OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery will hold a Summer Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale on Friday, June 17. The offered works will span numerous movements and mediums. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
One major highlight of the sale will be a canvas by Bay Area artist Raimonds Staprans (American, b. 1926-). The 1990 work, titled Blue Boats, is a strong example of his use of bold colors and geometric forms to build his composition. The presence of heavy linear division and abstraction of everyday objects makes the work a stunning example of his hallmark style. While he considers himself an abstract painter, his works were influential in the Bay Area Figurative Movement, along with colleagues Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Diebenkorn. The painting is estimated at $150,000–$200,000.
Also on offer is Odalisque, a work on paper by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Considered the godfather of Fauvism, Matisse is renowned for his vibrant portraits, still lifes and cut-out paper collages. After an influential trip to Morocco in the 1910s, Matisse drafted numerous examples of the Odalisque, inspired by the orient and the ideal exoticism.
Clars Auction Gallery is pleased to offer a 1928 so-called “return to order” study of the Odalisque, composed in black India ink. Previously exhibited at Delaware Art Museum and with provenance from the collection of Baltimore, Maryland architect Robert Raley, Odalisque is estimated at $60,000-$80,000. Clars is grateful to George Matisse for confirming the authenticity of the drawing.
Other important artworks that appear in the June 17 sale lineup are Visage, a circa-1948 gouache by Leonor Fini (Argentine and French, 1908-1996), estimated at $2,000-$4,000; and a vibrant 1939 Gordon Onslow Ford (British, 1912-2003) canvas titled Mountains of Desire, estimated at $50,000-$70,000.
A wide range of 20th-century design items will appear in the June 17 auction. Highlights begin with a circa-1906 Roycroft sideboard, Model 1, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
Mid-century treasures will be distinguished by a circa-1960 Phillip Lloyd Powell New Hope lounge chair and ottoman, estimated at $7,000-$9,000.
The approach of the 21st century is represented by a 1998 Jun Kaneko glazed ceramic wall slab, estimated at $6,000-$9,000.
Italian design choices include a set of 10 Mario Bellini for Cassina Cab chairs, Model 413, valued conservatively at $5,000-$7,000.
Other noteworthy designers whose works will be offered in the June 17 sale include Birger Kaipiainen, Mies Van Der Rohe, Borge Mogensen, George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Milo Baughman, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Hans Olsen, Raymond Loewy, Arne Vodder, Olivier Mourgue, Peter Hvidt and Eero Saarinen.
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