LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Auctions will conduct a 1,300-lot unreserved auction over two days, Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Eastern. None of the lots has a reserve, meaning that the high bid – no matter how low – wins the lot. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
On Saturday, look for 550 lots of early 20th century design decorative arts and furnishings, with pottery by Fulper, George Ohr and Rookwood, furnishings by Stickley and Limbert, Scandinavian furniture and fittings, glass by Tiffany and Galle, and artwork by Chagall and Dali.
Nearly 800 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,” said 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.”
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, a Limbert five-drawer tall chest, estimated at $1,200-$1,600; and lot 62, a 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, a 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 & 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 and Kai Kristainsen. 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; and 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 30-piece set of flatware in Fjord pattern by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, in stainless steel and teak, estimated at $250-$350.
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; and 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 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 highlights include 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.
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 and Larry Rivers. 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. Featured is lot 1045, a 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-plated pieces, estimated at $400-600.
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