Chinese painting highlights Clars Dec. 7 sale

OAKLAND, Calif. – A painting by Luo Zhongli was the highlight of Clars Auction Gallery’s December 1 & 2 auction.

Zhongli.jpgZhongli’s oil on canvas, “Grandmother’s Love,” fetched $87,750, with 17% buyer’s premium, after a lengthy back-and-forth between two determined phone bidders, far surpassing its $40,000 to $60,000 estimate.

Luo Zhongli’s (China 1948-) oil on canvas, “Grandmother’s Love,” fetched $87,750 far surpassing its $40,000 to $60,000 estimate.

Clars also offered an extensive collection of African American prints and paintings. A stylized modern lithograph entitled “Singing Saints,” by Sargent Johnson (American, 1888-1967) sold for $7,605. In the other end of the aesthetic spectrum, the 1951 lithograph “Gideon,” a striking naturalistic portrait by Charles Wilbert White (American, 1918-1979), sold for $5,265.

The sale also featured strong showings for traditional antiques, including a 13’ x 9’ Persian Meshad rug. The intricately patterned rug, c. 1910, fetched $15,210. Another classic antique, a 19th century Italian baroque cabinet, garnered significant interest. Johnson.jpgThe partial gilt cabinet, which featured 18th century columns with acanthus leaf capitals, sold for $3,510. A charming bit of Americana, a working “Teddy and the Bear” mechanical bank with original paint sold for $4,095.

This signed lithograph by African/American artist Sargent Johnson, entitled “Singing Saints” sold for $7,605 (estimate $6,000 to $8,000).

Clars also offered a striking collection of fine jewelry in December. A three stone diamond ring with one yellow diamond, attracted a number of bidders, ultimately selling for $12,870. Likewise, an 18k rose gold Bertolucci wristwatch with a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond accents, received significant interest and fetched $7,020.

Clars’ next Fine Antiques and Estate Auction will be held on Jan. 5 and 6, 2008. Complete information, photos and lot descriptions will be available online prior to the sale.

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