OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s April 17- 18 auction will feature a selection of 20th century design by notable names including George Nelson, Florence Knoll, Fritz Hansen, George Nakashima for Knoll, Nanna Ditzel, and Charles and Ray Eames, as well as several Danish rosewood furniture items, lead by a credenza attributed to Poul Norreklit and estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Other highlights include a floor standing vessel by Rudy Autio estimated at $4,000-$6,000, and an Emil A. Schuelke penguin cocktail shaker valued at $3,000-$5,000. In addition, a Hawaiian koa wood turned vessel will be offered at $3,000-$5,000.
Always a best seller–and often a record breaker–at Clars, Henrietta Berk’s (American, 1919-1990) vibrant and colorful oils on canvas are as popular as ever. Berkeley Hills Sunset depicts one of her most beloved landscape vistas. The piece of 20th century art will be offered with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Miriam Shapiro (American, 1923-2015) was a pioneering feminist artist who, with Judy Chicago, created the landmark installation Womanhouse in Los Angeles in the early 1970s and later in that decade helped found the Pattern and Decoration movement. Ms. Schapiro began incorporating decorative scraps of fabric, ribbon and trim, and later entire handkerchiefs, doilies or aprons, in works she called femmages. The intent was to honor the centuries-old work of women engaged in humble tasks like sewing and knitting. Clars will offer her 1993 work Wind and Air, which exemplifies this style. The mixed media and fabric collage fan is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Clars is pleased to offer two complete portfolios of 20th century art by the world-renowned Surrealist Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989). The portfolios to be offered are After Fifty Years of Surrealism and Our Historical Heritage. The portfolios, which were printed in 1974 and 1975, consist of 12 and 11 drypoint etchings with pochoir colors. The After Fifty Years of Surrealism portfolio is valued at $8,000-$12,000 and depicts important events in the artist’s life he wished to portray in print form. The creation of the work is said to be an homage to Andre Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto. Our Historical Heritage, estimated at $6,000 – $9,000, depicts 11 events and figures from various Hebrew scriptures, a theme prevalent in many of Dali’s important works.
The Asian art department will contribute several featured items including a Chinese embroidered red lady’s informal robe, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, and a Chinese copper red glazed dish estimated at $7,000-$8,000.
The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department will offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone, and gold jewelry in the upcoming auction. This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples, including a diamond riviere necklace estimated at $8,000-$10,000; a pair of diamond stud earrings, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and a diamond bangle bracelet estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
The jewelry selection will also showcase an array of fancy colored sapphires, a pink sapphire ring, a green sapphire ring, and a multi-colored sapphire necklace.
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