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19th and 20th century photographs headlining Jan. 16-17 auction

Clars Auction Gallery's Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale, Jan. 16-17, features more than 200 lots of antique photographs and prints from esteemed private collections including the Art Institute of Chicago.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s January 16 and 17, 2016 Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale will bring to the market more than 200 acclaimed 19th and 20th century photographic works from the Art Institute of Chicago as well as numerous other important private

Gelatin print by Yasuhiro

Untitled (Family of Bathers), a gelatin silver print by Yasuhiro Ishimoto (American/Japanese, 1921-2012) will be offered on Sunday, January 17th. (All photos courtesy Clars Auction Gallery)

collections. The January sale will be the continuation of the offerings from these significant collections that have already earned over $200,000. Photographs and gelatin silver prints by many of the worlds most renowned photographers include Berenice Abbott, Ruth Bernard, Edward Boubat, Bill Brandt, Brassai, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lucien Clergue, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Aaron Siskind, and Edward Weston to name just a few.

Clars January sale will also feature property from the Christian deGuigné IV Collection (Hillsborough, Calif.), and Trotter’s Antiques of Pacific Grove, Calif.

Bidding for Clars’ auctions is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online at and through, and Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, Calif.

In Decorative Arts, offerings from the Christian deGuigné IV Collection, (Hillsborough, Calif) will include an early 18th century Rococo cased giltwood carved mantle clock which is expected to earn $3,000-5,000. Among the other notable the highlights will be a large selection of art glass featuring a Lalique "Bacchantes" Grand Crystal Vase, 20th century, designed by Rene Lalique in 1927 and a group of religious art, including a Russian hand painted icon, late 19th/early 20th century.

A special collection of armor and weaponry will be offered. Of note will be a 17th century Moghal mail and plate armor or ‘Zereh Bagtar.’ Rounding out this category will be numerous carpets, including an antique Persian Lavar Kerman example, which will be offered throughout both the Saturday and Sunday sessions.

The Asian offerings will also be highlighted by property from the Christian deGuigné IV Collection,

Emerald and gold ring

This stunning emerald (3.27cts), diamond, platinum and 18k yellow gold ring will be offered for $8,000 to $12,000.

(Hillsborough, CA) with a pair of Chinese western-style armchairs with marble inlay. This category will also offer a strong selection of Chinese ceramics including a jar from the Warring States and a variety of enameled pieces from the Qing and Republic periods. And in textiles, there are large silk hangings, several embroidered with various auspicious phrases and emblems.

And to celebrate the New Year, exquisite antique and estate jewelry would complete the festivities perfectly. In January, a stunning emerald (3.27cts), diamond, platinum and 18k yellow gold ring can be had for $8,000 to $12,000. On the more diminutive side, a diamond (1.30cts) platinum and 18k yellow gold ring will be offered for $4,000 - $6,000 as will a pink tourmaline, diamond and 18k white gold necklace.

Clars January 2016 Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 16th and 17th. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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