic on linen, 32″ x 32″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Kazuko Inoue (Japanese, b. 1946), Untitled (Red Squares), 2008, acrylic on linen, 32″ x 32″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Derrick Guild (Scottish, b. 1963), <em>Onion, Sweet Potato, Beet</em>, 2004, oil on linen, 12″ x 22″. Exhibited: Allan Stone Gallery (New York, NY) <em>Derrick Guild: Pre-Ascension</em>, March 8–April 28, 2007. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Derrick Guild (Scottish, b. 1963), Onion, Sweet Potato, Beet, 2004, oil on linen, 12″ x 22″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Harry Bowden (American, 1907–1965), Interior, 1942, oil on canvas, 10.13″ x 8.13″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Harry Bowden (American, 1907–1965), Interior, 1942, oil on canvas, 10.13″ x 8.13″. Provenance: Acquired by descent from the Estate of Allan Stone.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

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Property from the Collection of Joanna Barnes

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

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Property from the Estate of Meri Jaye

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

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Historic Frank’s Fisherman

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

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Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

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

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Artists to Watch: California

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

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Artist Spotlight: Hernando Ruiz Ocampo

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This March at Clars, we are privileged and honored to present a very important work by 1991 National Artist of the Philippines, Hernando Ruiz Ocampo.


Ocampo stands as an iconic artist in the Philippines, being a leader of modernist painting in the country during the first half of the twentieth century. As a painter who ushered in an era of creative exploration in the country, Ocampo developed a singular style that expressed the Filipino experience through emotive color, form, and abstraction.


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

Ocampo was born and raised in greater Manila in 1911 and studied both law and writing — becoming an accomplished poet and fiction writer before approaching the visual arts. His early painting career is marked by experimentation with modes of expression, including a series titled Luetica, for which his visceral depictions of human mortality earned him strong reactions upon exhibition.

After the devastation of World War II in the Philippines, progressive artists worked to reflect the hardships and realities of life. Ocampo and his colleagues, including fellow National Artists Vicente S. Manansala and Cesar Legaspi, inaugurated a movement of distinctly Filipino Neo-Realism, combining modernist abstraction with figurative subject matter.

Neo-Realists took their inspiration from the struggles of workers, family life, poverty, and the local landscape. Although one can detect the influence of prior and concurrent movements in Europe and the United States — including Cubism and Vorticism as well as Social Realism — the Neo-Realists’ work was categorically unique in its blend of the Filipino experience with modernist aesthetics. Out of the many talented artists in his circle, Ocampo favored the freedom that abstraction afforded him in his work; and as he gained confidence in his practice, it became more symbolic and less objective in nature.

Ocampo continued to delve further into abstraction as his career progressed. His close peer, Cesar Legaspi, was quoted speaking about Ocampo’s creative evolution, stating, “I think the impact of those paintings was needed then as the controversy between the moderns and the conservatives was going full blast and we had to have some kind of exemplar as to how far and how powerful a new kind of art could be.”

While Ocampo did create paintings that used abstraction while still forming a recognizable scene, such as the landscape Reaching for the Moon and the mother and child figures in Break of Day, his most well-known pieces are those that allow for open interpretation and push viewers to investigate their own subconscious. Here, the painter relies on formal elements to create a sensory experience. The principles of color and shape were fundamental to Ocampo’s work in the later years of his career. One can identify his personal connection to the color orange in many of his works, and he uses amorphous and organic shapes like tiles to form imposing structures — painstakingly faceted with vivid tones to achieve depth and form.


Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (Filipino, 1911–1978), <em>Mga Kiti</em>, 1978, acrylic on Tetoron, 35.5″ x 354.25″ (zoomed in shot).
Hernando Ruiz Ocampo, Mga Kiti (zoomed in shot).

The monumental work by Ocampo in our March sale, one of only two made by the artist in this size, is titled Mga Kiti, which can be taken as a reference to either duck embryos or mosquito larvae. Dating to 1978, the scroll-like painting, done in acrylic paint on Tetoron fabric, showcases a repeating pattern of similar forms that echo human figures, the bodies of birds, lotus pods, and cellular structures. The background — painted a deep red that graduates into lighter crimson — recalls blood, with the small circles sprinkled throughout suggesting blood cells. Yellow linework traces throughout the length of the painting in a style reminiscent of batik, a medium originating in the neighboring country of Indonesia, and further separates the areas of red, black, and orange like cells dividing.

The lines and colors seem to undulate, expand, and contract — like compartments of breathing lungs. Like in much of his previous work, Ocampo utilizes color, specifically in the spectrum of orange, and creates a mosaic-like composition. Although the piece was commissioned by patron, Ginny Jacinto, the idea of regeneration may have been close to Ocampo’s own heart during its creation; the artist was in his late sixties and dealing with multiple health issues. Mga Kiti was Ocampo’s final painting before his death in December of 1978. Its themes of renewal, movement, and creation seem to be a summation of his work — the balance between figuration and abstraction, and a pure expression of life itself. Mga Kiti serves as a grand testament to Ocampo’s talents as a master of his craft both in formal composition, with his uncanny ability to evoke tactility and sensoriality, and as a translator of ideas, emotion, and the creative force from which all art originates.


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Artist Spotlight: Salvador Dalí

Dalí established himself as perhaps the most celebrated of the Surrealist painters, famous for both his instantly recognizable visual style and for his eccentric personality and antics.

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Artist Spotlight: Albert Hirschfeld

Albert Hirschfeld — a master caricaturist — is known for his depictions of twentieth-century pop culture icons.

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Artist Spotlight: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Weinman’s work embraces both the storied past of his influences and predecessors as well as the developing aesthetic of the modern era.

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Artists to Watch: California

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

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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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February Auction Highlights

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

Furniture & Decorative Arts

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


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

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


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

Fine Art

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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


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

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

Asian Art

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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May Auction Highlights

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

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April Auction Highlights

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

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Artists to Watch: California

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

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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is excited to present the Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, March 21st, commencing at 9:30 AM PDT.

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March Auction Highlights

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

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Artist Spotlight: Paul Sawyier

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This January at Clars we are pleased to offer two paintings by American Impressionist, Paul Sawyier.


Sawyier was born in Ohio in 1865 and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. He traveled first to The McMicken School of Design (now the Art Academy of Cincinnati) to study under Frank Duveneck, and later to New York to study under William Merritt Chase at the Arts Students League of New York.


Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 20″ x 24″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Sold: $49,125

Early in his career, Sawyier excelled in portraiture, painting the likenesses of well-known figures in his community. Although he sometimes included figures in his subsequent paintings, they mostly focused on rural landscapes. Known primarily for his watercolor depictions of scenery in Kentucky and New York, Sawyier gained enough recognition in art circles to exhibit work at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.


Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Fountain and Rose Garden, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 24″ x 20″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917), Fountain and Rose Garden, oil on panel, signed. Panel: 24″ x 20″. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York).
Sold: $28,820

After his professional painting career ended, Sawyier retired to a houseboat in the New York Catskills. He was known to paint in the area en plein air, both in oils and watercolor. Sawyier is notable not only for being one of the only painters from Kentucky working in the Impressionist style during the turn of the century, but also for his ability to capture the atmosphere and tranquility of his surroundings. Although distinctly impressionistic, Sawyier’s work does retain aspects of Realism and Romanticism, perhaps preserved from his years studying in arts academies. Sawyier remains one of Kentucky’s most celebrated artists, and his work is collected in several large museums nationwide.


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Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

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

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Artist Spotlight: Salvador Dalí

Dalí established himself as perhaps the most celebrated of the Surrealist painters, famous for both his instantly recognizable visual style and for his eccentric personality and antics.

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  • Modern Art

Artist Spotlight: Albert Hirschfeld

Albert Hirschfeld — a master caricaturist — is known for his depictions of twentieth-century pop culture icons.

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  • Fine Art

Artist Spotlight: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Weinman’s work embraces both the storied past of his influences and predecessors as well as the developing aesthetic of the modern era.

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Artist Spotlight: Hernando Ruiz Ocampo

Ocampo developed a singular style that expressed the Filipino experience through emotive color, form, and abstraction.

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Artist Spotlight: Matt Gondek

Gondek is known for colorful canvases with thick, bold lines depicting cartoon and comic book characters from the late 20th century.

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January Auction Highlights

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

Furniture & Decorative Arts

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Fine Art

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


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

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


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

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


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

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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


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

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


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

Asian Art

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


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

Fine & Rare Wines

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


From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. The sale will also feature a variety of fine French Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Papes, and Burgundies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
From left to right: 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1992 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Monopole; Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. 1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru; Estimate: $4,000–$6,000.
Bidding for Clars’ January auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

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

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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May Auction Highlights

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

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April Auction Highlights

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

  • Auction

Artists to Watch: California

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

  • Auction
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Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is excited to present the Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, March 21st, commencing at 9:30 AM PDT.

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March Auction Highlights

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

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December Auction Highlights

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

Furniture & Decorative Arts

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


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

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


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

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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


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

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

Fine Art

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


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

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


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

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


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

Asian Art

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


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

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


A Chinese late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe.
A Chinese late Qing dynasty uncut purple ground ‘dragon’ robe.
Estimate: $15,000–$25,000
Bidding for Clars’ December auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

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

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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May Auction Highlights

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

  • Auction

April Auction Highlights

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

  • Auction

Artists to Watch: California

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Highlights

Clars is excited to present the Spring Luxury Jewels & Timepieces Auction on Thursday, March 21st, commencing at 9:30 AM PDT.

  • Auction
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March Auction Highlights

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

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November Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our Fine Interiors & Design Auction on November 17th and our Art, Furniture and Asian Auction on November 18th. These sales will offer a splendid variety of art, furniture and Asian decorative pieces.

Fine Art

This November at Clars Auctions we are pleased to offer a selection of highlights showcasing the American landscape. One standout is a large oil painting by American artist, Joseph Rusling Meeker, titled Bayou Barbary – Near Lake Maurepas, Louisiana. Meeker was well-known for his depictions of Louisiana swampland, and his work is regarded as a great example of American Luminism — which focused on the effects of light on landscapes. The piece in this month’s auction shows the bayou with a large cypress tree in the foreground and Spanish moss hanging from its branches.


Joseph Rusling Meeker (American, 1827–1887), Bayou Barbary - Near Lake Maurepas, Louisiana, 1877, oil on canvas affixed to masonite, 30″ x 24.5″.
Joseph Rusling Meeker (American, 1827–1887), Bayou Barbary – Near Lake Maurepas, Louisiana, 1877, oil on canvas affixed to masonite, 30″ x 24.5″.
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000

Also featured in our Friday sale is an oil painting by Utah artist, Kirk Randle. This large-scale narrative piece shows a group of Native American men on horseback, riding over the snowy ground, with teepees and trees in the middle ground and the moon glowing over mountains far in the distance. Finally, we present an oil by California Impressionist, Samuel Hyde Harris. The piece depicts a familiar view of green farmland with a house in the background and a large tree in focus, with its branches full with voluminous leaves.


Kirk Randle (American, b 1952), <em>Untitled</em>, oil on board, 39″ x 63″. Provenance: Commissioned directly from artist (Scottsdale, AZ).
Kirk Randle (American, b 1952), Untitled, oil on board, 39″ x 63″. Provenance: Commissioned directly from artist (Scottsdale, AZ).
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Furniture & Decorative Arts

In our Fine Interiors & Design Auction we will offer a diverse collection of decorative arts and furniture from the 18th to the 20th century. These highlights feature a wide range of items, such as sterling silver, Meissen porcelain, and Steuben glass.


A NY Giants Baseball Club Sterling Season Pass, dated 1923.
A NY Giants Baseball Club Sterling Season Pass, dated 1923.
Estimate: $500–$800

The variety continues with a NY Giants Baseball Club sterling season pass, a Hawaiian Poi bowl, a Wooly mammoth tusk and Bronze Age fragments. Contemporary furniture from a St. Helena cult winery rounds out the selection.


A Hawaiian poi bowl.
A Hawaiian poi bowl.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Asian Art

The Asian Art department will present an array of works of art and decorations from China, Japan, and the Himalayas. Some of the highlights from the sale include a Japanese red coral carving of the lucky god Jurogin, a 19th century Chinese export gilt-lacquered desk, and several lots of Chinese export porcelains spanning the period of late Ming dynasty to the late Qing dynasty. There is also a nice group of antique and decorative Tibetan bronze Buddhist statues and figures on offer.

A Japanese red coral carving of Jurojin.
A Japanese red coral carving of Jurojin.
Estimate: $800–$1,200
A Chinese export gilt lacquered desk.
A Chinese export gilt lacquered desk.
To be offered: $1,500–$2,500

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

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