Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information
Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


February 6th and 7th are the dates for Clars Auction Gallery’s fabulous February Fine Estates Sale, a two-day event which will feature fine art, important furniture and decoratives and an impressive selection of time pieces.

Headlining this sale will be a rare Patek Philippe gentleman’s 18K yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial face. The watch, Model 1463, Movement: 23 jewels #867590, Case: 18k yellow gold #653482, is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000. Fine timepieces by Cartier and Rolex will also be offered during the jewelry portion of the sale.

Arthur and Lucia Mathews will be represented both in the furniture category and art. Coming from The Furniture Shop will be a carved and polychrome decorated bed (estimate: $10,000 – $15,000) and a carved dresser executed in walnut (estimate: $6,000 – $10,000). Turning to the art category, two paintings by Lucia (Californian 1870-1955) and Arthur (Californian, 1860-1945) Mathews will be offered. The first, a framed oil on canvas entitled “Study for the Soil” is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. This work was done for a mural in the Oakland Public Library. The second, a framed oil on canvas laid to board entitled “Study of California Hills” bears the same estimate.

While the sale will feature a plethora of important art, of particular note will be three works by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1865-1934). A framed oil on canvas entitled “Man on a Paint Horse” is expected to fetch $50,000 to $70,000 while his framed oil on canvas entitled “Man with a Mandolin” is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000. “Woman in Hat Reading,” a framed watercolor on paper, is estimated at $20,000 to $40,000.

Other highlights in the art category include a collection of Jewish art deaccessioned from the Judah L. Magnes Museum representing 19th century and contemporary artists including Alek Rapoport, Julius Wasserstein, Maurits de Groot and Roberto Lupetti.

A fine collection of photographs including works by Ansel Adams will be offered as well as a large collection of vintage lithograph posters from the late 19th and into the 20th century.

The decoratives category will feature an exceedingly rare early Gold Rush gold quartz presentation cane, dated 1856. Fine Lalique, Daum-Nancy and Tiffany offerings will round out the offerings in this exciting portion of the sale. On Saturday, a very large collection of Pacific Pottery will be offered.

Over 1,500 lots in total will be offered over the course of this two-day event. A full catalog with descriptions and photos is available online at

Preview for this auction is Friday, February 5th, 1pm to 6pm or by appointment. The Saturday session will begin promptly at 9:30am, February 6th and the Sunday session will begin at 10am, February 7th. Bidding is available in person from the floor, online via, by phone and absentee.

Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. To register to big or for additional information, call Clars Auction Gallery at (888) 339-7600, visit their website at or email: [email protected]