OAKLAND, CA.- Clars Auction Gallery
s June 16th and 17th , 2018 sale will be highlighted by exceptional offerings in Asian art and antiques including an impressive selection of huanghuali furniture and Chinese scrolls. The Fine Art to be presented will also be a highlight with a rare painting by George De Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941), and important works by Gronk (American, b. 1957) Richard MacDonald (American, b. 1946) and Syed Haider (Indian, 1922-2016).
THE FINE ART
Topping the fine art offerings will be a very rare oil on panel (on a cigar box lid) by George De Forest Brush (American,1855-1941) titled, Old Crow Indian Agency, Montana, 1883, which will be offered for $40,000-60,000. The painting is inscribed by the artist, "To my friend, Hugh Campbell, remembering many little courtesies, Geo. De Forest Brush. This historically relevant work has the exceptional provenance of coming from the estate of Hugh S. Campbell (1859-1930) by descent from his great grandson (Glenn Hugh Campbell, Sacramento, California). Hugh S. Campbell (1859-1930) enlisted with the Indian Service in North Dakota and was the youngest U.S. Marshal to ever represent this service. He was part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 20 years. Campbell's last term was as the last agent while the headquarters of the Crows were south of Absarokee. During his tenure, he helped move the agency from Absarokee to the Crow agency. After his service, he became manager of the Absarokee Co-op Trading Company for many years. Campbell died in Modesto, California. Campbell was considered to be one of the most popular of all agents and, in recognition, was given the tribal name, Abahosky, and presented a gold watch by Crow leader, Chief Pretty Eagle (1846-1903).
Another American highlight will be Winter at the Library by Guy C. Wiggins (American, 1883-1962) estimated at $12,000-18,000. This charming painting exemplifies Wiggins classic Impressionist style of his most highly collected New York City snow scenes.
A vibrant Parisian street scene oil on canvas by Edouard Leon Cortes (French, 1882-1969) titled, Le Marché aux Fleurs Derriere L'Eglise, will be offered at $20,000-40,000. This work is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Patrice Jeanelle.
Always a best seller, with the last one selling for $84,700 in May 2017, Clars is pleased to offer another colorful abstract painting by Syed Haider Raza (Indian, 1922-2016) titled, Sentier, 1963, and estimated at $20,000-30,000.
Clars is pleased to be selling many more works from the collection of the Mexican Museum (San Francisco, CA). In June, the highlight will be a triptych painting by Gronk (American, b. 1957), titled Illegal Landscape. This large, colorful and rare piece by the artist was originally purchased by the Mexican Museum for their collection from Daniel Saxon Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and had been exhibited by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in 2014. This large piece measuring 118h x 306w will certainly entice collectors with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.
In the graphics department, Clars is proud to present the complete Numbers Suite, 1968, of screenprints by Robert Indiana (American, 19282018), who recently passed away on May 19th at the age of 90. This rare complete set will certainly create buzz for collectors because of the iconic imagery Indiana created his signature style around. The Suite will be offered with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
THE ASIAN ART & ANTIQUES
The impressive Asian offerings in June will include a selection of highly sought after Chinese huanghuali furniture. A low table inset with three floating panels will be offered for $30,000 50,000. A painting table insert with two floating panels is estimated at $20,000 40,000 and a wine table is expected to fetch $10,000 20,000.
In fine art, several Chinese scrolls attributed to Zhang Daqian (Chinese 1899-1983) will be offered. Lotus, an ink and color on paper carries the estimate of $20,000 40,000. The scroll titled Beauty, attributed to Fu Baoshi, (Chinese. 1904-1975) is estimated at $10,000 15,000. Carrying the same estimate is Landscape attributed to Huang Binhong (Chinese, 1865-1955).
In calligraphy, an ink on paper by Yo Youren (Chinese, 1879-1964) will be offered for $8,000 12,000.
A selection of 12 (twelve) Himalayan painted thangkas depicting various Buddhas and bodhisattva come to the sale from a private Bay Area collection and a colleague of Edward Gerber.
Fine Chinese jade carving will also attract collectors. This collection includes figures, desk ornaments and vessels including a sculpture of a mythical beast.
Impressive in both size and presentation, a temple-sized Sino-Tibetan Buddha of Shakyamuni seated on a lotus pedestal will be offered for $8,000 12,000. This piece is reputed to have been transported from Tibet to India in the 1950s.
THE DECORATIVE ARTS & FURNISHINGS NUMISMATIC COLLECTION
This category will be highlighted by large collection of U.S. and international gold and silver coins. This impressive collection comes from the Dominican Friars Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Oakland, CA.
The top lot in this collection is a set of 1898 Sweden 20 Kronor gold coins KM#748 which will be offered for $7,000 10,000. followed by a lot of 20 (twenty) 1911 Finland Markkaa gold coins KM#9.2 that is estimated at $5,000 7,000. A lot of 4 (four) U.S. $20 St. Gaudens gold coins (2) 1924, 1(1927), 1 (1928) carry the estimate of $5,500 7,500.
Complementing this collection and coming from other estates will be a collection of Mercury dimes, Barber half dollars Morgan dollars plus several more.
For sterling and Tiffany collectors, another highlight will be a Tiffany & Co. monumental sterling silver punch bowl and ladle which measures 17 in diameter and stands 9 high. This beautiful piece will be offered for $9,000 13,000.
THE JEWELRY & TIMEPIECES
A collection of 5 (five) barely worn Rolex watches will draw collectors and time aficionados to this sale. Topping this selection is a Rolex black Dial Cosmograph Daytona stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: 116520, that is estimated to sell for $8,000 12,000. A Rolex White Dial Cosmograph Daytona stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: 116520, is estimated at $6,000 9,000.
In diamonds and jewelry, a stunning Judith Ripka diamond and 18k white gold bracelet (total diamond weight of 7 cts) is estimated at $6,000 9,000. Also be Judith Ripka is a diamond and 18k white gold heart necklace (total diamond weight of 2 cts).
Clars Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 16th and 17th, 2018. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, June 15th from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 am and by appointment the week prior.