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.
Bill, priced at $2,000-3,000. Lot 608 is an Artichoke fixture by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, estimated at $4,000-6,000. The idea behind the staggered design of the Artichoke fixture is that it may be viewed from any angle while concealing the light source located in the center.
Italian lighting in the sale features: lot 709, a floor lamp attributed to Arredoluce, estimated at $3,500-4,500; lot 712, a Contrast table lamp by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce, offered at $1,500-2,000; lot 714, a massive Polyhedral glass chandelier by Venini, at $8,000–10,000; lot 727, a two-arm floor lamp by Stilnovo, is estimated at $1,500-2,000. Lot 720 is a pair of fine "Pirellina" table lamps by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte, priced at $6,000-9,000, which were published in Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978.
Lighting by French designers includes: lot 817, a pair of branch scones by Felix Agostini, estimated at $5,000-7,000; and lot 821, a pair of Serpentine scones by Jean Royere, for $12,000-18,000. Lot 819 is a rare adjustable desk lamp by Jacques Le Chevallier and Rene Koechlin, estimated at $18,000-22,000, which was published in Jean-Francois Archieri, "Jacques Le Chevallier, La Lumiere Moderne 1896-1987 (a copy of this book accompanies the lamp).
Famous glass makers or designers include: Alessandro Pianon, Alfredo Barbini, Alvar Aalto, Antonio Da Ros, Dale Chihuly, Brent Kee Young, Debora Moore, Dino Martens, Ercole Barovier, Ettore Sottsass, Fritz Dreisbach, Fulvio Bianconi, Ingeborg Lundin, KeKe Cribbs, Lino Tagliapietra, Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky, Massimo Vignelli, Peter Houk, Stephen Hodder, Tapio Wirkkala, Tobias Mohl, Tom McGlauchlin, and William Morris.
The sale features a collection of glass vessels by Mary Ann “Toots” Zynsky, a studio glass artist and innovator, known for her distinctive heat-formed “filet de verre” (glass thread) vessels, which are represented in over seventy museum collections worldwide. A featured Zynsky piece is lot 752, an unusually large vessel titled "Ramingo," estimated at $14,000-19,000. Zynsky’s colleague, famous glass maker Dale Chihuly, is also well represented in the sale, as with lot 759, a basket from the rare Soft Cylinder series (a fine example), offered at $6,000-8,000.
Another extraordinary glass piece in the sale is a late arrival, lot 751, a brilliantly colored Stonehenge glass vase by William Morris, a particularly colorful, vibrant and appealing example of the series, offered at $6,500-8,000.
Jewelry and Silver:
Jewelry includes a necklace, brooch and ring by New York artist Ed Wiener, a ring by Sam Kramer and a fibula (brooch) by designer Albert Paley, estimated at $2,000-3,000. Notable is lot 887, an Ed Wiener textured yellow gold necklace, which was designed for the consignor by the artist, offered at $7,000-10,000.
Silver includes a set of Diamond sterling flatware by Gio Ponti for Reed & Barton, an Art Deco coffee and tea service by Arthur Krupp for Berndorf, an Allan Adler 104-piece sterling flatware set, a Ronald Pearson "Vision" sterling complete flatware service for International Sterling, and 122 pieces of Towle "Contour" sterling flatware.
Tapestries and rugs in the sale include