CLARS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SEPTEMBER SALE TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY A VERY IMPORTANT CHINESE TABLE, MAGNI Oakland, CA — Each September, Clars Auction Gallery presents a two-day sale sourced from distinguished private collections and museums from across the country. This important annual event, which will
dated and carries an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. From Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (American, 1819-1905) will be his signed and dated Young Ruffed Grouse, 1967. Originally purchased in the late 19th century in New York, this work has descended through the family to the current owner. (Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000) Rounding out the highlights of the paintings category will be an oil on board by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902) entitled Lake Scene, Niagara. (Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000)
As Clars attracts an international audience for their fine art sales, they routinely feature very fine 18th through 20th century sculptures and the September sale will be remarkable in this area.
In European works, a 19th century bronze by Louis Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1905) comes into the sale with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Entitled Nature Revealing Herself to Science, this exceptional work measures 22.25 inches high. From Italian sculptor Emilio Fiaschi (1858-1941), his marble sculpture entitles Napolean Bonaparte measures 44.5 inches high and carries an impressive estimate of $10,000 to $20,000.
From 20th century American sculptors, Tom Otterness (b. 1952) will be represented by his bronze entitled Cup and Spoon, 1986, which is estimated at $7,000 to $9,000. From California specifically, Fletcher Benton’s (b. 1931) painted steel sculpture, Untitled #90, 1980, measures over 42 inches high and is expected to sell for $5,000 to $7,000. Carrying the same estimate is Hedgehog, a stone sculpture (one of 2 to be offered) by Beniamino Bufano (1898-1970). And finally, three stunning bronze sculptures by American West artist Edward Fraughton (American, b.1939), including “Vaquero,” a dynamic sculpture of a cowboy and horse, are estimated at $4,000 - $6,000.
IMPORTANT DECORATIVE ARTS AND FURNISHINGS
A rare gold quartz presentation walking stick executed by Shreve & Co., San Francisco, dates to the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Rare, as it is one of the few produced by this renowned San Francisco jewelry company, the entire top is set with a ring of gold quartz cabochons. The cane was presented by J.H. Neff (1840-1916), then President of the California Miners’ Association to Edward Coleman (1830-1913), co-founder and President of the Idaho Mining Company and Vice President of the Nevada County Railroad. This exquisite and historic lot is expected to earn $10,000 to $15,000. (Note: In 2006, Clars set a record for gold quartz canes at auction selling a rare presentation walking stick for $49,725.)
Carrying an estimate of twice this is a circa 1915 Russian Kovsh. Carved entirely from a single piece of Siberian nephrite, the handle is gold finish over sterling with the fasteners on the handle being garnet cabochons. The handle itself is executed with enameled decorative pieces. (Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000)
A very rare Tiffany Studios peacock plate, circa 1896, has been conservatively estimated at $4,000 to $6,000 and a Continental wood carved and polychrome decorated sculpture of the Madonna, 19th century, is estimated to sell for $3,000 to $5,000. A beautiful Art Deco Rousseau table lamp will be sought after by this genre of collectors