Exceptional Designs by the Nakashimas, a rare work by Abert Cheuret, and Significant Collections of both Rene Buthaud and Lino Tagliapietra Highlight Rago's May 18-19 Design Auctions

  • LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey
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  • April 25, 2019

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Lot 1632: Wendell Castle Unique "Tell the Trees" Chair $60,000 - 80,000
Rago Auctions

Lambertville, NJ - On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, Rago Auctions hosts sales of Early 20th Century Design, Modern Design and Modern Ceramics and Glass.

Early 20th C. Design
May 18 at 10:00 a.m., 333 lots

Highlights include: an exceptional and rare Cobra console table by Albert Cheuret and the Collection of Stephen Engel, comprising fifty-five lots of works by René Buthaud including pottery, works on paper, paintings, and verre églomisé panels, as well as Fulper, Grueby, Van Briggle, Dedham, Zsolnay, and more from a single-owner collection out of New York.

Sarah Cutler, Specialist: “Among the many highlights in this sale, I am most excited about lot 1131 - a remarkable Albert Cheuret Cobra console with mirror. Its sinuous and exotic design reflects the renewed interest in ancient Egyptian art sparked by the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. His work does not appear often on the secondary market and we expect there to be a flurry of competition when it crosses the auction block.”

Modern Design

“One of my favorite pieces in this auction is the Wendell Castle ‘Tell the Trees’ chair. It represents what I love most about Wendell’s work: his combination of craft and sculpture. This complex carved wood chair was made with state of the art technology, including 3D scanning, 3D modeling and computer-controlled milling. The result is awesome and harkens back to the stack-laminated technique from his earliest work, minus the tremendous physical labor.”Modern Ceramics + Glass

“We've been favored with a superior selection of unique works by maestro Lino Tagliapietra in this auction – nine in all! Most combine his mastery of incalmo, murrine and cold work carving. Seeing so many fine examples together, from an  to a  to a plaque, provides a rare didactic experience for glass enthusiasts and a rare buying opportunity for glass collectors.”

Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

Lot 1131: Albert Cheuret Cobra Console Table w/ Mirror $150,000 - 250,000
Rago Auctions

Saturday, May 11 through Thursday, May 16, 12–5 p.m. Friday, May 17, 12-6 p.m. Also by appointment. Doors open at 9 a.m. on sale days.

Open House featuring William Warmus, Fellow and Former Curator at the Corning Museum of Glass, on Wednesday, May 15. The auction house opens at noon, reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m. RSVP: 609.397.9374, ext. 125 or raac@ragoarts.com.

Rago is located midway between NYC (1 hr. 15 min) and Philadelphia (50 min). Directions online at ragoarts.com.

For those unable to attend, telephone/absentee bidding available at 609.397.9374. Online bidding available at www.bidsquare.com.


Printed catalogues are available for $20 each at the auction house, by calling 609.397.9374 or by emailing a request to info@ragoarts.com

View a complete online catalogue with color images at www.ragoarts.com and www.bidsquare.com, online April 29.


High-resolution images available on request.

About Rago Auctions: Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with nearly $34 million in sales in 2018. It serves thousands of sellers and buyers yearly with global reach, personal service and competitive commissions for single pieces, collections and estates. Rago's expertise encompasses 20th/21st century design; fine art; American, European, English and Asian decorative arts and furnishings; fine jewelry and coins/currency. An internationally known venue through which to buy and sell, it offers free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections), as well as USPAP compliant estate and appraisal services. Rago is located midway between Philadelphia and New York with satellite offices in Westchester/Connecticut.

Lot 1898: Lino Tagliapietra Exceptional Mandara Vessel $20,000 - 30,000
Rago Auctions

Next Auctions:
Jewelry: June 7 & 9, 2019
Online-Only Coins + Currency: June 17-28, 2019


Nicholas Fonteix
Rago Auctions

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

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