Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

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


Cowboys and Indians
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each.
Sold: $503,750

Clars’ Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale on September 16th started off the season with impressive results having 230 lots achieve a little over $1.3 million in sales. Fine Art led the way with $1.1 million in sales with the highlight being Andy Warhol’s complete set of ten screenprints, Cowboys and Indians, selling for $503,750. Rick Unruh, Clars CEO, remarked, “Clars is definitely ‘moving up the ladder’ in being recognized internationally as one of the premier auction houses for Modern and Contemporary works. This past auction was our 3rd complete set of Warhols to be offered in the last 2 years — all with outstanding results.”

Another stellar performance was several Pumpkin screenprints by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) selling for a combined price of $108,750.


Yayoi Kusama Prints from the September 16th Sale
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Top left: Pumpkin (Y), Top Right: Dancing Pumpkin (YOR), Bottom Left: Napping Pumpkin, Bottom Right: Red Colored Pumpkin.
Sold: $108,750

Clars Auction Gallery had a nearly 100% sell through rate for the Fall Design sale, with just above 100 lots selling for over $210,000 total.


Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table
Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table.
Sold: $18,750

Clients from across the country were vying for Design lots, with many items selling at or above the high estimate. Cristina Campion, Associate Director of 20th Century Design at Clars commented, “strong sales like this one really demonstrate that Clars is a recognized name among Design collectors across the United States.”


Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413To be offered at our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Sale
Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413.
Sold: $10,625

Top picks included an Angelo Mangiarotti ‘Eros’ Dining Table sold for $18,750, with a $6,000–$9,000 estimate. Other auction highlights include a suite of eight Mario Bellini Cab Chairs, Model 413, that brought $10,625, a set of Christian Liaigre Bazane Stools that sold for $9,375, a Charles and Ray Eames 670 and 671 chair and ottoman that realized $8,125, and a Vladimir Kagan Ondine Chair that commanded $8,125.


Christian Liaigre Bazane stools.To be offered September 16th
Christian Liaigre Bazane stools.
Sold: $9,375

Clars is gearing up for it’s next Design auction on December 18th, and is hopeful that the department will continue to see an upward trajectory in sales.


Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa.To be offered at our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Sale
Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa.
Sold: $8,125

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SJICA Benefit Art Auction

Clars Auction Gallery is proud to partner with the ICA of San José in their 2022 Annual Benefit Art Auction, IN THEIR OWN WORDS. Join us November 5th, 5PM.

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Valuation Day | PBS KVIE

Clars Auction Gallery is excited to partner with PBS KVIE for this Valuation Day. Join us October 29th!

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Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Designer Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

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Clars’ upcoming Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction will be held Friday, September 16th, featuring an array of mid-century San Francisco Bay Area figurative works.


Cowboys and Indians
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each.
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

Highlights include the complete portfolio of Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians — one of his last major works before his death — estimated at $500,000–$700,000. In this portfolio, Warhol portrays a range of images that represent both the history and constructed lore of the American West, pulled from reality and fiction. Warhol interspersed portraits of world-famous Americans with those of anonymous Native Americans in his ironic commentary on America’s collective mythology of the historic West.


Cucumber and Lemon
Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990), Cucumber and Lemon, 1965, oil on plywood board, 16.25″ x 15″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Another exceptional highlight is an oil on panel from 1965 by Joan Brown (American, 1938–1990) titled Cucumber and Lemon estimated at $40,000–$60,000. This charming still life was gifted to fellow artist and friend, Ira Yeager (1938–2022), on his birthday.


Nathan Oliveira paintings
Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), Untitled (from the Windhover series), 1991, oil on panel, 16″ x 20″.
Estimate (each): $12,000–$18,000

Two later paintings by Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010) from his Windhover series (commissioned by Stanford University in 1991) will be also offered at $12,000–$18,000 each.


Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413To be offered at our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Sale
Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

The auction will feature a fine selection of Design items including a set of Mario Bellini Cab Chairs estimated at $10,000–$15,000, an Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table estimated at $6,000–$9,000, and a Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa estimated at $6,000–$9,000.


Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table
Angelo Mangiarotti Eros Dining Table.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

There will be other noteworthy Designers in the auction including ceramicists such as James Lovera, Antonio Prieto and Lagardo Tackett, as well as Danish Modern including Eric Hansen, Arne Iversen, Johannes Andersen, Peter Hvidt, and American and Italian Modern such as Charles and Ray Eames, Christian Liaigre, among others.


Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa.To be offered at our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Sale
Vladimir Kagan Couture Sloane II sofa.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000

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Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

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

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November Asian Art Highlights

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

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October Highlights

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

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

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Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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June Modern + Contemporary Design Highlights

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Clars is pleased to offer a wide range of 20th Century Design items in the upcoming June 17th Modern + Contemporary auction.

Highlights begin with the early 20th century and include a rare Roycroft Sideboard, Model 1, estimated at $8,000–$12,000. There will also be a selection of Tiffany Studios items.


Roycroft, Sideboard, Model 1.
Roycroft, Sideboard, Model 1.

Moving along to the Mid Century, there will be a Phillip Lloyd Powell New Hope lounge chair and ottoman, circa 1960, estimated at $7,000–$9,000.


Phillip Lloyd Powell, New Hope Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
Phillip Lloyd Powell, New Hope Lounge Chair and Ottoman.

Continuing to later in the century, Clars will also feature a Jun Kaneko glazed ceramic slab, estimated at $6,000–$9,000.


Jun Kaneko glazed ceramic slab.
Jun Kaneko glazed ceramic slab.

There will be numerous noteworthy designers including Birger Kaipiainen, Mies Van Der Rohe, Børge Mogensen, George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Milo Baughman, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Hans Olsen, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Raymond Loewy, Mario Bellini, Arne Vodder, Jun Kaneko, Olivier Mourgue, Peter Hvidt, and Eero Saarinen among others.


Mies Van Der Rohe, Barcelona Daybed.
Mies Van Der Rohe, Barcelona Daybed.
George Nelson, bench.
George Nelson, bench.
Charles and Ray Eames, DCW chairs.
Charles and Ray Eames, DCW chairs.
Milo Baughman, bench.
Milo Baughman, bench.
Hans Wenger stool, Model JH539.
Hans Wenger stool, Model JH539.
Finn Juhl, bowl.
Finn Juhl, bowl.
Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip chairs (part of a larger dining suite).
Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip chairs (part of a larger dining suite).
Eero Saarinen Womb chair.
Eero Saarinen Womb chair.
Giuseppe Scapinelli, chair.
Giuseppe Scapinelli, chair.
Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413, set of ten.
Mario Bellini, Cab Chairs Model 413, set of ten.

Also on offer will be a fine assortment of art glass items including a Lalique clear and frosted glass Masque de Femme.

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Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

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

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November Asian Art Highlights

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

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October Highlights

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

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

  • Modern + Contemporary
  • Stories & News

Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

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

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

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Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction

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

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

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

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Fine Collectors Auction Highlights

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

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November Asian Art Highlights

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

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October Highlights

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

  • Auction

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

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

  • Modern + Contemporary
  • Stories & News

Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

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

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary