April Auction Highlights

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

The Maritime Sale

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


Edward Moran (American/British, 1829–1901), New York Bay from the Battery, 1871, oil on canvas, 24.75″ x 42.75″. Provenance: Estate of Mérí Jaye (San Francisco, California).
Edward Moran (American/British, 1829–1901), New York Bay from the Battery, 1871, oil on canvas, 24.75″ x 42.75″. Provenance: From the Estate of Meri Jaye (San Francisco, California).
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000
A massive scratch built paddle wheel steamship model ‘California, built by Tom Fordham (d. 2004), Scale 1/4″+1’.
A massive paddle wheel steamship model of the SS California, scratch built by Tom Fordham (d. 2004), scale 1/4″+1’, mounted in a glazed case, 37.5″ x 63″ x 19.25″. 
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

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

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Our April 19th auction features a remarkable collection from the estate of Harvey Clar, the gallery’s founder. Mr. Clar’s collection includes exquisite Lalique pieces, fine porcelain, marble, and bronze sculptures. The estate of Meri Jaye of Nob Hill, San Francisco, also contributes to this sale. Her collection boasts a coveted 1780 edition of Don Quixote, printed by Don Joaquin Ibarra, and a deluxe copy edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham.


An Italian alabaster figure of a boy fishing by Lorenzo Corelli. Provenance: From the Estate of Harvey Clar.
An Italian alabaster figure of a boy fishing by Lorenzo Corelli. Provenance: From the Estate of Harvey Clar.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500

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


<em>Don Quixote</em>, Saavedra, Miquel de Cervantes. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
Don Quixote, Saavedra, Miquel de Cervantes. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Fine Art

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


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

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


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

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


Louisa Matthiasdottir (Icelandic/American, 1917–2000), Vatnsstigur (Water Path), 1988, oil on canvas, 28.25″ x 36.5″.
Louisa Matthiasdottir (Icelandic/American, 1917–2000), Vatnsstigur (Water Path), 1988, oil on canvas, 28.25″ x 36.5″.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Deladier Almeida (American, b. 1961), Summer Spread, 2023, oil on canvas, 48#8243; x 79#8243;. Provenance: Private collection (Boulder, Colorado).
Deladier Almeida (American, b. 1961), Summer Spread, 2023, oil on canvas, 48″ x 79″. Provenance: Private collection (Boulder, Colorado).
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

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

Asian Art

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


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

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


A Chinese famille rose blue ground bowl decorated with bird and floral motifs and one dragon inside the bowl, bearing Guangxu six-character mark, 6.625″ across.
A Chinese famille rose blue ground bowl decorated with bird and floral motifs and one dragon inside the bowl, bearing Guangxu six-character mark, 6.625″ across.
Estimate: $800–$1,200

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


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

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


Attributed to Zhang Daqian, Splashed ink landscape, ink and color on paper, framed and glazed, inscribed, dated, and with two seals, 13″ x 37.25″.
Attributed to Zhang Daqian, Splashed Ink Landscape, ink and color on paper, framed and glazed, inscribed, dated, and with two seals, 13″ x 37.25″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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


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

The Warehouse Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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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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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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

Furniture & Decorative Arts

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


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

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


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

Fine Art

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Asian Art

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


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

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


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

The Warehouse Auction

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

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


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

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

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

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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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February Asian Art Highlights

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

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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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  • 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
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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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February Asian Art Highlights

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

  • Asian Art
  • Auction

From the Private Collection of Stephen & Lynette Schwartz

  • Estate Spotlight
  • Furniture & Decorative Arts

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

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


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

Clars Auctions is please to present a selection from their exclusive collection, featuring formal French furniture, 19th-century bronze sculptures, ormolu-mounted marble clocks, and KPM porcelain plaques in our January 18th auction. Each piece is a testament to the discerning taste of the Schwartz family, showcasing their distinctive blend of European sophistication.


A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
A fine French champlevé enamel and gilt bronze clock garniture, retailed by Schneider, Campbell & Co, Union Square, New York.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
A Louis XV Vernis Martin style gilt bronze mounted kingwood cabinet, late 19th century.
A Louis XV Vernis Martin style gilt bronze mounted kingwood cabinet, late 19th century.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
A large pair of Egyptian Revival patinated bronze two-handled urns, 19th century.
A large pair of Egyptian Revival patinated bronze two-handled urns, 19th century.
Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
Left: A fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble urns by Susse Frères Foundry. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500 Right: An impressive Sèvres style luster and gilt decorated gilt bronze mounted porcelain covered urn, late 19th/early 20th century.
Left: A fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble urns by Susse Frères Foundry. Estimate: $2,500–$3,500
Right: An impressive Sèvres style luster and gilt decorated gilt bronze mounted porcelain covered urn, late 19th/early 20th century. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500

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Property from the 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.

  • Estate Spotlight

Property from the Estate of Harvey Clar

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

  • Estate Spotlight

Contemporary Glass Collection

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

  • Design
  • Estate Spotlight

The Collection of Allan Stone

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

  • Estate Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

From the Estate of Vanna & N. Lee Lacy
Palm Springs, CA

Clars is delighted to be offering the Collection of Vanna and N. Lee Lacy on Friday, July 14th in our Tribal Arts, Interiors, Art & Jewelry Auction

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  • Stories & News

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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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
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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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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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
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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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.

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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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
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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October Timed Auctions

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Clars Auctions is delighted to be offering 3 timed auctions in October. These timed auctions allow bidders to register and place one or more bids on lots of interest until the last day listed. If you are outbid, you will be notified and will be given the opportunity to raise your bid.

(please note: you can retract 3 bids per sale)

Art Within Reach: Bidding Closes October 16th, 2 PM PDT

This month in our Art Within Reach sale we are featuring a duo of oil paintings by Dutch Impressionist Paul Rink, paintings by early California artists Victor Hugo Basinet and Luther Evans de Joiner, and contemporary pieces by Carrie Lederer and Jack Ogden. We are also pleased to include prints and photographs by George Demont Otis, Carol Jablonsky, Jim Millett, and more.


Paul Rink
Paul Rink (Dutch, 1861–1903), Mother with Children and Dancing, oil on canvas, 21.5″ x 14.5″.
George Demont Otis, Trees
George Demont Otis (American, 1879–1962), Trees, monotype, 4″ x 5.5″.

The Discovery Sale: Bidding Closes October 16th, 3 PM PDT

In this month’s Discovery Sale we will offer a diverse range of items, including sterling flatware and hollowware from renowned brands like Tiffany, Gorham, and Dominick Haff. This sale will also feature collectibles, such as Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola paraphernalia, as well as carnival architectural elements.


A large painted metal Pepsi-Cola bottlecap sign.
A large painted metal Pepsi-Cola bottlecap sign, 66″ dia x 5″ d.

For those interested in antique furniture, we have George III armchairs, a Hepplewhite table, a Biedermeier parlor suite, Federal mirrors, an Art Deco headboard, and Arts & Crafts desks. If you prefer contemporary designers, we carry pieces from brands like Bernhardt, Restoration Hardware, Henredon, and Cisco Home. Additionally, we will showcase exquisite porcelain pieces by Royal Crown Derby, Meissen, Herend, Royal Copenhagen, Lenox, Wedgwood, and Spode. For modern ceramics enthusiasts, our collection includes works by Marja Vallila, Dorren Blumbardt, and Tom Colman. Rounding out this sale is a selection of carpets, including Persian Bidjars, Aubusson styles, and Indo-Nains.


A matched pair of Italian Neoclassical style oak armchairs
A matched pair of Italian Neoclassical style oak armchairs.

Asian Decorative Arts: Bidding Closes October 16th, 4 PM PDT

This month’s Asian Decorative Arts Auction presents a wide array of Japanese works of art — encompassing exquisite metalwork in bronze and cloisonné along with a captivating selection of lacquered objects. Additionally, we are delighted to offer a noteworthy collection of suiseki viewing stones from a private collection. As a longstanding tradition, we prominently showcase Chinese works of art in this auction, featuring an impressive range of ceramics, intricately carved jade pieces, and various scholarly objects.


A pair of Asian underglaze blue vases, 23.75″ tall.
A pair of Asian underglaze blue vases, 23.75″ tall.
A Chinese famille verte fish bowl.
A Chinese famille verte fish bowl.

October Collections Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present our October Collections Auction on October 13th. This sale will offer a splendid variety of art, jewelry, and furniture.

Asian Art

Highlights from the Asian Art department include a group of Chinese monochrome glazed ceramic bowls and vases from Song and Yuan dynasties, and Chinese export underglaze blue items from the Ca Mau shipwreck acquired from Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 2007.


(lot of 5) Chinese export Ca Mau shipwreck underglaze blue ‘boy on a buffalo’ spoon trays.
(lot of 5) Chinese export Ca Mau shipwreck underglaze blue ‘boy on a buffalo’ spoon trays.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Additionally, there will be a selection of Japanese works of art, such as two Edo era tanto daggers and various Meiji period metalwork vases.


A Japanese mounted tanto.
A Japanese mounted tanto.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts department will offer a collection for the discerning connoisseur, including 18th and 19th century furniture and rugs, such as a Francoise Linke table, a collection of Regency Chinoiserie furniture and a Palace Kashan carpet.


An F. Linke Gilt bronze marquetry circular table.
An F. Linke Gilt bronze marquetry circular table.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Russian bronze sculptures and decorative arts, including Czarist examples and Grachev Bros enameled flatware, will also be up for auction. In addition, there will be a group of modern and contemporary pottery and art glass, and a selection of cameras and lenses available.


A Russian Grachev Brothers flatware set.
A Russian Grachev Brothers flatware set.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department is excited to offer a selection of diamonds, colored gemstone gold jewelry, and timepieces in their upcoming October 13th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. To be featured in the sale are a nice selection of diamond jewelry, including a diamond and 14k white gold tennis bracelet, estimated at $4,500–$5,500, and a colorful gem-set 18k gold bracelet, estimated at $3,500–$4,500.


A gem-set 18k gold bracelet and a yellow, pink sapphire and 18k gold ring.
A gem-set 18k gold bracelet and a yellow, pink sapphire and 18k gold ring.
Estimate: $6,000–$8,000

Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life include items such as a diamond and 18k bi-color gold starburst pendant brooch, estimated $1,200–$1,800. This brooch is complemented by classic timepieces, including a Rolex two-tone Oyster Perpetual lady’s wristwatch, estimated at $2,000–$3,000.


A diamond and 18k bi-color gold brooch-pendant of stylized starburst design.
A diamond and 18k bi-color gold brooch-pendant of stylized starburst design.
Estimate: $1,200–$1,800

Fine Art

This month the Fine Art department is pleased to feature a number of works by contemporary and early California artists, including an oil on canvas painting by painter George Demont Otis. Otis first came to California in 1924, where he worked as a scene designer for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He later moved to San Francisco and eventually settled in Marin County. He is known for landscapes of central and Northern California scenes, often depicting eucalyptus trees and rolling hills. In the featured painting this month, titled Marin Redwoods, he depicts a grove of the California state trees with sunlight peeking in through the canopy.


George Demont Otis (American, 1879–1962) Marin Redwoods, oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″.
George Demont Otis (American, 1879–1962) Marin Redwoods, oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Another highlight this October is a large print by funk artist William T. Wiley. Wiley began his artistic studies at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and later taught at U.C. Davis alongside artists Roy DeForest and Robert Arneson. Wiley’s work has been the subject of major exhibitions, including showings at the 1980 Venice Biennial, the de Young Museum, and a retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The monumental woodcut print featured this month, titled Mr. Bones, features hand coloring by the artist. The piece demonstrates Wiley’s eclectic visual style, including sketchy, movement-heavy lines and text interspersed throughout, with a humorous, surrealist-inspired subject. Also to be featured this month are an important print by Roberto Matta, paintings by Guy Anderson and Arthur Grover Rider, sculptures by Squeak Carnwath, and much more.


William T. Wiley, (American, 1937–2021), Mr. Bones, 1989, woodcut with hand coloring, 74&#8243 x 23&#8243.
William T. Wiley, (American, 1937–2021), Mr. Bones, 1989, woodcut with hand coloring, 74″ x 23″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Bidding for Clars’ October 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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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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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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The Collectors Auction Highlights

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Clars is excited to present The Collectors Auction on September 15th. This spectacular collection is overflowing with an impressive variety of art, jewelry, and furniture.

Asian Art

Asian Art will feature various distinguished private collections of Chinese, Himalayan, South Indian, and Southeast Asian religious works of art. One of the highlights is a Chinese Daoist painting of various religious figures.


A Chinese Daoist painting.
A Chinese Daoist painting.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

Also, to be presented in this auction is an extensive collection of Chinese mixed metal ink boxes, silver accessories, and miniature decorative objects.


A group of Chinese export silver miniature items.
A group of Chinese export silver miniature items.
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500

Furniture & Decorative Arts

The Furniture & Decorative Arts portion of the sale will be offering an extensive selection of fine objects, including contemporary furniture from an exclusive St. Helena winery, antique furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries, American carousel animals from Gustav Dentzel, Native American blankets and beadwork, and Indian and Middle Eastern decorative arts.


A set of Restoration Hardware Empire dining chairs and a Restoration Hardware Belgian Trestle round dining table, property from an exclusive St. Helena winery.
A set of Restoration Hardware Empire dining chairs and a Restoration Hardware Belgian Trestle round dining table, property from an exclusive St. Helena winery.
Estimate: $900–$1,300
A Navajo Germantown blanket.
A Navajo Germantown blanket.
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming September 15th sale. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points. To be featured in the sale are a nice selection of diamond jewelry, including a diamond and 14k white gold band, estimated at $1,200–$1,800, and a pair of diamond stud earrings, estimated at $1,200–$1,800.

The sale will also include a colorful gemstone selection, including a tanzanite, diamond and silver necklace, estimated at $2,000–$3,000, and a pair of emerald, diamond and platinum-topped 18k gold ear clips, estimated at $1,000–$1,500.


A gem-set and 18k gold, ‘Chessman,’ brooch, Seaman Schepps.
A gem-set and 18k gold, ‘Chessman,’ brooch, Seaman Schepps.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life include items from makers Seaman Schepps, in a gem-set and 18k gold, ‘Chessman,’ brooch, estimated at $1,500–$2,500, and an enamel and 18k gold bracelet, by Buccellati, estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Buccellati jewelry
Left: An enamel and 18k gold bracelet, Buccellati. Right: A pair of gem-set 18k gold earrings, Buccellati.
Estimate: $14,000–$21,000

Fine Art

This September at Clars we are excited to offer an original print by French-American naturalist, John James Audubon. Audubon is well known for his illustrations of the birds of North America. The featured engraving is titled Canvas Backed Ducks and dates to 1836.


John James Audubon, <em>Canvas Backed Ducks</em>.
John James Audubon (American, 1785–1851), Canvas Backed Ducks (Pl. CCCI) from The Birds of America, 1836, engraving with aquatint and etching with hand-coloring on J. Whatman Turkey Mill paper, Robert Havell Edition, 25.5″ x 37.75″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Also included in our sale are an oil on canvas painting by Thomas Virgil Troyon Hill Jr., depicting California’s Yosemite Valley, and a still-life oil on canvas painting by Luigi Lucioni.


Thomas Virgil Troyon Hill Jr., <em>Yosemite Valley</em>.
Thomas Virgil Troyon Hill Jr. (American, 1871–1922), Yosemite Valley, oil on canvas, 40″ x 60″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Bidding for Clars’ September auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

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

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

Read More

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.

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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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February Auction Highlights

Clars is excited to present our Furniture, Art, Jewelry & Asian Auction on February 16th and our Warehouse Sale on February 17th.

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