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Important European and American paintings plus rare sculptures at Clars auction
The Return of the Calvary, this oil on canvas by Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) is being offered at $20,000 to $40,000.

OAKLAND, CA.- On Sunday, February 17, 2013, Clars Auction Gallery’s Fine Art Sale will offer a number of very important European and American paintings, prints, sculpture and photography.

At the top of the impressive European offerings will be an oil on canvas by British artist Edward Seago (1910-1974) entitled Cottage by the Sea followed by The Return of the Calvary, an oil on canvas by Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923).

Both of these works are being offered at $20,000 to $40,000. Autumn in Drome, an oil on canvas by Bernard Cathelin (French, 1919-2004), is being offered for $8,000 to $12,000.

And an oil on canvas by Jaroslav Setelik (Czechoslovakian, 1881-1955) entitled Prague, is being offered for $6,000 to $8,000.

For those interested in Old Masters, A Capriccio View with Ruins, Figures in the Foreground and the Sea Beyond by Leonardo Coccarante (Italian, 1680-1750) will headline this category and is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

In European prints, a spectacular color woodcut print entitled Modderplas (Puddle), 1952, by Dutch artist Mauritus Cornelius ‘MC” Escher (1898-1972) will be offered with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Salvador Dali will also be represented in this category with his ink on paper from his 1945-46 film Destino for Walt Disney Studios. This offering, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, comes from the collection of Dali’s personal secretary while storyboarding the film.

Coming from a Dallas, Texas collection will be two very rare bronzes by Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887). Each of the bronzes, entitled respectively, Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I, come to the sale with an estimate of $12,000 to $16,000.

California artist Arthur Frank Mathews (1860-1945) will headline the offerings in this category with his oil on board entitled Afterglow at the Seashore which is being offered for $20,000 to $40,000.

A spectacular etching by Wayne Thiebaud (California b. 1920) entitled Black Suckers (1971), will further headline the American offerings (estimate: $25,000 to $35,000) as will Summit Lake by Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949) which is estimated to achieve $15,000 to $20,000.

And in the American category, a striking work by the artist regarded as the “father of the Taos Colony, “ Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859-1953), will be represented by his oil on canvas portrait titled Does Everything, Cow Chief, 1905. This important painting will be offered with an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000,

Clars is also offering a collection of art deaccessioned from the Art, Design & Architecture Museum – University of California, Santa Barbara. Among these offerings will be an impressive, gilded bronze titled Immortalite by French sculptor Mathurin Moreau (1822-1912) which is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. In addition, an impressive California art collection from the Estate of the late David C. Hershkopf. Hershkopf (or ‘Hersh’ as he was called by his students) will also be offered. Hershkopf was a beloved art teacher at the prominent Bentley School in Oakland. His collection features works by many well-known 19th and 20th century, California painters such as Charles Dormon Robinson, Gottardo Piazzoni, Karl Neuhaus, William Posey Silva, William Keith, Lorenzo Lattimer, Colin Campbell Cooper, Carl Jonnevold, and Bertha Stringer Lee along with many others.

Important contemporary and modern prints will be highlighted by the 1896’s Sutro Bath Poster that is estimated to achieve $7,000 to $9,000. The Sutro Baths was an extravagant public bathhouse developed by the eccentric one-time mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro, for the price tag of $1 million and opened March 14, 1896.

And for collectors and lovers of a true American gem, Clars will be offering two original Peanuts Sunday comic strips (United Features Syndicate) by none other than Charles Schulz (1922-2000). Clars has offered several of Schulz’s original works, and these will have estimates of $10,000 to $15,000 each.

Clars February 2013 Fine Art sale will be held Sunday, February 17th at 10am in conjunction with their two-day Fine Antiques and Estate Sale. A complete catalog of all lots to be offered will be available online one week prior to the sale.

Preview for this sale will be Friday, February 15th, from 1pm to 6pm and beginning at 9am on both Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th. For complete information lots to be offered, please visit, call (510) 428-0100 or email:

Bidding for Clars auctions is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online @, and through Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

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