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Clars Very Distinguished Multi-Million Dollar September Sale To Be Highlighted By A Very Important Chinese Table, Magnificent Jewelry Plus Investment Level Fine Art, Decoratives and Furnishings

Oakland, CA — Each September, Clars Auction Gallery presents a two-day sale sourced from distinguished private collections and museums from across the country. This important annual event, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, will offer clients and collectors the opportunity to acquire exceptional works in fine art, decorative arts, antique furnishings, jewelry and Asian offerings. In a statement by Redge Martin, President of Clars, he commented, “We are very pleased that this sale will continue to satisfy the global demand for the rarest and the highest quality works in art and furnishings consigned from the finest private collections.” Among the museums to be represented at the sale are The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey) and the Honolulu Art Museum.


While the majority of the important and exceptional pieces to be offered are American and European, it may likely be an Asian offering that will take center stage. Coming to the sale with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000 is a Chinese carved zitan hardwood table from the Qing dynasty. Clars has seen superb results in their Asian offerings over the past three years and presale interest in this piece indicates this trend continues.

Adding to the heft of the Asian category will be six (6) Huali chairs estimated at $9,000 to $15,000; a pair of Chinese pigment decorated pottery figures of guardians, Tang dynasty, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 and a Chinese porcelain plate by Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983) which carries the same estimate. In addition, Chinese carved gray sandstone fragments, Tang dynasty, will be offered as will a selection of Chinese jade and jadeite carvings and Chinese wooden scholar’s items executed in woods including zitan and huanghuali


Clars’ fine and estate jewelry sales are known for featuring works from the best jewelry designers worldwide from the finest private estates. The key lot in the September offerings will be a classic Art Deco era diamond and cabochon ruby bracelet cabochon that is estimated at $55,000 to $65,000 followed by a beautifully executed diamond fringe necklace which carries an estimate of $45,000 to $55,000.

Offerings from a prominent San Francisco estate include a superb emerald cut diamond wedding ring set (Estimate: $18,000 to $25,000); a blue sapphire and diamond line bracelet with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000 and a diamond circle brooch with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.  Also to be offered is a diamond line bracelet estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 and an aquamarine and diamond cocktail ring that is expected to earn $18,000 to $25,000.

Collectors of the finest from Tiffany will vie for the 3.37ct ruby and diamond 18K yellow gold ring expected to earn $7,000 to $10,000 followed by a pair of Tiffany post-style dangle earrings set with a total of 12 marquis cut diamonds. (Estimate: $5,000 to $7,000). From Van Cleef & Arpels will be a stunning yet very wearable blue sapphire and diamond brooch set in 18K yellow gold that is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.


The Fine art to be offered will span important photographs to exceptional European sculpture.

Highlighting the photography offerings will be two photographs by Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009) each with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Penn is best known for his fashion photographs beginning with his 1950s series of the Paris collection. The first of the Penn offerings is the photograph entitled Rock Band (Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Grateful Dead) and the second being his Vionnet with Fan. (Provenance, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)

A portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints entitled Big Shots by Garry Winogrand (American, 1928-1984) is estimated to sell for $30,000 to $50,000 with the highlight of the portfolio being the Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch photograph. (Provenance, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles)

Among the other important photography will be Horst P. Horst’s  (German, 1906-1999) gelatin silver print entitled Round the Clock I, New York followed by Julius Shulman’s (American, 1910-2009) gelatin silver print entitled Frey House, Palm Springs, California, which is estimated to earn $10,000 to $20,000. (Provenance: from the private collection of Pierluigi Serraino, AIA. A noted California architectural writer as well as architect, Mr. Serraino wrote the book, “Julius Shulman – Modernism Rediscovered (Taschen Publications, 2001),” which was a collaboration with Mr. Shulman). Estimated to sell for $15,000 to $20,000 is the photograph entitled Martine Franck, Paris by Cartier-Bresson. There will also be a selection of unusual mid-19th century photographs, many by British photographer Francis Frith (1822-1898) – (Provenance: Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX). Surfing fans will be interested to know that several lots of early surfing photographs of Malibu, Santa Monica Pier, Huntington Beach and many others from 1960 by LeRoy Grannis (Californian, 1917-2011), co-founder of Surfing Magazine and inductee into the Surfing Hall of Fame, will also be offered.

The outstanding work in the category of works on paper will be a framed graphite drawing on paper by Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918). Entitled Kopf des ‘Wohlgerusteten Starken’, Ornament und verzweifelter, knieder, nackter Mann, this work has been assigned the presale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

The impressive offering of prints will include Orestia of Aeschylus, a lithograph from Francis Bacon that is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 followed by Freeway Curve by Wayne Thiebaud (California, b.1920) which is expected to earn $7,000 to $9,000. Roy Lichtenstein’s lithograph and silkscreen entitled Study of Hands is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000 as is the color lithograph by Wassily Kandinsky entitled Lithographie Bleu.

American artists will headline the paintings category at Clars in September. Beginning with Maynard Dixon (American, 1875-1946), his gouache on paper entitled Defending His Bounty, 1934, is estimated at $25,000 to $45,000. Joseph Rusling Meeker’s (American, 1827-1889) oil on canvas, Near Bayou Plaquemine (Louisiana), 1880, is both signed and dated and carries an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. From Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (American, 1819-1905) will be his signed and dated Young Grouse, 1867. Originally purchased in the late 19th century in New York, this work has descended through the family to the current owner. (Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000) Rounding out the highlights of the paintings category will be an oil on board by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902) entitled Lake Scene, Niagara. (Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000)

As Clars attracts an international audience for their fine art sales, they routinely feature very fine 18th through 20th century sculptures and the September sale will be remarkable in this area.

In European works, a 19th century bronze by Louis Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1905) comes into the sale with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Entitled Nature Revealing Herself to Science, this exceptional work measures 22.25 inches high. From Italian sculptor Emilio Fiaschi (1858-1941), his marble sculpture entitles Napolean Bonaparte measures 44.5 inches high and carries an impressive estimate of $10,000 to $20,000.

From 20th century American sculptors, Tom Otterness (b. 1952) will be represented by his bronze entitled Cup and Spoon, 1986, which is estimated at $7,000 to $9,000. From California specifically, Fletcher Benton’s (b. 1931) painted steel sculpture, Untitled #90, 1980, measures over 42 inches high and is expected to sell for $5,000 to $7,000.  Carrying the same estimate is Hedgehog, a stone sculpture (one of 2 to be offered) by Beniamino Bufano (1898-1970). And finally, three stunning bronze sculptures by American West artist Edward Fraughton (American, b.1939), including “Vaquero,” a dynamic sculpture of a cowboy and horse, are estimated at $4,000 – $6,000.



A rare gold quartz presentation walking stick executed by Shreve & Co., San Francisco, dates to the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Rare, as it is one of the few produced by this renowned San Francisco jewelry company, the entire top is set with a ring of gold quartz cabochons. The cane was presented by J.H. Neff (1840-1916), then President of the California Miners’ Association to Edward Coleman (1830-1913), co-founder and President of the Idaho Mining Company and Vice President of the Nevada County Railroad. This exquisite and historic lot is expected to earn $10,000 to $15,000. (Note: In 2006, Clars set a record for gold quartz canes at auction selling a rare presentation walking stick for $49,725.)

Carrying an estimate of twice this is a circa 1915 Russian Kovsh. Carved entirely from a single piece of Siberian nephrite, the handle is gold finish over sterling with the fasteners on the handle being garnet cabochons. The handle itself is executed with enameled decorative pieces. (Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000)

A very rare Tiffany Studios peacock plate, circa 1896, has been conservatively estimated at  $4,000 to $6,000 and a Continental wood carved and polychrome decorated sculpture of the Madonna, 19th century, is estimated to sell for $3,000 to $5,000. A beautiful Art Deco Gabriel Argy Rousseau table lamp will be sought after by this genre of collectors and is estimated to bring $10,000 to $20,000.

The September sale will also offer an incredible selection of sterling. Topping the list is a Dominic and Haff service for 18, 12 pieces per setting, in the Old English pattern which is estimated at $9,000 to $12,000. A Gorham service for 12 in the Florentine pattern is expected to earn $8,000 to $12,000.

Turning to furniture, the offerings will span historic to modern. On the modern side, the highlight will be a pair of Vladimir Kagan side chairs, circa 1950, with a high estimate of $4,000. From Charles Hollis Jones will be a stunning Metric dining table. Stepping back a century, an early 19th century Swedish Neoclassical polychrome decorated tilt top tea table depicting two different classical scenes on either side carries an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Going back even further, a late 18th century Austrian Neoclassical polychrome decorated folding table is expected to earn $4,000 to $6,000. Another offering of importance will be a circa 1790 George III fall front desk also estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

Rounding out the highlights of this category are two 19th century rugs .The first is an antique Tabriz rug estimated at $12,000 to $15,000 followed by a Ferahan Sarouk palace size rug, circa 1875.

For complete information and lots to be offered at Clars September 8 and 9, 2012 Fine Art and Antiques Sale, please visit, call (510) 428-0100 or email:

Previews for Clars spectacular September sale will be held Friday, September 8th from 1pm to 6pm and 9am each auction day. A complete catalog will be available online one week prior to the sale.

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