RAGO’S GREAT ESTATES AUCTION KICKS OFF THE FALL SEASON ON SEPTEMBER 10 Over 550 lots of art, furnishings, silver, jewelry, Asian, coins, Native American, an acoustic and flamenco guitar collection, books and ephemera, including a signed Hemingway book.
Philadelphia Chippendale side chair, ca. 1760-1780, $600-800; lot 1274, a New England Queen Anne highboy in curly maple, ca. 1760-1780, $5,000-7,000; lot 1367, a 19th century continental cabinet, which was painted and decorated with a sunburst decoration, with corner columns and paw feet, $2,000-3,000; lot 1275 is a New England slant-front desk, ca. 1790-1810, $1,500-2,500; lot 1121, an early 19th century English grandfather clock in a Mahogany case, $1,000-1,500; lot 1133 is a Wallace Nutting Windsor style, $1,000-1,500. Lighting includes table lamps, floor lamps and chandeliers, such as lot 1105 is a 20th century prism chandelier, bronze frame with twenty-four arms, $1,500-2,500.
A single-owner collection of classical and flamenco guitars, purchased over a 40 year period by a renowned Californian architect. Famous makers include Domingo Esteso, Richard E. Brune, Marcelo Barbero, Gibson, Eduardo Ferrer, Jose Oribe, Manuel Velazquez, Pedro Maldonado, John F. Mello, Kenny Hill, Manuel Reyes, Antonio Montero and Manuel Bellido, Anselmo Solar, Hernandis, Arthur E. Overholtzer. Most notable are lot 1045, an Arcangel Fernandez classical guitar in Brazilian rosewood and spruce, $5,000-7,000 and lot 1033, a signed Eduardo Ferrer Flamenco Guitar in spruce and Spanish cypress, $2,000-3,000. Other musical instruments in the sale include: lot 1029, a Gibson Acoustic guitar, Model L5 Archtop, ca. 1941, Serial no. 97521, $3,000-5,000; violins; a banjo; a Martin Baritone ukulele.
Chinese pottery, Chinese ivory, Asian scrolls, Japanese netsuke, Japanese porcelain, a Chinese table screen, Chinese export pieces, Asian bronzes, Chinese jade. Most notably: lot 1296, a Chinese double gourd vase from the Jiangxi Province, 19th century, $2,000-3,000; lot 1337, 19th/20th century Chinese ivory figures of an emperor and empress, with carved dragon decoration on wood bases, $1,500-2,000.
Paintings on porcelain, Rookwood, Rosenthal, Royal Copenhagen, Limoges, Wedgwood, Amphora, Minton, Majolica, Historical Staffordshire. Highlights include 1005, a late 19th century European porcelain plaque, “The Young Soldiers”, $1,500-2,000; lot 1003, a Limoges porcelain plaque depicting nudes in a bath house, 1906, $500-700; lot 1244, an early 19th century historical Staffordshire “Sandusky” blue transferware platter, $2,000-3,000; lot 1243, a 19th century bronze mounted porcelain centerpiece with hand-painted reserves and gilded highlights in the Meissen style, $2,000-3,000.
Sports, politics and entertainment. Notable lots include: 1392, a Justus Danckerts framed map of northeast North America ca. 1684, $4,000-6,000; lot 1228 a sideshow banner for “Taylor the Man of Mystery”, $800-1,200; lot 1488, an Abraham Lincoln signature, Appointment of ”Receiver of Public Moneys for the District of Nevada”, $2,000-3,000; lot 1496, an autographed baseball album with approximately 150 signatures, 1952-1954, including Mickey Mantle, Connie Mack, Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, Phil Rizzuto, John Mize, Bob Feller, Early Wynn, etc., $500-700. There are 20 lots of books in the sale, most notably an Ernest Hemmingway signed copy of “The Sun Also Rises” (lot 1476), $2,000-3,000. This later edition, 1953, is inscribed “For Willy Rakow, good luck always, Ernest Hemingway Havana 1953”. William Rakow, the grandfather of the consignor, was a sailor in the US Navy stationed in Havana, Cuba during the early 1950's. Hemingway used to