IMPRESSIVE ASIAN PRICES ACCOUNT FOR ONE-THIRD OF CLARS MILLION DOLLAR JUNE SALE Oakland, CA — Clars June 16th & 17th, 2012 Fine Art and Antiques Sale grossed just under $1 million with Asian antiques accounting for almost one-third of overall sales earning $350,000 on the 200 lot
News-Antique.com - Jun 20,2012 - IMPRESSIVE ASIAN PRICES ACCOUNT FOR ONE-THIRD OF CLARS
MILLION DOLLAR JUNE SALE
Oakland, CA — Clars June 16th & 17th, 2012 Fine Art and Antiques Sale grossed just under $1 million with Asian antiques accounting for almost one-third of overall sales earning $350,000 on the 200 lots offered in this category. The fine art, furnishings and jewelry categories also performed strongly contributing to Clars second highest grossing June sale in their history.
Turning to the impressive Asian prices, a small Chinese Guan-type arrow vase sold for a staggering $104,950 followed by a Chinese mother-of-pearl inlaid wood four-panel screen, late Qing/Republic period that earned $65,175. A framed Chinese ink and color painting on paper entitled Autumn Landscape and attributed to Huang Junbi (Chinese, 1898-1991) sold for over ten times it’s high estimate going for $50,363. Coming in fourth place in this category was a Chinese wooden day bed constructed of Vietnamese huanghuali which sold for $13,035 and rounding out the category was a large Thai bronze figure of the Buddha, Ayutthaya period, which sold for $11,850.
The Fine Art category brought strong prices as well. Clars’ past few sales have seen works by Elizabeth Catlett garner impressive prices and the June sale was no exception. Topping the art category was a bronze by Catlett (American, 1915-2012) entitled Naima which was estimated to sell for $12,000 on the high side. This work solidly surpassed estimate selling for $18,960. A framed gouache and watercolor on paper entitled Le Port d’Ostende Avec Vue Sur le Premier Quai de Commerce et la Gare Maritime 1926 by Leon Spilliaert (Belgian, 1881-1946) sold very well for $15,405. Furthering the European works offered, a lot of four framed oils on panel, Classical Genre Scenes, European School, sold for high estimate at $11,258. From America, the framed oil on canvas entitled Two Young Girls Playing in the Poppy Fields by Aloysius C. O’Kelly (1853-1920) also sold within estimate for $10,665.
The Decoratives and Furnishings category was highlighted by Steinway and Sons, New York grand pianos. The top seller in this category was a Model A Long grand piano, circa 1924 which doubled it’s estimate selling for $14,220 followed by the second Steinway and Son offering which was a 1915 parlor grand piano with ebony finish, Model O. Also doubling its estimate, this piano sold for $8,295. An antique Turkoman carpet, circa 1900, unaccessioned by the Honolulu Museum of Art sold for over ten times its high estimate at $8,888. A George III secretary bookcase, circa 1780, also sold very well for $2,370. Rounding out the decoratives and furnishings category were investment quality sterling offerings. Earning top dollar in sterling was an American flatware service for twelve by International in the Royal Danish pattern which sold for $3,851.
Clars estate and antique jewelry offerings are always exceptional. In June, a Beaux Arts era diamond pendant/brooch combination sold for $5,629. Earning the same money was a diamond necklace set with 270 round full cut diamonds weighing approximately 10.33 carats. A