David Rago to take part in 'Atlantique City' Show March 25-26 Nationally recognized auctioneer and art pottery expert David Rago will be among the exhibitors at the next Atlantique City show, set for March 25 and 26 at the Atlantic City, N.J., Convention Center.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Nationally recognized auctioneer and art pottery expert David Rago will be among the exhibitors at the next Atlantique City show, set for March 25 and 26 at the Atlantic City, N.J., Convention Center.
“We are thrilled to have David back on the show floor in March to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary”, said Atlantique City show producer Mark Moran. “David is one of the great people in this business. His participation will enhance the atmosphere of the show for exhibitors and collectors alike.”
A leading dealer in American art pottery, David Rago first established himself as an auctioneer in 1984, holding his sales in Manhattan’s famous Puck Building. In 1995 he founded the Auction Center in the scenic river town of Lambertville, N.J., midway between New York City and Philadelphia.
The Auction Center and its clientele grew quickly. From a base of Arts and Crafts and specialty American pottery sales, David expanded into Modern art and design, developing sales of post-war furniture, ceramics, lighting, and glass with partner John Sollo.
He then joined forces with Jerry Cohen and Suzanne Perrault, expanding his existing Arts and Crafts sales into Craftsman Auctions, now the largest Arts & Crafts specialty auction in the country, featuring decorative arts, furnishings, and art tiles.
In 2001, David established a large specialty auction of Lalique glass in partnership with Nicholas M. Dawes, a leading Lalique dealer. Fine and estate jewelry, art glass and perfume bottle sales followed in 2002. As the expertise available at the Auction Center broadened, so did the opportunities. Rago Estate and Fine Art Auctions premiered in January of 2003, selling general and estate goods, including fine and decorative arts, silver, jewelry, rugs, furniture, and other objects of worth; it is directed by Jeffrey Henkel, joined by Andrew Bertolino, ASA, as expert in charge in the area of fine arts.
As of today, the Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts fifteen sales each year from September through June.
David oversees all the auction companies, two magazines on 20th century decorative arts and furnishings — Style 1900 and Modernism magazine — and serves as principal auctioneer at the Rago Arts and Auction Center. He lectures nationally, is an expert appraiser for “The Antiques Roadshow”, and is the author of many articles and books in his field.
Rago Auctions was a key contributor for three books written by Mark Moran and published by F+W Publications: Warman’s Roseville Pottery, Warman’s Lalique Identification and Price Guide, and Warman’s Arts and Crafts Furniture Price Guide. F+W also owns the Atlantique City show.
Atlantique City — the world’s largest indoor antiques and collectibles show — celebrates two decades of offering the best market for vintage treasures on the planet.
Known as “The Big One”, the Spring 2006 edition of the show will be held March 25 and 26 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance-ticket buyers receive a reduced