On Sunday, May 19th, Clars Auction Gallery
will present numerous important works in fine art, 20th century design as well as an impressive selection of estate jewelry as part of their May Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction. The investment level property to be offered comes from prominent California estates, museums, private institutions and special collections. Following are highlights to be presented.
The Fine Art
Of all the California Impressionists from the early 20th century, E. (Euphemia) Charlton Fortune's (American, 1885-1969) paintings are considered some of the rarest and most sought after as so few exist due to the loss of much of her early work in the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Born in Sausalito, Fortune developed a fondness for the coastal towns of Northern California such as Carmel and Monterey, which became the main subject matter for many of her paintings. Clars is pleased to be offering one of these rare works, an oil on board, titled, Santa Barbara Mission, 1928, with an estimate of $100,000-150,000.
Born deaf in New York City in 1844, Harry Humphrey Moores (American, 1844-1926) talent was noticed early on by Thomas Eakins while a student under him in Philadelphia. So impressed, Eakins later recommended Moore study at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where he became a student of Jean Leon Gerome. In 1869, after completing his studies, Moore traveled extensively in Spain, Morocco and Japan painting various people and places. Clars is offering one such work from his travels abroad, a monumental 82 x 48 oil on canvas titled A Persian Beauty. This impressive work of Moores depicts an exotic woman in an Orientalist scene and will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-50,000.
Having set the two highest global auction records for watercolors for his works, Clars is offering yet again another excellent work by Kentucky artist Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917). From 1913 to 1915, Sawyier moved to Brooklyn, (NY) from his native Kentucky trying to find a new market for his work. Once settled, he chose to depict the sun-dappled scenes of the beautiful parks of the area. One such painting from this period is Promenade Prospect Park, Brooklyn, a spectacular oil on board that epitomizes the artists technique. This painting is estimated at $15,000-20,000 and is sure to attract much interest.
In 1959, at the age of thirty from her studio on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, Jay DeFeo (American, 1929-1989) had her first major solo show in San Francisco which received much acclaim. As a result, many of her works from this exhibit were chosen for the Sixteen Americans exhibit at the Whitney Museum in New York later that year and brought DeFeo worldwide attention from prestigious collectors. Clars will be offering one of these rare works from 1959 titled Painting with Eggshell, an oil with found materials (eggshells) on canvas that is accompanied by the original exhibition title label. This colorful, early work is estimated at $40,000-60,000.
Highlighting the prints and multiples sale is M.C. Eschers Atrani, Coast of Amalfi, 1931. This rare early lithograph was created during Eschers Italian Period, as homage to his 11 years spent in the country with his wife. Atrani, a small town on the Amalfi Coast, comes back in print form in Eschers transformative masterpiece Metamorphosis I and II. With a $18,000-$24,000 estimate, this work will certainly gather attention from collectors near and far.
Sargent Johnsons Untitled, Bust of a Woman, circa 1938, from the Philip L. and Toby Flax Collection (San Francisco, CA), will highlight the sculpture category of this sale. This rare work was gifted to the Flax family (owners of Flax Art & Design) by Sargent Johnson and has been held privately by the family ever since. This work will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-50,000.
Rounding out Clars Fine Art Sale for Sunday, May 19th will be over 100 photographic proofs by Ansel Adams. This major collection of photographs is highlighted by several works created for the book, Land of Little Rain, 1950, with text by Mary Austin, which illustrates how the once bountiful Owens Valley was then sucked dry to quench the thirst of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Also in this collection of proofs are works commissioned by the American Trust Company. This rare collection of work comes from the Elmer (Elm) Aldrich collection of San Jose, CA. After serving during WWII at the Navy's Pacific Fleet Photography Lab, Aldrich began his career as a Ranger Naturalist. Over the years he advanced through various positions with California Department of Beaches and Parks to Chief of the Division of Recreation, and member of the California Public Outdoor Recreation Planning Commission. He also continued in his participation and support of environmental organizations and was on the national boards of both the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club. Mr. Aldrich was on the Sierra Club Board from 1956-63, and was Vice President 1957-58. During that time, he was serving concurrently with Ansel Adams and they became friends; sometimes traveling together and going on photographic excursions. They were obviously interested in the same environmental goals, and Adams often donated photographs thinking they might someday be used to help to reach such goals. This large collection of Adams' photos was kept in the Aldrich home until after both Elmer and his wife had passed away. They were discovered by heirs and stored until this current offering. Each photo will be offered separately, with such highlights as the works Desert Road, North of Mojave, circa 1949, and Minarets, San Joaquin, Sierra, circa 1949 accenting the sale of this important collection.
Decorative Arts and Furniture
The finest in 20th century design will be presented at Clars May sale. There are numerous highlights including a collection from Tiffany Studios. Items to be featured include a Tiffany Studios Abalone desk set including a linen fold lamp which will be offered for $10,000-15,000.
Also from Tiffany Studios will be a Nautilus desk lamp, originally from the collection of Sir Elton John, which is estimated at $10,000-15,000 and a Tiffany Studios New York Leaf and Vine leaded glass table lamp. Another important item is an Emile Galle Marine wheel cut and fire polished vase estimated at $7,000-10,000.
In sterling from Tiffany & Co. will be a six-piece Tiffany & Co. tea and coffee set, estimated at $5000-7000, and a pair of Tiffany & Co. Rococo style sterling silver six-light candelabra which will be offered for $15,000-20,000.
In Mid-Century Modern design, a large selection of investment level furniture will be offered by famous designers including Hans Wegner, Severin Hansen Jr., Poul Hundevad, Ole Wanscher, and Ib Kofod-Larsen. An example of the highlights is an offering of Hans Wegner chairs consisting of a pair of The Chairs, Denmark, circa 1950, together with nine W2 side chairs and a pair of Hans Wegner CH-25 chairs.
Moving on to American Modernism, items to be featured include several pieces by Paul Evans including a sculpted metal dining table which is expected to fetch $10,000-15,000. By Edward Wormley for Dunbar, a Karelian burl wood executive desk is expected to bring $7,000-9,000. Also to be presented is a set of Madame Pompadour occasional tables by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, a Cobra Lamp by Greta Grossman, Sultana swivel chairs by George Mulhauser for Plycraft, Milo Baughman lounge chairs, a Silas Seandel dining table and an Adrian Pearsall sofa and chairs.
Rounding out the highlights from the 20th century will be several wood turned bowls, including a Philip Moulthrop (American 1947- ) spalted red maple turned vessel and a Hawaiian koa wood bowls.
Important pieces from the 19th century will attract investment level collectors as well. A rare English Cary's Regency New Terrestrial Globe, c.1839 and a New Celestial Globe, c.1820, carry an estimate of $10,000 20,000. The terrestrial globe has the original compass at the base of its mahogany stand. There will also be a Herter Brothers New York mantle clock, executed in the Aesthetic taste, circa 1880, and a Pottier and Stymus sofa executed for James Clair Floods, Atherton, CA Mansion, Linden Towers, 1878. There will also be a nice selection of carpets including an Antique Chinese silk and gilt metal thread carpet, possibly Imperial late 18th/19th century, and an Antique Karakashi carpet from the late 19th/early 20th century.
Rounding out the top highlights in this category will be large selection of luxury items including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Hermes handbags and accessories.
A stunning 2.56 natural fancy brownish-pink diamond and 18k rose gold and platinum ring will be the highlight of this category and carries an estimate of $55,000 75,000.
Another highlight will be a sapphire (9.97 cts, GIA Sri Lank, No Heat), diamond, enamel and 14K yellow gold ring estimated at $18,000-25,000 and a natural fancy yellow diamond (3.00 cts GIA), 18K yellow gold and platinum ring that has been estimated to fetch $20,000-40,000.
In timepieces, the highlights include a Rolex GMT-Master Fuchsia Stainless Steel Wristwatch, REF: 1675, circa 1967, estimated at $8,000 12,000 and a rare Longines 14k yellow gold Monopusher Wrist-Chronograph, circa 1919, is expected to fetch $6,000 9,000. An Art Nouveau Ulysse Nardin Diamond, 18K Yellow Gold Pendant-Watch and Chatelaine will round out the offerings in this category.