RAGO DEBUTS 20TH C. DESIGN WEEKEND WITH MODERN AND EARLY 20TH C. PROPERTY NOT SEEN ON THE MARKET IN Extraordinary private collections, exceptional individual pieces and conservative estimates promise to attract serious competition.
Lambertville, NJ Rago Arts and Auction Center begins 2010 with
News-Antique.com - Dec 18,2009 - Saturday, January 16 at Noon: Early 20th C. Design
Saturday’s sale features nearly 500 lots, including the property of Ned Chapman, Lee and Susan Mohn, The Heckscher Museum of Art, R.W. Apple, Jr. and two private collections. David Rago calls it “our finest selection since the Sidney Sheldon Estate in 2008.”
Highlighting the American art pottery in the sale is, lot 1, a rare Louis Comfort Tiffany cabbage-shaped vase, estimated at $19,000-24,000. Among the best offerings from Rookwood are lot 16, a 1903 Iris glaze vase with orchids by Carl Schmidt, estimated at $20,000-30,000; lot 23 and a 1901 Kataro Shirayamadani tall carved and painted Black Iris vase, estimated at $10,000-15,000. Top Grueby includes lot 31, a floor vase estimated at $8,500-12,500 and lot 249, a rare and large bulbous vase by Marie Seaman, estimated at $6,000-9,000. First among the Newcomb College is lot 74, a tall vase with tulips, created by Maria DeHoa LeBlanc in 1909 and estimated at $12,000-16,000. Two works by Frederick H. Rhead stand out: lot 441, a rare Rhead Faience umbrella stand made for Weller, estimated at $4,000-6,000 and lot 274, a Rhead Pottery enamel-decorated and inlaid vase, estimated at $3,000-4,000. Also of note: lot 12, a rare vase with modeled snake by Theophilus A. Brouwer for Middlelane, estimated at $5,000-7,500; a large Persian urn from Jugtown (lot 268), estimated at $7,500-10,000; an early Van Briggle vase embossed with heart-shaped leaves (lot 92), estimated at $3,000-5,000; a W.J. Walley (lot 353) squat vessel, estimated at $2,500-3,500; a large ovoid ribbed Teco vase (lot 361), estimated at $3,500-4,500; and a fine George Ohr coffee pot (lot 6) with sponged glaze, estimated at $5,000-7,000. As always, there is pottery from Saturday Evening Girls, Weller, North Dakota School of Mines, Pisgah Forest, Shearwater, Pewabic, Marblehead, Dedham, Fulper and Roseville.
The sale includes a fine selection of European decorative arts, including a private collection of over fifty pieces of Amphora pottery, as well as Lalique glass, Moorcroft pottery and Art Nouveau furniture. Highlights here include lot 179, a Lalique Poissons vase in deep red glass cased in yellow, c. 1921, estimated at $17,000-22,000; lot 166, an Art Nouveau carved maple and burlwood china cabinet, estimated at $10,000-15,000; lot 167, a Louis Majorelle carved mahogany and bird's eye maple occasional table, estimated at $9,000-14,000; lot 180, a “Rain” vase by Daum, estimated at $3,500-4,500; and lot 206, “Daphne”, an Ernst Wahliss Amphora ceramic bust, estimated at $4,000-6,000. Also for sale: work by Clement Massier, Wedgwood, Paul Dachsel, Edward Stellmacher, Riessner & Kessel, Gallé, Mont Joye and more.
Metalware from the best European and American makers is here, from lot 178, a rare Tiffany enameled copper cabinet vase embossed with mushrooms, estimated at $17,500-22,500, to lot 225, a silver-plated presentation platter by Joseph Hoffman for Wiener Werkstätte, estimated at $3,250-4,250. Also look for lot 376, a Jarvie sterling presentation mug, estimated at $2,500-3,500; lot 383, a Marie Zimmerman hammered copper floriform bowl, estimated at $1,750-2,250; lot 279, an inkwell by Elizabeth