Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction of Clars Auction Gallery
achieved a 78% sold by lot and a 123% hammer above low estimate for sold lots. There were over 1,500 bidders participating the sale. Signed jewelry was a highlight of the sale, including makers like Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and Cartier. One of the top lots in the Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces sale was lot 5246, a diamond and white gold brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels. After a competitive bidding war among the internet, phone bidders, and in-house bids, the Van Cleef & Arpels diamond brooch achieved $46,875.00 by a buyer from the East Coast.
Clars fine art department had a successful December auction with several works greatly surpassing their expected estimates. The Guy Irving Anderson (American, 1906-1998) oil and paper on board, titled Homage to Sadat, flew past its $3,000 - $5,000 estimate, selling for a total $17,500. The artists popularity seems to be on the rise with many of his highest auction records occurring in the last few years. The three Walter Anderson (American, 1903-1965) watercolors also received much attention at the auction, with one selling for $8,750, over $3,000 above its high estimate. The large wall sculpture by Nathan Slate Joseph (American, 20th century) also soared past its expected value, setting a new auction record for the artist at $11,375.
Pottery featured prominently in the December 18th auction at Clars. The Design department offered several Toshiko Takaezu pieces, the largest measuring 6.75h the four lots sold for a combine total of $24,250. Furniture performed well including a pair of Marcel Breuer, Wassily Chairs, that brought $6,875, and a pair of Holly Hunt, Oslo Bedside Tables, that realized $6,250. Cristina Campion, Associate Director of Design commented, Contemporary Design is really trending at auction at this time there were numerous bidders vying for the top contemporary lots at the auction, both in person, online and on the telephone.
The Asian Art Department achieved a White Glove sale of 22 lots of Chinese scholars rocks from a private Bay Area collection totaling over $31,000 inclusive of the buyers premium. Three Bui Huu Hung (Vietnamese, b. 1957) lacquer-on-wood paintings from another private Bay Area collection lots achieved remarkable results with the top lot 9803 commanding a hammer price of $6500 inclusive of buyers premium.
Clars next auction will be held on January 13 & 14, Consignments are always invited, schedule a private or virtual valuation appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.