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Important photography collection to highlight Clars January 2014 auction
Weighing in at approximately 150 to 200 lbs., will be this very large collection of silver bullion including United States Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars and pre-1964 coins.

OAKLAND, CA.- Clars’ will host their first sale of 2014 on Saturday and Sunday, January 11th and 12th with an exceptional selection of fine art, decoratives and furnishings, Asian offerings and fine and estate jewelry.

Of particular note for this sale will be the life-long collection of photography from David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago (IL). Ruttenberg was renowned as one of Chicago’s premier real estate developers and an avid art collector but he was also deeply committed to the city itself, spearheading the movements to redevelop and renovate the historic neighborhoods and properties that remain the core of Chicago’s culture. He and his wife, Sarajean, were responsible for developing the many important gallery districts throughout the city which thrive today. The Ruttenberg’s began to collect photography in the 1970s eventually amassing a collection of several thousand works by some of the finest photographers from around the world.

On Sunday, January 11th, Clars will offer this vast collection featuring the works of Berenice Abbott, David F. Barry, Wynn Bullock, Judy Coleman, Stephane Courturier, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Jan Dibbets, Walker Evans, Louise Faurer, Neil Folberg, George Hurrell, Nathan Lerner, Barbara Morgan, Rhondal McKinney, Wright Morris, Tetsu Okuhara, Douglas Prince, Sabastiao Salgado, Aaron Siskind, Neal Slavin, Sandy Skogland, Paul Strand, Jerry Uelsmann, Andre Villers, Weegee, William Wegman, Brett Weston, Gary Winogrand, Jay P. Volke, Max Yavno…and many more.

From an important Reno, (NV) estate, will be a large collection of studio art glass including Lalique, Murano, and Lundberg Studios and an impressive collection of 25 lots of Burmese silver bowls. Also to be offered will be 18th and 19th century Meissen plates including a Kaikemon decorated example and a set of twelve German hand painted porcelain cabinet plates, late 19th century, form the Franz Xavier Tallmaier Studio. (estimate $4,000 to $6,000)

In furniture, the highlights will be an Aesthetic sideboard attributed to Herter Brothers, New York (circa 1880) and a French ladies writing desk having Sevres style porcelain plaques will be offered.

Also specific to “the ladies,” during the Saturday session, a wonderful selection of Hermes and Gucci scarves, handbags and leather accessories will be offered. On Saturday, a large collection of vintage lunchboxes, vintage pharmaceuticals bottles and American art pottery will also be offered.

Weighing in at approximately 150 to 200 lbs., will be a very large collection of silver bullion including United States Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars and pre-1964 coins.

For the January sale, the Asian category will offer a selection of ceramics including 18th century Chinese export porcelain teapots, famille rose enameled vases and jars, along with monochrome pieces as well. As for the jades, there is a pair of belt hooks carved with dragons, a small ornament with a child mounted on an elephant, and various toggles of zoomorph and plant form. In addition, there will be snuff bottles including jade, agate and inside painted glass bottles.

Jade and timepieces will highlight this category in January. For the gentlemen, a large jadeite (24.7 x 17mm) and 18k gold ring will be offered as will two rare wristwatches, the first an Audemars Piguet jump hour 18k gold rectangular watch, circa 1929 and a circa 1947 Rolex stainless steel chronograph watch.

For the ladies, the highlight will be a beautiful pair of jade centered 18k yellow gold earrings surrounded by diamonds.

Clars kicks off 2014 on Saturday and Sunday, January 11th and 12th with their first two-day Fine Art and Antiques Sale of the new year. Previews for this sale will be held Friday, January 10th from 1pm to 6pm and 9am each auction day and by appointment. A complete catalog will be available online one week prior to the sale.

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