Treasures to Auction at Rago’s Three Day 20th C. Design Sale, October 26-28 American Arts and Crafts from Christopher Forbes’ Colorado Retreat Among Treasures to Auction at Rago’s Three Day 20th C. Design Sale, October 26-28
Over 1,650 lots of property from the 20th-21st
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20th Century Pottery and Glass: Friday, October 26, 2012, Noon
Friday’s sale is a day dedicated to a selection of American, European and modern art pottery and art glass from the 20th century. There are significant collections of better lines by Roseville, Owens and Weller, such as Decorated Matt, Matt Green, Futura, Henry Deux, Ferella, Sunflower, Greora and Coppertone. There is a large group of fine Clewell pots in patinated copper jackets.
From the Washington, DC area is a lifetime collection of Zuid-Holland Gouda; also a large group of Amphora by Ernst Wahliss, and Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel; many examples of Clement Massier.
There are fine American tiles and china-painted items, including a vase by Dorothy Warren O’Hara; many birds by Stangl, vases by Fulper, Grueby, Marblehead, S.E.G., Walrath and Walley; lots of Van Briggle, North Dakota School of Mines, and many rare student vessels.
The second portion of the sale will offer lots of glass by Tiffany Studios, Steuben, Durand, Galle, Legras, Lalique, Schneider, Loetz and others.
Early 20th C. Design / Arts and Crafts: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
The Early 20th C. Design Auction begins on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with 580 lots of early 20th century furnishings, lighting and metalware, pottery, art glass, woodblock prints, textiles and more, many from notable prominent private collections. Rago’s is privileged to represent the collection of American Arts and Crafts from Christopher Forbes' Colorado retreat, with much rare Roycroft. Other collections in the sale include that of Marilyn and Michael Gould, connoisseurs of American art and antiques; and Ken Forster, noted scholar, collector, gallery owner, speaker and curator.
The Forbes Collection
Saturday’s sale kicks-off with the distinguished collection of American Arts and Crafts from Christopher Forbes’ two houses in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains (lots 1-132), one of the strongest groupings of Roycroft furniture, metalwork, and lighting to come to market in recent years. Christopher “Kip” Forbes, son of publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes, has been accruing this collection for over three decades, buying furniture, lighting, and accessories made by the Roycroft Community, ca. 1900–1915, to furnish a pair of 1915 houses on the Forbes family ranch.
Among the Roycroft property for sale is a one-of-a-kind chair made by Dard Hunter. Illustrated in the 1994 "Head, Heart and Hand: Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters," it bears the legend "Sit Down And Rest Thy Weary Bones." Several pieces come from the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York: Among those are two window seats, the carved door sign from the "Victor Hugo" room, a leaded-glass window from the peristyle and an original drawing of the Inn, both by Dard Hunter. Lot 47 is a candlestick telephone purportedly used by Elbert Hubbard. There are two exceptional bookcases, double- and triple-door, the first being especially rare with