OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s June 16 and 17 sale will be highlighted by exceptional offerings in Asian art and antiques including an impressive selection of huanghuali furniture and Chinese scrolls. The Fine Art to be presented will also be a highlight with a rare painting by George De Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941), and important works by Gronk (American, b. 1957) and Syed Haider (Indian, 1922-2016). Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Topping the fine art offerings will be a rare oil on panel – on a cigar box lid – by George De Forest Brush (American,1855-1941) titled, Old Crow Indian Agency, Montana, 1883, which will be offered for $40,000-$60,000. The painting is inscribed by the artist, “To my friend, Hugh Campbell, remembering many little courtesies, Geo. De Forest Brush.” This historically relevant work has the exceptional provenance of coming from the estate of Hugh S. Campbell (1859-1930) by descent from his great-grandson (Glenn Hugh Campbell, Sacramento, Calif.). Hugh S. Campbell (1859-1930) enlisted with the Indian Service in North Dakota and was the youngest U.S. Marshal to ever represent this service. He was part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 20 years. Campbell’s last term was as the last agent while the headquarters of the Crows were south of Absarokee. During his tenure, he helped move the agency from Absarokee to the Crow agency. After his service, he became manager of the Absarokee Co-op Trading Co. for many years. Campbell died in Modesto, Calif. Campbell was considered to be one of the most popular of all agents and, in recognition, was given the tribal name, Abahosky, and presented a gold watch by Crow leader, Chief Pretty Eagle (1846-1903).
Another American highlight will be Winter at the Library by Guy C. Wiggins (American, 1883-1962) estimated at $12,000-$18,000. This charming painting exemplifies Wiggins’ classic Impressionist style of his most highly collected New York City snow scenes.
Always a best seller, with the last one selling for $84,700 in May 2017, Clars will offer another colorful abstract painting by Syed Haider Raza (East Indian, 1922-2016) titled, Sentier, 1963, and estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Clars is selling many more works from the collection of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco. In June, the highlight will be a triptych painting by Gronk (American, b. 1957), titled Illegal Landscape (below). This large, colorful and rare piece by the artist was originally purchased by the Mexican Museum for their collection from Daniel Saxon Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.) and was exhibited by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in 2014. This large piece measuring 118 inches high by 306 inches will certainly entice collectors with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.
Clars will also present the complete Numbers Suite, 1968, of screenprints by Robert Indiana (American, 1928-2018), who recently passed away on May 19 at the age of 90. This rare complete set will certainly create a buzz for collectors because of the iconic imagery Indiana created. The suite will be offered with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
The impressive Asian offerings in June will include a selection of highly sought after Chinese huanghuali furniture. A low table inset with three floating panels will be offered for $30,000-$50,000 (below). A painting table insert with two floating panels is estimated at $20,000 – 40,000 and a wine table is expected to fetch $10,000 – 20,000.
In fine art, several Chinese scrolls attributed to Zhang Daqian (Chinese 1899-1983) will be offered. Lotus, an ink and color on paper carries the estimate of $20,000-$40,000. The scroll titled Beauty, attributed to Fu Baoshi, (Chinese. 1904-1975) is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Carrying the same estimate is Landscape attributed to Huang Binhong (Chinese, 1865-1955).
Impressive in both size and presentation, a temple-sized Sino-Tibetan Buddha of Shakyamuni seated on a lotus pedestal will be offered for $8,000-$12,000. This piece is reputed to have been transported from Tibet to India in the 1950s.
For sterling and Tiffany collectors, another highlight will be a Tiffany & Co. monumental sterling silver punch bowl and ladle which measures 17” in diameter and stands 9” high. This beautiful piece will be offered for $9,000-$13,000.
A collection of five barely worn Rolex watches will draw collectors and time aficionados to this sale. Topping this selection is a Rolex black Dial Cosmograph Daytona stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: 116520, that is estimated to sell for $8,000-$12,000. A Rolex White Dial Cosmograph Daytona stainless steel wristwatch, Ref: 116520, is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.