Everything Goes at the Rago Unreserved Auction, Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 – Over 1400 Lots of What’s Desirable, Useful, Interesting and Affordable

  • LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey
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  • December 21, 2012

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Lot 1213, Shiro Kuramata-XO, Pair of Sing Sing Sing chairs, $1,200-1,800
Rago Arts and Auction Center


Rago Auctions is holding a 1400+ lot Unreserved Auction over two days, Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. All of the lots are unreserved, meaning that the high bid – no matter how low – wins the lot. Saturday’s sale consists of over 600 lots of original and vintage art, furnishings, tableware, Asian, Americana, collectibles, coins and currency and ethnographic property, featuring a large selection of Early 20th Century design. Sunday’s sale is 800 lots dedicated to 20th Century Modern design including furniture, lighting, rugs, contemporary pottery, contemporary art glass, and contemporary art.


“Rago Unreserved is all about better stuff for less money.” says Michael Ingham, who runs the auction. “It’s for everyone who thinks they can’t afford to buy at auction and have never come into Rago’s. It’s fun.  You can buy art and furniture that doesn’t come off a big retail assembly line. It’s better made than most anything from a chain store and it costs less. Come in early and browse around. If you don’t know how to bid at auction, we’ll be glad to show you the ropes.”


Auction Dates/Times

·          Rago Unreserved Auction: Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 at 11 a.m.

·          Telephone, absentee, online bidding available for those unable to attend.


Auction Exhibition/Preview

·          Saturday, January 5 through Thursday, January 10, from 12-5 p.m. and by appointment, and Friday, January 11, from 12-7 p.m. Doors open on the sale days at 9:00 a.m. 

·          Open House with Guest Speaker Kirby Ferguson: Tuesday, January 8, 6pm. RSVP 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. 



·          View complete catalogues with color images online at ragoarts.com as of December 27.

·          Printed text lists are free. Call 609.397.9374 or email info@ragoarts.com.  


Auction Contact Information  

·          Jane Pavics, Rago Unreserved Cataloguer, 609-397-9374 ext. 144 or jane@ragoarts.com.



Auction Highlights


Saturday, January 12, 2013, 11 a.m.


Arts & Crafts Pottery and Furnishings

Saturday’s sale begins with early 20th century design pottery and furnishings. Kicking off, is a run of Rookwood pottery, notably, lot 1, a Fred Rothenbusch for Rookwood vellum vase painted with flowers, estimated at $600-800. There is pottery by Fulper, Clewell, North Dakota School of Mines, Van Briggle, Weller, Cowan, several lots by Buffalo Pottery, many lots of Roseville, and tiles by Grueby and Marblehead.


Early 20th century furnishings by famous makers such as Gustav Stickley, L. & J. G. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Lifetime, Roycroft, Prairie School, including Lot 13, a nice Gustav Stickley dining table, estimated at $900-1,400. For the billiards enthusiast, a miniature pool table, estimated at $1,000-1,500. Stickley by E.J. Audi furniture, notably lot 188, a contemporary Harvey Ellis style tall chest, estimated at $500-700.  Leaded glass lighting and windows, some by Prairie School and lot 157, a leaded glass table lamp, ca. 1915, estimated at $800-1,200.


Small Decorative Pieces

Amphora ceramics by makers Clement Massier, Eduard Stellmacher, and Zsolnay. Pottery by Zuid-Holland Gouda, notably, lot 88, a three-piece clock garniture, estimated at $2,000-3,000. Metalware by Jarvie, Silvercrest, Bouhon Frers, and Gorham. Glass from Tiffany Studios, Galle, Muller Freres, Steuben, Bohemian, Durand, Lalique, Baccarat, Waterford, Charles Lotton, including 164, a Tiffany Studios gold Favrile glass vase, estimated at $700-900; and lot 457, two glass vessels by Charles Lotton, including a pulled feather Jack in the Pulpit vase and bottle shaped vase with vines, estimated at $600-800. Porcelain by Royal Doulton, Limoges, Royal Worcester, Royal Vienna, KPM, including lot 396, 27 service plates by Royal Crown Derby and Coalport, estimated at $400-600. Also a Shabis menorah a Napoleon desk inkwell, brass candlesticks, and a wrought iron tree stand.


Fine Art

Oils, watercolors, lithographs, screenprints, poster, etchings, sculptures, pastels, by artists including Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Leonard Baskin, Bertha Klandrud Souder, Emlen Etting, Nicola D'ascenzo, Norman Mills Price, Adam Fairweather , Sears Gallagher, Adrian Zingg, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Miriam Brody, Melville F. Stark, Maude Sherwood Jewett, Mary G.L. Hood, Man Ray, M. Rinaldi, Jean Renoir, Jean-Claude Bougeois, Elizabeth Grandin, John Gould, Bertha Klandrud Souder, Alan R. Hiley, Jon Carsman, James S. King, James Dromgole Linton, Harry Rosen, E. Adele Hermann, Blanche Lazzell, Hamilton Hamilton, Guy Martin Chapel, Gisele Ferrandier, George Washington Nicholson, George A. Bradshaw, George A. Boyle, Fritz Kochendorfer, Ethel A. Wallace, including lot is 49, a George Washington Nicholson oil on panel of a blooming yucca in the desert, estimated at $600-800.


Country Furniture, Folk Art, Quilts

Shaker furniture, a paint decorated step back cupboard, an American hooded cradle, a 20th century barn cornice, a Judi Boisson cotton quilt at $200-300, an early 20th century quilt, estimated at $400-600. Several lots of folk art, tramp art and black Americana, including lot 316, three pieces of black Americana, "Steppin Tom," "Sambo" game board, and sprinkler, ca. 1940, estimated at $300-500.



Chinese and Japanese porcelain, a Korean jewelry box, lacquer and mixed wood furnishings, a Coromandel screen, nesting tables, a wardrobe, vases, teapots, tea bowls, Chinese ivory, Chinese hardstone carvings, a brass temple gong, a Chinese silk robe, including lot 563, a gilt wood carved dragon and glazed stoneware bowl and box, estimated at $600-900.  Tribal items include a Pre-Columbian figure, Inuit stone carvings, two Sudan shields, and ethnographic wood carvings.


Period Furnishings

French Provincial, traditional and Victorian furnishings, including lot 377, an 18th/19th c. French Provincial Bombe commode and hutch, $600-800; and lot 493, a 20th c. pair of bergeres in the style of Louis XV, estimated at $500-700.


Dolls, Ephemera, Collectables, Music and more

Music boxes, a Zilotone, Mary Roebling bank, Leica Camera, G.E. Curve drawing voltmeter, figural bronze radiator cap, Civil War M1860 sword, WWII ship passenger log and Eleanor Roosevelt letters. Dolls, mini cannon and Beatrix Potter figures and books. Coins and Currency includes Wheat Pennies, Proof and mint sets and foreign coins and currency.



Sunday, January 13, 2013, 11 a.m.


Modern Furnishings

Furnishings by famous makers: Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, Afra  and Tobia Scarpa for Knoll Associates, Alphons Bach for Lloyd Co., Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Hollis Jones, Charles Pollock for Knoll Associates, Christian Liagre/Holly Hunt, Clifford Pascoe, Darrell Landrum for Avard, Directional, Dorothy Draper for Heritage Henredon, Edgar Bartolucci and John Waldheim, Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Eero Saarinen for Knoll, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll, George Mulhauser for Plycraft, George Nakashima, George Nelson, Gerry Zanck for Gregori, Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, Harry Bertoia for Knoll International, Harvey Probber, Isamu Noguchi, James Mont, Jay Spectre for Century, Jean Lurcat, Jens Risom, Jesus Gasca for Stua, Joe Pepe, John Charles Design, John Widdicomb, Jordan Moser, Juan Montoya, Kaiser Newman, Karl Springer, Kipp Stewart for Drexel, La Barge, Lane, Leon Rosen for Pace, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll International, Luther Conover, Maison Bauges, Mastercraft, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans, Paul Laszlo, Paul Mccobb, Phil Powell, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Rapson, Renzo Rutilli, Roger Capron, Roger Srunger for Dunbar, Russel Woodard, T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, Thonet, Vladimir Kagan, Warren McArthur and more. Featured lots includes: lot 655, a Charles two-piece sectional sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, estimated at $1,500-2,000; lot 961, a cabinet by James Mont, estimated at $1,000-1,500; lot 1007, a radius dining table by Vladimir Kagan, estimated at $1,200-1,800; lot 1024, a walnut cushion chair by George Nakashima, estimated at $1,500-2,500; lot 1215, a three seat sofa by Christian Liagre for Holly Hunt, estimated at $1,200-1,800; lot 1213, a pair of Sing Sing Sing chairs by Shiro Kuramata for XO, estimated at $1,200-1,800; lot 1220, a set of nine Gloubus dining chairs by Jesus Gasca for Stua, estimated at $700-900; and lot 1081, a pair of steel Cocoon chairs by Ann Pamintuan, estimated at $1,200-1,800. There are several pieces by Milo Baughman, notably: lot 836, a sectional sofa by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, estimated at $2,000-3,000; and several lots of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, notably: lot 1096, a CTW-3 Charles and Ray Eames, estimated at $800-1000; and George Nelson for Herman Miller, notably 1119, two Primavera cabinets with two slat benches, estimated at $1,200-1,800.


Art Deco includes lot 765, skyscraper-style bookcase in the style of Paul Frankl, estimated at $500-700; and lot 767, a pair of two-door cabinets by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, estimated at $1,000-1,500; lot 939, a European buffet made from mixed exotic woods and nickeled brass, estimated at $900-1200; lot 938, an Italian Art Deco sideboard, estimated at $1,000-1,500; lot 935, a French Art Deco table lamp, estimated at $300-500.


Studio style includes lot 1049, Four Planner Group Shovel Head Chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon, estimated at $1,000-1,500.


Italian furniture designers: Achille and Pierre Giacomo Castiglioni/Flos, Adalberto Dal Lago/ Bieffeplast, Antonio Citterio/B&B Italia, Arve, Bertha Schaffer/Singer & Sons, Carlo Di Carli/Singer and Sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh/Cassina, Edward Wormley/Dunbar, Eero Saarinen/Knoll Studio, Enro Fabry, Fontana Arte, Gianfranco Frattini, Gino Sarfatti/Arteluce, Gio Ponti/Cassina, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe/Knoll International, Marcel Bruer, Marco Zanuso, Mario Barbaglia & Marco Colombo/Italiana Luce, Paolo Piva, R. Dordoni/Serralunga, Roberto Gabetti and Ron Arad/Zeus. Featured Italian furnishings include: lot 1241, a set of four Hill House chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Cassina, estimated at $1,500-2,000; and lot 1214, an electronics stand on casters by Ron Arad for Zeus, estimated at $300-500.


Scandinavian makers: After Piet Mondrian/Ege Axminster, Alf Svensson and Yngve Sandstrom/Dux,

Alvar Aalto/Artek, Arne Jacobsen/Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen/Fritz Heningsen, Arne Vodder/France & Sons, Edmund Spence, Ekornes, Falster, Finn Juhl/Niels Vodder, Hans Wegner, Hp Hansen, Ib Kofod-Larsen/Faarup, Ilmari Tapiovaara/Schauman, Ingmar Relling/Westnofa, Johannes Andersen, Johannes Hansen, Jydsk, Kai Kristiansen, Lied Mobler, Niels O. Moller/J.L. Moller, Overman, Peter Hvidt and Borge Mogensen, Peter Hvidt/Fritz Hansen, Peter Hvidt/Fritz Heningsten, Piet Hein/Fritz Hansen, Poul Heltborg, Poul Jeppesen, Poul Kjaerholm/E. Kold Christensen, Steen Ostergaard/Cado, Tomado, Vejle, Vik & Blindheim, and William Watting. A notable Scandinavian lot is 1314, a teak credenza by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Faarup, estimated $1,800-2,300; lot 1286, a Judas dining table by Finn Juhl
for Niels Vodder, estimated at $2,500-3,500; and lot 1355, a PK 33 stool by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, estimated at $800-1,000.


Lighting by Oscar Bach, Walter Von Nessen, Gregory Van Pelt, Laurel, Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier, Lucite, Stilnovo, Venini, Camer, Barovier & Toso, Murano, Verrerie Des Hanot, Arlus, Max Sauze, James Mont, Abram Belskie, Willy Peter, Maitland-Smith, Tommi Parzinger for Dorlin Siversmiths, Gordon Martz, Dazor, Koch & Lowy, George Nelson, Karl Springer, Anthony Redmile, Juan Montoya, Marc Sadler For Foscarini, Leo Casella, Paavo Tynell, Poul Henningsen, Verner Panton, Tito Agnoli and more. Featured is an Art Deco adjustable floor lamp, lot 777, by Oscar Bach, estimated at $800-1,200; and lot 1344, a Danish PH5 pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, estimated at $700-900.


There are also several rugs, notably lot 1233, a contemporary wool area rug by Gandia Blasco, estimated at $1,400-1,800.


Contemporary Fine Art

Contemporary paintings, sculpture, lithographs by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Victor Vasarely, Dieter Roth, Robert Reid, Rolph Scarlett, Jorge Pardo, Harry Bertoia, Joe Segal, David Steele, Bernard Brenner Beverly Floyd, Irving B. Haynes, Robert Goodnough, Naomi Savage, Ellen Carey, Michael Light, Jodie Jacobson, Eve Sussmann, Berendina Buist, C. Jere, Robert Walker, Benjamin Edwards, Peter Drake, Jerry Kerns, Ynez Johnston, Rebecca Raney, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Jesus Mecko Casaus, Alexander Calder, Fredrick Weinberg, Feliciano Bejar, John Dawson. Featured art lots include: lot 629, an offset lithograph by Roy Lichtenstein, "Red Barn II," estimated at $600-800; lot 635, two lithographs by Mel Ramos, "Reese's Rose" and "Peek-a-Boo Marilyn," estimated at $1,200-1,800; lot 638, two untitled screenprints by Victor Vasarely, estimated at $700-900; lot 812, two oil on canvas paintings by Palmira Saehrig "Porta Della Speranza" and "Il Cielo, La Terra, Il Mare", estimated at $600-800; lot 826, two acrylic on canvas paintings by Kineko, untitled (Beef Blood) and "I love Nature", estimated at $400-600; lot 917, a silver emulsion print portrait of Lloyd Wescott  by George Platt Lynes, estimated at $300-500; lot 925, three digital prints by Michael Light, Full Moon Project, estimated at $500-700; lot 1069, a modernist patinated bronze and copper sculpture, estimated at $200-300; lot 1250, a lithograph by Joan Miro, "The Universe," estimated at $300-500; lot 1249, a Pablo Picasso screenprint on silk of a woman, estimated at $200-300; lot 1253, a lithograph by Alexander Calder, "Humanite," estimated at $300-500.


Small, Decorative Objects

Glass by Venini, Seguso Viro, Murano, Barovier, Bullicante, Carlo Moretti, Cenedese, David Leppla, Dominick Labino, Ercole Barovier, Erickson, Formia, Holmgaard, J. Byron, Jan Falta, Livio Seguso, Luigi Onesto, Mario Badioli, Laura De Santillana, Erickson, Stephen Dee Edwards, Alvar Aalto for Karhula-Iittala and more. Featured lots include: 672, a Formia cased glass vase, estimated at $250-450; Italian glass, including lot 892, a candelabra by Venini (Attr.), estimated at $800-1,000; lot 898, a cased glass vase by Luigi Onesto, estimated at $700-900; lot 1198, a studio glass bowl by J. Byron, estimated at $300-500; and lot 1331, an iridescent glass bowl by Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda, estimated at $400-600.


Contemporary art pottery by Beatrice Wood, Scheier, Ken Ferguson, Karen Karnes, Rose Cabat, Vivika and Otto Heino, Wayne Higby, Lea Halpern, Bauer, Cliff Lee, Philip Garnick, Kirk Mangus, Jolyon Hofsted, Thomas Hoadley, Piero Fornasetti, Roger Capron, Benjamin Moore, Gunnar Nylund and more. Featured is lot 726 a tea bowl by Beatrice Wood, estimated at $500-700; and lot 726a, a flaring bowl by Scheier, estimated at $200-300


Decorative Accessories include a pair of rare silver-plated cordials by Elsa Tennhardt; Lucite bowls, candlesticks and trays; coasters and accessories by Piero Fornasetti; a pair of rosewood salt shakers and a pepper grinder by Bob Stocksdale; clocks by Gino Valle for Solari & Co. and George Nelson for Howard Miller; a fire tool set by Donald Deskey and much more.  Featured, is lot 867, Adam and Eve coaster sets by Piero Fornasetti, estimated at $250-350; lot 1077, acrylic “Lips” by Shlomi Haziza, estimated at $200-300; and lot 1130, a ball clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller, estimated at $300-500.


Notes for the Editor

High-resolution images available.


Consignments Invited

Consignments are invited for all Rago’s Auctions. Please call 609-397-9374 or e-mail to info@ragoarts.com. 


About Rago Arts and Auction Center

Since 1994, Rago's has served thousands of sellers and buyers with a singular blend of global reach and personal service. Originally specialists in 20th century design, today Rago's expertise covers centuries of fine art, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry and ethnographic property.  It is a world-class venue through which to buy and sell. It is also a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, antiques and collecting, offering free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections and estates), appraisals and auction exhibitions in house and online. Rago's, the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, is located midway between Philadelphia and New York.




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Rago Arts and Auction Center

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