Everyone’s Welcome and Everything Goes at Rago’s Unreserved Auction, January 18 and 19 – Two Days of Modern and Early 20th C. Furnishings, Art and Collectibles with No Reserves.

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  • January 02, 2014

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Lot 1045, Martine Bedin/Memphis, "Super Lamp", $500-700.
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Everyone’s Welcome and Everything Goes at Rago’s Unreserved Auction, January 18 and 19 – Two Days of Modern and Early 20th C. Furnishings, Art and Collectibles with No Reserves.  


Lambertville, NJ: Rago Auctions is holding a 1300+ lot Unreserved Auction over two days, Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10 a.m.  None of the lots have reserves, meaning that the high bid – no matter how low – wins the lot.  On Saturday, look for 550 lots of Early 20th c. design decorative arts and furnishings, with pottery by Fulper, George Ohr and Rookwood, furnishings by Stickley and Limbert, Scandinavian furniture & fittings, glass by Tiffany and Galle, artwork by Chagall and Dali. 780 lots of 20th century modern will be sold on Sunday, including furnishings by Nakashima, Evans, Le Corbusier, Eames, contemporary pottery by Scheier, lighting by Stillnovo, artwork by Warhol, glass, rugs and more.


“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. 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 18 and Sunday, January 19 at 10 a.m.

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


Auction Exhibition/Preview

 - Saturday, January 11 through Thursday, January 16, from 12-5 p.m. and by appointment, and Friday, January 17, from 12-7 p.m. Doors open on the sale days at 9:00 a.m.

 - Open House with Guest Speaker Gregg Perry, “The Evolution and Origin of Timekeeping and Its Keepers”. Wednesday, January 15, 6 p.m. RSVP to raac@ragoarts.com or 609.397.9374 ext. 119.

Lot 326, Sondra Lipton (American, 20th c.), "Pink Primroses" and "Lily of Valley", $1,000-1,500.
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Auction Contact Information

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


Auction Highlights


Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10 a.m.


Saturday’s sale begins with early 20th century design pottery and furnishings. Famous ceramicists in the sale include: Geroge Ohr, Teco, Saturday Evening Girls, North Dakota School of Mines, Rookwood, Roseville, Clifton, Dedham, Van Briggle, and a large single owner collection of Fulper, Weller pottery and bird figurines. Featured is lot 100, a Fulper Effigy bowl, estimated at $400-600; and lot 43, a massive glazed ceramic vessel by Clement Massier, estimated at $800-1,200. Famous early 20th century design furniture makers in the sale include: L. & J.G. Stickley, Gustav Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Limbert, and contemporary Stickley by EJ Audi. Featured is lot 61, Limbert, a five drawer tall chest, estimated at $1,200-1,600; and lot 62, Gustav Stickley, a trestle library table, estimated at, $1,200-1,800. Also featured is a run of Roseville, including Futura and Sunflower, and many wall pockets. An example is lot 175, Roseville, Futura urn, estimated at $500-700. There is also much Weller in the sale from the Hudson and Sicard lines. Featured is lot 320, a LaSa Weller tall vase with landscape, estimated at $600-800. There are also bird figurines by Weller.  Arts and Crafts metalware includes candlestands, a centerbowl, and desk sets by Roycroft, Stickley Brothers, Bradley & Hubbard and Tiffany Studios. Featured is lot 339, an assembled Tiffany Studios eight piece desk set in Zodiac pattern, New York, 1920s, estimated at $800-1,000; and lot 343, a Bradley and Hubbard cast bronze and slag glass chandelier decorated with grapes and vines on arbor, estimated at $1,000-1,500. Amphora in the sale includes Eduard Stellmacher, Imperial, Max Leverrier, Baron Barnstaple, Riessner & Kessel, Stellmacher Co. and Paul Dachsel. Featured is lot 31, a pair of Imperial/Amphora porcelain vases decorated with gilded pheasants, estimated at $600-800. There is European pottery by Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, and Minton, featuring lot 221, a Martin Brothers glazed stoneware cabinet vase with leaf and floral decoration, England, 1879, estimated at $400-600.  There is glass by Galle, Legras, Daum, Lalique, Tiffany, Quezal, Loetz, Durand, featuring lot 344, a Tiffany Studios Favrile glass coupe, estimated at $600-800. Fine Art includes works by famous artists such as Bernard Buffet, Joseph Meirmams, Marc Chagall, Savatore Dali, Raphael Soyer, Faye Swengel Badura and many more. There are prints by Edward S. Curtis, lot 160, two photogravures: "Honovi - Walpi Snake Priest, with Totokya Day Painting," 1921 and "Antelopes and Snakes at Oraibi," 1921, estimated at $400-600. There is a notable lot of two paintings by Sondra Lipton, lot 326, "Pink Primroses" and "Lily of Valley", estimated at $1,000-1,500. The sale wraps up with over 100 lots of Scandinavian furnishings and fittings. Famous makers include Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Jens Risom, Arne Vodder, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Bruno Mathsson, Kai Kristainsen and more. Featured Scandinavian pieces include: lot 418, a set of four Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner/Carl Hansen, estimated at $1,000-1,500; lot 429, an armchair by Finn Juhl for Baker, estimated at $800-1,000; lot 531, a lounge and ottoman by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Asko, estimated at $1,200-1,800. There is also a stunning selection of smalls, such as lot 465, a thirty piece set of flatware in Fjord pattern by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, in stainless steel and teak, estimated at $250-350.

Lot 600, Charles and Ray Eames/Modernica, ESU cabinet, $800-1,000.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014, 10 a.m.


Sunday’s auction offers Modern Furnishings by famous makers Isamu Noguchi, George Nelson, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen; Florence Knoll, Kipp Stewart for Drexel, Pierre Paulin, Vladimir Kagan, Donghia, and several pieces of Baker furniture. Featured pieces include: lot 600, a Charles and Ray Eames for Modernica ESU cabinet, estimated at $800-1,000; lot 647, a Harry Bertoia for Knoll pair of Bird chairs with ottomans, estimated at $1,800-2,400; lot 726, a pair of D lounge chairs by Paul Frankl, estimated at $1,200-1,500. There is French furniture in the sale by makers such as Maison Jansen, Eugene Printz, Jean Charles, Roche Bobois, Roger Capron, La Barge, and a wall hanging leather rifle rack by Hermes. Featured pieces by French designers include: lot 878, a pair of console tables after Jean Michel Frank for Ecart International, retailed by Ralph Pucci in the 1990s, estimated at $2,500-3,500; and lot 911, a sectional sofa by Roche Bobois, estimated at $1,000-1,500. There is Italian furniture by Ettore Sottsass, Kartell, Philippe Starck, Poltrona Frau, Moroso and Cassina. There are Studio furnishings by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Silas Seandel, Tom Greene, Harvey Probber, T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, Milo Baughman, Adrian Pearsall, featuring lot 1177, a pair of lounge chairs attributed to Paul Laszlo, estimated at $1,200-1,800. Also featured is lot 967, a turtle ottoman by Dimitri Omersa for Abercrombie & Fitch, estimated at $600-800; and a Boris Tabacoff mantel clock, lot 904, estimated at $300-500. Contemporary Pottery by famous ceramicists: Edwin and Mary Scheier, Otto and Vivika Heino, Robert Turner, Ted Randall, Laura  Andreson, Warren Mackenzie, David Gilhooly, Jury Smith, Val Cushing and more. Italian ceramicists, include: Marcello Fantoni, Piero Fornasetti, featuring lot 832, a set of three graduated bottles with abstract motif by Bruno Gambone, estimated at $700-900; and lot 833, two large pitchers by Guido Gambone, estimated at $1,500-2,000. Other featured pieces include: Lot 1090, a Jury Smith "Scope" earthenware sculpture, estimated at $400-600; and lot 651, an Edwin and Mary Scheier tall footed coupe with peeking figures, estimated at $1,800-2,200. There are rugs by G. Coles Christensen, Edward Fields, Jack Lenor Larson, Haynes Robinson, and Lapchi. There are several pieces of glass attributed to Anzolo Fuga and Dale Chihuly. Fine Art includes works by Jean Arp, Jerry Okimoto, Louise Nevelson, Miguel Berrocal puzzle sculptures, Feliciano Bejar, Andy Warhol, Mel Ramos, Peter Max, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers and many more. Featured is lot 793, two screenprints by Theodoros S. Stamos, estimated at $600-800; lot 947, Victor Vasarely, untitled screenprint in colors, estimated at $400-600; and lot 962, a freestanding alligator sculpture by Donald Drumm, estimated at $600-800. There is Lighting by Stilnovo, Camer, Maison Jansen, Gaetano Sciolari, and Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, featuring lot 1045, Martine Bedin/Memphis, "Super Lamp", estimated at $500-700. There is a notable lot of jewelry by Line Vautrin, estimated at $1,200-1,800; and Lino Sabattini silver plate pieces, estimated at $400-600.


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

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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