RAGO’S HOLDS A 900 LOT 20TH C. DESIGN AUCTION ON APRIL 24/25 Fresh property from U.S. and abroad includes work from Kagan, Nakashima, Adnet, McKie, Powell, Bertoia, Wormley, Esherick, Wegner, Gustav Stickley, Majorelle.
and chrysoprase porringer by Charles Ashbee for the Guild of Handicraft, estimated at $4,500-5,500. Other makers here: Jessie Preston, Tiffany Studios, Albert Berry, Frans Gyllenberg, United Clock Co, A.E. Jones, Liberty & Co, Karl F. Leinonen, J.P. Kayser Sohn, Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, Joel F. Hewes, Silver Crest and Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik.
Among the American and European glass for sale are three Tiffany Studios Favrile glass bottles, estimated from $2,500-$7,000; vases and mascots from Lalique estimated from $2,400-3,400; a set of five glass cordials by Karl Koepping estimated at $2,500-3,500; and more from Tiffany Studios, Daum, Loetz, Steuben, Imperial and Emile Galle.
Also notable: textiles, including rugs, books and ephemera, work by Bertha Lum and jewelry by Charles Ashbee and Kalo.
20th/21st C. Modern Design
A two-day sale in 670 lots, the Modern Design auction features over 362 lots of furniture from the design movements of the 1920s to contemporary makers.
Highlighting the selection of studio furniture is work by Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Phil Powell, Sam Maloof and Paul Evans. Among the works by these craftsmen: A cherry sheet music stand by Wharton Esherick from 1962, estimated at $45,000-65,000; a figured black walnut Minguren coffee table on walnut base by George Nakashima from 1974, estimated at $25,000-35,0000; a sculpted and chip-carved walnut seven-door credenza with steel bolts and cleft slate top by Phil Powell, estimated at $20,000-30,000; a walnut and ebony rocking chair, by Sam Maloof, c. 1970, estimated at $20,000-30,000; and a Deep Relief patinated steel credenza with inset slate slabs by Paul Evans from 1969, estimated at $15,000-20,000. Other studio craftsman represented here: Wendell Castle, Robert Whitley and Mira Nakashima.
The auction has a fine assortment of furniture from many of the great architect-designers on the 20th C., including Samuel Marx, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Andre Arbus, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Eliel Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Venturi, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Charlotte Perriand, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Michael Graves, Jacques Adnet, Florence Knoll and Alvar Aalto. Among the highlights here: A pair of enameled wood and silver leaf dressers, c. 1940, by Samuel Marx, each estimated at $25,000-35,000; an iconic Mesa walnut coffee table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, estimated at $25,000-35,000; a wrought-iron, bronze and leather daybed by Andre Arbus, estimated at $7,000-9,000; a pair of leather Barcelona lounge chairs with single ottoman, by Van Der Rohe for Knoll, c. 1970, estimated at $3,500-5,500; a Gio Ponti four-drawer Italian walnut dresser, c. 1950, estimated at $3,750-4,750; and a pickled wood pedestal dining table with six leaves, ca. 1941, by Eliel Saarinen for Johnson Furniture, estimated at $4,500-6,500.
Also here are designers from France, Italy, South America and Scandinavia, including Jacques Adnet, Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi, Jean Prouve, Sergio Rodrigues, Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm, Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen, Niels O. Moller, Finn Juhl, Niels Roth Andersen, Johnson Furniture, Carlo Di Carli, Charron, Mario Bellini, Osvaldo Borsani, Pierre Patout and Jean Royere. Some of the headliners here are a rare pair of paduk and split