Rago Dec. 3 open house features panel presentation: Japonisme

Tiffany & Co. Japanesque mixed metal centerpiece designed by Edward C. Moore, 1880. Estimate $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Rago.

Tiffany & Co. Japanesque mixed metal centerpiece designed by Edward C. Moore, 1880. Estimate $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Rago.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center will host an open house on Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m., featuring a panel presentation, “Japonisme, The Opening of Japan in 1854 and Its Influence on Western Art and Design.” Featuring Rago specialists and staff, the presentation takes place during the preview week for the Rago Great Estates, Jewelry, Silver, Coins and Currency Auctions to be held on December 6, 7 and 8.

When Commodore Perry convinced the Japanese to open ports to the west in 1854, traders started carrying back objects and works of art. Europeans and Americans were amazed and delighted by what they saw. Western painters, jewelers, silversmiths, designers of textiles, furniture and gardens began making work influenced by the Japanese aesthetic and techniques. The name that was given to such works by the French is Japonisme.

Join Carol Cruickshanks, Executive Director of New Hope Arts and Rago specialists Suzanne Perrault, Sebastian Clarke and Sarah Churgin for a talk on Japonisme in jewelry, silver, art and furnishings, where you will be introduced to a few of the significant objects set to sell in the December 6-8 Great Estate auction.

The auction house opens on Tuesday, December 3 at noon. A reception begins at 5 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. RSVP to 609.397.9374 ext. 119 or raac@ragoarts.com. All are welcome, even if unable to RSVP in advance.

Visit Rago online at www.ragoarts.com.

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Tiffany & Co. Japanesque mixed metal centerpiece designed by Edward C. Moore, 1880. Estimate $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Rago.

Tiffany & Co. Japanesque mixed metal centerpiece designed by Edward C. Moore, 1880. Estimate $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Rago.