Picasso, Weisse and Important Special Collections at Clars November Sale Oakland, CA — Clars Auction Gallery will host an exceptional sale of fine art and antiques on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, 2012. With more than 1,500 lots to be offered, this sale will fe
a 1909 S VDB Lincoln cent as well as numerous certified silver dollars, 50 cent pieces and other collections in albums or rare dates in NGC holders.
The sterling silver offerings will be exceptionally strong with three particular highlights. The first is a British sterling silver hollowware and flatware ensemble comprised of 110 total pieces weighing 220.25 troy oz. The ensemble includes a four piece beverage suite by Edward & John Barnard, London, 1859; “Fiddleback” flatware service by Henry & Henry John Lias, London, 1859; “Fiddleback” flatware by George Williams Adams, London, 1875 plus an oak campaign chest having a fitted interior to accommodate the entire ensemble with interior brass plate reading Widdowson & Veale, Goldsmiths and exterior plate marked Wymond Hamley Esq. This entire set is estimated at $9,000 to $12,000. The second is an Old Newbury Crafters hand-wrought sterling flatware service for twelve, eight pieces per place setting, weighing in total over eight pounds. This set is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. The third highlight is a Read & Barton “Francis I” pattern service for twelve, seven pieces per place setting. (Estimate: $5,000 to $7,000)
Among the rare and historic documents and books to be offered will be a signed copy of the Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein. This signed copy is accompanied by a letter from Einstein to the former curator of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA. (Provenance: Reginald Berti Haselden (1881-1952) Collection, Pasadena, CA, Mr. Hasledon formed and curated the Manuscript Department at Huntington Library, California. Estimate: $6,000 to $8,000) In addition, a fine and rare edition of the book, The Federalist, is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.
Rounding the special offerings in decorative furnishings will be an impressive selection of antique Persian textiles and a 1933 Ruskin silver mounted bowl )sterling mounts executed by Alfred E. Jones, Birmingham) in the Arts & Crafts style that is estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.
The Asian Collection –
A collection of Chinese nephrite jade toggles and plaques from the Qing dynasty and Republic Period will be offered. The celadon and white jade toggles number over 20 with estimates ranging around $1,000 each. A pair of wooden panels is inset with porcelain plaques from the late Qing/Republic period. One panel is etched with a bird and spider above a rectangular plaque painted with two scholars seated beside a recumbent fu-lion. The other panel features an ovoid plaque depicting morning glory, above a lower plaque etched and painted with a male figure dancing to attract a beauty peering out the window of the villa. The pair of panels is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.
The Fine Jewelry -
The stunning cover piece for the fine jewelry category is a 14K white gold ring with rose gold accents featuring a 3.11 ct. Round Brilliant diamond, F color, VS-1 clarity, surrounded by (96) full cut round diamonds with a total weight of 0.51 ct. The estimate for this ring is $80,000-$100,000. A splendid 7+ ct. sapphire and diamond ring with