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Lambertville, NJ, United States
DoneSat, Oct 27, 2007 3:00 PM GMT

SOLLO RAGO Modern Auction

Ceramics, Studio Furniture and Important Works of 20TH C. Design and Art This sale will be a milestone for ceramics said John Sollo, the partner-in-charge. Never before has this scope and depth in American and European works come to auction. From vessels to sculpture, there are incredible examples of so many important ceramic artists it's almost a complete survey of the field for 50 years. Included are several important collections including a major private holding of Picasso for Madoura, many pieces from the Garth Clark Gallery and the Daniel Jacobs/Derek Mason collection of British ceramics. John Sollo and David Rago will present these in a sale of approximately 1000 lots of Modern design, fine art, and furnishings. Studio furniture figures significantly in the sale. Among the highlights are exceptional works by George Nakashima, including an early custom rosewood cabinet with burl handles commissioned as part of a Nakashima-designed house for the Hammer family, one of his major patrons. Paul Evans began his career as a silversmith and Sollo Rago is proud to offer one of Evan's earliest sculptures, emblematic of his transition from metalwork to furniture-making. Also for sale are several exceptional examples of his most iconic studio work, including a rare Argente vertical cabinet. Collaborative works by Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell (who were friends and studio-mates) are here, as well, including an elegant vertical wall-hung cabinet with a sinuous carved body by Powell and fish-scale-patterned metalwork by Evans. Wendell Castle's unstoppable creativity is displayed in the incredible range of work offered from an early stack laminate stool to his molar series in fiberglass and his post-modern work for Peter Joseph in the 1980s. Fine art and furniture by Wharton Esherick, the founding father of the studio movement, is also represented. Modern and Contemporary Art will be featured throughout.