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Clars Auction Gallery Offer Framed Indenture from Queen Elizabeth I

Clars Auction Gallery will host their final sale for 2010 on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th marking the end of what will have been a landmark year for the 62 year old firm.

The November sale was the largest in their history with sales exceeding $1.6 million. American Decorative Arts and Asian Antiques were the fuel behind the record dollars earned. In December, it will likely be historic Britain that will cinch 2010 as Clars biggest year ever as they track to $10 million in sales for the year overall. Redge Martin, President of Clars, credits the Internet to a great extent for the opportunity for what used to be considered smaller regional auction houses to compete internationally for major pieces and estates. Top performance in marketing and promotion coupled with a staff whose passion knows no limits, has set Clars apart and on track as a major player in the international world of fine art and antiques.

Several of the consignments coming to the December sale validate this. At the top of the list is an extremely rare and important historic document from the “Golden Age of England — the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I.” Coming up for sale, with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, will be a framed Indenture from Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) dated 1563 with the Royal Great Seal. The indenture states the terms of a loan Queen Elizabeth I is taking out through her financier Sir Thomas Gresham (1519-1579). The indenture is signed on the reverse by the Privy Council, Robert Dudley (1532-1588), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal Sir William Cecil (1520-1598), Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), William Howard of Effingham (1510-1573), and Sir Francis Knollys (1514-1596). It was in 1563, the same year as this signed indenture, that Elizabeth I moved the Royal Court to Windsor Castle to avoid the bubonic plague.

Furthering interest from English nobility, will be a massive 17 foot English aluminum replica of “Eros” on a pedestal cast from the model by Alfred Gilbert. Originally sold at Christie’s in 2004 for $164,000, it comes to Clars December sale with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.

Among the other historic documents to be offered will be an Almanac dated 1752 relating to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in Britain. Turning to Continental Europe will be group of 18th century maps (estimate:$1,000 to $2,000), fifteen maps by Antonio Zatta (1775-1797), from his masterwork in four volumes ‘Atlante Novissim’ published from 1775 to 1789, and fifteen hand colored maps published in Berlin, circa 1756, under the supervision of Leonard Euler (1707-1783), the Swiss mathematician.

From this side of the pond and estimated at $2,000 to $4,000 will be the book “Adventure” by Jack London (1876-1916). This March 1911 edition is inscribed and signed by London and includes original gelatin silver prints of Jack and Charmian London.

Turning to the fine art category, this sale will feature important works by both American and international artists. Highlights of this category include “Warfside Monterey,” a framed oil on canvas by Si Chen Yuan (Californian, 1911-1974); “View of the Sierra” by Orrin A. White (Californian, 1883-1969); “Bharata Natyam Dancer” by Shiavax Chavda (Indian, 1914-1900) and “Cuisinier” by Germain Theodore Ribot (French, 1845-1893).

Two important bronze sculptures will round out this category. “Tango” is a bronze and ivory sculpture by Demetre H. Chiparus (Romanian/French, 1886-1947) and “Nude of a Woman and Child” by Emile Edmond Peynot (French 1850-1932) measures 17 inches high.

Asian antiques are always strong at Clars and this month a large Siamese bronze head of the Buddha Rattanakosin Kingdom, 19th century, is estimated to achieve $3,000 to $5,000. Also to be offered will be a pair of Chinese ivory Emperor and Empress carvings together with Debua (blanc de Chine) porcelain figurines.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? From extravagant to unexpected, this sale will delight gift givers and receivers alike. For the person who has everything, perhaps the 1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Coupe would be the perfect gift. For her, perhaps the wonderful collection of Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia or the stunning diamond and platinum ring set with a 7.32 ct. radiant cut diamond. On the subtler side, a diamond ring of platinum center set with a 2.52 ct emerald cut diamond with 6 diamond accents might be just the thing.

The sale will also feature a wealth of fine American and European antique furnishings. A Walter H. Durfee nine tube oak Tall Case Clock, retailed by Tiffany and Co., circa 1900 will be among the highlights as well as a Steinway and Sons walnut cased Model M grand piano.

Rounding out the sale will be sterling from Gorham and William B. Durgin plus a large collection of Native American jewelry and a Native American leather and beadwork dress.

Clars upcoming December Fine Estates sale will be held Saturday, December 4th @ 9:30am and Sunday December 5th @ 10am. Previews will be Friday, December 3rd from 1pm to 6pm and 9am each auction day and by special appointment. A full catalog will be available online at prior to the sale.

Bidding for this sale is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online @ To register to bid and more information, call Clars Auction Gallery at (888) 339-7600, or email: [email protected] Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

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