Huanghuali furniture paces Clars’ Asian antiques auction

The highlight of this sale was this Chinese huanghuali mixed wood altar table that sold achieved $49,200. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. – On June 16, Clars Auction Gallery conducted its semiannual Asian art and antiques sale where the ever-increasing value and international market demand for rare huanghuali furniture was evidenced by the very strong prices achieved on the select group of Chinese pieces that were offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

This special sale was held in conjunction with Clars monthly Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture and Jewelry Auction where impressive prices were seen in all categories.

Over $120,000 was realized on the eight pieces of rare Chinese huanghuali furniture that were offered, many soaring past their estimates.

The highlight of this group, and the sale overall, was a Chinese huanghuali mixed wood altar table measuring 62½ inches wide. Expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000, bidding drove this table (above) for an astonishing $49,200.

Taking second place was a pair of beautiful huanghuali horseshoe armchairs that commanded $22,140, A horseshoe folding chair soared past its high estimate earning $18,450, as did a low armchair that achieved an impressive $17,220. Rounding out the huanghuali highlights was a rail-back settee that came in nicely at $9,840.

This pair of beautiful Chinese huanghuali horseshoe back armchairs sold for $22,140. Clars Auction Gallery image

Another highlight of the Asian sale was an important collection of Vietnamese works spanning the 12th through 19th centuries that came to the sale from a prominent private San Diego collection. The top seller from this collection was a Vietnamese orange-ground imperial woman’s robe that was accented by Daoist treasures that sold for $20,910.

This Vietnamese orange-ground imperial woman’s robe sold for $20,910. Clars Auction Gallery image

A selection of Buddhist sculptures was offered with the top offering being a Vietnamese gilt lacquered wood Buddha that brought $12,300.

This Vietnamese gilt lacquered Buddhist sculpture sold for $12,300. Clars Auction Gallery image

Important Vietnamese ceramics were also part of this collection including monochromes from the Ly (A.D. 1009-1225) and Tran (A.D. 1225-1400) dynasty and blue-and-whites from the Le dynasty (A.D. 1428-1788). Overall, this collection achieved $55,000 with the top seller being an underglaze blue-lidded jar from the Le dynasty that soared to almost 8 times its estimate selling for $8,600.

Clars’ June sale realized impressive results in all categories of the sale. Art & Crafts lead the decorative arts category with a leaded glass table lamp in the Pansy pattern, attributed to John Morgan and Sons, New York, flying past high estimate selling for $19,680.

This lamp attributed to John Morgan and Sons soared to $19,680. Clars Auction Gallery image

Modern furniture lovers vied heavily for a Mario Bellini for B&B Italia Camaleonda seven-piece modular sofa which sold for more than double its high estimate achieving $15,990.

In fine art, the oil on board titled Outrigger Canoe by David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861-1943) exceeded expectations selling very well for $15,990. Rounding out these highlights was Nikolai Blokhin’ s (Russian, b. 1968) oil on canvas titled Portrait of a Lady that sold for $11,685.

This oil on board titled ‘Outrigger Canoe’ by David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861-1943) exceeded expectations, selling for $15,990. Clars Auction Gallery image

In the fine jewelry category, the top seller was an 18K white gold necklace featuring a 14.25 carat diamond that brought $8,610.

For more information contact Clars Auction Gallery at 510-428-0100.