Roycroft among highlights at upcoming Rago sale

  • DARD HUNTER, ROYCROFT, Exceptional hammered copper and silver candelabrum, 1906-08.  Orb and Cross mark.  Est.  $20,000 - $30,000

    DARD HUNTER, ROYCROFT, Exceptional hammered copper and silver candelabrum, 1906-08. Orb and Cross mark. Est. $20,000 - $30,000


A browse-worthy duo of 20th-century design auctions is slated for a three-day weekend this fall. Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, will offer up several hundred choice decorative items, from Arts & Crafts pieces by Stickley and a Louis Comfrot Tiffany sketchbook to Danish modern furniture and colorful 1960s Italian glass.

The October 1 to 3 sale features a fine selection of Roycroft furniture and decorative arts. These simple and classic American furnishings start at a palatable pricepoint in the low thousands.

One highlight is a hammered copper and silver candelabrum, 1906-08, by Dard Hunter (est. $20,000-30,000).

Rago's online catalog lists the provenance for many lots as The Roycroft Inn, in East Aurora, New York.

A National Landmark since 1986, the inn was founded in 1905 to accomodate the thousands of visitors and artisans who flocked to the Roycroft Arts and Crafts community.

Developed in 1895 by writer-philosopher Elbert Hubbard, the self-contained Roycroft community supported hundreds of craftspeople.

Roycroft printers, furniture makers, metalsmiths, leathersmiths, and bookbinders followed John Rushkin in "a belief in working with the head, hand and heart and mixing enough play with the work so that every task is pleasurable and makes for health and happiness".

Today, the Roycroft Inn, decorated with period and reproduction Roycroft furnishings, operates a restaurant and includes guest suites.

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