Clars Auction Gallery

From its location in North Oakland, California, USA, Clars Auction Gallery hosts auctions of jewellery, decorative objects and fine art.

Clars Auction Gallery began in 1948 when Harvey Clar started conducting industrial auctions. He sold the business to Redge Martin in 1996.


Bidders spot a Limoges production

10 June 2024

A lot catalogued simply as a ’French gilt bronze figure of Madonna and Child’ proved the highlight of the Furniture, Art & Asian auction at Clars (28% buyer’s premium) in Oakland, California, on May 17.


Moret on a rare visit outside France

30 October 2023

A textbook 1900 oil by the French Impressionist Henry Moret (1856-1913) led the field at Clars (26% buyer’s premium) in Oakland, California, on September 14.

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Meiji vase

Renowned collector Nasser Khalili revealed as buyer of ‘lost’ monumental Meiji vase as he reunites it with original set

01 March 2019

The Khalili Collections revealed it was the buyer of the ‘lost’ monumental Meiji cloisonné vase that surfaced for sale in California last month.


Huge ‘lost’ Meiji vase goes from seafood restaurant to saleroom

25 February 2019

A monumental cloisonné vase – the previously missing element to a triptych made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago – sold for $110,000 (£85,000) in California.


10 jewellery highlights at auction for winter 2019

11 February 2019

A selection of 10 stand-out jewellery lots offered at auction in February-April 2019.


Monumental Meiji vase 'rediscovered' in a Californian restaurant comes to auction

14 January 2019

For over a century, a monumental 8ft (2.44m) high Meiji cloisonné vase provided the focal point to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest restaurants.


Elizabethan furniture shines in Met’s California dispersal

05 April 2017

Two pieces of early oak furniture deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York far outstripped modest expectations when offered for sale in California last month. The two tersely catalogued lots – both bequeathed to the museum in 1964 – appeared at Clars in Oakland on March 18. They sold to New York buyers.

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Moorcroft with a $27,000 silver lining

14 October 2013

Estimated to sell for $800-1200, this loving cup combining the talents of William Moorcroft and the San Francisco jewellers Shreve & Co. sold for $27,000 (£17,650) at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California.


Tiffany rarities show designer’s versatility

27 February 2012

THE two Tiffany works of art that gave strong performances within days of each other in recent US sales were not the usual lamps, glassware or table silver.

Famous Five are one of the surprises of 1000

11 June 2003

AT OVER 1000 lots, the May 22 sale held by Greenslade Taylor Hunt of Taunton was certainly one of the bigger sales of that week, but only a single lot topped the £1000 mark – a disbound, incomplete and defective English Bible. Apparently a 1540 reissue in smaller format of the Great Bible that Thomas Cromwell ordered to be placed in the country’s churches so that “parishioners may moste commodiously resorte to the same”, it was bid up to £1250.