Treasures by Tiffany and Lalique among Highlights of Rago's Great Estates, Fine Jewelry and Coins and Currency Auctions, December 5 and 6

  • LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey
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  • November 12, 2015

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Lot 1: Tiffany & Co. Mackay Demitasse Cup and Saucer, $3,000–5,000
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Rago offers 1200 lots of Estates, Fine Jewelry, Coins and Currency and an online only auction of Fine Furs ( to conclude 2015, December 5 and 6.

Great Estates: Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. (Lots 1-609)

The sale begins with silver by Tiffany, Gorham, S. Kirk & Son, Wood and Hughes, Towle, Marcus & Co, Reed & Barton, Black Starr & Frost, R. Wallace & Sons, Whiting, Concord Silver Co., and Georg Jensen. Notable silver pieces include a Tiffany & Co. MacKay demitasse cup and saucer, and a pair of Moritz Elimeyer German silver candelabra. Fine Art includes portraits, landscapes and still-lifes, by artists such as Vittorio Guaccimanni, Johann Bernard Klombeck, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Edouard Jean Baptiste Detaille, Marc Chagall, Norman Rockwell (attr.), and Guy De Rougemont. Sculpture and bronzes, by Antoine-Louis Barye, Isidore Jules Bonheur, Henry Lechesne, Charles Paillet, Pierre-Jules Mene, Edouard Drouot, Auguste Moreau, Charles Raoul Verlet, Paul Philippe, Mathurin Moreau, Denys Puech, Lorenzo (Renzo) Colombo, Emmanuel Villanis, and Claudius Marioton. Americana includes duck decoys and quilts. Furnishing includes American and Continental period furnishings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, featuring a Pair of Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted commodes, a Louis XVI style amaranth writing table, a George II mahogany harlequin table, several pieces of Chippendale, and several lots by Maitland Smith. Mantle clocks, banjo clocks, and grandfather clocks, featuring a figural mantle clock by Albert Carrier-Belleuse (French 1824-1884); and an Egyptian Revival onyx and marble garniture clock. Porcelain, includes vases, urns, figurines, Limoges plates, and a nice selection of KPM porcelain plaques. Glass by Steuben, Galle, and Daum. Asian furnishings and decorative arts includes several pieces of jade and jadeite, Buddhas, ginger jars, woodblock prints, silks, Japanese bronzes, Chinese ancestral portraits, a Chinese Hongmu painters table, a Chinese carved jadeite table screen, Chinese export porcelain garden seats, Tibetan bronze deity figures, a pair of Chinese doors, a Korean Koryo Celadon Kudika, and a portrait by Sanji Nohmi (Japanese, 1908-2000) of the Artist’s Mother. Lighting includes makers Duffner & Kimberly (Attr.), and Tiffany Studios.  Native American and Western includes several lots of cowboy attire, including beaded Gauntlets, prison-made horsehair bridles, American leather jackets, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and chaps. There are Native American photographs, spearheads, and Tompkins’ Real Wild West Posters. Twenty-seven lots are from a curated corporate textile collection, which encompasses examples from around the globe. Other items of note include books, weaponry, Egyptian artifacts, tea caddies, rugs and andirons.

Lot 1427: Cartier Pinecone Diamond Platinum Shoulder Brooch, $40,000-60,000
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Lot 1: Tiffany & Co. Mackay Demitasse Cup and Saucer, $3,000–5,000

Lot 57: Thomas Satter White Noble (American, 1835-1907) Cleaning Antiques, $4,000–6,000

Lot 115: Chippendale Walnut Secretary Bookcase, $2,000–4,000

Lot 142: Painted Automobilia Tin Sign, $5,000–7,000

Lot 157: Chinese Hongmu Painters Table, $800–1,200

Lot 162: Chinese Carved Jadeite Table Screen, $2,000–4,000

Lot 170: Pair Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Garden Seats, $2,000–3,000

Lot 181: Pair of Moritz Elimeyer German Silver Candelabra, $12,000–15,000

Lot 271: English Fruitwood Apple Form Tea Caddy, $2,000–4,000

Lot 276: George I Ebony Bracket Clock, $4,000–6,000

Lot 300: After Michel Anguier (French, 1613-1686) Neptune, $8,000–12,000

Lot 317: Mathurin Moreau (French, 1822-1912) Danseuse a la Lyre, $6,000–8,000

Lot 506: Prison Made Horsehair Bridle, $2,200–3,200

Lot 542: Nigerian/African Fabric Panel, $800–1,200

Lot 609: Etruscan Gold Cup, $20,000–30,000


Coins and Currency: Saturday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. (Lots 700-812)

U.S. coins, U.S. gold coins, commemorative state coins from Hawaii, Alabama, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Arkansas; a Booker T. Washington commemorative coin, U.S. proofs and mint sets, Seated Liberty coins, Peace coins, flowing hair and draped bust coins, and Morgan silver dollar coins. World and Foreign Coins of Persia, Ceylon, Maldives Islands, Italy, Canada, Great Britain, Burma, Nepal, Brunei, Germany, East Germany, Greenland, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Brazil, Iceland, British-India, Egypt, Tibet, Tonga, Turkey, Japan, Jordan, Palestine, Uganda, Venezuela, Annam, China and Chinese Provinces, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Romania, Rwanda, Slovenia, Ireland, France, Spain, Russia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Poland, Danzig, Portugal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, Mexico, South Africa, and Western Samoa.  Medals include a “Surrender at Yorktown” Centennial medal, and Exposition medals. Ancient Coins, World Coins and Tokens such as a Magdalen Island token, an Ancient coin and restrike grouping, and an Ancient Eastern Roman Empire gold solidus. There is am “Am I Not a Man and a Brother” halfpenny token. Currency includes U.S. and foreign currency such as a U.S. $10.00 Bison Note, a U.S. $10.00 legal tender note, U.S. $5.00 silver certificates, colonial and fractional currency, and confederate and obsolete notes.

Lot 700: U.S. 1907 $20.00 High Relief Gold Coin, $20,000–25,000
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Lot 700: U.S. 1907 $20.00 High Relief Gold Coin, $20,000–25,000

Lot 716: U.S. 1936 Bay Bridge Commemorative 50C, $1,000–1,500

Lot 769: Surrender at Yorktown Centennial Medal 1881, $300–500

Lot 795: Coins of Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Etc., $600–800

Lot 812: Ancient Eastern Roman Empire Gold Solidus, $800–1,200


Fine and Antique Jewelry, Couture, Objets de Vertu: Sunday, December 6, 11 a.m. (Lots 1000-1520)

 Rago’s principal jewelry sale of the year showcases fine and period jewelry, luxury goods, precious gemstones, diamond jewelry, couture bijoux, timepieces, objets de vertu, and designer accessories. Famous Jewelry makers include Buccellati, Cartier, Chanel, Edward Colonna, Henry Dunay, Carlo Giuliano, Hermes, Georg Jensen, Rene Lalique, Judith Leiber, Charles Loloma, Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., Louis Comfort Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, and Jules Wiese and Froment Meurice. The sale features the collection of Dora Jane Janson, author of "From Slave to Siren". Also of note are French Art Nouveau and Gilded Age jewels (several signed by Rene Lalique), a remarkably fine Roman landscape micromosaic bracelet dated 1828, four jewels by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a platinum diamond and pink tourmaline "zipper teeth" fringe necklace by Nadja Buckley, a Cartier pinecone diamond platinum shoulder brooch, a Burma ruby and diamond three-stone platinum ring, and an Art Nouveau plique-à-jour enameled gold Morning Glory necklace (attributed to Marcus).

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

Lot 1010: Art Nouveau Plique-A-Jour Morning Glory Necklace, Attrib. to Marcus & Co., $15,000-20,000

Lot 1023: Louis Comfort Tiffany Aquamarine and Pearl Platinum Pendant Necklace, $16,000-22,000

Lot 1229: Strand of Barrel or Drum Shaped Coral Beads, $1,500-2,500

Lot 1280: Buccellati Fancy and Colorless Diamond Heart Ring, $5,000-7,000

Lot 1380: Harry Winston 2.24 Cts, D, VVS2 Diamond & Gold Bypass Ring, $32,000-38,000

Lot 1389: Nadja Buckley Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Necklace, $25,000-35,000

Lot 1423: 14.65 Cts Untreated Burma Ruby and Diamond Ring, $60,000-80,000

Lot 1443: 8.00 Cts Fancy Light Yellow Diamond Ring, $60,000-80,000

Lot 1499: Gentleman's Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18k & Steel, $8,000-12,000

1031a: Karl Rothmuller Jugendstil Opal Necklace Brooch, $4,000-6,000


The Jewelry Collection of Dora Jane Janson

Author and scholar Dora Jane Janson was a woman who knew and loved jewelry. Born Dora Jane Heineberg in Philadelphia in 1902, she met her future husband, Horst W. Janson, while an undergraduate at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA. They married after his Ph.D. was completed at Harvard in 1941. She helped shape, and is credited as co-author, on a number of his books, notably The Story of Painting for Young People (1954) and the seminal History of Art (1962). In 1971 she curated an innovative exhibition of jewelry at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art entitled From Slave to Siren: The Victorian Woman and Her Jewelry from Neoclassic to Art Nouveau. The catalog of the same name, which she wrote to accompany the exhibition, was one of the first books on the subject of antique jewelry for the lay reader, upholding the Janson tradition of writing prose both lucid and learned. The jewelry auction contains 90 lots from Janson’s collection.

Lot 1003: Rene Lalique "Ombelles" Horn and Diamond Hair Comb, $7,000-9,000

Lot 1013: Rene Lalique Pinned Dragonfly Woman Gold Cane Handle, $50,000-75,000

Lot 1090: Three Pairs Georgian or Victorian Paste Earrings, $2,000-3,000

Lot 1140: Old Masters Roman Landscape Micromosaic Bracelet, $7,000-9,000

Lot 1185: Jeweled Serpent and Branch Bracelet, $5,000-7,000


Fine Furs, online only at Sunday, December 6, 6 p.m. (Lots 2000-2038)

This online only unreserved sale showcases 39 lots of fine fur jackets, coats and shawls in mink, beaver, chinchilla, fox, shearling, and more. Online only at


Lot 2000: New Sheared Beaver Hooded Jacket with Fox Trim, $250-350

Lot 2004: New Dark Brown Sheared Bomber Style Reversible Jacket, $300-500

Lot 2029: Sheared blonde Mink Three-Quarter Length Coat, $500-700


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