Clars auction June 16 focuses on Asian art & antiques
OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sunday, June 16, Clars Auction Gallery will host its semiannual major Asian art and antiques sale that will present an exciting and impressive selection of investment level property from prominent California estates, museums, private institutions and special collections. This sale will be held in conjunction with Clars’ monthly Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, and Jewelry auction. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Headlining the June 16 sale will be two paintings attributed to Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983). The first is Beauty, an ink and color on paper, the upper right with colophon, bearing his signature and cyclical date ‘yiyou’ and two seals. The scroll, which measures 86½ inches high by 26½ inches wide, will be offered together with the book The Paintings of Chang Dai-chien, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1979, in which this painting is featured. Beauty (below) will be offered with an estimate of $50,000–$70,000.
The second work is titled River Landscape, also an ink and color on paper bearing the signatures “Zhang Yuan” followed by two seals, the right with colophon bearing the signature ‘Tang Han’ followed by one seal. This scroll measures 78¾ inches high by 19¾ inches wide and will be offered with an estimate of $40,000–$60,000.
Highly desirable Chinese huanghuali furniture will also take center stage. The top offerings in this selection will be a pair of beautiful horseshoe-back armchairs. This pair will be offered with an estimate of $20,000–$40,000. Also from this collection will be a rail back settee that is estimated to sell for $10,000 –$15,000.
An important collection of Vietnamese works of art and ceramics spanning the 12th through 19th centuries, come to the sale from a prominent private San Diego collection. Monochromes from the Ly and Tran dynasty and blue-and-whites from the Le dynasty will be offered. A collection of Dongson bronzes is highlighted by a Dongson bronze drum (Heger type 1). This work is centered by a starburst encircled by figural and bird registers and will be offered for $15,000–$25,000.
Coming from this private collection will also be a selection of gilt and lacquered wooden Buddhist sculptures, most from the 19th century, including a seated Buddha, bodhisattva and a pair of cranes standing on turtle bases that carry an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
In Chinese decorative art, the highlight will be set of four Chinese Guangxu period porcelain bowls that are brightly enameled with birds amid flowers and garden rock. This set is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Additional highlights include porcelain plaques featuring chickens and a porcelain plaque enameled with Daoist immortals, bearing the signature ‘Wang Qi’.
Headlining the fine art category will be an oil on canvas by Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908). Untitled (Majestic Falls), carries important provenance coming from the estate of Burch White, Oakland, Calif., who was the great, great grandson of Thomas Hill. The painting has a $40,000–$60,000.
From Russian artist Nikolai Blohkin (b. 1968), his oil on canvas titled Portrait of a Lady with Dog, is estimated at $10,000–$15,000.
Arts and Crafts will lead this category with a leaded glass table lamp attributed to John Morgan and Sons, New York, in the Pansy pattern. This lamp will be offered with an estimate of $10,000–$15,000.
Clars’ June 15–16 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will present over 2,000 lots of exceptional property in all categories. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For details contact Clars Auction Gallery at email@example.com or 510-428-0100.