Rago's Hosts Auction Open House on February 23 Featuring a Talk on American Art Pottery by Newark Museum Curator Ulysses Grant Dietz

  • Isaac Broome, Figural porcelain bracket, $4,000-6,000

    Isaac Broome, Figural porcelain bracket, $4,000-6,000

    Rago Arts and Auction Center

  • Avon, Squeezebag decorated vase, $1,500-2,000

    Avon, Squeezebag decorated vase, $1,500-2,000

    Rago Arts and Auction Center

  • Saturday Evening Girls, Large center bowl, $5,000-7,500

    Saturday Evening Girls, Large center bowl, $5,000-7,500

    Rago Arts and Auction Center


Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Thursday, February 23, featuring a talk by Newark Museum curator Ulysses Grant Dietz.


In “What Happened When Pots Became Art?”, Mr. Dietz will discuss ceramics as art, contrasting how this was idea was apprehended in the 19th C. and how multiple aesthetics came to be bracketed by the market into what we now call American art pottery.


Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum since 1980.  He has been collecting American art pottery for the Newark Museum for over 30 years.


The talk takes place during preview week for Rago’s 20TH/21ST C. Design auctions, to be held on February 25 and 26, 2012.


The auction house opens on Thursday, February 23 at Noon. A reception begins at 5 pm. Mr. Dietz will speak at 6 pm.


RSVP to 609.397.9374 ext. 119 or raac@ragoarts.com. If you unable to rsvp in advance, please join us if you can. All are welcome.


This lecture is co-sponsored by the Appraisers Association of America, the premier association of personal property appraisers serving the arts, legal, and financial communities. The certified members of the Appraisers Association of America provide USPAP-compliant appraisals for the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, and household contents for purposes of insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, liquidation, purchase, and sale. 




High resolution image of Mr. Dietz and/or pottery shown above available on request.


About Rago Arts and Auction Center

Since 1994, Rago's has served thousands of sellers and buyers with a singular blend of global reach and personal service. Originally specialists in 20th century design, today Rago's expertise covers centuries of fine art, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry and ethnographic property.  It is a world-class venue through which to buy and sell. It is also a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, antiques and collecting, offering free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections and estates), appraisals and auction exhibitions in house and online. Rago's, the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, is located midway between Philadelphia and New York.



Rago Arts and Auction Center
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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Rago Arts and Auction Center
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