Prized works by 20th century masters beckon in Rago’s fine art auctions May 6

Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921-2006), ‘Quatre Tete,’ 1958; oil on canvas (framed), signed, dated and titled; 35in x 45 1/2in. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center


LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Saturday, May 6, Rago will hold auctions of 19th/20th Century American and European Art and Postwar/Contemporary Art. This auction series will also include property from an important New York collection, which contains art, furniture, sculpture, and objets d’vertu representing a life-time of considered and masterful collecting. The sales feature many works fresh to market after being held privately for decades. Absentee and IOnternet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Nearly 200 lots of 19th/20th century American/European art will be auctioned in the 10 a.m. session. Rago is especially honored to be offering Le Joueur de Flute by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This special example of the plaque conceived by Renoir in 1918 and cast by Valsuani in 1950 has been passed down in the Renoir family since the 1950s. Following an extended loan by the Renoir family to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art of almost 15 years, it was finally sold to a private collector in 2006.


‘Le Joueur de Flute,’ Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919), 1918, cast 1950, bronze plaque; signed ‘Renoir’ with foundry mark ‘C VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE,’ 23 5/8in x 17 1/4in x 1 7/8in. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center


The sale of property from an important New York collection will get under way at 12:30 p.m. Acquired over the course of several decades by an important New York collector, the works in this auction segment span the 20th century. A small, but striking selection of fine and decorative Asian arts are also on the block.


George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948), ‘City Sunset,’ oil on canvas (framed); 13 3/8in x 16 1/4in, Vance Jordan Fine Art Inc., New York (label on verso. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center


Postwar and contemporary art, including selections from the collection of Allan Stone, will be sold starting at 2 p.m.


Eduardo Chillida (Spanish, 1924-2002), ‘Gravitation,’ 1988; ink on paper suspended on string (framed), signed; 13in x 7 3/4in. Estimate: $35,000-$55,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center


For details contact Rago Arts and Auction Center at 609-397-9374.