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Rock legends set to roll at Clars Auction Mar. 17-18

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Written by Auction House PR   
Monday, 12 March 2012 13:57

This important Mayan stone mask will be offered as part of the Pre-Columbian collection. This mask was illustrated in 'Medieval American Art' (Volume II, 1948), by Paul Keleman. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s March Antiques and Fine Art Sale will be richly diverse with exceptional European pieces and collections, a rare collection of rock ’n’ roll photography by Jim Marshall, important 19th century dolls, fine European and California wines plus fine art and furnishings, both American and Continental.

The two-day event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at their gallery in Oakland. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

It’s fitting for the sale of the rare rock ’n’ roll photography collection to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the culture and the music took seed and changed the world. This collection of photos, done by legendary music photographer Jim Marshall (1936-2010), will include 1960s and ’70s images from icons including Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles as well as his important jazz portfolio, which includes greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington.

Complementing this collection, an extensive offering of Hollywood memorabilia and signatures will be offered during the Saturday session.

Turning to the unusual and important pieces and collections coming from Europe, the first collection of note is a large selection of 19th century Persian flintlock Jezail long-barreled muskets and pistols. One, a Napoleonic pistol by Boutee, Versailles, bears Napoleon’s insignia on the butt. A second exquisite example is inlaid with bone and coral and wrapped in silver.

Furthering this genre, to be offered will be a collection of 19th and 20th century European suits of armor.

With a French twist, is a circa 1910 Parisian Art Nouveau cast-iron street lamp which carries an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. This lot will be offered as part of the large collection of Continental and American furniture in the sale.

An important instrument from Austria, a Marcus Stainer (1633-1693) violin is both instrument of music and a work of art and will no doubt garner worldwide attention.

Also coming from Europe is an extensive collection of 19th century dolls in different compositions. A number in this collection come from German makers including H.&B., J.D.K. and Simon Halbig. An assortment of wooden Polish dolls are also part of this collection as is a beautifully executed circa 1900 French fashion doll. To complement the doll lots, 15 mid-20th century dollhouses in various and levels complete with furnishings and holiday decorations will be highly sought after by collectors.

French and California wines are expected to see competitive bidding. Vintners to be represented include Lafitte Rothschild, Pomerol, Diamond Creek and Ridge.

Rounding out the other exceptional special collections will be important Pre-Columbian works, including a Mayan stone mask that has been illustrated in books and has ties to Diego Rivera. Also to be offered will be an extensive collection of European porcelains including fine Meissen examples as well as sterling.

Turning to the fine art, among the European highlights in this category will be Rheinlandschaft, a framed oil on canvas by Johann Gottfried Pullan (German, 1809-1875), and, attributed to Jan van Huchtenburg (Dutch, 1647-1733) will be his oil on panel entitled Battle Scene.

Significant California paintings consist of Maurice Braun’s (1877-1941) oil on canvas, Path Through Mountains; August Gay’s (1890-1948) picturesque oil on board, Untitled (Farm at Sunset/Hatton Ranch) and a Chinatown watercolor dated 1959 by Jake Lee (1915-1991).

American offerings include four photorealist still life oils on board by Charles S. Bell (American, 1935-1995) and a watercolor, Autumn Stream, 1888, by Jasper Cropsey (American, 1823-1900).

The Asian offerings will be particularly strong and will feature a selection of Japanese Meiji era ceramics, cloisonné ceramics and metalwork. In specific from the Meiji period will be a massive Imari-style covered urn measuring 30 inches high.

The jewelry category will round out this two-day event nicely with both exceptional jewelry and timepieces to be offered. Of note will be a lady’s diamond Cartier Tank Aloongee wristwatch created in 18-karat white gold.

Clars’ March 17 and 18 Antiques and Fine Art sale session will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pacific and the Sunday session start at 10 a.m. Previews for this sale will be Friday, March 16, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday or by special appointment. A full catalog will be available online at www.clars.com prior to the sale.

For more information on this sale, please call .510-428-0100, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit their website at www.clars.com Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This important Mayan stone mask will be offered as part of the Pre-Columbian collection. This mask was illustrated in 'Medieval American Art' (Volume II, 1948), by Paul Keleman. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

This photograph of The Who is part of the collection of rare rock 'n' roll photography by Jim Marshall from the 1960s and '70s that will be a highlight of Clars' March 2012 sale. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

A collection of 19th century Persian flintlock Jezail long-barreled muskets and pistols will be highlighted by a Napoleonic pistol by Boutee, Versailles, which bears Napoleon’s insignia on the butt. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

An extensive collection of 19th century European dolls in different compositions will be offered as will several mid-20th century dollhouses. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

'Rheinlandschaft,' this framed oil on canvas by Johann Gottfried Pullan (German, 1809-1875) will be a highlight of the European fine art offerings. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

A highlight of the Asian category will be this massive Imari-style Meiji period urn measuring 30 inches high. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 15:49
 
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