Opposites attract at Rago Remix auction April 7


Five-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver tea and coffee service, Pyramid pattern designed by Harald Nielsen, Denmark, 20th century, 120.7 troy ounces. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s Remix auctions are about how people like to decorate today, unconfined by any decade or design period. Downtown pieces of mid-century modern and 21st century design will sell side-by-side with period furnishings, urbane antiques, heirloom silver, and compelling art. Highlights from the April 7 auction include a five-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver Pyramid tea and coffee service; two oil on canvas paintings by George Goodman;  a Berndt Friberg vase; and a Louis Tavelli triptych. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“Our newly expanded Remix sale offers an eclectic mix of fine property for every taste and style. The sale beautifully showcases how to use art and design from around the world and a mix of old and new styles to create unique and stylish interiors,” Gina Tomasello, director of Rago’s Remix Auctions.

Harald Nielsen designed the Pyramid pattern Georg Jensen sterling silver tea and coffee service (above), which consists of a coffee pot, teapot, cream jug, sugar bowl and tray (16 7/8 x 14¾ inches.). This 20th century set has a $6,000-$9,000 estimate.

Several paintings by abstract expressionist Louis Tavelli (American, 1914-2010) are offered in the auction, but the one to watch is an untitled triptych (below). Each panel measures 59½ by 36 inches. This striking oil on canvas artwork has a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.


Louis Tavelli (American, 1914-2010), Untitled (hunters and bulls), oil on canvas triptych, 59½ x 36 in. (panel, each). Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

A 1991 Missy Stevens (American b. 1952) tread painting titled Robin is in a custom-painted frame. Like most of the artist’s thread paintings, the 6½-by-7-inch work of cotton, rayon, silk and glass beads has its source in her “relationship with the spirits of nature.”


Missy Stevens tread painting, ‘Robin,’ 1991, cotton, rayon and silk with glass beads in custom painted frame attributed to Tommy Simpson, 6½ x 7 in. (sight). Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Of the array of designer furniture in the sale, one of the nicest pieces is the Olivier Mourgue lounge chair Model 8412 manufactured by Airborne International Chairs in France in the 1970s. The stretched upholstery shows little or no wear (est. $700-$900).


Olivier Mourgue lounge chair Model 8412, Airborne International Chairs, France, 1970s,
unmarked, 24½ x 69 x 24 in. Estimate: $700-$900. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Antiques are featured in the auction, topped by a 15th/16th century bronze Buddha head from the Sukhothai kingdom of Thailand. Mounted on a wooden plinth, the artifact stands 16 inches high (est. $3,000-$5,000).


Bronze Sukhothai Buddha head mounted on a wooden plinth, Thailand, 15th/16th century, 16 x 5½ x 6 in with plinth. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

For details contact Rago Arts and Auction Center at 609-397-9374 or info@ragoarts.com at least 24 hours prior to the auction, which will begin Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern.