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Clars reveals auction highlights from Picasso to Maloof

Picasso ceramics, iconic Sam Maloof furniture and stunning art deco jewelry are the order of the day in Clars Auction Gallery’s upcoming sale.
Topping the auction is a rocking chair by Sam Maloof, America’s most celebrated craftsman and woodworker once described as the "Hemmingway of Hardwood". Hand-made in 1968 for his close friend Joseph Gatto, a fellow artist who founded the LA County School for the Arts, the chair is an example of Maloof’s most iconic design and comes with an estimate of $22,000-$30,000.

Next up is a selection of three important ceramic works by Pablo Picasso, created during the late 1940s/early 1950s on the Cote d’Azur in the South of France. Leading the trio is ‘Quatre visages entrelacés’ (1949), valued at $18,000-$24,000, followed by the owl-themed ‘Hibou brilliant’ (1955) estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and ‘Picador and Bull’ (1953), priced at $6,000-$9,000.

For bidders seeking something a little more sparkly, the auction features an impressive selection of jewelry. Notable pieces include an Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet by Hennell of Bond Street, London, estimated at $18,000-$25,000valued at $10,000-$15,000; and a diamond and 18k white gold necklace, with diamonds weighing 18.22 cts., priced at $4,000-$6,000.

The sale will also offer a collection of iconic prints and photographs by nineteen renowned American artists, consigned to benefit Openhouse, San Francisco, a non-profit organization that provides senior living for LGBT individuals. Standout lots from this collection will include three photographs by Jimmy DeSana, currently the subject of an exhibit at Tate Modern in London, led by ‘Marker Cones (No Head)’ estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Further treasure will include a fine selection of Asian art and Chinese jade, a Buddha hand citron vase, fine paintings and works on paper, monumental carved wood sculptures and antique furniture.

Clars’ Auction Galleries’ Fine Art, Decorative, Jewelry and Asian Art sale takes place in Oakland, California on March 19-20.

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