LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center conducted two highly successful auctions in June. The June 11 fine jewelry auction featured a David Webb enameled 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby frog bracelet that sold for $37,500. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
The David Webb bracelet was designed as an articulated hinged bangle, with two opposing green enamel and applied yellow gold spotted frogs with oval cabochon ruby eyes and diamond lips. It was expected to sell for $18,000-$24,000.
Leading the auction was a diamond and platinum engagement ring (below) sporting a 7.19-carat brilliant cut diamond and tapered baguette cut diamond shoulders. Estimated at $55,000-$75,000, this stunningly beautiful ring sold for $87,500.
Also, a Tiffany & Co. Art Deco sapphire, diamond and platinum strap bracelet edged past its high estimate to sell for $26,250.
Rago’s June 10 “Remix” auction creatively combined traditional furniture and antiques with contemporary items and works of art.
An oil on canvas portrait of a mother and child by Vu Cao Dam (Vietnamese/French, 1909-2000) sold above the high estimate for $10,625.
Wired Off Gardners Island, a large abstract oil on canvas painting by James Bohary (American, b. 1940) more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $10,625, despite hairline cracking to the heavily impastoed pigments.
A 1960s-1970s Sirmos Quarry console of painted plaster composite on a painted wood base sold for $5,938. The base of the table, which lacked its glass top, stood 40 inches.
The David Taylor Collection of Georg Jensen Jewelry – a masterfully curated collection of rare and early examples of Georg Jensen jewelry, including exceptionally rare works in gold, amassed by the world’s preeminent Jensen scholar – hammered in at 7 percent above the high estimate with a sell-through rate of 96 percent. The George Jensen jewelry sold June 9.
Rago Arts and Auction Center’s June Jewelry and Remix auctions brought $1.9 in sales.