Work by Paul Evans, Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, Charles Rohlfs, Emile Galle, Robert Arneson, and Lino Tagliapietra among Highlights of Rago’s October 18-19 Auctions.

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  • October 02, 2014

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Lot 15: Newcomb College, Early Vase with Bats, $30,000 – $40,000
Rago Arts and Auction Center

On Saturday October 18th and Sunday October 19th, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auction of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design.

Early 20th C. Decorative Arts: Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m., 323 lots

Ceramics by Newcomb College, Martin Brothers, Zsolnay, Edmond Lachenal, Van Briggle, Frederick Rhead, Moorcroft, and John Bennett, plus a rare vase by George Ohr for New Orleans Art Pottery, and rare examples by Rookwood, Weller, and Roseville. A superb collection of French ceramics from the collection of Robert A. Ellison, including Auguste Delaherche, Emile Lenoble, Ernest Chaplet, Taxile Doat, and Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Roycroft, and Limbert. An important early desk by Charles Rohlfs. Lighting by Handel, Bradley & Hubbard, Pairpoint, Giannini & Hilgart, and Tiffany Studios. An exceptional table lamp by Galle, lantern by Elizabeth Eaton Burton, and dragonfly floor lamp by Tiffany Studios. Art glass by Lalique, Loetz, Galle, Steuben, Durand, and Tiffany Studios. Metalwork by Archibald Knox, William van Erp, and Roycroft.  Artwork by Gustave Baumann, William Rice, Frances Gearhart, and Jan Toorop.

“We are pleased to present a collection of ceramics from Bob Ellison, including one of the best groups of French ceramics ever brought to auction in America,” says David Rago. “The Tiffany dragonfly floor lamp is one of 26 lots from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, along with a Frederick Rhead chandelier, rare portrait bust by Adelaide Robineau, and several great examples of early Newcomb College pottery.”

Lot 488: Lino Tagliapietra, Exceptional Battuto Glass Vase, $9,000 – $14,000
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Modern Ceramics and Glass: Saturday, October 18, immediately after Early 20th C., 188 lots

Remarkable ceramics by Henry Varnum Poor, Maija Grotell, the Natzlers, W. Hunt Diederich, Jack Earl, and Peter Voulkos. Works by Shoji Hamada, Betty Woodman, Toshiko Takaezu, Lucie Rie, Clyde Burt, the Scheiers, Victor Spinski, Robert Turner, and Rudy Autio, Philip Cornelius, Jack Thompson, Anne Hirondelle, John Gill, Paul Chaleff. Following ceramics is an outstanding selection of glass, including works by Harvey Littleton, Richard Marquis, Lino Tagliapietra, Dan Dailey, Richard Ritter, Paul Stankard, Yoichi Ohira, Toots Zynsky, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Jon Kuhn, Mark Peiser, John Lewis, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Dino Martens, Fulvio Bianconi, Ercole Barovier, Flavio Poli, and several designers for Venini.

“We are most excited by the collection of studio ceramics and glass in this sale,” says Suzanne Perrault, partner and 20th c. co-director. “From the unique set of tiles by Henry Varnum Poor to the strong, Chinese-inspired vessel by Maija Grotell, there are so many strong examples here: a teapot-shape by Akio Takamori, two cutting-edge sculptures by Dutchman Wouter Dam, a heartwarming house-shaped sculpture by Jack Earl. The glass collection is extensive, with many fine works by Yoichi Ohira, a spectacular large bottle by Stephen Powell, several Stankard paperweights, and a fine large vessel cut in battuto by Lino T.”

Lot 848: George Nakashima, Exceptional Rosewood Table, $160,000 – $190,000
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Modern Design:  Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m., 579 lots

Many fine works by Paul Evans, including rare Wavy Front cabinets, as well as Sculpture Front and Deep Relief cabinets. Furniture by George and Mira Nakashima, Phil Powell, Jacques Adnet, Pierre Jeanneret, Paul Frankl, Vladimir Kagan, Piero Fornasetti, Paolo Buffa, Gio Ponti, Federico Armijo, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, and Tom Dixon. A superb selection of works by Harry Bertoia, including a massive sculpture screen and a mobile Tonal sculpture. Scandinavian wares designed by Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Ole Wanscher, and Edmund Spence. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso at Madoura, Guido Gambone, and Jean Besnard. Lighting by Arredoluce, Franz West, Ado Chale, Pietro Chiesa, and Fontana Arte. Rugs and wall-hangings by Alexander Calder, Tommy Simpson, and Ingegerd Silow. Sculpture by Philip Moulthrop, James Bearden, John Risley, and Antonio Grediaga Kieff. Silver and jewelry by Michele Oka Doner, Carolyn Kriegman, Margaret de Patta, Sam Kramer, Marcello Mascherini, and Ed Wiener.

“Sunday’s sale offers an exciting single-owner collection of Federico Armijo’s furniture,” says Jad Attal, Rago’s Modern Specialist. “Limited in production, his works rarely come to auction and rarer still are his most iconic pieces, of which we have several. Also featured are strong examples of European design, including a bold dresser by Gio Ponti and several gems of 1930s/40s Italian lighting by Pietro Chiesa.”

Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

  • Saturday, October 11 through Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12–5 pm and by appointment. Friday, October 17, 12-7pm. Doors open at 9 am on sale days.
  • Rago’s is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at
  • Telephone, absentee, and online bidding available at and for those unable to attend.


  • Printed catalogues are available for $25 each ($60 for all three) by calling 609.397.9374 or e-mailing a request to
  • View a complete online catalogue with color images at and, online October 3.

Early 20th C. Decorative Arts: Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m.

Lot 44: F.H. Rhead/Arequipa, Fine Vase with Pine Trees, $8,500 – $12,500

Lot 15: Newcomb College, Early Vase with Bats, $30,000 – $40,000

Lot 1: George Ohr & Joseph Meyers/New Orleans Art Pottery, Rare Dragon Vase, $25,000 – $35,000

Lot 312: Tiffany Studios, Dragonfly Floor Lamp, $60,000 – $80,000

Lot 144: Giannini & Hilgart, Fine Chandelier, $8,000 – $12,000

Lot 286: Galle, Rare Early Table Lamp, $40,000 – $60,000

Lot 109: Rookwood, Important Sea Green Vase with Bronzed Overlay, $10,000 – $15,000

Lot 259: Auguste Delaherche, Massive Stoneware Vase, $5,000 – $7,000

Lot 198: Martin Brothers, Bird Tobacco Jar, $17,500 – $22,500

Lot 77: Charles Rohlfs, Important Early Desk, $45,000 – $65,000

Lot 72: Jan Toorop, Lithograph, "Delftsche Sloalie," $8,000 – $12,000

Lot 85: Gustav Stickley, Early Sideboard, $12,000 – $18,000

Modern Ceramics and Glass:  Saturday, October 18, immediately after Early 20th C.

Lot 361: Maija Grotell, Exceptional Massive Vase, $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 364: Peter Voulkos, Stack Pot, $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 413: Robert Arneson, Porcelain Trophy Bust, $14,000 – $18,000

Lot 492: Yoichi Ohira, Mosaico Glass Vase, $9,000 – $12,000

Lot 507: Dale Chihuly, Five-Piece Glass Basket Group, $8,000 – $12,000

Lot 488: Lino Tagliapietra, Exceptional Battuto Glass Vase, $9,000 – $14,000

Modern Design:  Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m.

Lot 903: Harry Bertoia, Monumental Sculpture Screen, $120,000 – $160,000

Lot 601: Paul Evans, Important Sculpture Front Cabinet, $100,000 – $150,000

Lot 831: Paul Evans, Rare Wavy Front Cabinet, $45,000 – $65,000

Lot 732: Italian, Massive Starburst Chandelier, $20,000 – $30,000

Lot 848: George Nakashima, Exceptional Rosewood Table, $160,000 – $190,000

Lot 902: Harry Bertoia, Mobile Tonal Sculpture, $45,000 – $55,000

Lot 663: Ado Chale, Fine Tiger’s Eye Table, $25,000 – $35,000

Lot 621: Phil Powell, Fine Extendable Dining Table, $12,000 – $18,000

Lot 1147a: Porsche, 912E Coupe, $20,000 – $30,000

Lot 678: Pablo Picasso for Madoura, Bisque Vase, “Arena,” $10,000 – $15,000

Lot 928: Antonio Grediaga Kieff, Sculpture, $12,000 – $18,000


  • About Rago Arts and Auction Center: Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with $30 million in sales in 2013. We serve thousands of sellers and buyers internationally with a singular blend of global reach and personal service. Rago holds auctions of 20th/21st c. design, fine art, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry, militaria, coins and currency, Asian, historic ephemera, and ethnographic property.  A world-class venue through which to buy and sell, it offers valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections and estates), appraisals, estate services, exhibitions and lectures in house and online. Rago is based in New Jersey, midway between Philadelphia and New York City.
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