Works by glass artist Dan Dailey on offer at Rago Sept. 22

Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey 6-foot-tall female figure floor lamp. Estimate: $35,000-$45,000. Rago image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Sept. 22, Rago Auctions will offer for sale a stand-alone segment of works by American visual and glass artist Dan Dailey, coming directly from the artist’s personal archives. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Many of the works were owned for years by the artist’s mother, Barbara Tarleton (1926-2001). This 29-lot segment will be included in Rago’s Modern Glass sale and will feature lighting, drawings and early works in glass by the artist, as well as examples from many of his best-received series including Animal Vases, Abstract Heads, and works from the DT Series made in collaboration with Lino Tagliapietra.

Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey, large fabricated music sculpture, ‘Satin Tone,’ 2003, 24in. x 42in. x 18in. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Rago image

Dan Dailey is a Philadelphia born artist and early pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement who distinguished himself from his peers by incorporating metal as a vital element of his work. His is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art where he founded the institution’s glass program.

Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey, pair of Owl sconces, 2010, 10½ in. high. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Rago image.

In addition to his singular works, Dailey has produced designs for Steuben, Daum and Waterford Crystal. Works by Dailey have been included in over 100 exhibitions, over 350 juried or invitational group shows, and are highly sought after on both the primary and secondary market. Earlier this year, Rago sold an illuminated glass and metal sculpture by Dan Dailey titled Nude with Fence of Jewels for $31,250.

Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey, Waterford, ‘Birds in Flight’ chandelier from the Waterford series, Ireland, 1999,
40in. x 36in. x 30in. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Rago image

The collection on offer at Rago on Sept. 22 represents a cross-section of Dailey’s 40-plus-year career. Highlights include: a pair of Bird sconces and a Bird in Flight chandelier, both produced by Dailey for Waterford Crystal; a nearly 6-foot-tall female figure floor lamp; a pair of Owl sconces; a Vitrolite head sculpture titled Puzzlement; a massive work from Dailey’s Animal Vases series, with a preparatory drawing, titled Bear; and a massive work from his Abstract Heads series, also with preparatory drawing, titled Bad.

Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey, massive animal vessel and preparatory drawing, ‘Bear,’ 1994, vessel 18¼in. high x 11in. diameter, drawing 30in. x 22in. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Rago image

Rago’s Contemporary Glass session will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 22, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.