George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans, Thomas Molesworth, Wendell Castle, Dale Chihuly, Therman Statom among highlights of Rago’s May 19-20 Auctions

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  • May 01, 2018

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Lot 1118 - Zsolnay Leopard Vase $9,000-12,000

Lambertville, NJ - On Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auctions of Early 20th Century and Modern Design.

Early 20th C. Design: Saturday, May 19 at 10:00AM, 276 lots

Featuring ceramics by Rookwood, Fulper, Grueby, Marblehead, John Bennett, early Van Briggle, Newcomb College, Teco, and North Dakota School of Mines. European pottery by Martin Brothers, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Zsolnay, Moorcroft, and Clement Massier. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Roycroft, L. & J.G. Stickley, Limbert, and Rose Valley. An important and rare table and ten chairs by Arthur Eddy and Frederick Roehrig from the Eddy House. Superb lighting by Lillian Palmer, Elizabeth Burton, Tiffany Studios, Dirk Van Erp, Gustav Stickley, Unique, and Handel. Art glass by Tiffany Studios, Gallé, Daum, Loetz, Lalique, Quezal, and Burgun Schverer. Silver and metalwork by Liberty & Co., Demétre Chiparus, Gustav Stickley, Tiffany Studios, Charles Rohlfs, and Roycroft. Fine art by Louis C. Tiffany, William Rice, Hannah Overbeck, Pedro de Lemos, and Alphonse Mucha.

Sarah Cutler, Specialist: “Our first session starts off strong with a single-owner Rookwood collection, followed by numerous highlights including a Louis Tiffany painting from the Robert Koch collection, an exceptional Grueby tile frieze, and a Zsolnay leopard vase, and culminates in over twenty lots of Tiffany Studios metalwork and lighting.”

Lot 1607 - Dale Chihuly Chandelier $60,000-90,000

Modern Ceramics and Glass: Saturday, May 19 at 1:30PM, 186 lots

A substantial offering of exceptional works, including Edwin & Mary Scheier, Paul Soldner, Erik Gronborg, Peter Voulkos, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Beatrice Wood, Rose & Erni Cabat, David Gilhooly, Victor Spinski, Jack Earl, Patti Warashina, Toshiko Takaezu, Claude Conover, Brother Thomas Bezanson, Robert Turner, Richard Notkin, Dale Chihuly, John Lewis, Dominick Labino, Michael Glancy, Christopher Ries, Jon Kuhn, Mark Peiser, William Morris, Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Scott Chaseling, Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni, Marvin Lipofsky, Toots Zynsky, and many more.

David Rago, Partner + Co-Director Design Dept: “May Design features our finest offerings of both ceramics and glass in over a year, with stellar examples from top artists including some of the best Soldner we’ve ever seen and a red, white, and yellow Chihuly chandelier from a corporate collection.”

The Daphne Farago Collection of Decorative Arts: Sunday, May 20 at 10AM, 90 lots

Rago’s is honored to offer part of the collection of lifelong benefactor and supporter of Studio Craft, Daphne Farago (1924 – 2017), proceeds to benefit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Featuring exceptional contemporary glass by Libenský & Brychtová, Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Richard Marquis, Dan Dailey, and Toots Zynsky; Ceramics by Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Ron Nagle, Jun Kaneko, Robert Arneson, and Betty Woodman; Furniture by Wendell Castle, Sam Maloof, and Garry Knox Bennett; Spectacular Japanese baskets; and textile, fiber, and bead art by Judy Mulford, Michael Olszewski, and more.

Lot 2643 - T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Black Mesa Table $40,000-50,000

Suzanne Perrault, Partner + Co-Director Design Dept: "Rago is proud to present part of the estate of Daphne and Peter Farago. The collection was built around a love of fine crafts, from jewelry to Japanese baskets, fiber, glass, ceramics and furniture. The sale will offer some ninety lots of works from a variety of makers including Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Lino Tagliapietra, Dan Dailey, Alev Sisbye and Robert Arneson, plus sophisticated baskets by Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Tanioka Shigeo, Hayakawa Shokosai V and Fujinuma Noboru, the last two honored with the title of Living National Treasure of Japan."

Modern Design: Sunday, May 20 at 11:30AM, 317 lots

The session begins with forty-six lots of contemporary glass and design from the collection of Ms. Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, including works by Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Therman Statom, Joel Philip Myers, Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggisberg, Vladimira Klumpar & Michael Pavlik, and unique collaborative sculptures by Albert Paley with Martin Blank and John Lewis. Modern Design continues with a T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Mesa table and over forty lots of George Nakashima furniture, including fresh-to-the-market private collections and spectacular pieces from Folly Cottage. Eleven lots of Harry Bertoia metalwork, including an exceptional large Bush, Willow, and Sonambient. Furniture by Paul Evans, Wendell Castle, Phil Powell, Albert Paley, Judy Kensley McKie, Thomas Molesworth, Vladimir Kagan, Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, Robert Venturi, and more. European furniture by André Sornay, Ingrid Donat, chairs by Jean-Maurice Rothschild from the SS Normandie, Pierre Jeanneret, Osvaldo Borsani, Carlo Bugatti, Carlo de Carli, Yves Boucard, Adolf Loos, Koloman Moser, and Richard Riemerschmid. Scandinavian wares by Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, William Hinn, Grete Jalk, Bodil Kjaer, Arne Vodder, Børge Mogensen, Aage Christensen, and Frits Henningsen. Lighting by George Nakashima, Adolf Loos, Jules Wabbes, André Sornay, Jacques Adnet, Yves Boucard, Oscar Bach, I.M. Pei, and Robert Sonneman. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso for Madoura. Contemporary studio furniture by Jordan Mozer and Christopher Hiltey. Silver, jewelry, metalwork, and decorative objects by D’Lisa Creager; Ruth Roach; Stanley Lechtzin; Lee Peck; Mary Kretsinger; Albert Paley; Philip, Matt, and Ed Moulthrop; Kay Fisker, and more.

Jad Attal, Modern Specialist: “One of my favorite pieces in this sale is the Ingrid Donat bronze coffee table. It’s of heirloom quality, while drawing on a modern idiom that’s light and refreshing. It’s a timeless classic, and one of many we are excited to offer in the session.”

Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

• Saturday, May 12 through Thursday, May 17, 12–5 pm and by appointment. Open until 7 pm on Friday, May 18. Doors open at 9 am on sale days.
• Rago is located midway between NYC (1 hr. 15 min) and Philadelphia (50 min). Directions online at
• For those unable to attend, telephone/absentee bidding available at 609.397.9374. Online bidding available at
• Printed catalogues are available for $20 each by calling 609.397.9374 or e-mailing a request to
• View a complete online catalogue with color images at and, online April 30.

About Rago Arts and Auction Center: Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with $33 million in annual sales. It serves thousands of sellers and buyers yearly with a singular blend of global reach, personal service and competitive commissions for single pieces, collections and estates. 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, the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, is located midway between Philadelphia and New York.

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

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