Each September, Clars hosts their landmark sale of the year and this September may likely be the richest in the firm’s history. Internationally important historic memorabilia collections, fine art from Old Masters and contemporary icons, museum quality Asian offerings plus investment quality jewelry, decoratives and antiques will draw bidders from around the world.
While the highlight of this sale may be the collection of Amelia Earhart memorabilia, the fine art to be offered is exceptionally impressive and worthy of special attention. Offerings from both important Americana and European artists, from the Dutch Renaissance to Contemporary will draw international bidding.
Coming from a distinguished San Francisco Bay Area collection will be rare and early European works. The oil on oak panel Adoration of the Magi after Joos can Cleve is estimated to achieve $15,000 to $25,000 as is Roman Charity, circle of Guido Reni (Bologna 1575-1642).
From Edouard Cabane (French, b. 1857) will be his fourteen oils on canvas entitled Station of the Cross. While better known for his portraits of young women, each of these paintings are extraordinary examples of the artist’s handling of the full human figure. These works are accompanied by an impressive exhibition history including the 1900s Paris Worlds Fair of Art and History. (Estimate: $20,000 to $40,000)
Moving into French Modernism, Henri Matisse’s (French, 1869-1954) lithograph, Odalisque au Magnolia, 1923, (estimate: $15,000-$25,000) is a stunning example of the artist’s post-Fauve Nice period, representing a return to traditional figuration. Highlighting mid-century Parisian transition into abstraction will be Jean Dubuffet’s (French, 1901-1985) 1966 watercolor and ink on paper Le Fauteuil II (estimate: $30,000-$50,000) and Bernard Cathelin’s (French, 1919-2004) 1967 oil on canvas, Premiere Neige dans la Valee du Morin (estimate: $20,000-$40,000). Both pieces carry important provenance from the artist’s main representative New York galleries at the time.
American modernist offerings include the very rare painted aluminum sculpture, Abat-Jour (Lampshade), 1964, by Man Ray (1890-1976) which is estimated at $20,000-$40,000 and an oil on canvas, Rites of Passage I, 1963, by Leon Golub (1922-2004) which is expected to achieve $30,000-$50,000.
Clars’ September Fine Art and Antiques Sale will be held on will be held Saturday, September 10th @ 9:30am and Sunday, September 11th @ 10am. The Fine Art Category will be sold on Sunday, September 11th. Previews for this sale will be Friday, September 9th from 1pm to 6pm and 9am each auction day and by special appointment. A full catalog will be available online at www.clars.com prior to the sale.
Bidding for Clars auctions is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online @ www.clars.com, and through www.liveauctioneers.com. To register to bid and for more information, call Clars Auction Gallery at (888) 339-7600, or email: email@example.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.
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