CLARS’ MAY FINE ART AND ANTIQUES SALE ANTICIPATED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE FIRM’S 60+ YEAR HI Oakland, CA — On May 15th and 16th, 2010, Clars Auction Gallery will host what is anticipated to be the largest and most important sale in the firms 60+ year history. Over $1 million in exceptional pr
News-Antique.com - Apr 05,2010 - CLARS’ MAY FINE ART AND ANTIQUES SALE ANTICIPATED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE FIRM’S 60+ YEAR HISTORY
Oakland, CA — On May 15th and 16th, 2010, Clars Auction Gallery will host what is anticipated to be the largest and most important sale in the firms 60+ year history. Over $1 million in exceptional property from four major Northern California estates has been consigned. Important 17th and 18th century furnishings and art from both contemporary and old masters will be highlights of this two-day event.
Among the exceptional antique furniture to be offered will be a circa 1690 Charles II walnut inlaid chest and a circa 1730 George II walnut veneered chest on chest as well as a Louis XVI commode, circa 1780. The circa 1900 Persian Kermanshah, which measures 14 feet by 9 feet would complement any of these pieces beautifully.
An excellent collection of Contemporary and Californian art will be included in this sale, and much international bidding on these works is anticipated. Among the numerous important works to be offered is a framed oil on canvas triptych titled “A Stream by the Woods” by Karl Schmidt (Californian, 1890-1962), showing a stream running past a copse of trees with their leaves shifting to autumn colors. “Sunday Boating,” a framed oil on canvas by James Weeks (Californian, 1922-1998), a scene of a group sailing on the San Francisco Bay is executed in rich tones of blues. “Moonrise over the Mojave” by Maynard Dixon (Californian, 1875-1946) exemplifies his mastery of Southwestern landscapes, capturing the expanse and drama of an evening desert. Ansel Adams (Californian, 1902-1984) will be represented with a framed gelatin silver print titled “Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite.”
In addition, the beautiful framed watercolor, “Field of Bluebonnets” by Percy Gray (Californian, 1869-1952) will be offered as well as “Moonlight—Santa Fe, New Mexico” by Will Sparks (Californian, 1862-1937), showing several small adobe homes under a starry sky.
A look at the Contemporary art to be offered finds important works by Gordon Onslow Ford, Gerome Kamrowski and Enrico Donati. Coming from abstract expressionist Enrico Donati (New York, 1909-2008) will be his mixed media on canvas “Eclipse Annee 2000.” There will be several works from American Surrealist Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004), among them a framed acrylic on canvas titled “Female Insect (Rose Scarab),” and from Gordon Onslow Ford (Californian, 1912-2003), including his Inner Realist work “Of the Mind,” an unframed acrylic on canvas. The fine art category will also include original prints by American Surrealist Roberto Matta and European Surrealist Joan Miro.
One of the many highlights of the classic art category will be this framed porcelain plaque, The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael by Adriaen ven der Werff (Dutch, 1659-1722), marked Royal Vienna.
Of regional historic importance and always the subject of excited bidding by specialty collectors, will be a California gold quartz presentation walking stick presented to a Dr. M. Heinimann by a Chs. L. Wilhelm in San Francisco on Sept 29, 1862. This lot is estimated to bring $5,000