May 9, 2005

Lambertville , NJ - David Rago Auctions is honored to offer 100 pieces from the most important collection of its kind to come to the market since the monumental sale of artifacts from Gustav Stickley's own home in New York in the 1980's. On May 14-15, 2005, the first session of the Craftsman Auction at the Rago Arts and Auction Center will feature the Burton and Paula Geyer collection of Arts and Crafts that consists of mostly early Stickley furniture and lighting in excellent/mint condition. This single owner collection was acquired by the Geyers, formerly New Yorkers, who began purchasing high-end Arts and Crafts in the mid-1980s. The Geyers focused on obtaining great, clean pieces at a time when they could be found and these pieces are now scarce and represent the best of Gustav Stickley's designs. The other auction sessions will consist of 900 lots of important pieces of art pottery, rare tiles, mission furniture and a strong selection of art glass. "It is a privilege to offer the Geyer collection and other high-end pieces at this auction. From the beginning to the end, it promises to be an auction to be remembered," said David Rago.

This amazing collection of Gustav Stickley pieces from the Geyer collection ranks among the best of its kind. Included are a rare side table with a rectangular top inset with twelve square Grueby tiles covered in matte green glaze over a broad lower shelf with an appraisal of $60,000-$80,000; a sensational bride’s chest with paneled and corbeled case topped with broad riveted copper strap hinges and complete with heart shaped locks estimated at $50,000-$75,000; six leather top tables and an extremely rare Eastwood armchair, c. 1902-1904, with three carved backslats and heavy paddle arms with clip-corners over inverted "V" supports; a Dirk van Erp large hammered copper "milk can" table lamp with mica shade with estimate of $100,000-$125,000; and an exceptional 12" Grueby melon-shaped vase with tooled and applied ivory daffodils on a fine feathered medium green ground. This important collection is rounded out by furniture by Roycroft and L & JG Stickley as well as Dirk van Erp copper items, Grueby pottery, and fine Rookwood plaques.

In addition to an impressive selection of fine furniture, other outstanding items being featured throughout the two-day auction include a rare Grueby "Kendrick" vase decorated with a row of leaf tips over full-height tooled and applied leaves covered in a thick frothy and organic matte brown glaze that carries an estimate of $30,000-$40,000 and an exceptional Roycroft rare hammered copper table lamp designed by Dard Hunter with a flaring shade of extremely unusual colors of pumpkin orange and periwinkle blue leaded glass on a brass-washed baluster three-socket base with ring handles.

Lamps are a highlight of the auction with two exceptional Fulper lamps, a hanging Fulper lighting fixture and incredible lampshades. One spectacular 22-1/2" tall lamp, is a Roycroft hammered copper table lamp designed by Dard Hunter with a flaring shade of pumpkin orange and periwinkle blue leaded glass that is estimated to bring $20,000-$30,000. This lamp is very unusual since Roycroft seemed to always use green and purple making the colors of this lamp extremely rare. Another Fulper lamp that is being offered is a very rare and early Vasekraft table lamp with a two-socket column base and a flat shade covered in a fine matte brown flambé glaze dripping over a frothy matte mustard ground that carries an estimate of $12,500 - $16,500. The shade on this lamp is unusually stunning with red and yellow slag glass inserts.

An outstanding selection of tiles is being offered including a very rare salesman's sample tile with the words "Grueby tile" above a half-burnt yellow candle in a green chamberstick against green ground. Other noteworthy tiles being auctioned include fine works by De Porceleyne Fles, Teco, California as well as many other high-end pieces. Desirable pieces of pottery that are being featured include George Ohr, Overpeck, Robineau and others. Newcomb College, always a favorite, is represented by an exceptional and early vase, c.1908, carved by Leona Nicholson with full-height yellow and light blue blossoms on a stylized cobalt and deep green ground.

The Saturday Evening Girls selection includes a rarely found six-piece desk set that is complete with a letter holder, perpetual calendar, pencil holder, vase, stamp box and inkwell. This set is in excellent condition and is beautifully decorated in cuerda seco with a wreath of holly in green and red on a light blue band against a semi-matte cobalt ground, c. 1917.

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