OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars is excited to offer fine art and design in its November 19 and 21 auctions, with curated works from European masters and American artists. Featured European artists will include Lorenzo Garbieri (Italian, 1580-1654), John Riley (British, 1646-1691) and Robert Antoine Pinchon (French, 1886-1943), while the early American highlights will showcase works from Granville Redmond (1871-1935), Clayton Sumner Price (1874-1950) and Frank Duveneck (1848-1919). Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Most notably, the sale boasts works from the estate of David Pleydell-Bouverie of Glen Ellen, California. Born in Surrey, England, Bouverie was the grandson of the 5th Earl of Radnor and began collecting shortly after moving to Glen Ellen with his then-wife, Alice Astor. The true highlight from the collection is the circa-1788 portrait Francisco Antonio de Leon y Roldan, which was purchased as an original work by Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828) in 1955 from Parke-Bernet Galleries. Completed shortly after Goya was appointed court painter by Charles III, the full-length portrait depicts a man described as the ‘Oldest Senior Officer of the Secretary of State and Office of Grace and Justice of the Indies,’ a member of the Order of Charles III. Roldan’s position is marked by the Grand Cross of the Order on his right lapel. The portrait was originally authenticated by then leading expert Valerian von Loga in 1912, but given the hotly contested nature of works by Goya currently taking place amongst leading scholars and museums, the painting will be offered as “Studio of Francisco Goya” with an estimate of $60,000-$90,000.
Another fascinating work from the Bouverie estate is an 18th-century Italian work on paper of The Descent from the Cross. Nearly identical in composition to The Deposition in Washington D.C’s National Gallery by a follower of Francesco Fontebasso, the work is currently the subject of debate over authorship between several leading scholars around the globe. The distinct, yet unique focus on the removal of the nails from the top of the cross rather than the more traditional Byzantine depiction is leading scholars to believe the work on paper may be linked to a possible relic and instrument of the Passion, a nail from the True Cross. The Descent from the Cross will be offered at $3,000-$5,000. All proceeds of works sold from the estate of David Pleydell-Bouverie will benefit the Bouverie Preserve of Audobon Canyon Ranch in Glen Ellen, California.
Featuring prominently in the Early European & American Art & Furniture sale will be a selection of fine antique carpets including a signed Persian Lavar Kerman carpet at $8,500-$9,500; a Persian Tree of Life Tabriz carpet at $5,000-$7,000; and a Qum Tree of Life silk carpet at $2,000-$4,000.
There will also be a fine selection of early furniture including a Swedish Hans Anders clock estimated at $3,000-$5,000; a French Louis XIV bed attributed to Thomas Hache valued at $5,000-$7,000; Italian Neoclassical giltwood columns expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000; and Spanish carved polychrome decorated processional Magi figures from the early 18th century at $5,000-$7,000.
The Design lineup will feature a monumental work by Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), Untitled (Pink and white glass chandelier), estimated at $60,000-$90,000. Another highlight is a set of Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH 504 chairs, valued at $8,000-$12,000. Other designers represented in the auction include Niels O. Moller, Charles and Ray Eames, Edward Wormley, Preston Singletary, Yves Boucard and Christian Liaigre. Also to be offered is a selection of Pacific Northwest and Inuit masks and sculptures from a prominent Silicon Valley collection.
Asian Art offerings will be led by a Chinese gilt-lacquered eight-armed Guanyin. The figure originated from China shortly after the introduction of Buddhism during the Tang dynasty. The many arms represent his benevolence and power of kindness. Devout worshippers believe that the multi-armed Guanyin will bring them luck health and fortune to all beings. The figure carries an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.
There will also be a pair of Sino-Mongolian ceremonial double swords, offered as one lot with an estimate of $1,500-$2,500. Although such swords were initially intended for mere appreciation by the military commanders, the rulers of the Qing dynasty also put them on display for special occasions such as military parades, inspection tours, sending off military officials for expedition and receiving tributes. Their primary intent was to publicize the international prestige of the state and to maintain long-lasting peace.
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