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Rare Shreve & Co. gold quarta cane among the highlights at Clars September auction
As much works of art as functional chairs, these Vladimir Kagan side chairs carry an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000.

OAKLAND, CA.- Each September, Clars Auction Gallery presents a two-day sale sourced from distinguished and private collections 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 decorative arts and furnishings dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

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.

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, which measures 55 inches high, is estimated to sell for $3,000 to $5,000. A beautiful Art Deco 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 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, which are estimated at $4,000 on the high side. “What makes these chairs so exceptional, is they truly look like functional sculptures,” said Deric Torres, Director of Furnishings and Decorative Art.

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.

Two 19th century rugs of importance will also be offered. The first is an antique Serapi estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 followed by an antique Tabriz rug estimated at $12,000 to $15,000.

For complete information and lots to be offered at Clars September 8 and 9, 2012 Fine Art and Antiques Sale, please visit

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