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Clars presents art from Robin Williams estate May 17

Robin Williams estate
Albert Paley (American, b. 1944), forged steel and glass coffee table, 15in high x 30in diameter. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. –  Clars Auction Gallery will present its second iteration of the celebrity collection of Robin Williams in the upcoming May 17 auction. This extraordinary and eclectic collection is a reflection of the late comedian/actor’s varied interests. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights include several fanciful sculptures such as a massive Jeremy Fish sculpture of a duck, titled Golden Peach (below), which is estimated at $1,000-$1,500. There will also be several sculptures by Bill Reid and a Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001) painting titled Self-Portrait, Out to Win the World to God, estimated at $700-$1,000.

Robin Williams estate
Jeremy Fish (American, b. 1975), ‘Golden Peach,’ wooden sculpture, unsigned, overall: 34in high. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Clars image

The second installment of the Robin Williams Collection will be presented in conjunction with Clars May 17 Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Furnishings, Jewelry and Asian Art and Antiques Auction.

Another major estate to be offered in Clars’ online-only May 17 auction will be the property of Frank J. Caufield (San Francisco), who was one of the founding partners of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.

Featuring prominently into the sale will be a collection of 30 maps from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. There will be a Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Dutch, (1571-1638), Nova Virginiae Tabula, circa 1640, hand-colored engraving [6311], and a Henricus Hondius the Younger (Dutch, 1597-1651), India Orientalis hand-colored engraving (below).

Robin Williams estate
Henricus Hondius the Younger (Dutch, 1597-1651), ‘India Orientalis,’ 1609, hand-colored engraving, image (sight) 14in x 19in. Estimate: $500-$700. Clars image

In a time of sheltering in place, maps can offer us a means for globe-trotting. Like an enthralling novel, they have the ability to transport us to another place and time. For example, a Henri Abraham Chatelian (French, 1684-1743) Mappemonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre, circa 1720, depicts a North America consisting of Nouveau Mexique, Floride, Canada, Nouvelle Bretagne and Nouvelle France to name a few locales.

Rick Unruh, Clars president and CEO, is enthralled with the Caufield map collection. “This collection of maps not only has the ability to transport us back into a particular time in world history, but it also reminds us of our own travel experiences across the globe, discovering how various regions have been renamed or boundaries expanded or diminished over time.”

The 20th Century Design department will have several major works including a Hans Wegner for Andreas Tuck credenza valued at $5,000-$7,000, an Albert Paley table estimated at $6,000-$9,000, Finn Juhl for Baker dining chairs, a Gerard Van Den Berg swivel lounge chair, and other pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Harry and Val Bertoia, Jens Risom, Andrea D’Arienzo, Guido Gambone, Alvar Aalto, Arne Vodder and Svend Aage Madsen.

The Asian Art Department is featuring an important collection: property of Kobijutsu KenShuDo, Japanese Osaka Estate Antique Co. The collection includes a rare and exceptional blue and white painted flower cup (below) with a Yongzheng double ring mark, estimated at $800-$1200. Emperor Yongzheng is well known for his elegant and scholarly taste and the floral scroll on the cup faithfully captures the spirit of Tang dynasty art; the fine potting, exquisite lightness, gentle and elegant forms all contribute to a refined subtlety that reflects how handsome and delicate a ceramic piece could be in its golden age.

Robin Williams estate
Chinese blue and white floral bowl, a six-character Yongzheng mark to the base, 2.8in diameter x 1.5in high. Provenance: Senshutey 20th Anniversary Special Exhibition, 2016. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Clars image

The Kobijutsu KenShuDo collection also covers some high-quality ceramic pieces from other periods. A blue and white dragon plate with a six-character Jiajing mark will be offered in this sale as well, together with other appealing Chinese works of art in multiple categories: Peking glass, jade and hardstone carvings, cloisonné and scholars’ objects.

Robin Williams estate
Pair of diamond, sapphire and 18K white gold earrings featuring 22 baguette-cut and 34 full-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 1.45 carats. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Clars image

There will also be a collection of fine gemstone, diamond and gold jewelry. Highlights include a diamond and 14K white gold ring estimated at $500-$700, a pair of diamond, sapphire and 18K white gold earrings valued at $2,000-$3,000, and a coral and 18K gold bracelet.

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