VERY IMORTANT EUROPEAN FURNITURE AND AN UNCOVERED TIME CAPSULE OF ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST IMPORTANT MI Oakland, CA – Clars Auction Gallery’s Spectacular November Antique and Estate Sale which will be held on November 4th and 5th, will bring to the block some of the finest in antique European furniture
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VERY IMORTANT EUROPEAN FURNITURE AND AN UNCOVERED TIME CAPSULE OF ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST IMPORTANT MILITARY FAMILIES TO HIGHLIGHT CLARS SPECTACULAR NOVEMBER AUCTION
Oakland, CA – Clars Auction Gallery’s Spectacular November Antique and Estate Sale which will be held on November 4th and 5th, will bring to the block some of the finest in antique European furniture and a collection of rare American historic ephemera and local San Francisco history not seen before on the market.
The very important collection of European antique furniture, paintings, lighting and sculptures comes to the block from the Collection of Cor de Chasse, an international investment corporation. Among the many highlights from this collection will be a stunning Louis XVI (circa 1770) gilt bronze-mounted Table de Salon by Roger Vandercruse. This important piece is estimated to sell for $50,000 to $70,000. Also coming from this collection is a 19th century North Italian mother-of-pearl and ivory inlaid rosewood desk (estimate $15,000 to $20,000) and a French 19th century Regence style Kingwood veneered ormolu-mounted cabinet which is estimated at $18,000 to $20,000. A beautiful pair of Regence 18th century candelabras is estimated to sell for $18,000 to $24,000. Perhaps one of the most exciting pieces in this collection and definitely the most unusual is a French 16th century Renaissance limestone chimneypiece which was originally part of the Hearst collection. This fabulous lot is estimated at $120,000 to $180,000.
Two important collections reflecting American and local San Francisco history will contribute to November being a very “spectacular” sale. It’s not often at this point anymore in America’s history that true national and historic treasures are discovered. It’s even more unlikely that a true American time capsule dating from before the Revolutionary war, is discovered in the West Coast, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area.
The story begins with the Breese Family and their arrival in the yet referred to “Colonies” from England. It was Sidney Breese who arrived in the “Colonies” first in the early 1700s when he was a purser in the English Navy and was stationed in New York. In 1763 he became the Master of the Port of New York and went on to become a wealthy merchant in the area. From there the family tree grew and produced some of America’s most renowned and noted naval military figures in history (Stanhope, Malbone as well as Breese are related names on the Breese family tree). Enough so that the U.S. Navy’s Historical Center in Washington D.C. is located at 805 Kidder Breese Way SE.
The Breese Family’s military service began with the Revolutionary War on the loyalist side with the Battle of Lake Erie to service in the Civil War on the Union side. The legacy of the Breese family in US military history came to a close just after