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Magnificent Brutalist Sconce Lot

Brutalist and Bertoia Sculptures Among Early Highlights at Clarke

Released: November 19, 2015

Early indications reveal mixed metal among the possible winners in Clarke Auction's design selection for December 6th.   The important works range from well known artists, like Harry and Val Bertoia, to magnificent sculptural works by unidentified craftsmen. Two of the Bertoia lots span two generations and include an example by Harry Bertoia's experimental spray series. Several of the smaller versions of the "Spray" sculpture that Bertoia is well known for have come to market with great success. The particular piece featured in the December 6th sale will hold a $2,000/$3,000 estimate and...

Lot 1427: Cartier Pinecone Diamond Platinum Shoulder Brooch, $40,000-60,000

The Origins of Art Deco are Charted in "The Triumph of Design” - A Talk at Rago Auctions on December 2

Released: November 16, 2015

THE ORIGINS OF ART DECO ARE CHARTED IN “THE TRIUMPH OF DESIGN” - A TALK AT RAGO AUCTIONS ON DECEMBER 2 Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, featuring Derek E. Ostergard speaking on the origins of Art Deco in “The Triumph of Design: Modernism & Elitism in France, 1914-1939”.   Between 1914 and 1939, Paris was the scene of the last movement in design when true aesthetic and technical innovation serviced the needs of the privileged few as it had in centuries past across Europe.  During this interwar era, French de...

Lot 631 Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, $112,500

Top Lots from Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Robert Spencer in Rago's $2.1 Million Fine Art Auction on November 5

Released: November 09, 2015

TOP LOTS FROM ANDY WARHOL, KEITH HARING, AND ROBERT SPENCER IN RAGO’S $2.1 MILLION FINE ART AUCTION ON NOVEMBER 5   Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center’s 19th-20th C. American and European Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions on November 5 brought $2.1 million in sales.     Post-War and Contemporary Art   631 Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali  $ 112,500 639 Andy Warhol, Grace Kelly  $ 106,250 649 Keith Haring, Untitled $ 75,000 654 Keith Haring, Untitled $ 43,750 662 Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, State III  $ 37,500 674 Andy Warhol, Annie Oakley from Cowbo...

Keith Haring Untitled, lithograph, 1982

Downtown Manhattan Art Scenes Subject of Talk at Rago Auctions on November 2

Released: October 26, 2015

DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN ART SCENES SUBJECT OF TALK AT RAGO AUCTIONS ON NOVEMBER 2       Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Monday, November 2, 2015, featuring Marvin J. Taylor speaking on, “Collecting Downtown: The New York Arts Scenes from the 1970s-1990s”. Mr. Taylor will discuss the experimental arts and radical culture scenes of SoHo and the East Village in New York City, which changed the contemporary art world forever. We will also be joined by Katy K., with first-hand recollections of friendship with Keith...

Lot 554: Greene & Greene Blacker House Table Lamp, sold for $502,000

Greene & Greene Blacker House Table Lamp Sells for a Record $502,000 in Rago's $7.2 Million Dollar 20th Century Design Auction, October 16-18

Released: October 23, 2015

GREENE & GREENE BLACKER HOUSE TABLE LAMP SELLS FOR A RECORD $502,000 IN RAGO’S $7.2 MILLION DOLLAR 20TH CENTURY DESIGN AUCTION, OCTOBER 16-18. Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center's 20th C. Decorative Arts and Design Auction brought $7,259,000 October 16, 17, and 18, 2015. The top lot of the day was a Greene & Greene Blacker House table lamp which brought $502,000, besting Sotheby’s $470,500 sale of a Greene & Greene lotus lantern (also from the Blacker House) in December of 2010. Also of note is a record price for a Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb M...

James Zemaitis

Join Rago Auctions on Wednesday, October 14, for a Lecture by Curator James Zemaitis, “The Necessity of Connoisseurship in 20th Century Design”

Released: September 28, 2015

JOIN RAGO AUCTIONS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, FOR A LECTURE BY CURATOR JAMES ZEMAITIS, “THE NECESSITY OF CONNOISSEURSHIP IN 20TH CENTURY DESIGN”   Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Wednesday, October 14, featuring James Zemaitis, Visiting Curator of Decorative Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and former Director of Sotheby's 20th Century Design Department. Mr. Zemaitis will speak on “The Necessity of Connoisseurship in 20th Century Design” at 6 pm.   “The Necessity of Connoisseurship in 20th Century Design” asserts that too often the cl...

Lot 1: Rare “Cluny” vase, $80,000 – $120,000

Work by Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Tommi Parzinger, Greene & Greene, Lalique, Michael Lucero, and Dale Chihuly among Highlights of Rago’s October 16-18 Auctions

Released: September 23, 2015

WORK BY PAUL EVANS, GEORGE NAKASHIMA, TOMMI PARZINGER, GREENE & GREENE, LALIQUE, MICHAEL LUCERO, AND DALE CHIHULY AMONG HIGHLIGHTS OF RAGO’S OCTOBER 16-18 AUCTIONS Lambertville, NJ:  On Friday, October 16, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auction of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design.   Lalique: Friday, October 16 at 10 am, 81 lots The finest collection of Lalique glass we have seen in years featuring many rare pieces and a rainbow of colors, including a Cluny vase, red and butterscotch Poissons, te...

Lot 2359, Fu Baoshi, Untitled, Ink and color on paper, Sold for $156,250

Fu Baoshi Work on Paper Sells for $156,250 in Rago's $1.3 Million Great Estates and Stamps, Coins and Currency Auctions, September 10-11

Released: September 15, 2015

FU BAOSHI WORK ON PAPER SELLS FOR $156,250 IN RAGO’S $1.3 MILLION GREAT ESTATES AND STAMPS, COINS AND CURRENCY AUCTIONS, SEPTEMBER 10-11.   Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center's Great Estates and Stamps, Coins and Currency Auctions, September 10 and 11 resulted in total sales of $1,316,399 for the auction house and its consignors.   GREAT ESTATES, STAMPS, COINS AND CURRENCY AUCTION RESULTS   Hammer: $1,060,410 Hammer + BP: $1,316,399 Number of Lots: 944   GREAT ESTATES AUCTION RESULTS   Hammer: $857,885 Ha...

Ju Ming, Tai Chi Series Bronze Sculpture, 1984

Important Ju Ming and Harry Bertoia Sculptures Offered at Clarke

Released: September 08, 2015

Clarke Auction will offer several monumentally important works of fine art, sculpture, and modern design on September 13th. The most anticipated lots in the sale are both bronze sculptures by renowned and important artists of their time. In 20th century design, the featured artwork is an 11 foot high bronze on steel screen sculpture by Harry Bertoia. The Bertoia sculpture was created as one of set of matching double-sided screen panels under the commission of Florence Knoll for the First National Bank of Miami, Florida in 1956. The sculptures are well documented in a number of scholarly...

August Sander (German, (1876 –1964), Bricklayer, 1928

Join Rago Auctions on Tuesday, September 8, for a Lecture by Stephen Perloff, "The Portrait in Photography"

Released: August 29, 2015

JOIN RAGO AUCTIONS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, FOR A LECTURE BY STEPHEN PERLOFF, “THE PORTRAIT IN PHOTOGRAPHY”   Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Tuesday, September 8 featuring Stephen Perloff, founder and editor of The Photo Review, speaking in a lecture entitled, “The Portrait in Photography” at 6 pm.   “From the very earliest days of photography, photographers have sought to capture portraits not only of the famous, but of the notable, as well as of everyday people,” says Stephen Perloff. “How they focus their gaze a...

Lot 4031: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 47 woodblock prints, Complete 47 Ronin series, "The Faithful Samurai", $4,000-6,000

Yoshitoshi, Hasui, Yoshida, and Hiroshige in Rago’s Asian Art Auction - Live and Online Only on Bidsquare - Thursday, September 10 at 10 AM

Released: August 20, 2015

YOSHITOSHI, HASUI, YOSHIDA, AND HIROSHIGE IN RAGO’S ASIAN ART AUCTION - LIVE AND ONLINE ONLY ON BIDSQUARE - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 AT 10 AM   Lambertville, NJ: On Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m., The Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold a live, online only auction of 100 lots of Japanese woodblocks and other Asian art exclusively on   The auction features work by Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Utagawa Hiroshige and other printmakers, as well as original Asian watercolors and ink scrolls. It includes Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s complete series The Faithful...

Lot 3128: U.S.  1652 Pine Tree Shilling, $3,000-5,000

Rago Holds 200 Lot Collectible Coins, Currency and Stamp Auction on September 10, 3 PM.

Released: August 19, 2015

RAGO HOLDS 200 LOT COLLECTIBLE COINS, CURRENCY AND STAMP AUCTION ON SEPTEMBER 10, 3 PM.   Lambertville, NJ: The Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold a Coins, Currency and Stamps auction on Thursday, September 10, at 3 p.m., with over 200 lots of fine rare collectible U.S. and foreign coins and currency, collectible stamps, and U.S. and world medals and medallions, featuring the world stamp collection of Dr. Robert Peter Turk. Preceding this sale at 10 a.m. is a live, online only auction of Asian art held exclusively on And on Friday, September 11, Rago will hold...

Lot 2249: Jean-Jacques Caffieri (French, 1725-1792), Depicting a river god, $10,000-15,000

Join Rago for Its First Great Estates Auction of the Season on Friday, September 11, 2015

Released: August 19, 2015

Lambertville, NJ: The Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold a Great Estates on Friday, September 11 at 10 a.m.  The sale features 749 lots of American, English and Continental furniture and decorative arts; art and furnishings from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, as well as from the Middle East, Oceania and Africa; ephemera; rare books; textiles; militaria; prints and maps; and American Indian art. The Great Estates auction is preceded on September 10 by a live, online only auction of Asian art held exclusively on at 10 a.m., and a live auction of st...

Huguette Clark

Bill Dedman Speaks about His NY Times Bestseller, “Empty Mansions” Chronicling The Life of Heiress Huguette Clark on August 25 at Rago Auctions

Released: August 10, 2015

BILL DEDMAN SPEAKS ABOUT HIS NY TIMES BESTSELLER, “EMPTY MANSIONS” CHRONICLING THE LIFE OF HEIRESS HUGUETTE CLARK ON AUGUST 25 AT RAGO AUCTIONS   Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Tuesday, August 25 featuring Bill Dedman speaking about the life of heiress Huguette Clark in a lecture entitled, “Empty Mansions: A Photo Tour of Huguette Clark’s Long Life of Art, Excess, and Generosity” at 6 pm.   Bill Dedman’s book, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, is a myster...

Laverne Coffee Table

Fools Rush In: Why Waiting For a September Auction No Longer Makes Sense

Released: August 05, 2015

The leading auction houses may take advantage of their reputations to influence the market against a saleable August, but major risers and attentive bidders know otherwise. A number of important sales are held in August, including an example of a featured sale from Clarke Auction, a house that runs 12 months of the year, with August auctions always showing strong results. The late summer sale at Clarke, a tradition continued this year on August 17th, is a popular auction among the retail buyers that have evolved with the times, and according to many, successfully so.&nbsp...

Lot 125: After Frederic Remington (1861-1909), Bronze, "Bronco Buster", $400-600

Three Days of Unreserved Goods to Auction at Rago's, August 27-29, 2015

Released: August 04, 2015

THREE DAYS OF UNRESERVED GOODS TO AUCTION AT RAGO’S, AUGUST 27-29, 2015.   Lambertville, NJ: The Rago Arts and Auction Center will auction over 1900 lots of unreserved property on August 27, 28, and 29. The sale begins on Thursday, August 27 at 10 am with estates goods, and continues at noon with unreserved Jewelry and accessories. The sale continues on Friday, August 28 with early 20th century, fine art, and Danish modern design.  Saturday, August 29 features more modern design, including furnishings, decorative arts and contemporary art.   U...

Italian Ebonized Vitrine Cabinet, $8,000-12,000

Rago Announced Its Fall/Winter 2015 Auctions

Released: July 30, 2015

RAGO ANNOUNCES ITS FALL/WINTER 2015 AUCTIONS Unreserved Jewelry and Estate Goods: Thursday, August 27 Jewelry and couture without reserves, includes a varied selection of late 19th thru 20th century antique and period jewelry, modern gemstone jewelry, engagement and bridal jewelry, designer fashion jewelry and bijoux, as well as designer couture. Highlights to date: a La Triomphe enamel gem-set 18k gold peacock brooch, a Trifari "Fruit Salad" brooch, an Edwardian coral and pearl gold festoon necklace, and several Hermes scarves. Period English, American and Continental furniture, ...

Set of 6 Beautiful P.S.  Heggen Wastepaper Baskets

Nakashima, Kofod-Larsen, and P.S. Heggen Among Top Designers at Clarke.

Released: July 15, 2015

Six may be the magic number in July for Clarke. A set of six Nakashima dining chairs with grass seats, and a set of six P.S. Heggens waste paper baskets are among the top highlights in the midcentury design selection at Clarke on Monday, July 20th.  The George Nakashima chairs are accompanied by a Nakashima M10 coffee table from the same estate. The earlier scope of Nakashima's work is especially evidenced in these pieces as they are of a more simple design aesthetic that is capabable of a supplemental or central role in any modern interior.  The chairs are estimated...

Lot 118, Van Briggle Early Lorelei vase, 1902, sold for $274,000

Rago’s June 20th C. Auction Tops $5.6 Million - Setting New Records for Evans, Van Briggle, Chihuly, Tagliapietra and More

Released: June 10, 2015

Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center's 20th C. Decorative Arts and Design Auction brought $5,651,686 June 5, 6, and 7, 2015. New global auction records were established on all three days: in Friday's early 20th C. Design auction, a 1902 Van Briggle Lorelei vase brought $274,000; continuing the trend in Saturday's Contemporary Glass auction was a Chihuly chandelier selling for $200,000 and a Lino Tagliapietra vase which sold for $46,875. In Sunday's Modern Design auction Paul Evans stole the show, most notably with a rare Wavy Front cabinet bringing $286,000, also a new record for...

Laurie Hilburg, Client Services Representative, Naples, FL, Rago Arts & Auction Center

Rago Auctions Appoints Laurie Hilburg to Work with Clients in the Greater Naples, Florida Area

Released: June 02, 2015

RAGO AUCTIONS APPOINTS LAURIE HILBURG TO WORK WITH CLIENTS IN THE GREATER NAPLES, FLORIDA AREA.   Lambertville, NJ: Rago Auctions, one of the largest independent auction houses in the country,  has engaged Laurie Hilburg as its client services representative in the greater Naples, Florida area. She handles consignments for auction or private sale of Modern design, jewelry, fine art, decorative arts, Asian and the other specialties in which Rago excels.   Laurie’s love of interior design and modern art drew her to Rago when she relocated from Washington, D.C....

Silas Seandel Dining Table

Value from Variety: Midcentury Giants at Clarke Auction

Released: May 28, 2015

In the 20th century design market, variety is a mark of style. The more exposure an era has to a contemporary market, the higher the number of important designs are revered in all genres and mediums. This admiration and diversity in style ultimately gives rise to value, as it has for midcentury and modern design.  The 20th century design selection in Clarke Auction’s June 1st sale is essentially a microcosm of the current market through the offering of a wide variety of design. Highlights in the 20th century design selection range geographically from Scandinavia, Cen...

Arlene Silvers

Rago Open House on June 4 Features a Talk on "Contemporary Glass: Life Beyond Chihuly"

Released: May 18, 2015

RAGO OPEN HOUSE ON JUNE 4 FEATURES A TALK ON "CONTEMPORARY GLASS: LIFE BEYOND CHIHULY"   Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Thursday, June 4, featuring Arlene Silvers PhD, Curator of Contemporary Glass for the National Liberty Museum, speaking on, "Contemporary Glass: Life Beyond Chihuly," at 6 p.m.   Dr. Silvers, Curator of Contemporary Glass for the National Liberty Museum, will provide an informative survey of contemporary glass (often called studio glass), ranging from the processes used to make glass to how history has...

Lot 102: Frederick H.  Rhead/University City, Peacock Tile Panel, $250,000 – $350,000

Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Frederick Rhead, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, and Yoichi Ohira among Highlights of Rago’s June 5-7 Auctions

Released: May 13, 2015

Lambertville, NJ: On Friday, June 5, Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold auctions of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design.   Early 20th C. Decorative Arts: Friday, June 5, 11 am, 324 lots Ceramics by Newcomb College, Grueby, Teco, Walrath, Overbeck, Marblehead, Rookwood, and George Ohr. A fine group of Fulper from the Collection of Robert A. Ellison. European pottery by Zsolnay, Edmond Lachenal, Auguste Delaherche, and Emile Diffloth. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Emile Galle, and Louis Majorelle....

Lot 552, Alexander Calder, Nuages, sold for $75,000

Winning Works from Calder, Chamberlain and Pene Du Bois Propel Rago's May Fine Art Auction to $1.9 Million

Released: May 11, 2015

Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center’s 19th-20th C. American and European Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions on May 7 brought $1,963,313 million in sales.   HIGHLIGHTS/STATS Both Sessions Hammer:  $ 1,570,650 Hammer + bp:  $ 1,963,313 Number of Lots: 539 In-House: 44 Internet Bidders: 968 from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, China, South Korea, Israel, Ja...

Lot 2104: Winter Patrol, $500-700.

Rago to Auction WWII Aviation Art on Bidsquare May 12-20, 2015

Released: April 29, 2015

RAGO TO AUCTION WWII AVIATION ART ON BIDSQUARE MAY 12-20, 2015. A timed auction featuring 113 lots of lithographs by Nicholas Trudgian, many signed by pilots.      Lambertville, NJ: Rago Auctions is running an internet only timed auction exclusively on Bidsquare featuring WWII aviation art. The auction starts on May 12 and ends on Wednesday, May 20. This single owner collection consists of 113 lots of lithographs by artist Nicolas Trudgian, depicting aviation and other military scenes from WWII.   Artist Nicolas Trudgian specializes in aviation, m...

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