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American and European Art for Clars Auction

Exceptional American and European art will be one of the many highlights of Clars’ April 10th and 11th, 2010 two-day Fine Estates Sale. Clars’ March sale saw record-breaking prices for renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald, and strong prices realized across the board. Continuing this trend, exciting results are anticipated for their April sale.

Over the course of the auction, bidders can expect an extensive selection of fine art, fine antique furniture, decoratives, sterling, historic artifacts, important pottery and porcelains, and as always, spectacular jewelry.

Newcomb College will headline the pottery offerings with a set of six high-glaze cabinet plates executed in 1905, decorated by Mazie Teresa Ryan and thrown by Joseph Fortune Meyer (estimate $4,000 to $6,000).

Fine antique furniture will include a large selection of period English pieces including a circa 1820 Regency mahogany bow front chest on chest. On the American side, a Gustav Stickley Model 221 even arm settle will be offered as well as a whimsical early 20th century painted carousel horse.

Turning to the exceptional selection of American and European art, one of the many important works will be an oil on board winter landscape by Dwight William Tryon (American, 1849-1925), considered to be one of America’s first and foremost Tonalist painters. This work is expected to reach $7,000 to $10,000.

Coming from contemporary artist Christopher Brown (California 1951-) is a very interesting dynamic baseball scene, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000. From the “Islands” is a fantastic work by Hawaiian artist Herb Kawainui Kane entitled “Under the Banyan Tree,” which carries a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 to $12,000.

Also being featured are a pair of paintings (diptych) commemorating James Dean’s tragic, Porsche 550 Spyder crash in 1955 by the renowned car illustrator, Dave ‘Big’ Deal (Californian, 1938-2008). These paintings were commissioned by the Hopkins Museum of Minnesota for the 2008 exhibition “Velocity, The Art of Motion.” Deal is best known for creating the logo for Armor All and his preproduction drawings for many of the characters in the 2006 Pixar movie, “Cars.”

Among the many strong European works will be a lovely portrait of a blond woman entitled “Buste de femme” by Spanish artist Jose de Togores (1893-1970) which is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. Renowned Dutch artist Isaac Israels will be represented with the oil on canvas “Man with a Mandolin,” which is expected to earn $20,000 to $30,000.

In addition, a collection of engravings by Karl Bodmer, a collection of photographs of nudes by Jock Sturges, a collection of bronze sculptures by the Bennett Brothers, and a group of trompe l’oeil paintings by Gerald Stinski, Al Proom, and Ralph Anderson will be offered.

Rounding out the two-day event will be an exceptional selection of estate jewelry including a diamond solitaire ring set in platinum with a 3.26 ct asscher cut diamond estimated at $30,000 to $35,000. A stunning sapphire and diamond Art Deco bracelet in 18k white gold is estimated to bring $4,000 to $6,000.

Clars Auction Gallery’s April Fine Estates Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 10th and 11th, 2010. Approximately 2,000 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, April 9th, 1pm to 6pm or by appointment. The Saturday session will begin promptly at 9:30am, and the Sunday session will begin at 10am. Bidding is available in person from the floor, online via, by phone and through absentee bids.

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