Rago to Auction a Record-Sized Pearl, Royal Silver and Master’s Decoy, December 5, 6, 7

  • LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey
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  • November 14, 2014

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Lot 2557, Largest Known Near-Round Natural White Saltwater Pearl, Estimate $100,000+
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Lambertville, NJ: Rago rounds out 2014 with a three-day, 1500 lot auction of property from private homes and fine estates.  


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 at 11 AM – Silver/Coins and Currency/Jewelry (Session One)


SILVER (Lots 1-102)

Decorative accessories, flatware and Russian enamel. Three Earl of Warrington, Dunham Massey silver serving platters. Jensen, Gorham, Tiffany & Co., Buccellati, Whiting, Wallace, S. Kirk, Woods & Hughes, Reed & Barton, Hector Aguilar.  


Lot 24, Three Earl of Warrington Silver Serving Platters, Dunham Massey, estimate $20,000-30,000.

These three oval silver serving platters are part of an 18th century armorial service created for the 2nd Earl of Warrington, George Booth (1675-1758), and the 5th Earl of Warrington and Stanford, George Harry Grey (1737-1819). One was made by Peter Archambo, a Huguenot silver and goldsmith, in London in 1730 for George Booth.  Two were made by John Wakelin & William Taylor, London, in 1786, for George Harry Grey. (Wakeline and Taylor made six platters in all.)  On each platter the Earl's coronet surmounts the coat of arms of Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington (1652-1694) and his family motto "Quod Ero Spero" (translated as "What I hope to accomplish, I will accomplish" or "Hope, Perseverance, Success").

Lot 24, Three Earl of Warrington Silver Serving Platters, Dunham Massey, Estimate $20,000-30,000.
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Featured Property: Lot 1, German Jeweled Sterling Figure Of Jousting Knight, $4,000-6,000; Lot 2, 18th Century Russian Silver Cup Presented to Earl of Southesk, $1,800–2,400; Lot 9, Fedor Ruckert Cloisonné Enameled Silver Three Handle Cup, $12,000-18,000; Lot 23, George II Large Gilt Silver Cup & Cover, John Pero, $12,000-15,000; Lot 35, Tiffany & Co. Sterling Large Two Handled Waiter, $3,000-5,000; Lot 56, Georg Jensen Large Silver Grape Centerbowl #296A, $10,000-15,000; Lot 57, Tiffany & Co. Art Nouveau Silver Water Pitcher, $2,500-4,500; Lot 59, Gorham Mixed Metal and Sterling Centerbowl, $5,500-7,500; Lot 68, Hector Aguilar "Aztec" Silver Flatware Service, 90 pieces total, $15,000-25,000; Lot 72, Buccellati Italian Silver Water Pitcher, $1,000-1,500.



U.S. coins and currency, tokens, foreign coins and currency, bronze art medals, and ancient Byzantine, Roman and Macedon coins. The first 27 lots are from the Collection of Robert L. Coe of Waterbury, Connecticut. Mr. Coe was the President of Chase Brass and Copper Company. He served as Special Envoy to England for the Economic Cooperation Administration, the government agency created in 1948 to administer the Marshall Plan.  


Featured Property from the Collection of Robert Coe of Waterbury, Connecticut: Lot 200, U.S. 1794 1C, $1000-$1500; Lot 201, 1812 1C, $1,000-1,500; Lot 207, 1937-D 3 Legged 5C, $800-1,200; Lot 223, 1860 The Wealth Of The South Civil War Token, $300-$500.

Lot 1103, Elmer Crowell Canvasback Drake Decoy, Estimate $10,000-15,000.
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Featured Property: Lot 236, Bronze Art Medals, $700-900; Lot 246, U.S. Morgan $1.00 Coins, $1,800-2,200; Lot 257, 1910 U.S. $10.00 Gold Coin, $700-900; Lot 258, Ancient Zeugitana Carthage EL Stater Coin, Circa 350-320 BC, $1,800-2,200; Lot 268, Ancient Eastern Empire Arcadius AV Solidus Coin, 383-408 AD, $1,800-2,200; Lot 280, Ancient Byzantine Heraclius AV Solidus Coin, 610-641 AD, $700-900.


JEWELRY (Session One: Lots 400-504)

Jewelry sales at Rago have so increased in volume and quality that we have added a Friday session this December. Friday’s sale includes coin jewelry, charms, charm bracelets, rings, neck chains; Victorian pieces including mourning jewelry, cameos, lockets, lavalieres, brooches, pearls, and more. Many are multiple piece lots, perfect for dealers, collectors, and gift-givers (just in time for the holidays).  Many lots (on both Friday and Sunday) are from the collection of Gray Davis Boone, the renowned dealer and successful publisher of Antique Monthly, Horizon Magazine and the Gray Letter. 


Featured Lots from the Collection of Gray Davis Boone: Lot 445, Collection of Victorian Mourning Jewelry, $1,500–2,000; Lot 450, Five Victorian Yellow Gold Pendants, $1,000–1,500; Lot 459, Seven Channel Set Ruby Rings, $2,400–3,200; Lot 478, Platinum or 18k White Gold Diamond Filigree Rings, $1,500–2,500; Lot 486, Antique Cut Diamond Pendant Necklace, $1,200–1,800.


Featured Property: Lot 400, 1904 Liberty Head $20 Gold Coin Necklace, $1,500–1,800; Lot 413, Victor Mayer 18k Gold Diamond Locket, $1,000–1,500; Lot 418, 14k Yellow Gold Equestrian Charm Necklace, $2,200–2,800; Lot 493, Double Strand Cultured Pearl and Diamond Necklace, $1,200–1,500; Lot 502, Collection of Silver and Paste Jewelry, $2,000–3,000.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 at 11 AM - Furniture, Fine and Decorative Art (Lots 1001-1622)


Asian decorative arts. Ethnographic and Native American art and artifacts.  Americana and folk art from the Collection of Allen Hendershott Eaton, the “Dean of American Crafts”. American, English and Continental furnishings. Clocks. Bronze and marble sculpture.  Fine art. Disneyana and other vintage toys. Militaria. Porcelain and ceramics Art glass. Lighting.  Oriental Rugs. A large collection of Steins, notably Mettlach etched steins. Louis Vuitton steamer trunks. Phonographs, music boxes, and a concert poster collection.


Featured Property: Lot 1050, Japanese Hand Painted Screen (Provenance: Presented as a gift from the Japanese Government to a President of The World Bank), $10,000-15,000; Lot 1096, Maria and Julian Martinez Blackware Jar, $2,000-3,000; Lot 1103, Elmer Crowell Canvasback Drake Decoy, $10,000-15,000; Lot 1126, Style of Duncan Phyfe Tilt Table, $2,000-3,000; Lot 1134, Isaac Schoonmaker Grandfather Clock, $3,000-5,000; Lot 1256, 19th C. Roman Micromosaic, $20,000-30,000; Lot 1265, Mickey & Minnie Mouse Illustrations, $4,000-6,000; Lot 1276, Royal Doulton Flambé Vase, $2,000-3,000; Lot 1292, Pair of Royal Worcester Pate-Sur-Pate Moon Flasks, $10,000-15,000; Lot 1305, Le Verre Francais Cameo Glass Vase, $1,800-2,200; Lot 1310, Pair of Sandwich Glass Tulip Vases, $2,500-3,000; Lot 1351, Handel Leaded Glass Lamp, $5,000-7,000; Lot 1375, English Cut Glass Chandelier, $4,000-6,000; Lot 1469, Chinese Peking Rug, $1,000-1,500; Lot 1476, Mettlach Relief Stein, $600-800; Lot 1484, Louis Icart (French, 1888-1950), Etching on paper "Joy of Life," 1929, $800-1,200; Lot 1573, Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk, $2,500-4,500; Lot 1604, Prussian Silver Mounted Flintlock Holtster Pistol, $10,000-$12,000.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 at 11 AM – Jewelry, Couture, Objets de Vertu, Timepieces (Lots 2000-2574)


Designer jewelry includes a Barbara Anton aquamarine and diamond necklace,  Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany enameled gold “Jackie” bracelet, as well as pieces from Boucheron, Buccellati, Bvlgari, Cartier, David Webb, Gustave Manz, Gillot & Co., Hermés, J.E. Caldwell, Georg Jensen, Nardi, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron & Constantin, Patek Philippe and Verdura. Certified diamonds. Coral, carved horn, amber and certified Jadeite. Antiquities. Georgian. Victorian. Edwardian, including an Australian black opal platinum bracelet. Art Deco. Art Nouveau. Arts and Crafts. Late 20th century studio movement. Natural pearls and gemstones, including  a 7.78 cts. untreated Burma ruby and diamond ring, as well as other rubies, emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, tourmalines. Engagement rings and wedding sets. Men’s cufflinks, rings and timepieces. Handbags by Hermes. Objets de vertu include a Tiffany & Co. vanity set. Timepieces include a Patek Philippe silver solar powered desk clock. 


Lot 2557: The star lot is the largest known near-round natural saltwater pearl brought to market. It is a drilled natural saltwater pearl of the Pinctada species of oyster measuring 19.08 x 18.88 x 16.50mm. with no indication of treatment; near-round; white body color; orient overtone (GIA Pearl Identification Report #2165503254). The 19th century oval brooch onto which the pearl is set contains 16 near colorless old mine cut diamonds, (approx. 28 cts. TW), and numerous smaller rose cut diamonds set in silver topped gold. $100,000+


Featured Property: Lot 2128, Golay Leresche & Fils Enameled Gold Scarab Watch, $6,000-8,000; Lot 2096, Victorian Sapphire and Diamond Parure, $5,000-7,000; Lot 2236: Jean Schlumberger Enameled Gold Bracelet, Tiffany, $8,000–12,000; Lot 2375, Patek Philippe Silver Solar Powered Desk Clock, $8,000-12,000; Lot 2458, Cartier Rock Crystal Diamond Enameled Gold Watch, $8,000-12,000; Lot 2534, Edwardian Australian Black Opal Platinum Bracelet, $9,000-12,000; Lot 2548, Van Cleef & Arpels French Diamond Platinum Clip, $35,000-45,000; Lot 2549, 3.02 cts. Asscher Cut Diamond Platinum Ring, $35,000-45,000; Lot 2554, Barbara Anton Aquamarine and Diamond Necklace, $8,000-12,000; Lot 2556, English Natural Pearl Diamond Platinum Bracelet, $10,000-15,000; Lot 2555, 7.78 cts. Untreated Burma Ruby and Diamond Ring, $75,000-95,000; Lot 2561, Hermes 32cm Rouge H Box Calf Leather Kelly Bag, $2,000-3,000; Lot 2007, Art Nouveau Dyed Horn Necklace by Georges Pierre, $1,000–1,500; Lot 2243, Verdura Gold and Pearl “Cut Wire” Cuff, $6,000–8,000; Lot 2272, Colette Denton Gold Cloisonné Cufflinks, $1,000–2,000; Lot 2188, Early Georg Jensen Silver and Amber Brooch #2, $1,500–2,500; Lot 2244, Massive Enameled Gold and Diamond Unicorn Fur Clip, $5,000–7,000; Lot 2235, Massive Deep Orange/Red Coral Bead Necklace, coral beads, 30 x 16.5 mm - 20.74 x 12.31 mm., $2,000–4,000; Lot 2465, Natural Jadeite Jade, Diamond Platinum Negligee, $2,500–3,500; Lot 2435, Exceptional Giulio Nardi Jeweled Moretto Brooch, $5,000–7,000; Lot 2255, Buccellati Emerald And Diamond 18k Gold Ring, $6,000–8,000; Lot 2459, Cartier Enameled Gold , Rose Quartz Desk Thermometer, $1,000–1,500; Lot 2374, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day Date Moon Phase Watch, $4,000–6,000; Lot 2547A, Vacheron & Constantin Diamond Platinum Bracelet Watch, $10,000-12,000.


Featured Lots from the Collection of Gray Davis Boone: Lot 2047, Victorian Enameled Gold Serpent Bracelet, $2,000-3,000; Lot 2112: Victorian Rose Cut Diamond Parure, $3,000-4,000; Lot 2120, Victorian Diamond Earrings with Coach Covers, $6,000–9,000; Lot 2161, Berlin Ironwork necklace, ca. 1815, $3,000–4,000; Lot 2527, Exceptional Columbian Emerald and Diamond Ring, 3.73 cts. by formula, $10,000–15,000; Lot 2538, Diamond and Platinum Garland Style Earrings, $8,000–10,000.


Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding

  • Saturday, November 29 through Wednesday, December 3, 12-5 p.m. and by appointment. Thursday, December 4, 12-7 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. on sale days.
  • Open House with guest speaker, Benjamin Macklowe, "Art Nouveau: A Jewel in Every Medium," Tuesday, December 2. Reception at 5 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. R.S.V.P. to raac@ragoarts.com or 609-397-9374 ext. 119.
  • Rago's is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at ragoarts.com.
  • Telephone, absentee, online bidding available for those unable to attend.
  • View an animation video of the sale: http://vimeo.com/ragoauctions/beetlebug



  • Catalogue online at ragoarts.com as of November 17, 2014.
  • Printed catalogues: $20/3 for $40




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About Rago Arts and Auction Center


Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with $30 million in sales in 2013. We serve thousands of sellers and buyers internationally with a singular blend of global reach and personal service. Rago holds auctions of 20th/21st c. design, fine art, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry, militaria, coins and currency, Asian, historic ephemera, and ethnographic property.  A world-class venue through which to buy and sell, it offers valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections and estates), appraisals, estate services, exhibitions and lectures in house and online. Rago is based in New Jersey, midway between Philadelphia and New York City.



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