Works by Chinese artist top $260,000 at Clars sale

OAKLAND, Calif. – Four works by Chinese artist Luo Zhongli (born 1948) sold for more than $260,000 at the Nov. 3-4 sale conducted by Clars Auction Gallery. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 17 percent on the first $70,000 and 10 percent thereafter.

WinterWheat.jpgBorn is the Sichuan Province, Zhongli graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, then studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium.

Setting an auction record for Chinese artist Luo Zhongli, Winter Wheat sold for $80,500.

The first of his works offered, titled Memories, was a signed oil on canvas that sold over estimate for $74,750. The second work offered, coming to the block with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, was Water Bearer, which sold for $70,200. Winter Wheat, which was estimated at $60,000 on the high side, reached $81,900. The fourth work offered was Harvesting, which sold for $31,000.

A set of Chinese imperial seals in a carved box – with one large two-section jade seal that contained five smaller seals – brought $35,100. Gamble.jpgThe seals were housed in a stained hardwood box carved with scrollwork. The set had been estimated at $1,200-$1,500.

Oil on canvas by John Marshall Gamble (1863-1957), Landscape with Poppies, sold for $99,450.

An 18th-century Tibetan/Nepalese figure of a bodhisattva, expected to bring $500-$700, sold for $4,972. The next lot, a Sino-Tibetan Qing Dynasty figure depicting Buddha Gautama, also sold for $4,972 against an estimate of $400-$600. A Chinese sword with silver-colored scabbard decorated with turquoise, coral and jade, reached $7,605.

Tiffany.jpgIn other categories, a Tiffany desk lamp with patinated bronze counterweight, signed L.C. Tiffany, was expected to sell for $10,000-$15,000 but realized $32,175. A hammered copper and mica lamp by Dirk Van Erp, marked D’Arcy Gaw Dirk Van Erp under the windmill, sold for $12,870.

This Tiffany lamp earned more than twice its high estimate, selling for $31,625.

A signed and framed oil on canvas by Edwin Deakin (1838-1923), titled Yosemite Scene, brought $28,080. An oil on canvas by John Marshall Gamble (1863-1957), titled Landscape with Poppies, sold just under estimate at $99,450.

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