3 new fine art records set at Clars Auction Gallery

A new world record was achieved for George Stratemeyer (American, 1853-1909) with this oil on canvas titled ‘Waikiki Beach, (Diamond Head), Oahu, Hawaii, 1895,’ which soared past high estimate selling for a new artist record of $19,360. Clars Auction Gallery image

A new world record was achieved for George Stratemeyer (American, 1853-1909) with this oil on canvas titled ‘Waikiki Beach, (Diamond Head), Oahu, Hawaii, 1895,’ which soared past high estimate selling for a new artist record of $19,360. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s Dec. 10 and 11 realized exceptionally high prices on the important jewelry offered. The fine art portion of the sale resulted in three new world auction records and the Asian offerings continued to command impressive dollars. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

The jewelry category was expected to perform solidly in December with many of the significant pieces coming from an important Carmel, Calif., estate. In the end though, the extravagant jewelry offered realized two to three times high estimate with total sales exceeding $325,000.

Topping this category and the sale overall was a diamond and 18k two-tone ring (below) centered by one round brilliant cut 6.30-carat diamond accented by 43 full diamonds. Estimated to sell for $14,000-$18,000, this stunning ring skyrocketed to $72,600.

 

Topping the jewelry category and sale overall was this diamond and 18K two-tone ring. Expected to sell for $14,000–$18,000, this stunning ring skyrocketed to $72,600. Clars Auction Gallery image

Topping the jewelry category and sale overall was this diamond and 18K two-tone ring. Expected to sell for $14,000–$18,000, this stunning ring skyrocketed to $72,600. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

Achieving the second highest price was a sensational Verdura Spinel diamond and 18K white gold bracelet (below). Composed of 69 oval-shaped and 14 pear-shaped purplish spinels with a total weight of 225 carats, this beautiful bracelet sold for $48,400.

 

This Verdura Spinel diamond and 18K white gold bracelet composed of 69 oval-shaped and 14 pear-shaped purplish spinels with a total weight of 225 carats, sold for $48,400. Clars Auction Gallery image

This Verdura Spinel diamond and 18K white gold bracelet composed of 69 oval-shaped and 14 pear-shaped purplish spinels with a total weight of 225 carats, sold for $48,400. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

Selling for over three times its high estimate achieving $45,375, was another diamond and 18K yellow gold ring that featured one radiant-cut 7.90-carat diamond accented by 33 full-cut diamonds.

The big surprise of Asian offerings was a Chinese patinated bronze globular tripod censer (below) that was expected to sell for $1,500. However, once bidding opened, this lot soared to an amazing $45,375.

 

The surprise of the Asian offerings was this Chinese patinated bronze globular tripod censer that was expected to sell for $1,500 but soared to $45,375. Clars Auction Gallery image

The surprise of the Asian offerings was this Chinese patinated bronze globular tripod censer that was expected to sell for $1,500 but soared to $45,375. Clars Auction Gallery image

This was followed by another astonishing sale of a Chinese bronze yu-form ritual vessel that was offered for $1,000-$1,500. Once again, bidding drove this lot higher and higher to a final sale price of $24,200.

Rounding out this exciting category was huanghuali furniture. A set of two Chinese huanghuali horseshoe armchairs and stand brought $36,300 and a Chinese huanghuali rounded-corner cabinet flew off for $27,830.

The Fine Art category was filled with surprises and exciting new world auction records. The first new world record was achieved for George Stratemeyer (American, 1853-1909) with his oil on canvas titled Waikiki Beach, (Diamond Head), Oahu, Hawaii, 1895. Estimated to achieve $6,000–$9,000, this work soared past high estimate selling for a new artist record of $19,360 (previous record was $17,000).

The next auction record was achieved for artist V. Douglas Snow (American, 1927-2009) on his oil on canvas titled Long Shadow (blow), which came to the sale from the Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. Expected to sell for $500–$700, this painting soared to new high for the artist achieving $8,470.

 

A new auction record was achieved for artist V. Douglas Snow (American, 1927-2009) on his oil on canvas titled ‘Long Shadow,’ which came to the sale from the collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. Expected to sell for $500–$700, this painting soared to $8,470. Clars Auction Gallery image

A new auction record was achieved for artist V. Douglas Snow (American, 1927-2009) on his oil on canvas titled ‘Long Shadow,’ which came to the sale from the collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. Expected to sell for $500–$700, this painting soared to $8,470. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

The third new world auction record was set for May Bird Mott-Smith (American, 1879-1952). Her gouache on paper titled View of Hong Kong Harbor, circa 1920s, (below) was offered for $500–$700 but the market placed new demands on her work skyrocketed the price to $7,865 (previous record, $660).

 

A new world auction record was set for May Bird Mott-Smith (American, 1879-1952) on her gouache on paper titled ‘View of Hong Kong Harbor.’ Offered for $500–$700, this work skyrocketed to a new record price of $7,865. Clars Auction Gallery image

A new world auction record was set for May Bird Mott-Smith (American, 1879-1952) on her gouache on paper titled ‘View of Hong Kong Harbor.’ Offered for $500–$700, this work skyrocketed to a new record price of $7,865. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

Also of note in the fine art category was the strong price realized on a complete site of 25 lithographs titled “Aliyah,” by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904 –1989) which sold for over high estimate for $18,150.

The decorative arts offerings were once again highlighted by property from the Thomas Perkins estate. Coming from his mega yacht, the Maltese Falcon, the Baccarat stemware service used on board the ship was comprises of 82 stems in the Vega pattern. Offered in multiple lots, this offering far surpassed expectations achieving $10,700.

 

This Baccarat 82-piece stemware service in the Vega pattern far exceeded expectations selling for $10,700. Clars Auction Gallery image

This Baccarat 82-piece stemware service in the Vega pattern far exceeded expectations selling for $10,700. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

In furniture, an American Studio StoryTime rocking chair #9, beautifully executed by Hal Taylor, also soared its high estimate selling for $9.075.

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