Important Works by Preston Dickinson, Marguerite Zorach, Max Weber, Alexander Calder, Mike and Doug Starn, Heinz Mack and Andy Warhol Featured in Rago’s May 7 Fine Art Auctions

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  • April 22, 2015

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Lot 15: Preston Dickinson, The Drive, ca. 1914, $30,000-50,000
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Lambertville, NJ: On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Rago will hold auctions of 19th/20th Century American and European Art and Post-War/Contemporary Art. The sale features fresh to market material, with many significant deaccessions from important private collections.  


19TH / 20TH AMERICAN / EUROPEAN ART: Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Lot 552: Alexander Calder, Nuages, 1976, $70,000-90,000
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19th/20th C. American and European Art features a fine collection of works from an important private American collection, which includes works by artists Reginald Marsh, Carl Sprinchorn, Guy Carleton Wiggins, Don Freeman, Louis Saphier, Philip Evergood, Oscar Bluemner, Miklos Suba, Walt Kuhn, Jack Levine, Manierre Dawson, Preston Dickinson, William Zorach, Marguerite Zorach, Rockwell Kent and Max Weber.  Also in the sale, are paintings by artists Guy Pène Du Bois, Emil Carlsen, William Aiken Walker, Allen Tucker, Ludwig Bemelmans, William G. Congdon, Dorothy Alden Morang, John Bratby, Siegward Sprotte, Francisco Riba-Rovira, Angel Botello, Montein Boonma, Ralph Fasanella, Antoni Clavé, Tom Hopkins, Itzchak Tarkay and Peter Max. Pennsylvania Impressionists and Modernists include Mary Smyth P. Taylor, Roscoe Clarence Magill, Kenneth R. Nunamaker, Daniel Garber, John E. Berninger, Antonio Pietro Martino, John Folinsbee, Walter Emerson Baum, Arrah Lee Gaul, Sue May Wescott Gill, Franklin Chenault "Watty" Watkins, Ranulph Bye, Joseph Barrett, Louis K. Stone and Raymond Granville Barger. Prints by Howard Norton Cook, Elizabeth Colwell, Elie Nadelman, Luigi Rist, Herbert Matter, Romare Bearden, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Rufino Tamayo, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali. Works on paper by John R. Grabach, George Grosz, Fernand Léger, Kurt Seligmann, Kenneth L. Callahan, Leonard Baskin, Gaston Chaissac, Hughes Claude Pissarro and Wolf Kahn. Sculpture  by Wilhelm Hunt Diederich, William F. Boogar, Egon Schiele, Miklos L. Sebek, Jacob Epstein, Man Ray and Richard McDonald. An important baptism image by Doris Ulmann is a wonderful example of early 20th C. Photography. Lots 84–97 are from a collection of art by Joseph Stella belonging to Josephine M. Lettera. This collection of over 500 hundred works was inherited by Ms./Mrs. Lettera from Mrs. Giovanni Stella, the artist’s sister-in-law. There is also a nice collection of works by Robert Moore Kulicke, lots 143-148.

Lot 696: Mike and Doug Starn, Blue Lisa, 1987, $20,000-30,000
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POST–WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.


Post-War and Contemporary Art features paintings by artists Herbert Ferber, Julian Stanczak,  Werner Drewes, Romeo Tabuena, Harvey Quaytman, Lester Johnson, Thomas Sherlock Hodgson, Evgeny Rukhin, Robert Natkin, Alvin Loving, Michael Phelan, Tony W. H. Wong, Sam Messer, Grace Hartigan, Don Nice, Leonard L. Nelson, David Budd, Kenny Scharf, Philip Argent, Michael Gregory, Max Ferguson, Ridley Howard, CRASH (John Matos), John Newsom, Aaron Parazette, Christian Garnett, Susie Rosmarin, Will Fowler, Gary Hume and Karl Benjamin. Prints by Pierre Soulages, Wayne Thiebaud,  Zao Wou-Ki, Serge Poliakoff, David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Karl Gerstner, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Jasper Johns, Richard Pettibone, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, Francis Bacon, Virgil Marti, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Eric Fischl, Kara Walker, Al Held, Robert Ryman, Robert Indiana, Yue Minjun, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg and Tauba Auerbach. Sculpture by Ibram Lassaw, Piero Dorazio, Heinz Mack, James Prestini, Hans Haacke, Nassos Daphnis, Jesús Rafael Soto, Victor Vasarely, Paul Mount, Peter Anthony Chinni, George Segal, Hubert Dalwood, John Chamberlain, Jack Youngerman, Sue Fuller, Ida Kohlmeyer, Mark Kostabi, Bruce Beasley, Salvatore Scarpitta, Chris MacDonald, Ultra Violet and Jonathan Seliger. Works on paper by Anne Ryan, Alexander Calder, Paul Jenkins, Sam Gilliam, Saul Steinberg, John Bock, April Gornik, James Rosenquist, Ida Kohlmeyer, Raymond Pettibon, Matt Mullican, Francisco Toledo, Rodney Graham, Philip Taaffe, Peter Schuyff, Carroll Dunham, Sol LeWitt, John Baeder, Cecily Brown, Martin Eder, Scott Reeder and Damien Hirst. Photographs by Lee Friedlander, William Klein, Aaron Siskind, Ed Ruscha, Bert Stern, Lewis Baltz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Naomi Fisher, Meredyth Sparks, Jim Goldberg, Mike and Doug Starn, Keith Carter, Shirin Neshat, Nan Goldin, Nobuyoshi Araki, Abelardo Morell, George Tice, Nikki S. Lee, Richard Prince, Vik Muniz, Jeff Wall, Wade Guyton and Clifford Ross. Lots 576 and 619 are unique photographic acetates by Andy Warhol, estimated at $40,000-60,000 each.


Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

  • Saturday, May 2 through Tuesday, May 5, 12–5 p.m. and by appointment. Wednesday, May 6, 12-7 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. the day of the sale.
  • Open House with guest speaker, Art Dealer Gary Snyder, “The Five Paintings I Would Buy If I Had Your Money”, Tuesday, May 5, reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m. RSVP to 609.397.9374 ext. 119 or Sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance.
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19TH / 20TH AMERICAN / EUROPEAN ART: Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.


Lot 1: Guy Pène Du Bois, Untitled, $10,000-15,000

Lot 4: Guy Carleton Wiggins, The Public Library, New York, ca. 1935, $18,000-22,000

Lot 15: Preston Dickinson, The Drive, ca. 1914, $30,000-50,000

Lot 18: Marguerite Zorach, Bouquet, ca. 1928, $18,000-22,000

Lot 21: Max Weber, The Mirror, ca. 1930, $20,000-30,000

Lot 24, Wilhelm Hunt Diederich, Untitled, $4,000-6,000

Lot 32: John R. Grabach, East Side New York, 1920, $4,000-6,000

Lot 44: Fernand Léger, Dessin, 1928, $10,000-15,000

Lot 48: Emil Carlsen, Summer Evening, 1904, $8,000-12,000

Lot 51: William Aiken Walker, Untitled, $6,000-8,000

Lot 55: Doris Ulmann, Untitled (South Carolina), 1929-30, $6,000-8,000

Lot 63: John E. Berninger, Untitled (Oley Valley), 1931, $4,000-6,000

Lot 65: John Folinsbee, Untitled (Lambertville), 1945, $5,000-7,000

Lot 72: Franklin Chenault "Watty" Watkins, Summer Afternoon, $3,000-5,000

Lot 91: Joseph Stella, Flower, $2,000-3,000

Lot 110: Angel Botello, Untitled, $20,000-30,000

Lot 128: Romare Bearden, The Family, from An American Portrait, 1776–1976, 1975, $5,000-7,000

Lot 132: Antoni Clavé, Nature morte au poissons, 1950, $7,000-9,000

Lot 135: Gaston Chaissac, Untitled, 1961, $10,000-15,000

Lot 144: Robert Moore Kulicke, Two works of art, $1,500-2,500

Lot 156: Man Ray, Herma, 1975, $2,500-3,500

Lot 162: Pablo Picasso, Vallauris 1956 Exposition, 1956, $7,000-9,000

Lot 172: Marc Chagall, Le Repos, 1968, $4,000-6,000

Lot 174: Joan Miro, Prise a l'Hamecon, 1969, $4,000-6,000


POST–WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.


Lot 510: Julian Stanczak, Untitled, 1958, $12,000-18,000

Lot 523: Heinz Mack, Moving Light Line, 1965, $15,000-25,000

Lot 533: Roy Lichtenstein, On, 1962, $15,000-25,000

Lot 547: Karl Benjamin, #13, 1978, $20,000-30,000

Lot 552: Alexander Calder, Nuages, 1976, $70,000-90,000

Lot 563: Paul Mount, Untitled, $10,000-15,000

Lot 578: Roy Lichtenstein, Crak!, 1964, $12,000-15,000

Lot 600: John Chamberlain, Portrait of a Nude with a Chrome Fan, ca.1979, $35,000-55,000

Lot 652: James Rosenquist, Drawing #17 for Time Colors Time, 1980, $8,000-12,000

Lot 663: Keith Haring, Cockfight, from Three Lithographs, 1985, $9,000-12,000

Lot 696: Mike and Doug Starn, Blue Lisa, 1987, $20,000-30,000

Lot 717: Robert Ryman, Untitled, 1990 (portfolio), $15,000-20,000

Lot 740: Sol LeWitt, Untitled, $6,000-8,000

Lot 748: John Baeder, Ellenville Diner, 1991, $8,000-12,000

Lot 756: Lee Friedlander, 10 Nudes, 1991, $12,000-18,000

Lot 767: Richard Prince, Untitled (Protest), 2012-2014, 2014, $9,000-12,000

Lot 774: John Newsom, Delicate Balance, 2002, $10,000-15,000

Lot 781: Wayne Thiebaud, Dark Cakes and Pies, 2006, $8,000-12,000

Lot 799: Jonathan Seliger, The Wedding Present (Tiffany & Co. Shopping Bag), 2006, $8,000-12,000

Lot 806: Clifford Ross, Mountain II, 2007, $8,000-12,000




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