Work by Nevelson, Paine, Wesselmann, De Kooning, Scharf, Coppedge and Folinsbee Showcased in Rago’s May 17 Fine Art Auctions

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  • April 24, 2014

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Lot 28, Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge (American, 1883-1951), Near New Hope, $50,000-70,000
Rago Arts and Auction Center

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Rago will hold sales of 19th/20th Century American and European Art and Post-War/Contemporary Art, featuring rare finds and works of art that have been privately held for decades.  

“I am exceptionally pleased with both these sales, and particularly proud that so many established collectors have chosen Rago to represent major works being deaccessioned from their collections,” says Meredith Hilferty, Director of Fine Art. “Artists from Roxy Paine to Louise Nevelson are represented by exemplary work. The original art from Willem de Kooning and Kenny Scharf come from knowledgeable consignors who collected in depth.  The New Hope School is also well served by major paintings from Fern Isabel Coppedge, Walter Elmer Schofield and John Folinsbee. The whereabouts of the Folinsbee has been unknown since the 1920s."

Lot 59, Jacob (Sir) Epstein (British, 1880-1959), Fifth Portrait of Kathleen, $7,000-9,000
Rago Arts and Auction Center

Auction Dates/Times

19th/20th C. American and European Art Auction: Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m.Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction: Saturday, May 17 at 12 p.m.

Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

Saturday, May 10 through Thursday, May 15, 12–5 p.m. and by appointment. Friday, May 16, 12-7 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. the day of the sale. Rago Open House: Wednesday, May 14, 6 p.m., featuring a talk by Dean Nicyper, "Buyer Beware/Seller Beware: Authentication and Consignment Risks and Rewards". Please RSVP to or 609-397-9374 ext. 119.  Rago is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at Telephone, absentee, online bidding available for those unable to attend.



Print: $20 (or both for $30). Available by calling 609.397.9374 or e-mailing a request to at as of April 28.


19th/20th C. American and European Art, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.


Paintings by artists Jean-Gabriel Domergue, Paul Emile Pissarro, Louis Aston Knight, Henry Hobart Nichols, Jr., George Ames Aldrich, Humbert L. Howard, Jane Freilicher, Piero Aversa, Janice Biala, Moses Soyer, Dean Cornwell, Robert Fowler, Emile Gruppe, Max Kuehne, Paul Cornoyer, Claude Howell, Doris Lee, Lester Johnson and Vincent Nardone and a very early work by Gary Erbe, Levitated Table Top Composition, 1973.  Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist artists represented in the sale include Stanley Reckless, Arthur Meltzer, Paulette Van Roekens, Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge, John E. Berninger, Harry Leith-Ross, John Wells James, Walter Schofield, Alfred Nunamaker, Arthur Meltzer, Louis Bosa, Anthony Michael Autorino, Ranulph Bye, Alexander Farnham, Laurence A. Campbell, Charles William Ward, Charles Evans, Lee Gatch, Richard Harrison Crist, Joseph Barrett, Walter Emerson Baum, Lloyd Raymond Ney and a painting by John F. Folinsbee, Golden Morning, which has been “lost” since the 1920s.

Lot 521, Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Open Zag VIII, 1974, $80,000-120,000
Rago Arts and Auction Center


Prints by Jacques Villon, Georges Braque, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, Andrew Wyeth, Fernando Botero, Ben Shahn and Elizabeth Catlett and very rare works by James Abbot McNeill Whistler and Paul Gauguin.


Sculpture by Giacomo Balla, Boris Lovet-Lorski, Malvina Hoffman, Louis McClellan Potter, David Wynne, Solon Hannibal Borglum and a collection of work by Nat Neujean.


Works on paper by Jean Dupas, George Valmier, Hiroshi Yoshida, Peter Sculthorpe, Robert Kulicke, Oscar F. Bluemner, John R. Grabach, Charley Harper and Ruth Asawa.


Work from the Shulman Family Collection features a selection of paintings, lithographs, sculpture and mixed media by artists such as David Davidovich Burliuk, Loren MacIver, Harry Sternberg, Benjamin D. Kopman, Lucio Lopez-Rey, Rufino Tamayo, Nat Werner, Sir Jacob Epstein, Joseph Constant, Jorge Luis Cuevas, Francisco Zuniga and Leonard Brooks.


Post-War and Contemporary Art (continued), Saturday, May 17, 12 p.m.


Paintings by artists Norman Bluhm, Richard Pettibone, Anne Ryan, Jimmy Ernst, Man Ray, Paul Jenkins, Grace Hartigan, Paul Guiragossian, Ron Gorchov, Omar Carreno, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, George Condo, Hiroshi Sugito, Red Grooms, Gary Hume, Jim Meyerson, Johannes Wohnseifer, Tomory Dodge, Mary Heilmann, Ben Eine, spin painting on chairs by Damien Hirst and several works by Kenny Scharf all from the same private collection.


Photography by Lee Friedlander, Bill Owens, Theodore J. Roszak, Rudy Burckhardt, Bert Stern, Irving Penn, William Klein, Lucien Clergue, Oliver Boberg, Andreas Gefeller, Nobuyoshi Araki, Michael Kenna, Thomas Ruff, Nan Goldin, Abelardo Morrell, Walead Beshty, Doris Salcedo, Nikki S. Lee and Julian Opie.


Prints by Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Mangold, Zao Wou-Ki, Pierre Soulages, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz, Keith Haring, Richard Diebenkorn, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Vedova, Robert Longo, Wade Guyton, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Tauba Auerbach, Bridget Riley, Sol LeWitt, Hans Haacke, Allan McCollum and a very rare and nearly complete Andy Warhol album collection.


Sculpture by Betty Parsons, Louise Nevelson, Yaacov Agam, Lynn Chadwick, Tom Wesselmann, Tom Otterness, Yoshitomo Nara, Los Carpinteros, Francis Alys and Roxy Paine.


Works on paper by Alfonso Ossorio, Norman Bluhm, Robert Morris, Jack Youngerman, Sam Francis, Larry Rivers, Sol LeWitt, Raymond Pettibon, George Condo, Keith Haring, Julio Galán, Jack Pierson, Martin Creed, Xylor Jane, Ernesto Caivano, Erik Parker, Damien Hirst, Timothy Gardner and four drawings by Willem de Kooning (lot 539-542), from the private collection of Dr. Henry Vogel, his close friend and confidante, which have been held in the family since they left the hands of the artist.  




High-resolution images available.


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.


Next Fine Art Auctions: Saturday, November 15, 2014. 



Miriam Tucker
Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago Arts and Auction Center
333 N. Main Street
Lambertville, New Jersey

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