Chinese huanghuali furniture leads Clars’ to $1.6M auction
OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s June 14-16 Fine Art, Jewelry and Decoratives Auction will go down as the firm’s most successful June sale in their history and ninth-highest performing sale overall. Total sales achieved over $1.6 million with Asian winning highest sale of the auction.
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A lot of five Chinese hardwood and huanghuali official’s hat armchairs achieved the event’s highest price of $143,800 against its high estimate of $40,000. Following close behind were two Chinese hardwood and huanghuali small compound cabinets that brought $131,000 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000). Both of these top sellers came to the sale through the Edward Gerber Estate.
An exciting surprise was realized during the Saturday session on a Himalayan thangka, Amitayus. Thee estimate on this piece was $700 to $900 but, in typical auction style, this lot skyrocketed to $15,500.
Fine jewelry came on strong with exceptional results. A fine jadeite and platinum ring, which featured one free-form jadeite cabochon measuring approximately 15.9 x 8.47 x 5.20mm, sold within estimate for $29,000. A pair of diamond and yellow gold stud earrings featuring two brilliant cut diamonds achieved $6,500.
An oil on panel by Emilio Sanchez-Perrier (Spanish, 1855-1907) titled Man in a Boat on a Lily Filled Pond sold for $17,900. A painting titled Miss Chy Thanh Nhan #3, by Do Quang Em (Vietnamese, b. 1942) sold for $10,700.
Turning to American works, a combined group of seven earthenware sculptures by Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) sold for $13,800. From Samuel L. Margolies (1897-1974), a dry point etching, circa 1940, titled Men of Steel went for $7,700. A new global record was achieved for Clyde Frederick Kelley (1886-1965) when his oil on canvas board titled The Soul Saver flew past high estimate selling for $5,355. In photography, a gelatin silver print by Richard Misrach (b. 1949) titled Saguaro #7, from the Saguaro Suite Arizona, brought $5,000.
A new world record for a Koran pierced brass box in the Safavid style was also set at Clars’ June sale. Coming from the Edward Gerber Estate, this offering was expected to sell for $300 to $500 but high demand for its form and beauty, drove the selling price to $5,000 selling to a Middle Eastern Sheikh.
Sterling from Tiffany & Co., New York, was the high seller in this category. A sterling silver flatware service in the Olympian multimotif pattern, 1878, sold extremely well achieving $7,800. And from the same time period but coming from France, an ormolu mounted and champlevé decorated clock executed in the Renaissance taste, sold for $5,600.
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE