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Napoleone Martinuzzi Incaminciato vase, estimated at $8,000-$12,000
Napoleone Martinuzzi Incaminciato vase, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery will host two sales in mid-December: a Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction on Friday, December 16, and a Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on Sunday, December 18. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction scheduled for Friday, December 16 will begin at 10 am Pacific time. The sale includes a fine selection of diamond, colored gemstone, antique and signed jewelry.

18K white gold, diamond and 4.01-carat Fancy Yellow diamond ring, estimated at $40,000-$60,000
18K white gold, diamond and 4.01-carat Fancy Yellow diamond ring, estimated at $40,000-$60,000

The lineup is highlighted by a selection of important diamonds that includes a 4.01-carat VVS1 Fancy Yellow diamond, diamond and 18K white gold ring, estimated at $40,000-$60,000; and a 7.75-carat old European-cut diamond ring, estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and white gold brooch, estimated at $25,000-$35,000
Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and white gold brooch, estimated at $25,000-$35,000

Van Cleef & Arpels is represented by a diamond and white gold brooch, estimated at $25,000-$35,000, and a pair of diamond ear clips, estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Tiffany & Co. appears in the form of a sapphire, diamond and palladium bracelet, estimated at $5,000-$7,000, and credited to Cartier is a pair of coral, onyx, emerald and diamond pendant earrings, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Early Rolex Submariner watch, estimated at $50,000-$70,000
Early Rolex Submariner watch, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

The selection of timepieces features an early Rolex Submariner small crown watch, ref. 6205, estimated at $50,000-$70,000; a Patek Philippe 18K gold Hourglass watch, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and a Universal Geneve Tri-Compax Chronograph 18K rose gold watch, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Group of Toshiko Takaezu Closed Form ceramics, various estimates
Group of Toshiko Takaezu Closed Form ceramics, various estimates

The Winter Design + Art + Asian Art Auction on Sunday, December 18 will be led by a large selection of pottery, including several pieces by Toshiko Takaezu. Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is best known for what have been dubbed her “Closed forms.” Clars will present four Closed Forms in the auction; the largest, a Closed Form (with rattle), sports a conservative estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Additional designers whose works are on offer are Viola Frey and Jim Melchert, among other Clay Funk potters.

Another highlight of the sale will be a Napoleone Martinuzzi Incaminciato vase, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Incaminciato glass is a Murano glass technique that overlays lattimo, aka milk glass, with layers of transparent colored glass, in this case cobalt blue. There will also be numerous noteworthy Italian glass items from designers such as Carlo Scarpa, Fontana Arte and Vittorio Zecchin.

Mathews Furniture Shops fall front desk, estimated at $3,500-$4,500
Mathews Furniture Shops fall front desk, estimated at $3,500-$4,500

Furniture choices will include a Mathews Furniture Shops fall front desk, estimated at $3,500-$4,500, as well as pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, John Dickinson, Mies Van Der Rohe, George Nakashima and Vladimir Kagan Couture.

The Asian Art department will feature a group of Chinese scholar’s rocks hailing from a Piedmont, California collection, offered at a range of estimates. It consists of rocks of various forms suggesting mountain landscapes, as well as an array of abstract imagery evoking mythical animals and sagely figures. The collection also features rocks of assorted sizes, ranging from the small desktop variety to the more monumental forms used for furnishing scholar’s studios and gardens.

Trio of watercolors by Burmese artist Mg Tun Hla, together estimated at $1,500-$2,500
Trio of watercolors by Burmese artist Mg Tun Hla, together estimated at $1,500-$2,500

Also up for auction is set of three watercolor paintings by the Burmese artist Mg Tun Hla (1874-1946). Hla was one of the first and most important Burmese artists who painted watercolors in the Western style in the early 20th century. The three watercolors depict street scenes from Mandalay, the former capitol of Burma, and are together estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen,’ estimated at $30,000-$40,000
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen,’ estimated at $30,000-$40,000

The fine art selection in the December 18 lineup will be led by Marc Chagall’s Carmen. Created in 1966, the print was an adaptation of the artist’s mural Triumph of Music, one of two large works commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Carmen was engraved by Charles Sorlier and printed by Mourlot, Paris, with 200 copies pulled before text was added for the Metropolitan Opera House poster. The print carries an estimate of $30,000-$40,000.

Clars will also offer two ceramic pitchers by Pablo Picasso, titled Visage and Quatre Visage. Both were produced at the Madoura de Vallauris workshop in the 1950s and have the Picasso and Madoura stamps on their undersides. They have estimates of $6,000-$9,000 and $4,000-$6,000, respectively.

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