Rago's Fine Art Sales: May 2009 Two back to back sales of fine art at Rago Auctions. Friday, May 15th will be 19th and 20th Century American and European Art and Saturday, May 16th will be our sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art.
News-Antique.com - Apr 15,2009 - RAGO’S HOLDS BACK-TO-BACK ART AUCTIONS ON MAY 15 AND 16, 2009 HIGHLIGHTING ORIGINAL WORK FROM KLIMT, REDFIELD, BASALDELLA, LAMBIE, GRABACH, WEI AND FANGOR.
“Desirable” and “reasonable” are the watchwords for the sale of important sculpture by MacMonnies and Baskin; paintings by Luks and Chris Johanson; works on paper by Moore and Leger; and original prints by Rembrandt, Matisse, Close and Frankenthaler.
A collection of daguerreotypes and contemporary photographs are also offered.
Lambertville, NJ: On Friday, May 15th at 2 pm, Rago’s will hold a sale of 19th and 20th C. American and European Art. It will be followed on Saturday, May 16th at Noon by a sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art.
The sale includes original work from Klimt, Redfield, Basaldella, Lambie, Grabach, Wei and Fangor; important sculpture by MacMonnies and Baskin; paintings by Luks and Chris Johanson; works on paper by Moore and Leger; and original prints by Rembrandt, Matisse, Close and Frankenthaler. A collection of daguerreotypes and contemporary photographs are also offered.
“The work we have selected is both desirable and priced for today’s market,” says Meredith Hilferty, who directs the Fine Art department at Rago’s. “There’s a great deal to see at a variety of price points from artists both widely recognized and on the cusp.”
Friday, May 15th at 2 pm: 19th and 20th C. American and European Art
As always, Rago’s sale of 19th and 20th C. American and European Art includes a compelling selection of paintings by Pennsylvania area artists including Edward Willis Redfield’s “Bridge at Charenton, 1900.” This 26'' x 32'' oil on canvas was exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1900 (label on verso); the Paris Salon, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design in 1901 and is included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Dr. Thomas Folk. It carries an estimate of $45,000-55,000.
Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge is represented by an untitled landscape with house in a Finken frame, estimated at $30,000-50,000. Other painting highlights are: “Mill Stream” by Alfred Nunamaker (presale estimate $15,000-25,000); William Langson Lathrop’s “Martha's Pasture” in a Yates frame (presale estimate $25,000-35,000); John Wells James’ “Pennsylvania Street” (presale estimate $7,000-9,000); Charles Warren Eaton’s “The Pine Grove”, (presale estimate $3,000-5,000).
Among the other artists from this region with work in the sale are George Emerick Essig, Paul F. Keene, Jr., Harry Leith-Ross, Giovanni Martino, Joseph Meierhans, Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Roy Cleveland Nuse, Katherine Steele Renninger, Henry Bayley Snell, George William Sotter and Melville F. Stark.
There are numerous stand-outs among the broader selection of paintings. Rago’s is offering a wonderful George Benjamin Luks view of Gramercy Park from 1932. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Mercedes Luks, the artist's widow, it is estimated at $10,000-15,000. John R. Grabach is represented by “Night Excavation”, estimated at $8,000-12,000 and Reginald Marsh by “Cement Mill Ruin No. 2”, estimated at $5,000-7,000. There are two early works by Rolph Scarlett, each estimated at $10,000-15,000, ”Birds” and “Mother and Child”. “Boulevard de la Madeleine” by Edouard Leon