Rago’s 20th C. Design Auctions, March 1-2, Include Work by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Phil Powell, Viktor Schreckengost, Tiffany Studios and Robert Arneson

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  • February 12, 2014

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Lot 1: John Dee Wareham/Rookwood, Reticulated Black Iris Vase, $20,000 – $30,000.
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Other highlights include the Martin Brothers, Gio Ponti, Tommi Parzinger, Adelaide Robineau, Newcomb College, Otto and Gertrud Natzler, Jan Yoors, Ed and Philip Moulthrop, and Harry Bertoia.


Lambertville, NJ   On Saturday March 1 and Sunday March 2, Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auction of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design.


Early 20th C. Decorative Arts, featuring the Lillian Hoffman Collection: Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m.


Art Pottery, Furniture, Art Glass, Metalwork and prints in 450 lots: From the collection of Lillian Hoffman comes a special group of American and European ceramics, featuring Adelaide Robineau, University City, Taxile Doat, Martin Brothers, an outstanding reticulated vase by John Dee Wareham for Rookwood, and much more. “The Hoffman collection is somewhat legendary in ceramic circles. Off the market for over three decades, the 100 lot collection includes important examples of both American and European art pottery, from Rookwood to Martin Ware,” explains David Rago.


Following the Hoffman collection are early 20th century decorative arts, featuring ceramics by Teco, Charles Binns, Pewabic, George Ohr, Van Briggle, Riessner Stellmacher & Kessel, and Rookwood, plus several extremely rare Newcomb College textiles and a Newcomb lamp with leaded glass shade. Exceptional examples by Marblehead, Grueby, Roseville, and John Bennett.  Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Rose Valley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Roycroft, and Limbert, includes an early trapezoidal grandfather clock and rare server by the firm of Gustav Stickley and two fine pieces by Rose Valley. Lighting by Handle, Duffner & Kimberly, Suess, and Tiffany Studios. Art glass by Lalique, Loetz, and Tiffany Studios.  Hammered copper by Dirk Van Erp, Joseph Heinrichs, Alfred Daguet, and Gustav Stickley.  Artwork by Gustave Baumann and Alphonse Mucha.

Lot 542: Robert Arneson, “Vince” Charger, $25,000 – $30,000.
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Modern Ceramics:  Saturday, March 1, immediately following Early 20th C.

132 lots:  Three unique pieces by Viktor Schreckengost. Works by Otto and Gertrud Natzler, Peter Voulkos, Lucie Rie, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, and an exceptional charger by Robert Arneson. Also featuring Robert Turner, Toshiko Takaezu, Claude Conover, Ralph Bacerra, and Michael Lucero. Studio pottery by Karen Karnes, Nancee Meeker, Bennett Bean, Susanne Stephenson and Don Reitz.


Modern Design:  Sunday, March 2, 11 a.m.

Furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork from the 20th and 21st C., 563 lots:  Fine furniture in East Indian laurel and rosewood by George Nakashima, works by Paul Evans, Phil Powell, Vladimir Kagan, Wendell Castle, Warren Platner, Jean Prouve, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, and Karl Springer; special tables by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and Albert Paley. Scandinavian wares designed by Finn Juhl, Nanna Ditzel, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Greta Grossman, and Borge Mogensen.  Ceramics by Pablo Picasso at Madoura, Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Co., and Piero Fornasetti. Studio glass by Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Michael Pavlik, Paul Stankard, Richard Marquis, Tomas Hlavicka, and Dale Chihuly.  Lighting by Jacques Adnet, Lightolier, Carlo Scarpa, Venini, Fondica, Georges Jouve, Poul Henningsen, Agostini, Lacroix, Prouve, and Maison Charles. Tapestries by Jan Yoors, Alexander Calder, and Edward Fields. Sculpture by Steve Tobin Harry Bertoia, Feliciano Bejar, Stefan Knapp, David Savage, Ed and Phil Moulthrop, Harriet Bell, and Leslie Hawk. Sterling by Georg Jensen, Raymond Loewy, Rudolf Feldmann for Bielefeld, and Donald Colflesh for Gorham.

Lot 980: Albert Paley, Dining Table, $20,000 – $30,000.
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Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding


- Saturday, February 22 – Thursday, February 27, 12–5 p.m. and by appointment. Friday, February 28, 12-7 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. on sale days.

- 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.




- Printed catalogues are available for $25 each by calling 609.397.9374 or e-mailing a request to info@ragoarts.com.

- View a complete online catalogue with color images at ragoarts.com, online February 13.




-High-resolution images available.

- 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.

- Next 20th C. Design Auctions: June 14 and 15, 2014.




Miriam Tucker
Rago Arts and Auction Center

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

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