Rago auction features Hoffman ceramics collection March 1-2

Lot 435: Tiffany Studios, large Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 435: Tiffany Studios, large Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auction of early 20th century decorative arts and modern design. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern both days.

Art Pottery, furniture, art glass, metalwork and prints comprise 450 lots. From the collection of Lillian Hoffman comes a special group of American and European ceramics, featuring Adelaide Robineau, University City, Taxile Doat, Martin Brothers, an outstanding reticulated vase by John Dee Wareham for Rookwood, and much more.

“The (Lillian) Hoffman collection is somewhat legendary in ceramic circles. Off the market for over three decades, the 100 lot collection includes important examples of both American and European art pottery, from Rookwood to Martin Ware,” said David Rago.

Following the Hoffman collection are early 20th century decorative arts, featuring ceramics by Teco, Charles Binns, Pewabic, George Ohr, Van Briggle, Riessner Stellmacher & Kessel, and Rookwood, plus several rare Newcomb College textiles and a Newcomb lamp with leaded glass shade. There are also exceptional examples by Marblehead, Grueby, Roseville and John Bennett.

Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Rose Valley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Roycroft and Limbert, includes an early trapezoidal grandfather clock and rare server by the firm of Gustav Stickley and two fine pieces by Rose Valley. Lighting is provided by Handle, Duffner & Kimberly, Suess, and Tiffany Studios. Art glass offered in the sale is by Lalique, Loetz, and Tiffany Studios. The auction will also present hammered copper by Dirk Van Erp, Joseph Heinrichs, Alfred Daguet, and Gustav Stickley, and artwork by Gustave Baumann and Alphonse Mucha.

Modern ceramics – 132 lots – will sell Saturday immediately following the early 20th century category. Included are three unique pieces by Viktor Schreckengost. Also featured are works by Otto and Gertrud Natzler, Peter Voulkos, Lucie Rie, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, and an exceptional “Vince” charger by Robert Arneson. Studio pottery in the auction is by Karen Karnes, Nancee Meeker, Bennett Bean, Susanne Stephenson and Don Reitz.

Modern design will sell Sunday, 563 lots in all. Fine furniture includes East Indian laurel and rosewood pieces by George Nakashima, in addition to works by Paul Evans, Phil Powell, Vladimir Kagan, Wendell Castle, Warren Platner, Jean Prouve, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Karl Springer. There are special tables by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and Albert Paley. Scandinavian pieces designed by Finn Juhl, Nanna Ditzel, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Greta Grossman and Borge Mogensen are also in the lineup.

Ceramics are by Pablo Picasso at Madoura, Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Co. and Piero Fornasetti. Studio glass by Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Michael Pavlik, Paul Stankard, Richard Marquis, Tomas Hlavicka and Dale Chihuly will be sold. Lighting designed by Jacques Adnet, Lightolier, Carlo Scarpa, Venini, Fondica, Georges Jouve, Poul Henningsen, Agostini, Lacroix, Prouve and Maison Charles will also be availabe. There are tapestries by Jan Yoors, Alexander Calder and Edward Fields, sculpture by Steve Tobin Harry Bertoia, Feliciano Bejar, Stefan Knapp, David Savage, Ed and Phil Moulthrop, Harriet Bell and Leslie Hawk, and sterling silver by Georg Jensen, Raymond Loewy, Rudolf Feldmann for Bielefeld, and Donald Colflesh for Gorham.

For details contact Rago Arts and Auction Center by calling 609-397-9374 or emailing info@ragoarts.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Lot 435: Tiffany Studios, large Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 435: Tiffany Studios, large Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 1: John Dee Wareham/Rookwood, reticulated Black Iris vase. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 1: John Dee Wareham/Rookwood, reticulated Black Iris vase. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 100: Mary Sheerer/Newcomb College, rare oil lamp with leaded glass shade. Estimate: $45,000-$65,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 100: Mary Sheerer/Newcomb College, rare oil lamp with leaded glass shade. Estimate: $45,000-$65,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 201: Martin Brothers, large bird tobacco jar. Estimate: $50,000-$60,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 201: Martin Brothers, large bird tobacco jar. Estimate: $50,000-$60,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 502: Viktor Schreckengost, unique sculpture, ‘The Smithy.’ Estimate: $17,500-$22,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 502: Viktor Schreckengost, unique sculpture, ‘The Smithy.’ Estimate: $17,500-$22,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 542: Robert Arneson, ‘Vince’ charger. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 542: Robert Arneson, ‘Vince’ charger. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 833: Carlo Scarpa/Venini, Platelet chandelier. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 833: Carlo Scarpa/Venini, Platelet chandelier. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 728: Wharton Esherick, rare sculpture, ‘Cat with Snake.’ Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 728: Wharton Esherick, rare sculpture, ‘Cat with Snake.’ Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.