Rago’s Estate and No Reserve Discovery Auctions Kick-Off Its Fall Season September 14-16 – Over 2000 Lots in Three Days

  • LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey
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  • August 21, 2012

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Lot 761, Harry Bertoia for Knoll Studio Bird Chair and Ottoman, $500-700
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·          600 lots+ of Arts & Crafts, Lalique, Majolica, Gorham, Icart, lighting, porcelains, couture, DiMaggio baseball with no reserve.


·          600 lots+ of modern design and art with no reserve.


·          700 lot estate auction featuring Indian jeweled Mughal dagger, African–American Abolitionist and Civil War, property from the estate of Pearl Buck, Asian ivories, coins and currency, tramp art, Tiffany silver, musical instruments.


Lambertville, NJ: The Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold a no reserve Discovery Auction on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, followed by an Estate auction on Sunday, September 16.


“The Discovery Auction’s popularity has resulted in two days of sale, including a full day dedicated to Modern design and art.  The estate auction includes the classics - furnishings, rugs, silver, and art – as well as beautiful, unexpected finds from homes and collections across the country,” says Miriam Tucker, partner at Rago’s. 


Auction Dates/Times


·          Discovery Auction: Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m.

·          Estate Auction: Sunday, September 16 at 11 a.m.


Auction Exhibition/Preview


·          Saturday, September 8 – Wednesday, September 12, 12-5 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 12-7 p.m., and by appointment. Doors open on Auction days at 9 a.m.

·          Rago’s is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at ragoarts.com. 

Lot 2228, Pair of French Dore Bronze Candelabra, $5,000-7,000
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·          View complete catalogues with color images online at ragoarts.com as of August 23.

·          Estates Auction Catalogues are available for $20; Discovery printed lists are free.  Available by calling 609.397.9374 or emailing a request to info@ragoarts.com.  


Auction Contact Information


·          609-397-9374 or info@ragoarts.com



Discovery Auction: Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 AT 11 A.M. 


Two days of 1300 unreserved lots comprise Rago’s Discovery sale, where the high bid, no matter how low, wins the lot. The Discovery sale consists of an extensive range of stylish and affordable property, many from famous makers and designers.



Friday, September 14 - Lots To Watch 


Friday's no reserve Discovery Auction includes original and vintage art, furnishings, tableware, Asian, collectibles, books and ephemera, and ethnographic property. 





The Estates auction features approximately 700 lots of 18th, 19th and early 20th c. furnishings, decorative and fine arts including bronzes, prints, Asian art and antiques, Americana, Native American, glass and porcelain, militaria and coins. Kicking-off the sale is a 45+ lot sale of coins/currency, in an array of values and genre, featuring several exceptional and highly sought after examples. 



Notes for the Editor

High-resolution images available.


Consignments Invited

Consignments are invited for the next Estate Auction, to be held Saturday, December 8, the next Discovery Auction, to be held Friday, January 11, 2013 and all of Rago’s auctions, including 20th C. Design, Fine Art, Silver and Jewelry. 


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.



Discovery Auction Property Details: Friday, September 14


Furniture: Arts and Crafts furnishings, by makers such as Limbert, Gustav Stickley, Grand Rapids School, Stickley Brothers. Featured furnishings include: lot 122, an English Arts & Crafts oak dresser with heart cut-outs, ca. 1910, estimated at $600-900; lot 521, a Comb-Back Windsor armchair, ca. 1800, estimated at $200-400; lot 131, an Arts & Crafts drop-front desk, ca. 1910, estimated at $450-650; lot 34, a Limbert sideboard, estimated at $700-1,000; lot 224, a contemporary spindled settee in the style of Gustav Stickley, estimated at $500-700; and lot 257, a Seth Thomas Pillard and scroll style mantel clock, estimated at $200-300. Lighting: By makers Carlos Basile, Michael Adams for Aurora Studios, Pairpoint and Handel. Featured lighting includes: lot 75, a Heintz sterling-on-bronze boudoir lamp with silk-backed shade, estimated at $400-600; lot 27, a Handel Leaded glass table lamp, ca. 1900, estimated at $700-900; lot 173, a Steuben five-light copper chandelier with lustre glass shades, estimated at $1,000-1,500; and lot 215, a Weller tall Etna table lamp with grape bough, estimated at $250-450. Fine Art: By artists Carle Michel Boog, Charles Childs, Charles Rosen, David Stirling, Louis Bosa, Louis Icart, Otto Kirchner, and S.B. Shiley. Featured works includes: lot 244, a pastel of a floral still-life by Charles Rosen, estimated at $300-500; lot 319, an oil on canvas board 19th century landscape painting, estimated at $100-200; and lot 322, an oil on canvas by Frank Knox Morton Rehn, 1911, estimated at $400-600. Decorative Accessories: Glass, pottery and Asian items. Notable glass pieces include: lot 166, a Lalique "Pan" perfume bottle, ca. 1920, estimated at $400-600; and lot 168, a Tiffany gold Favrile glass low bowl, estimated at $300-500. There is pottery by makers such as Roycroft, Rookwood, Fulper, Grueby, Weller, Majolica, Moorcroft, North Dakota School of Mines, Roseville, Saturday Evening Girls, Teco, Van Briggle, Wedgwood, WMF, and Zanesville. Featured pottery includes: lot 51, a Fred Rothenbush for Rookwood vellum vase with painted flowers, 1912, $800-1,000; lot 218, a Jacques Sicard for Weller footed bowl, estimated at $500-700; lot 15, a Van Briggle “Lady of the Lily” vase in Persian Rose, estimated at $800-1,200. Asian decorative pieces include: lot 340, a Chinese blue and white porcelain jar, decorated with a dragon chasing a phoenix from the late 19th century, estimated at $400-600; and lot 359, a Japanese terra-cotta umbrella stand with two inter-woven dragons in relief and polychrome decoration from the 19th century, estimated at $400-600.  Other notable lots include: lot 550, a Paul Manship terra-cotta plaque of Sir Douglas Alexander, estimated at $600-800; and lot 133, a WMF pair of German pewter Jugendstil candlesticks, ca. 1900, estimated at $500-700. The sale also contains a collection of figures by Royal Doulton, and several leaded glass windows. Silver and Silver Plate: There are approximately 30 lots of silver and silver plate. Notable lots include: lot 612, a three-piece Gorham sterling after dinner coffee service, 1911, estimated at $500-600; lot 590, a collection of ornate Victorian silver plate, estimated at $600-900; and lot 591, a four-pieces Italian 800 silver coffee service, 1934-1944, estimated at $400-600. Coins and Currency: Friday’s sale contains approximately 20 lots of collectable coins and currency. Notable lots include: lot 624, approximately 75 pieces of U.S. coins and currency, including National note, "National Shoe and Leather Bank of the City of New York", F37 Star note, F38 note, $23.00 face value .900 silver, etc., estimated at $400-600; and lot 634, Society Of Medalists bronze medals, estimated at $400-600. Other: Other items in Friday’s sale includes: lot 573, a mink coat by G. Michael Hennery, NY, estimated at $300-400; lot 462, an official American league baseball autographed by Joe DiMaggio, estimated at $200-300; and lot 535, Shaker sewing accessories from the 19th/20th century, including a basket, yarn swift, embroidery hoop, sewing box, and two darning eggs, estimated at $300-500.


Discovery Auction Property Details: Saturday, September 15


Contemporary Fine Art: The sale contains an impressive collection of fine art, including a 26 lot collection being sold to benefit MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance). This nonprofit organization delivers delicious, nourishing meals and counsel to the critically ill. A notable MANNA lot is #977, which is five oil and collage on paper works by Joseph Stabilito, estimated at $700-900. Other Contemporary art in the sale includes works by: Andrew Guenther,


Andrew Hudson, Andy Warhol, Anthony Palumbo, Bernard Buffet, Bernard Lignon, Beverly Pepper, Carmen Calvo, Chris Martin, Claire Pratt, Ellen Carey, Eric Hibit, Henri Matisse, Jean Lucebert, Jimmy C. Lueders, Johnny Friedlander, Marc Chagall, Martin Kainz, Pedro Friedeberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Shepard Fairey, Wolfgang Behl. There is a collection of woodblock prints by Wharton Esherick, and several wall sculptures by C. Jere. Other sculptors include: Claude De Muzac, David Hostetler, Harris Strong, James Prestini, Joseph Kiselewski, Nayland Blake, and several Magiscope sculptures by Mexican artist Feliciano Bejar. Featured pieces includes: lot 896, a holographic print by Israeli artist Agam, estimated at $300-500; lot 897, an untitled geometric gouache painting Rolph Scarlett, estimated at $500-700; lot 1222, three framed screenprints by Shepard Fairey, "Freedom to Lead", "Compassion" and an untitled, estimated at $600-800; lot 1200, a mixed media on paper by Sam Gilliam, "As Kids Do", estimated at $300-500; lot 1181, a Herman Miller Summer Picnic Poster, August 8, 1975, estimated at $300-500; lot 1211, a Robert Rauschenberg print of 1991 Overseas Culture Interchange Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C., estimated at $200-300; lot 907, a lithograph after Salvador Dali, estimated at $500-700.  Modern Furnishings: Scandinavian furnishings by makers Alvar Aalto for Artek, Edmund Spence, Folk Ohlson for Dux, H.P. Hansen, Hans Wegner, Niels O. Moller, Ole Wanscher and Peter Hvidt. The sale begins with lot 700, a Hans Wegner /RY Mobler cabinet, estimated at $1,200-1,800. Also Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, Christian Liaigre/ Holly Hunt, Directional, Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates, Frank Lloyd Wright for Heritage Henredon, George Nelson for Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde, Harold Schwartz, Harry Bertoia For Knoll, Harvey Probber, Ico Parisi, Jens Risom, John Behringer, John Widdicomb, Karl Springer, Laszlo & Nelson, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Associates, Marcel Breuer, Milo Baughman For Thayer Coggin, Mira Nakashima, Pace, Paul Evans, Paul Mccobb, Pierre Cardin, Ponti and Carli for Cassina, Richard Schultz, Silas Seandel, T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, Tommi Parzinger, and Vladimir Kagan. Featured modern furnishings include: lot 761, a Bird chair and ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll Studio, estimated at $500-700; lot 860, a desk by Robin Day, estimated at $300-500; lot 913, a set of four walnut Mira chairs by George Nakashima, estimated at $1,500-2,000; lot 915, a set of eight Conoid dining chairs in the style of George Nakashima, estimated at $1,500-2,000; lot 1124, a pair of leather club chairs by Chesterfield, estimated at $600-800; lot 1227, a club chair by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates, estimated at $800-1000; lot 1260, two soft pad armchairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, estimated at $700-900; and lot 1265, a sofa in the style of Vladimir Kagan, estimated at $2,000-3,000. Modern Lighting: Italian modern lighting in Saturday’s sale include: lot 1070, a cased glass mushroom lamp by Venini, estimated at $300-500; lot 1071, a Murano art glass fish pendant lamp, estimated at $700-900; lot 971, a Nesso table lamp and Eclisse desk lamp by Giancarlo Mattioli / Vico Magistretti / Artemide, estimated at $400-600. A notable Danish table lamp, lot 728, by Poul Henningsen, is estimated at $400-600. Also Barovier, Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, Heifetz, Martinelli Luce, Max Bill, Mole-Richardson and Oscar Bach. Modern Decorative Accessories: Contemporary art pottery by Henry Takemoto, Richard Hirsch, Steven Montgomery and Toshiko Takaezu; and glass by Elio Raffaeli, John Lewis and Murano. Notable art pottery includes: lot 934, an earthenware vessel by Bennett Bean, estimated at $600-900; and lot 932, a glazed earthenware lidded pot by David Gilhooly “Warthog”, estimated at $800-1,200. Noteworthy glass vases include: lot 1289, a tall wheel-cut and engraved glass vase by Anu Penttinen, estimated at $800-1,200; and lot 1080, a glass vase after Ercole Barovier's "Saturnei" pattern by Elio Raffaeli, estimated at $700-900. There is a mixed metal Art Deco vase by Christofle (lot 820), ca. 1930, estimated at $700-900. Other decorative accessories include: lot 1107, a pair of brass candlesticks with hurricane shades by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths, estimated at $300-500; and lot 930, a pair of elliptical salt and pepper shakers by Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell, estimated at $500-700.


Estate Auction Property Details: Sunday, September 16


Art glass, including a collection of over 30 lots of Charles Lotton Studio contemporary glass, and 20 lots of Daum contemporary pate de verre from a Princeton, New Jersey estate. There are approximately 25 lots of Lalique glass, notably, lot 2082, a "Mossi" vase in frosted glass with hobnail protrusions, estimated at $700-900. A noteworthy lot of Charles Lotton Glass is lot 2001, an iridescent glass Peacock lamp, estimated at $3,000-4,000. Furnishings in the sale include decorative French style furniture from a Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia townhouse, notably lot 2294, a 19th century Louis XVI Style Marble Top Console Table by John Widdicombe, estimated at $1,000-1,500. The sale contains a grouping of music boxes, including lot 2209, a Lyon & Healy upright console Music Box with a mahogany case and double comb, which includes 28 discs, estimated at $5,000-7,000. There are several cylinder music boxes, such as lot 2210, an eight tune cylinder music box with inlaid rosewood case, ca. 1900, estimated at $3,000-5,000.  There is an assortment of clocks, many French, Dore bronze and porcelain. A significant example is lot 2194, a William Grant Boston Banjo clock with a Mahogany case, reverse-painted panels and eagle finial, ca. 1830, estimated at $1,000-1,500. Musical instruments

include pianos, guitars, banjos and a Tomasso Carcassi violin.  There are approximately 20 acoustic and electric


guitars, by makers such as Gibson, Martin and Taylor. Also, there are two Steinway pianos in the sale, for example lot 2202 (912069), a Steinway Model A mahogany concert grand piano, ca. 1895, estimated at $5,000-7,000. There is a pair of 19th century French six-arm doré bronze candelabra with patinated winged goddesses, lot 2228, which was once owned by Pearl Buck, estimated at $5,000-7,000. Also of note, is lot 2296, a pair of early 20th century continental wall consoles in Fruitwood with carved pedestals from the estate of Mary Martin, estimated at $600-800. Fine art includes paintings, photographs, prints, etchings, lithographs and drawings. There is a large collection of photographs of Camp Nyoda Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals, which includes unmounted photos and scrapbooks from the early 20th century. A notable painting is lot 2180 by Meindert Hobbema, an oil on panel of a pastoral landscape with figures and windmill, estimated at $6,000-8,000. There are prints by Marc Chagall, notably lot 2493, which is two lithographs: "Towards Another Light," 1985, and "Die Zauberflote"- Metropolitan Opera, 1967, estimated at $2,000-3,000. Other artists in Sunday’s sale include: Eugene Paul Ullman, Howard Behrens, Robert Ward Van Boskerck, Peter Hanson, Alvin c. Hollingsworth, Antoine Blanchard, Ferry Beraton , Gabriel Spitzel, John Hauser, David Ericson, Piet Bekaert, Keith Shaw Williams, Zamy Steynowitz , John Frederick Herring, Nadia Benois, William Lewis Marple, Andre Gisson, Frederick William Kost, George Essig, George Henry Harlow, Hans Von Volkmann, Helen Farr Sloan, Jane Gilday , Peter Max, Richard de Ribcowsky, Samuel A. Kilbourne, Walter Weir Fahnestock, William Arthur Smith, Marcello Dudovich, Peter Price, Shiko Munakata, Erte, Francisco Goya, Massimo Campigli, Robert de Niro, Henry Moore, Paul Gauguin, John Constable and many more. There are approximately 40 lots of sculpture, including Vienna bronze figures and dogs, and marble sculpture including items from the Reingold Collection. Notable, is lot 2565, attributed to Austrian sculptor Franz Xavier Bergman, a cold-painted and gilt bronze of two minstrels, ca. 1910, estimated at $600-800. This piece was illustrated in "Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders, 1800-1930" by Harold Berman, 1994. There are more than 30 lots of Asian items, including carved ivories, porcelain, and lacquered furnishings. A significant lot is #2338, an early finely carved Chinese Immortal with traces of gilding possibly from Jianding region, 17th/18th century, estimated at $10,000-15,000. Porcelain includes Majolica, Meissen, Ott & Brewer, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Doulton, Royal Dux, Staffordshire, Wedgwood, Limoges, Lenox, KPM, Haviland & Co. and Boehm.  There are about a dozen lots containing over 100 pieces of Meissen Blue Onion porcelain. An example of one of these is #2472, three 19th/20th century serving pieces: a dual fish platter and two covered soup tureens, estimated at $600-800. There is a decorative porcelain collection from Boehm’s limited edition flower and bird group, for example: lot 2489, "Birds of Paradise," estimated at $600-800; and lot 2492, "Iris (Silver Showers)," estimated at $600-800. There are a few lots of Majolica game dishes, notably lot 2373, a Minton Majolica covered game dish with basketwork base, acorn and oak leaf decoration, estimated at $700-900.  American pottery features a rare piece of Cowden and Wilcox stoneware, lot 2140, a Stoneware Jar decorated with a bird on a branch surrounded by grapes, Harrisburg, PA, estimated at $1,500-2,500. Native American lots include bead work, Hopi Kachina dolls, pottery and weavings, for example: lot 2106, a late 19th century Plains Indian beaded vest lined with deer skin, estimated at $1,000-1,500.  There are several early 20th century Tompkins Wild West Show Posters, ca. 1914, such as lot 2096, consisting of four by the Donaldson Lithograph Company with a Native American chief, cowboys on bucking horses, stagecoach shoot out and log cabin shoot out, estimated at $800-1,200. There are about 45 lots of military items, including civil war letters, swords, rifles and muskets. Lot 2625 is a Civil War buckle, Pennsylvania 114th Vol. Infantry with original belt and pouch, estimated at $1,000-1,500; and there is an Indian jeweled Mughal dagger with the grip and pommel in gold set with cabochon rubies, emeralds and diamonds stretched over iron, from the collection of Robert Kenmore, estimated at $8,000-12,000. Notable coin and currency lots include: lot 2674, an 1894-S $20 gold coin, EF 45, estimated at $1,400-1,800; lot 2664, a 1919 Mexican gold 20 Pesos, 15 gr., estimated at $700-900; lot 2687, an 1895 5C, proof 64 NGC, estimated at $300-500; lot 2692, a Carson City $1, and an 1891-cc, an 1892-cc, an 1890-cc, an 1884-cc, an 1878-cc, an 1879-cc and an 1882-cc, estimated at $600-800. A notable currency lot is #2654, a U.S. FR-1193 $50 Gold Bank Note, Lyons/Roberts 1882 F-15, estimated at $700-900. Other noteworthy lots include a fine English Webb rock crystal liqueur set by George Woodall / Thomas Webb, comprising of a rock crystal decanter and six assembled glasses, Stourbridge, England, ca. 1890-1900, estimated at $6,000-9,000; and a collection of George T. Downing abolitionist papers.





Miriam Tucker
Rago Arts and Auction Center

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

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