Classic, contemporary mix at Rago Auctions Oct. 20


Mary Merkel-Hess baskets, ‘Fence’ (1998) and ‘Grey Reed’ (1997); paper and reed, signed and dated; larger: 19 x 27 x 9 inches. Rago Auctions image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Oct. 19-21, Rago Auctions will host three auctions that showcase both important and historic works of art and design. Day Two is known as Remix: Classic + Contemporary, Rago’s semiannual sale of mid-century modern and 21st century design alongside period furnishings, heirloom silver, Asian and compelling art. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The furniture, accessories and decorative art in Rago’s Remix auctions reflect how people actually live – not in sterile, gallery-like settings, but in kinetic mixes of old and new, casual and classic, supple and sleek.


Pair of Chinese blanc de chine roosters, circa, 1900, 16 x 10 x 6 inches. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Rago Auctions image

Buyers who seek American, English, Continental and Asian property from the Northeast’s finer homes, collectors and estates will find it. So, too, will buyers of contemporary design from America, Italy and Scandinavia.


Gabriel Loire (French, 1904-1996) ‘Les Jeux Marais Salon,’ 1969, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Rago Auctions image

Remix: Classic + Contemporary also features fine silver from makers as diverse as Tiffany & Co., Georg Jensen, Gorham Martele and pieces from Mexico and South America, as well as singular accent pieces; portraits, landscapes and abstract art; sculpture and a dash of the unexpected.