OAKLAND, Calif. – Two paintings by Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983) will headline Clars December 15 & 16 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction. Complementing the Daqian paintings will be numerous important and investment level offerings in Asian art, paintings, decorative art and antiques from private collections, institutions and California estates. Also to be presented at this sale will be exceptional fine estate jewelry created by some of the major design houses including Cartier and Bulgari. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Clars is honored to present two important painting by renowned artist and master calligrapher Zhang Daqian. The first work, titled The Lotus Pond, 1967, is one of his signature ink and colors on paper featuring a scholar standing on a bridge amid the lotus pond (above). This work measures 54½ by 26¾ inches and was featured on the back cover of the May 10-31, 1970, exhibition catalog at Laky Gallery in Carmel, California. Over the past few years, works by Zhang Daqian have commanded the international art market. The demand for his work has placed him as one of the top-selling artists at auction. The Lotus Pond will be offered with an estimate of $150,000-$200,000.
The second Zhang Daqian painting, also an ink on paper, features a scholar on a boat gazing at a waterfall. This work will be presented with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Also to be offered will be a set of two Chinese folding fans (below) by artists Jiang Tingxi (1669-1772) and Wang Youdun (1692-1758). The fans, titled Flowers, are ink and color on paper featuring various flowers. The lower left is signed ‘chen Jiang Tingxi gonghui’ followed by two seals. On the reverse is a poetic inscription in clerical script on gilt flecked paper signed ‘chen Wang Youdun’ followed by two seals. The fans have wooden ribs with inscription heightened in gilt and come with an inscribed wood box. This set will be offered for $8,000-$12,000.
Attributed to Ma Hezhi (Chinese, 1131-1161) will be the ink and color on silk titled Scenes of Dynastic Figures. This work, which measures 12½ inches high, features 10 scenes of Chinese dynastic emperors and historical figures followed by inscriptions. The left bears the signature ‘Fufeng Ma Hezhi’ and seal and will be offered for an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.
An impressive selection of Chinese jades and hardstone carving will be offered. Topping this selection will be a Chinese jade double vase with matching lids. Each of the vessels is carved with meandering chilongs in relief and flanked by flanges and zoomorphic handles. They are set on a base carved with an inscription along the side and presented on a silver wire inlaid wood stand. This double vase carries an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.
The second Chinese jade double vase in yellow-green is one lidded urn carved with chilongs in high relief flanked by a smaller square gu-form vase. This double vase will be offered for $6,000-$9,000.
An exceptional selection of fine estate jewelry and timepieces will be offered at this sale. Commanding top billing will be an exquisite jadeite, diamond and 18k yellow gold ring (below) that is estimated at $35,000-$45,000. An unmounted pear-cut diamond weighing 4.01 carats will be offered with an estimated of $20,000-$30,000.
In timepieces and from the finest makers will be two significant examples. The first is a Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K yellow gold wristwatch (Ref. W69001Z2) that will be offered with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
The second timepiece of note is a rare and unusual Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold Lorgnette pendant watch with a 14k yellow gold slide necklace. This fabulous piece carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.