Rago’s Announces a 20th /21st Century Design Auction on June 16-17 1,100 lots of exceptional property, including pottery by Saturday Evening Girls; lighting by Tiffany; studio furniture by Nakashima; glass by Zynsky and Chihuly and much more. Previews begin June 9th.
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Early 20th C. / Arts & Crafts: Saturday, June 16, 11:00 AM
Saturday’s sale begins at 11:00 AM with 380 lots of Early 20th C./Arts and Crafts, consisting of pottery, furnishings, glass, metalwork, lighting, fine art and more. This sale is immediately followed by 78 lots of 20th C. ceramics.
American Art Pottery:
The sale begins on Saturday, June 16 with American art pottery: tiles by Claycraft, Grueby, Rookwood and Hartford Faience, along with vessels by Frederick Rhead, George Ohr, Clewell, Fulper, Grueby, Pewabic, Rookwood, Roseville, Teco, Van Briggle, W.J. Walley, John Bennett, Marblehead, Newcomb College, Wheatley, and North Dakota School of Mines.
The sale begins with a suite of two important, early pieces decorated in cuerda seca with roosters by Frances Rocchi at Saturday Evening Girls: lot 1, a large center bowl incised "Early to bed & early to rise makes a child healthy, wealthy & wise”, estimated at $17,500-22,500; and lot 2, a pitcher incised "This is the cock that crew in the morn", estimated at $10,000-15,000. Also of note is an exceptional vessel by Frederick Rhead at University City decorated with mushrooms, lot 17, estimated at $10,000-15,000. There are two fine and large vases by John Bennett: lot 12, with apple blossom branches on a bright yellow ground, $10,000-15,000, and lot 12-A, a covered jar with dogwood blossoms, $7,000-10,000. A welcome and unusual addition is lot 7, an extremely rare glazed stoneware center bowl Clara Poillon, complete with blank invoices from the company, is estimated at $2,500-3,500 (works by Clara Poillon are rare, and pieces of this scale and medium, are most unusual). Lot 23, a late arrival, is a spectacular, tall Rookwood Iris glaze vase painted by Kataro Shirayamadani with geese in flight, perfectly fired (uncrazed), for $8,000-12,000. There are several lots by “The Mad Potter” George Ohr (lots 92-101), one of the finest being lot 92, a pear-shaped vase with deep in-body twist and a good raspberry and green speckled glaze, at $5,000-7,500.
European ceramicists include: Zsolnay, Martin Brothers, Moorcroft, Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel, Ernst Wahliss, Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland Gouda, Sarreguemines, Clarice Cliff, and Wedgwood.
Notable European ceramic lots include: Lot 188, a rare and large charger with maiden by Zsolnay, one of a fine grouping, estimated at $3,000-5,000; lot 194, a stoneware vase with whimsical demons by the Martin Brothers, estimated at $4,000-5,000; and lot 208, a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre faceted bowl, estimated at $3,000-4,000.
Famous lighting makers include: Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Fulper, Gustav Stickley, Handel, Pairpoint, Suess, Dirk Van Erp, Roycroft, and Charles Schneider.
There are several remarkable Tiffany Studios lamps, including lot 373, a fine and large floor lamp with Tulip shade, estimated at $100,000-150,000; and lot 274, a table lamp with a Dogwood shade, estimated at $95,000-125,000. Other notable lighting lots include: lot 214, a rare Louis XV table lamp by Duffner & Kimberly, attractively priced at $10,000-15,000; lot 22, a Fulper mushroom-shaped table lamp with leaded glass inserts and Chinese