Rago’s December 7th, 8th, 9th Auctions Cheer Holiday Buyers with 1200 Rago’s December 7th, 8th, 9th Auctions Cheer Holiday Buyers with 1200 Lots of Fine Furnishings, Jewelry, Silver, Coins, Art and More
is lot 126, a pair of sumptuous "Birds on Branches" gilt compotes designed by Eugene Soligny for Tiffany & Co., 1884, which are depicted in "Magnificent Tiffany Silver" by John Loring, page 136. Historically significant, lot 6 is a nine piece silver desk set by Mikhail Ivanov, St. Petersburg, which was originally presented to a chief engineer of Trans-Siberian Railroad in 1896, estimated at $8,000-12,000. There are several silver items by Georg Jensen, such as: lot 141, a “Grape” pitcher; and lot 139, ornamental fish handled servers. There are coffee and tea services, including: lot 82, an extensive service by Tiffany & Co., ca. 1953; lot 155, a “Jaguar” coffee service by William Spratling; and lot 1, quince-form teapot by Joseph Nordberg, St. Petersburg, 1854. Ornamental and useful flatware includes: lot 187, 144 pieces in the “English Kings” pattern by Tiffany & Co. in a fitted canteen, 1886-1902; lot 151, 111 pieces of “Bernadotte” flatware by Georg Jensen; and lot 15, a cased dessert set by Boucheron, 1880-1905.
Judaica in Friday’s auction includes a ketubah (marriage contract), a Torah crown, several menorahs, a Sabbath lamp, several Torah Ark Curtains, a chuppah (wedding canopy) and more.
Coins and Currency
Friday’s sale concludes with a run of 67 coin/currency lots including foreign coins from Mexico, the Philippines, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Belgium, Africa, India, China, Japan, Holland, Great Britain, and France; and a vast selection of U.S. coins and currency, Indian heads, mercury dimes, Morgan dollars, Carson City silver dollars, and much more.
Furnishings in Saturday’s Estate sale include: a Windsor Deacon’s bench, a Federal secretary’s desk, an American Hepplewhite chest of drawers, an American Sheraton chest of drawers, a William and Mary chest on chest, an American country shrank, an American corner cupboard, an English Regency chest, an English George III tile-top table, Windsor chairs, Georgian server. Styles include Early American shaker, Chippendale, English, Federal, Georgian, and Victorian. There are several items by Henkel Harris. Featured furnishings in the sale include: lot 648, a Shaker dining table from the mid-19th century, estimated at $15,000-25,000; lot 586, an 18th century Philadelphia Chippendale dressing table, estimated at $3,000-5,000; lot 587, a Pennsylvania Dutch cupboard, ca. 1835, estimated at $2,500-3,500 and lot 656, a German Black Forest carved mirror, estimated at $1,000-1,500.
Over 60 lots of Asian items include ivory carvings, porcelains, and cloisonné; furnishings such as alter tables, and a pair of yoke back armchairs; works of art by Chang Dai-Chen, Shiy De-Jinn and Tseng-Ying Pang. Featured is lot 694, an 18th century Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup, which is finely carved in relief with swirling vines and mythological creatures and Kylin, estimated at $35,000-55,000. Lot 707 is a Chinese ceremonial dagger, which is silver mounted with cabochon coral and turquoise, estimated at $1,500–2,000; lot 687 is seven figures of Japanese bone or ivory, including a lute player, hotei, fishmonger, guardian, scholar and two elders, estimated at $1,500-2,000. Lots 722-737 and 781-793 of Sumida pottery come from a single owner collection.