Work by Wharton Esherick, Judy Mckie, Sam Maloof, Silas Kopf and Wendell Castle Among Highlights of Rago’s March 2nd-3rd Auctions

  • 400: Viktor Schreckengost, Glazed Ceramic “Danse Moderne” Plate from the “Jazz” Series, ca.  1929, $12,000 – 16,000

    400: Viktor Schreckengost, Glazed Ceramic “Danse Moderne” Plate from the “Jazz” Series, ca. 1929, $12,000 – 16,000

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  • 657: Mira Nakashima, Exceptional Minguren I Dining Table, 2000, $18,000 – 24,000

    657: Mira Nakashima, Exceptional Minguren I Dining Table, 2000, $18,000 – 24,000

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  • 21: Teco, Rare and Massive Vase with Irises, ca.  1905, $35,000 – 45,000

    21: Teco, Rare and Massive Vase with Irises, ca. 1905, $35,000 – 45,000

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Other top lots by Martin Brothers, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Frederick Rhead, Felix Agostini, George Ohr, Mira Nakashima, Otto and Gertrud Natzler, and Viktor Schreckengost.

On Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auctions of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design.   

Early 20th C. Decorative Arts: Saturday, March 2, 11 AM

Art Pottery, Furniture, Art Glass, Metalwork and Prints in 400 lots: Ceramics by Teco, Tiffany, Charles Binns, Newcomb College and Rookwood, plus an exceptional selection of grotesque tobacco jars by the Martin Brothers, work by the Mad Potter of Biloxi, George Ohr, including a special collection from author Robert Ellison. Exceptional examples by Marblehead, Grueby, Taxile Doat, and Frederick Hurten Rhead. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Charles Rohlfs, L. & J.G. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Roycroft, Limbert, Herter Brothers, and Kimbel & Cabus, includes a rare work cabinet and early Grueby tile-top table by the firm of Gustav Stickley and two fine reticulated Art Nouveau pieces by Charles Rohlfs. Art glass by Tiffany Studios, Durand, Steuben, Daum, Galle and Lobmeyr, among others. Hammered copper by Dirk Van Erp, Roycroft and Gustav Stickley, silver by Shreve and Jarvie. Color woodblock prints by Gustave Baumann and William Rice.


Studio Ceramics: Saturday, March 2 (Immediately Following Early 20th C.)

165 lots: From the collections of Sybil and Edward Petersen and of Ms. Lee Baldwin come a special group of works from Otto and Gertrud Natzler, Antonio Prieto, Harrison McIntosh, Glen Lukens, Cliff Lee, Hideaki Miyamura, Toshiko Takaezu, Erni and Rose Cabat, and many more.


"This auction has a particularly fine and comprehensive group of studio ceramics," says Suzanne Perrault, partner and co-director of the 20th C. department. "We got the opportunity to handle the works of many of today's finest potters, such as Cliff Lee, Hideaki Maruyama, Jenny McCurdy and Marvin Blackmore. What an absolute treat."


Modern Design: Sunday, March 3, 11 AM

Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Metalwork from the 20th and 21st C., 550 lots: Fine furniture by George and Mira Nakashima, Paul Evans and Phil Powell, Vladimir Kagan, Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle and Silas Kopf; special tables by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Judy McKie, Paco Rabanne, and Jacques Duval-Brasseur. Scandinavian wares designed by Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Greta Grossman, Alvar Aalto and Borge Mogensen. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso at Madoura, Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, Ettore Sottsass, Piero Fornasetti, and Roy Lichtenstein for Jackson China. Studio glass by Jon Kuhn, Dale Chihuly, Christopher Ries, Lino Tagliapietra and David Hopper. Lamps by Jacques Adnet, Arredoluce, Agostini, Royere, Lacroix, and Mouille. Sterling by Georg Jensen, Porter Blanchard, Ed Wiener, and Hans Jensen.


Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

Saturday, February 23 through Thursday, February 28, 12-5 p.m. and by appointment; Friday, March 1, 12-7 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. on sale days.

Open House with Guest Speaker, Mira Nakashima: Thursday, February 28. Reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m.  RSVP to or 609.397.9374 ext. 119.

Rago's is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at Telephone, absentee, online bidding available for those unable to attend.



Printed catalogues are available for $20 each by calling 609.397.9374 or e-mailing a request to View a complete catalogue with color images at, online February 14.





High-resolution images available. 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.

Next 20th C. Design Auctions: June 8/9, 2013



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