OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s June 16 and 17 sale was highlighted by exceptional offerings in Asian art and antiques with an impressive selection of Chinese huanghuali furniture drawing bidders and collectors from around the globe. Notable prices were also achieved on the important offerings in fine art, decorative arts and furnishings, and timepieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
Global demand for Chinese huanghuali furniture was evidenced throughout the sale with the eight pieces offered selling for more than $147,000. The top lot of this selection was a Chinese huanghuali low table inset with three floating panels that surpassed high estimate selling for $51,425 (above). Coming in second was a painting table inset with two floating panels that sold for $39,325 followed by a wine table that outperformed its high estimate earning $29,040. The very next lot, a Chinese huanghuali armchair (below), soared to twice the high estimate, fetching $20,570.
In Asian fine art, the top seller was a Chinese scroll attributed to Zhang Daqian (Chinese 1899-1983). Titled Lotus, the ink and color on paper artwork sold for within estimate for $24,200. In calligraphy, an ink on paper by Yu Youren (Chinese, 1879-1964) sold for over high estimate at $12,100.
A selection of 12 Himalayan painted thangkas depicting various Buddhas and bodhisattva performed impressively as well. In all, the selection realized $28,350 with the top lot being the thangka, Padmasambhavcome, which flew past high estimate bringing $7,865.
Rounding out the successful Asian category was a temple-sized Sino-Tibetan Buddha of Shakyamuni that performed impressively selling for $9,680.
The star in fine art was the colorful abstract painting, oil on masonite, by Syed Haider Raza (Indian, 1922-2016). Titled, Sentier, 1963, this work flew past high estimate selling for $33,275.
French artist Edouard Leon Cortes’ (1882-1969) oil on canvas titled Le Marche aux Fleur Derriere L’Eglise, achieved the solid price of $24,200.
In scultpures, the top seller was the work in bronze titled Nightfall, 2010, by Richard MacDonald (American, b. 1946) which hammered at $26,000.
In graphics, the rare complete set of screenprints by Robert Indiana (American, 1928–2018) titled Numbers Suite, 1968, performed well selling for $8,470.
Rounding out the fine art highlights was Winter at the Library by Guy C. Wiggins (American, 1883-1962). This charming painting of a New York City snow scene sold nicely for $7,865.
Rolex timepieces reigned supreme at this sale with a collection of 6 barely worn watches earning over $53,000. The top seller was a 2005 Rolex black dial Cosmograph Daytona stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: 116520, that flew past estimate selling for $15,730. Coming in second place was a 2005 Rolex white dial Cosmograph Daytona stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: 116520, which also outperformed high estimate, fetching $14,520.
In diamonds and jewelry, bidding on a stunning Judith Ripka diamond and 18K white gold bracelet, total diamond weight of 7 carats, reached $6,050.