Rago’s to auction fine art of the 19th and 20th c. Feb. 9, 2008
Those in search of the Pennsylvania Modernists will find works by Lloyd Ney, Joseph Meierhans, Richard Harrison Crist and Elsie Driggs (whose work is currently the subject of an exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum). Rago’s introduced the sculpture of Raymond Barger to the secondary market with great success in September. Another of his works, Life, sculpted in 1973, has been consigned to February’s sale. A poem written by the artist is affixed to the wood base.
Rago’s continues its support of some of the finest artists working in and around Bucks County today. Artists Judy Henn, Glenn D. Harren, Alexander Farnham, William Jachwak, Collette Sexton, Jane Gilday, Bruce Braithwaite and Joseph Barrett have been newly joined by Jeff Gola, Illia Barger and Annelies Van Dommelen.
The second session of the auction features works by both American and European artists. Notable among these is a landscape by George Loftus Noyes; a recently discovered pastel on paper by Max Liebermann depicting trees in the artist’s garden on Lake Wannsee (authenticated and in the catalogue raisonné); seascapes by Frederick Judd Waugh, Howard Russell Butler and Hermann Herzog; two oils on canvas by Franklin Benjamn DeHaven (directly from the family of the artist); Rafaello Sorbi’s Giotto e Cimabue (recently accepted into the Sorbi Archives); View of Ischia by Nicola Simbari; an untitled canal scene by Lucien Frank; Birge Harrison’s Morning on the Hudson; portraits from Francois Gall and Moses Soyer; and a small and charming Modernist portrait of two dancers by the Russian theatrical designer and artist Serge Soudeikine.
Many will recall the fine bronzes sold last spring in Rago’s landmark auction of the Reingold Collection of American Sculpture. A number of fine bronzes have found their way to the auction house since. February’s sale features a crisp grouping and includes At the Water’s Edge by Edward Henry Berge and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s The Vine, both from a private collection.
More unexpected, but no less welcome, are two oils by renowned Nova Scotia folk artist Joe Norris and three gouache illustrations by Ilonka Karasz, two for The New Yorker and the third for Seventeen Magazine.
Also for sale in this session are works by Max Kuehne, Oscar Bluemner, Gustave Weigand, George Copeland Ault and Moses Soyer.
“I love the select scope of property we are offering in this sale,” says Meredith Hilferty, Director of Fine Arts at Rago’s, “Paintings, of course, but also fine bronzes and other sculpture, illustrations and a masterwork drawing in the Portrait of Elsa Laubach. You’ll see more such diversity in future sales.”