Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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Clars’ Fine Art department is excited to present our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction on September 14th. The sale will offer an array of artworks spanning movements and decades, with notable works for all collectors.

An important highlight to be offered in this sale is an oil on canvas by French artist Henry Moret (French, 1856–1913) titled Maisons à Volendam, Hollande. Moret, while trained in the Neo-Classical and Orientalist style at the École National des Beaux-Arts, took much inspiration from Impressionist artists and painted the Western European countryside and Coastlines, incorporating vibrant tones of blue, green, and peachy orange. This work, completed in 1900, is a strong example of his bold palette choices and forceful and short brushstrokes, a style he credited much to Claude Monet. This painting will be offered at $50,000–$70,000.


Henry Moret, Maisons à Volendam, Hollande.
Henry Moret (French, 1856–1913), Maisons à Volendam, Hollande, 1900, oil on canvas, 21.7″ x 28.7″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000

Also to be featured in our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction are two large-scale prints by American artist Robert Longo (American, b. 1953). Longo, who has also worked in film and sculpture, is most known for his drawings and prints in the Men in the Cities series. These images depict models in stark black and white formal attire whose contorted poses convey dancing, fighting, or other active and sometimes violent movements. Longo created these images by blowing up photographs of his friends to a larger-than-life scale and tracing his subjects to paper. These iconic artworks have appeared in film and television series including American Psycho and Inventing Anna. Clars will be offering both James and Tillman at $15,000–$20,000 each.


Robert Longo lithographs
Left: Robert Longo (American, b. 1953), Tillman, 2000, lithograph, 70″ x 40″. Right: Robert Longo (American, b. 1953), James, 1999, lithograph, 70″ x 40″.
Estimate (each): $15,000–$20,000

Yet another notable print to be offered is Andy Warhol’s (American, 1928–1987) Sitting Bull — a print originally intended for the Cowboys and Indians suite completed in 1986. The print, valued at $40,000–$60,000, displays the iconic portrait of Sitting Bull, derived from an archival photo of the Sioux Chief. Warhol of course adds a flare of dramatized color in his Pop Art style to blend the understanding of historical and modern-day imagery.


Andy Warhol, Sitting Bull from Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Sitting Bull from Cowboys and Indians, 1986, screenprint, 35.75″ x 35.75″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

The sale will also offer numerous photographs by renowned artists such as Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, and David LaChapelle. One notable work in this category is a photograph by American artist and writer Peter Beard (American, 1938–2020), most known for his images of Africa. Beard’s book The End of the Game, first published in 1965, documented the issues of starvation and poaching facing wildlife in Kenya, and brought the artist international attention. The photograph in our September sale titled Fayel Tall depicts Kenyan model Fayel Tall posing in a mudcloth-style skirt covered in geometric designs. An inscription on the left of the photograph quotes a passage from The End of the Game describing a beautiful woman. The unique photograph will be auctioned off for $20,000–$40,000.

Peter Beard, Fayel Tall.
Peter Beard (American, 1938–2020), Fayel Tall, 1995, gelatin silver print, 23″ x 15.25″.
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000
Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949), John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1970, gelatin silver print, 11&#8243 x 7.5&#8243.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

David LaChapelle, Anna Kournikova: The Court's Free.
David LaChapelle (American, b 1963), Anna Kournikova: The Court’s Free, 1998, c-print on Diasec, 60″ x 44.1″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Diane Arbus, Russian Midget Friends in a Living Room on 100th Street NYC.
Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), Russian Midget Friends in a Living Room on 100th Street NYC, 1963, gelatin silver print, 14.75″ x 14.75″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

This sale will also offer additional important works by renowned artists such as Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, Hunt Slonem, George Morrison, and Ruth Asawa, among others.


Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, Year of the Goat.
Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm (Vietnamese, 1922–2016), Year of the Goat, 1967, lacquered panel, 27.5″ x 39.5″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Hunt Slonem, Lories.
Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951), Lories, 2012, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.
Estimate: $12,000–$16,000
Guy Irving Anderson, <em>Gathering at the Waterfall</em>.
Guy Irving Anderson (American, 1906–1998), Gathering at the Waterfall, 1985, oil on tarred roofing paper affixed to board, 71.5″ x 44.5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

George Morrison, Night Shadows. Red Rock Variation. Lake Superior Landscape.
George Morrison (American, 1919–2000), Night Shadows. Red Rock Variation. Lake Superior Landscape, 1994, acrylic on canvas board, 5″ x 14″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Louise Nevelson, Sun-Set.
Louise Nevelson (American, 1899–1988), Sun-Set, 1981, black polyester resin multiple, 12.5″ x 18″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Ruth Asawa, Masks.
Left: Ruth Asawa (American, 1926–2013), Mask of Calvin Baxter, 1978, stoneware sculpture, 9″ x 5.5″ x 3″. Right: Ruth Asawa (American, 1926–2013), Mask of Yvonne Baxter, 1978, stoneware sculpture, 8″ x 5″ x 2.75″.
Estimate (each): $5,000–$7,000
Pablo Picasso, <em>Paysage</em>.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Paysage (A.R. 204), 1953, earthenware ceramic plate partially engraved with colored engobe and glaze, 12.75″ x 15.25″ x 1.75″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Rafael Coronel, Retrato Sorprendido.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Retrato Sorprendido, oil on canvas, 39.5″ x 14″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Bill Brandt, London (Nude with Bent Elbow).
Bill Brandt (British, 1904–1983), London (Nude with Bent Elbow), 1952, gelatin silver print, 13.5″ x 11.5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Salvador Dali, Le Decameron.
Salvador Dali (Spanish/1904–1989), Le Decameron, 1972, the complete portfolio of ten (10) drypoint etchings in colors on folded Arches paper, 18.5″ x 13.5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Ira Yeager, <em>The Southern European Tree Frog</em>.
Ira Yeager (American, 1938–2022), The Southern European Tree Frog, oil on canvas, 35.5″ x 35.5″.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
Squeak Carnwath, There But Not.
Squeak Carnwath (American, b. 1947), There But Not, 1985, charcoal on paper, 57.25″ x 58.5″.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Roy Carruthers, Untitled (Three Figures).
Roy Carruthers (South African, 1938–2013), Untitled (Three Figures), 1982, oil on canvas, 60″ x 48″.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
Beniamino Bufano, Owl.
Beniamino Bufano (Italian/American, 1898–1970), Owl, bronze sculpture, 7″h.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

William Theophilus Brown, <em>Untitled (View of the Presidio, San Francisco)</em>.
William Theophilus Brown (American, 1919–2012), Untitled (View of the Presidio, San Francisco), 1983, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Nathan Oliveira, <em>IMI-92</em>.
Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), IMI-92, 1989, watercolor and pencil, 19″ x 24″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

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Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her artistic career at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960s, where she originally studied painting but was inspired to change her focus to photography.

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The Collectors Auction Highlights

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.

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Summer Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Highlights

The Summer Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction will include a fine selection of colored diamonds, diamonds, colored gemstones, antique and signed jewelry, and timepieces.

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Design + Art + Fine Asian Art Highlights

Our August 11th Auction will showcase a wide range of treasures, including Design pieces by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, artwork by Henrietta Berk, and fine Asian porcelain, glazed pottery, and paintings.

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Fine Asian Works of Art

Jade, porcelain, glazed pottery, antique textiles, scrolls and paintings will headline our August 11th Fine Asian Art Auction.

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

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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.

In the 1960s, the wunderkind Hollywood producer, N. Lee Lacy, fell in love with the African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and other Tribal Arts that he was seeing in galleries and auction houses in Paris, Brussels, and London (he had a home in London as a base). His uncommon creativity, writing for and producing TV series and iconic TV ads (winning Best Of The Film Festival awards in Cannes, Venice, London, and NYC), led to him have international offices with 40 writers working for his production company, which he headquartered in Hollywood.


A Bakota reliquary, Gabon, raised on stand, 22.5″h (overall); 20.5″h.
A Bakota reliquary, Gabon, raised on stand, 22.5″h (overall); 20.5″h (figure).
Sold: $8,820
An Olmec figure of a baby, 9″h.
An Olmec figure of a baby, 9″h.
Sold: $6,930

Lacy always collected tribal art, with Hollywood presenting buying opportunities in Pre-Columbian works in the 1960s and African works in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1960s and 1970s, Lacy also bought from auctions in London, NY, and Paris and at galleries in those cities and Brussels, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.


Chinese Han Dynasty Cast Bronze Covered Ding Vessel.
Chinese Han Dynasty Cast Bronze Covered Ding Vessel.
Sold: $1,890

Lee married Vanna Warmack Lacy 35 years ago. Together they fell in love with Oceanic Art, spurred by several voyages to the South Seas accompanying their friend, Caroline Yacoe. Yacoe is an Oceanic scholar, lecturer, author, art collector/dealer, and documentary filmmaker specializing in recording traditional ceremonies and cultures on remote Pacific Islands. This was also a prime period for acquiring authentic, old Indonesian pieces being brought to California by prescient dealers.


An exceptionally dynamic figural door, Toradja, Indonesia Sulawesi Island.
An exceptionally dynamic figural door, Toradja, Indonesia Sulawesi Island.
Sold: $20,160

Lastly, while producing and creating films in Hollywood and investing in property and living in Beverly Hills, the Lacy’s opened a gallery on the famed Melrose Place (which became the name of a hugely popular TV series) showing paintings and sculptures of modern and contemporary artists. Vanna was the Lacy Gallery’s Director. After a successful run of more than a decade, the Lacy’s retired their gallery. The paintings and sculptures they had most loved personally, plus their mostly decades-old tribal collections, resided with them in their Beverly Hills and then their Palm Springs home until June when it was time to move themselves and their art collections along.

By Dave DeRoche, Guest Curator.

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Han Dynasty Highlights

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Summer Modern + Contemporary Post Sale Highlights

Clars’ Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction brought in active bidders from across the globe vying for artwork from world famous artists and design from master woodworkers.

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From the Estate of Rita Moreno

Clars will be offering select items from the personal collection of EGOT winning actress, the legendary Rita Moreno, at our Summer Design Auction on June 15th.

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PBS KVIE + Clars

Clars Auction Gallery recently stopped by the PBS KVIE studio to film interviews for this year’s Antique Valuation Day.

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Clars Sees Success with Croatian Artists

Croatian paintings by artists, Vladimir Varlaj and Vladimir Becic, sold rather well at Clars’ Fine Interiors & Design Auction.

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Clars’ Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction brought in active bidders from across the globe vying for artwork from world famous artists and design from master woodworkers.

The sale began with modern and contemporary art. A featured highlight was Wayne Thiebaud’s (American, 1920–2011) Portrait of Jean Lee Porter, 1951/52, whose provenance was strong and led to a hammer of $31,500. The subject, Jean Lee Porter, was a big band singer in San Francisco and her own notoriety certainly contributed to the interest in the piece.


Wayne Thiebaud, Portrait of Jean Lee Porter.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Portrait of Jean Lee Porter, 1951/52, oil on canvas/board, 16″ x 12″.
Sold: $31,500

Another featured highlight was March Avery’s (American, b. 1932), Resting Nude, 1989, oil on canvas. Her stark style of painting, with bold colors and simple linework, appeals to the 21st century minimalist aesthetic. This particular work depicts a female nude — a subject that is highly sought after — and sold for $28,980.


March Avery, Resting Nude.
March Avery (American, b. 1932), Resting Nude, 1989, oil on canvas, 18.25″ x 42.25″.
Sold: $28,980

This sale also included a fine example of Alecos Fassianos’ (Greek, 1935–2022) work, Figure in Blue, 1963, oil on canvas, which sold for $20,160. The piece features a quite graphic and color-saturated palette. Several phone bidders fed the competitive bidding.


Alecos Fassianos, Figure in Blue.
Alecos Fassianos (Greek, 1935–2022), Figure in Blue, 1963, oil on canvas, 39″ x 51.75″.
Sold: $20,160

Squeak Carnwath’s (American, b. 1947), Not Fact, 1996, oil and alkyd on canvas, sold for $18,900 — achieving the 4th highest record price for the artist. Squeak Carnwath, like Thiebaud, is another Bay Area figure. She lives in Oakland and taught art at both UC Davis and UC Berkeley, so her name is notable in Northern California. Her paintings are playful and youthful, appealing to the younger audience buying contemporary art.


Squeak Carnwath, Not Fact.
Squeak Carnwath (American, b. 1947), Not Fact, 1996, oil and alkyd on canvas, 55″ x 55″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Jasper Johns’ (American, b. 1930), Flag (Moratorium), 1969, offset lithograph in colors, edition 97/300, sold for $17,640. This piece was made as a political and anti-war expression, and in the highly politicized climate we live in now, powerful imagery and strong statements feel pertinent and valuable to collectors.


Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium).
Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), Flag (Moratorium), 1969, offset lithograph in colors, edition 97/300, 17″ x 26″.
Sold: $17,640

The Design department had strong prices realized across various categories in the Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction. Leading the show was an Arthur Espenet Carpenter dining suite, consisting of eight Wishbone dining chairs and a dining table. The chairs and table realized a combined $40,950, with numerous bidders vying for the lots. Also, a Philip and Kelvin LaVerne ‘Marriage Whirl’ table realized $12,600.


Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs, eight, and Dining Table.
Sold: $40,950

Cristina Campion, Associate Director of 20th Century Design, noted, “we’re certainly seeing strong results for American master woodworkers, including Espenet — as well as other American icons like the design duo, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne.”


Philip and Kelvin Laverne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Sold: $12,600

The sale included master craftsmanship from across genres and cultures. A highlight was a Tony Hunt totem pole dating to 1990, measuring at a mighty 8′11″. There were several telephone bidders on the totem pole that brought the final sale price to $20,160.


Tony Hunt Monumental Totem Pole.
Tony Hunt Monumental Totem Pole.
Sold: $20,160
Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Sold: $16,380

Danish Modern furniture preformed quite well, with a pair of Finn Juhl NV-45 lounge chairs selling for $25,200, and a single Finn Juhl NV-45 lounge chair realizing $16,380. “There’s always a market for noteworthy and iconic Danish Design at auction,” commented Ms. Campion.


Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Sold: $25,200

Clars’ next auctions will be held on July 14th & 15th. Consignments are always invited. Schedule a private or virtual valuation appointment by emailing [email protected].


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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ is excited to present our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction on September 14th. The sale will feature artworks spanning movements and decades, with notable works for all collectors.

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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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Han Dynasty Highlights

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Designer Spotlight: Philip & Kelvin LaVerne

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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne were a father son furniture making team who worked out of New York. They made works in pewter and bronze and opened their showroom in the 1960s on East 57th street.

Their earlier works focused on mythology and antiquities from across the globe, and the pair experimented with chemical reactions to create a patinated effect reminiscent of antiquities.


Philip and Kelvin Laverne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, “Marriage Whirl” Table.
Sold: $12,600

The LaVerne’s furniture pieces, including the “Marriage Whirl” table, have become highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts of mid-century modern design. The intricate Eastern motif in the “Marriage Whirl” table depicts an ancient ceremony of great happiness. It was designed in patinated bronze and pewter with hand-painted polychrome enamels.


Philip and Kelvin Laverne, Fantasia Coffee Table.
Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Fantasia Coffee Table.
Sold: $7,500

The LaVerne’s works were influential during the mid-20th century and continue to be admired and collected today for their artistic expression and innovative approach to furniture design.


Philip and Kevin LaVerne, Eternal Forest coffee table. Sold: $22,500
Philip and Kevin LaVerne, Eternal Forest coffee table.
Sold: $22,500

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ is excited to present our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction on September 14th. The sale will feature artworks spanning movements and decades, with notable works for all collectors.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Gustave Baumann

Gustave Baumann was a renowned American artist who achieved notoriety for his exquisite woodcuts and prints.

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Designer Spotlight: Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl’s NV-45 Chair is highly regarded for its innovative design, craftsmanship, and contribution to Danish modernism.

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Artist Spotlight: Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud was an American painter primarily associated with Pop Art and known for his depictions of everyday objects and scenes.

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Designer Spotlight: Finn Juhl

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Finn Juhl’s NV-45 Chair is highly regarded for its innovative design, craftsmanship, and contribution to Danish modernism.

Three Finn Juhl NV-45 Chairs commended a total of $41,580 at Clars Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction.


Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chairs.
Sold: $25,200

Juhl initially began work on the NV-45 chair design in 1941, finalizing and first displaying the chair to the world at the annual Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in the fall of 1945. The NV-45 Chair is a striking and iconic piece of furniture. It features a sculptural wooden frame, with an exaggerated curved backrest, and organically shaped armrests.


Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Finn Juhl NV-45 chair.
Sold: $16,380

The natural and sinuous form starkly contrasted to Juhl’s previous chair designs, which tended to be boxier. Called “the mother of all modern chairs” by the Japanese professor and design collector, Mr. Noritsugu Oda, the iconic NV-45 chair is one of Finn Juhl’s absolute masterpieces. The chair’s design reflects Juhl’s interest in organic forms and his ability to merge aesthetics with comfort. It continues to be sought after by collectors and design enthusiasts around the world, serving as a testament to Juhl’s enduring legacy in furniture design.


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Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her artistic career at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960s, where she originally studied painting but was inspired to change her focus to photography.

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Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ is excited to present our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction on September 14th. The sale will feature artworks spanning movements and decades, with notable works for all collectors.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Philip & Kelvin LaVerne

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne were a father son furniture making team who worked in pewter and bronze.

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Artist Spotlight: Gustave Baumann

Gustave Baumann was a renowned American artist who achieved notoriety for his exquisite woodcuts and prints.

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Artist Spotlight: Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud was an American painter primarily associated with Pop Art and known for his depictions of everyday objects and scenes.

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