Rago to Auction 2400+ Lots of Estate and Unreserved Property on September 12, 13, 14

  • LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey
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  • August 20, 2014

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Lot 120, Art Deco "Moi et Toi" Diamond Platinum Ring, $1,500-2,000.
Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago to Auction 2400+ Lots of Estate and Unreserved Property on September 12, 13, 14.


Jewelry, Silver, Fine Art, Furnishings, Modern Design, Coins, Asian, Miltaria, Books and Ephemera.


Lambertville, NJ: The Rago Arts and Auction Center will auction a huge variety of estate and unreserved property on September 12, 13 and 14.  The sale begins on Friday, September 12 with 550+ lots of unreserved jewelry, silver, decorative and fine art and furnishings, followed by the first section of Rago’s Great Estates auction featuring 160+ lots of silver, coins and currency.  The Great Estates sale continues on Saturday, September 13 with 700 lots of fine furnishings, art, decorative accessories, Asian, militaria, books and ephemera.  A 1000 lot day of unreserved 20th c. art and design follows on Sunday, September 14.


“We have been offered a record amount of desirable property this summer. This sale reflects it and then some,” said Rago partner Miriam Tucker. “It is massive, but still choice. It includes significant property from fine private homes as well as affordable pieces of great design. We’ve been attracting more and more young people with our unreserved auctions, which is really exciting. The price point’s right and the fact that the high bid – no matter what it is – buys the lot, adds to the appeal. So does our staff. We like teaching people about buying at auction, whether they are looking at a lot worth $10,000 or $500.” 

Lot 1215, Mounted Sevres Porcelain Centerpiece, $5,000-7,000.
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Rago Unreserved Auction Dates/Times

  • Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m., Unreserved: Jewelry, Silver, Art, Furnishings (Lots 1 – 546)
  • Friday, September 12 (following Unreserved), Great Estates: Silver Coins and Currency (Lots 600-767)
  • Saturday, September 13 at 10 a.m., Great Estates: Fine Furnishings, Art, Decorative accessories, Asian, Militaria, Books, Ephemera (Lots 1000 – 1699)
  • Sunday, September 14 at 10 a.m., Unreserved: 20th c. Art and Design (Lots 2000-2999)


Auction Exhibition/Preview

  • Saturday, September 6 – Wednesday, September 10, 12-5 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 12-7 p.m., and by appointment. Doors open at 9 a.m. on September 12, 13 and 14.
  • Rago Open House: Tuesday, September 9, 6 p.m., featuring a panel presentation, “Stories Things Carry”. Please RSVP to raac@ragoarts.com or 609-397-9374 ext. 119. All are welcome.
  • Rago’s is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at ragoarts.com.



  • Auction online at ragoarts.com as of August 22.
  • Great Estates Catalogues are $20. Unreserved catalogues are free (text only). Available by calling 609.397.9374 or emailing a request to info@ragoarts.com.  


Auction Contact Information


Unreserved Jewelry, Silver, Art and Furnishings (lots 1-546): Friday, September 12, 10 a.m.

Lot 2975, Alvar Aalto Paimio Chair, $1,000-1,500.
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This morning session of unreserved goods begins with approximately 250 lots of unreserved jewelry and couture, including late 19th thru 20th century antique and period jewelry, modern gemstone jewelry, engagement and bridal jewelry, designer fashion jewelry and bijoux, as well as contemporary designer handbags and couture.


The Unreserved Auction continues with approximately 240 lots of estates fine furniture and decorative arts. There are porcelains by Royal Vienna, Lenox, Boehm, Limoges, Dresden, Majolica, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester; there is artwork by Frank C. Herbst, Ellen B. Farr, Marion Gray Traver, Gustave Henry Mosler, Davis Gray, Ernst August Mandelsloh, Raphael Soyer and Frederick Melville Dumond; Furnishings in the style of George III, Regency, Federal, Chippendale, Victorian and Country; Oriental rugs; traditional lighting; Americana and folk art; Chinese Propaganda Posters; Asian decorative arts, Native American and ethnographic; Louis Vuitton steamer trunks; Glass by Baccarat and Waterford.


The sale continues with approximately 50 lots of unreserved silver and silver plate, including flatware, tableware, candle stands, decorative items and tea sets. Famous makers include Tiffany & Co., Georg Jensen, Wallace, Reed & Barton. The festivities continue with the Great Estates sale immediately following the Unreserved sale that same day.


Great Estates (lots 600-767): Friday, September 12, immediately following the Unreserved Sale


The Great Estates sale immediately follows the Unreserved sale. It begins with approximately 75 lots of silver and silver plate, including flatware, centerpieces, tea and coffee services, a collection of match safes, vases, compotes and more. Silver is followed by approximately 90 lots of a fine assortment of ancient coins from Roman to Byzantine, U.S. and Foreign Coins, Colonial currency, National Notes, U.S. and World Tokens and Medals.


Great Estates (lots 1000-1699): Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.


Saturday’s auction begins with property from the Stokes family. Robert Stokes, a Princeton, New Jersey businessman, bought from top dealers – Israel Sack, Louis Richmond, Wilford Lawshe – as well as private individuals in the 1920s and 1930s. His daughter-in-law, Marie Louise Reeder Stokes, added a number of pieces to the collection, some descended through Reeder family, others acquired from market sources.


The Estates sale continues with lots 1042 – 1051, sold to benefit The George Nakashima Foundation for Peace, followed by a selection of   Native American/Western items: Santa Clara Pueblo pottery, vintage Hopi Kachinas, a Navajo blanket, a Keyston Brothers silver mounted saddle, Native American silver and five large Tompkins Wild West Posters. Furnishings: Louis Majorelle unusual Japonisme lacquered two tiered table with gilt bronze handles and floral decoration, pair of monumental Chinese export jardineres. American, English and continental furniture from the Chippendale, Federal, Victorian and Renaissance Revival periods. Several Steinway Grand Pianos. Lighting including lamps and chandeliers.  Rugs: Hamadan, Kirman, Tabriz, Bijar, Shirvan, Sarouk, Heriz, Khotan and Mahal Oriental rugs. A Peking Chinese, a Persian pictorial rug. Autographs by Babe Ruth, a baseball signed by the Yankees, Walter Johnson, Mickey Mantle, 1999 New York Yankees World Series autographs, 500 Homerun Club autographed photograph, Joe Dimaggio, Ray Manzarek, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alfred Hitchcock, Walt Disney and Charles Lindbergh. First Edition books: A.A. Milne (signed), Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Rudyard Kipling, and a hand illuminated Koran. There are Fine French mantle clocks, calendar clocks, ten tall case clocks and an Elmer Stennes Girandole clock. Russian porcelain includes a tea service, two wine coolers, and a Russian icon of Christ. Russian art by Erte including s silkscreen print and a bronze. Bronzes by Ferdidnand Pautrot, Antoine-Louis Barye, Edouard Drouot. Carl Kauba, Jules Moigniez and Frederich Gornik. Vienna bronze includes an Orientalist lamp and an elephant.  There are several marble sculptures including a Classical figure reclining beside a water jug, Marble sculpture, full length of boy praying by Pietro Guarnerio, a bust of a woman and a bust of a Roman statesman.  Fine Art: Over 100 lots of oils, prints, watercolors, regional, American, English and continental Animal portraits by artists such as Frederick Goodall, Antoine Blanchard, James Pollard, John Charles Maggs, Tim Cotterill, Elmira Kempton, Frank F. English, Fritz Zuber-Buhler, Marie Rodigue, Raden Basoeki Abdullah, Carl Rudolph Huber, Barbara Shermund, Erte, Allen Dean Cochran, Edmund Darch Lewis, Francis Van Der Weegen, Gordon Haas, Gustav Laeverenz, H. Clement, Jens Erik Carl Rasmussen, Joaquim Miro, Julius Muhr, Leroy Neiman, Sondra Lipton, Tamara de Lempicka, William Sartain and several Louis Icart etchings. Porcelains: Vienna Austria urns, centerpieces, KPM porcelain, Copeland porcelain plates, Majolica, Wedgwood, Minton, Delft. Glass: Lalique, Tiffany, Steuben, d'Argental, Legras and Durand. Asian: Chinese jades, porcelains, rock crystal, Chinese cricket box collection, export paintings, snuff bottles, Peking grass, Chinese jade screen, Japanese painted screen, Chinese celadon jade teapot, Chinese gourd-shaped vase. More: Black Forest carvings, mechanical banks, rock concert posters, original Mickey Mouse illustrations, and Pennsylvania Railroad poster original artwork.


Unreserved 20th C. Design (lots 2000-2999): Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10 a.m.


The unreserved sale on Sunday features stylish and functional 20th century design property with no reserves, featuring designer and famous makers from the early 20th through the 21st century. The sale begins with early 20th c. design, including pottery by George Ohr, Marblehead, Grueby, Teco, Van Briggle, Martin Bros., Rookwood, Fulper, Roseville and Weller; furniture by Stickley and Roycroft; glass by Lalique, Galle and Daum; and lighting by Handel. The sale then continues into the Modern Era, featuring furnishings by Herman Miller, Knoll, Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, Cassina, Paolo Passerini, Jamie Herzlinger, Adrian Pearsall, Selig, Charles and Ray Eames, James Mont, Erton, Rho Mobili d'Epoca, Jean Pascaud, Milo Baughman, Karl Springer, Nakashima, Robert March, Edward Wormley, Vladimir Kagan, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Harvey Probber, Paul Mccobb, Jay Stanger, Ligne Roset, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Jens Risom, Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson and Arne Vodder; decorative accessories by Tiffany Studios, Piero Fornasetti, Tommi Parzinger and Timo Sarpaneva; Lighting by Fondica, Daum, Artimide, Fontana Arte, Mariano Fortuny, Paul Hanson, Laurel Lamp Co., Jason Wein, Vistosi and Murano; contemporary art pottery by Toshiko Takezu, Michael Lucero, Adrian Saxe, Steve Tobin, Yuriy Musatov, Otto and Vivika Heino, Edwin Scheier, Bennett Bean and Karen Karnes; Fine art by Alexander Calder, Katharine Steele Renninger, Ernest Tino Trova, Bill Barrell, Aaron Fink, George Rhoads, William Kentridge, John h. Fincher, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Richard Gubernick, Budd Hopkins, David Leverett, Michael Scott, Kay Walkingstick, Victor Vasarely, Fred Zinnemann, Diantha Baker, Robert Alan Bechtle, Kent Addison, George Platt Lynes, Willard Gaylord Levitas, Laverne Ray Fromberg, May Bender, Ben Shahn, Ouka Leele, Jeff Rider, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Bert Stern and John S. Fawcett; contemporary glass by Venini, Seguso and Alessandro Pianon.


Notes for the Editor

High-resolution images available.


Consignments Invited

Consignments are invited for Rago’s next Great Estates auction, seeking fine furnishings and decorative arts, silver, jewelry, and coins and currency to be held December 5-7, 2014, and for all of Rago's winter/spring auctions, including 20th c. Design, Fine Art, Estates, Silver and Jewelry.


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.



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

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