Great estates come to Rago’s in a three-day holiday auction

Nov. 15, 2007

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J.—Rago’s Great Estates weekend is a holiday sale of outstanding estate property in three sessions, taking place December 7-9. Much of the selection arrived from local families, many of whom attend Rago’s walk-in “Appraisal Mondays.” The majority of the property will be sold unreserved, and bidders can participate via the Internet at

“Because of the great success of last year’s sale, we’ve been offered extraordinary pieces and this year’s auction has a breadth that we never imagined,” said Ivo Ispani, Director of Estate Sales at Rago’s. “Like all fine estate sales, my sessions include furnishings, carpets, art. We are selling a superb selection of statuary and clocks. There’s also a Dentzel carousel horse and other Americana and personal collections of baseball cards and ethnographic items.”

“David Rago asked me to try my hand at auction in 2002, after a life spent as a dealer in fine jewelry, silver and couture,” said Sarah Churgin, Director of Jewelry and Silver at Rago’s. “Some six years later, I am still a kid in a candy shop - but I now know how much there is to discover by evaluating tens of thousands of pieces each year and that it is far from easy to find property worthy of a fine sale. The sale oo December 8 is a very fine sale, indeed. I am privileged to offer these heirlooms.”

Friday, December 7 will feature a wide-ranging selection of furnishings, including a fine collection of clocks; paintings and illustrations; multiples by Erte, Whistler and Rembrandt and photographs by Ed Clark, W. Eugene Smith and Deborah Turbeville, as well as early photography; Native American and South American baskets, pottery and more. Americana items will also go under the hammer, including textiles, weathervanes, a Dentzel carousel horse and tramp art. The session will also feature antique books and ephemera, dolls and mechanical banks, paperweights and baseball memorabilia such as cards, baseballs and seats from Yankee Stadium.

During the Saturday, December 8 session, bidders can watch for period jewelry from Georgian to Art Deco; work by Ed Weiner, Georg Jensen, Angela Cummings, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Perreti, Buccellati, Taxco and Cartier; gemstone jewelry; Patek Phillippe watches; and a select grouping of vintage art deco perfume bottles. Following these items, 150 lots of fine silver will showcase examples of every major style. Works from Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Georg Jensen, Allen Adler, William Spratling, and more will also be sold.

On Sunday December 9, the sale of art continues and includes fine European bronzes. More than 200 lots of art and design from Japan, China, Korea and Southeast Asia will be auctioned, along with porcelains and ceramics, Buddha, paintings and woodblocks, netsuke, okimono, tsuba, cloisonné and Satsuma, ivories, snuff bottles and jade. Collectors will find art glass from Lalique, Moser, Etling, Steuben, Dorflinger, Durand, Tiffany, Waterford, Loetz, cut and pressed glass; tableware, cabinet and figural porcelain from Royal Vienna, Sevres, Limoges, Meissen, Royal Doulton, Royal Copenhagen, Wedgwood, Spode, Minton, Staffordshire and KPM, and groupings of majolica. Finally, the sale is rounded out with candelabrum, shades by Handel, cut-glass lustres, inkwells, Continental ivories, Italian micro-mosaics and a collection of canes.

To view the fully illustrated auction catalog visit where those interested may also place Internet bids.

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