Rago Auctions to Handle Collection of Renowned Dealer/Auctioneer Tony Tenaglia Lambertville, NJ: Rago Auctions has been chosen to handle the Collection of Tony Tenaglia – the finest pieces acquired over decades of buying and selling by this dealer and auctioneer. The multi-day
News-Antique.com - Jun 14,2013 - RAGO AUCTIONS TO HANDLE COLLECTION OF RENOWNED DEALER/AUCTIONEER TONY TENAGLIA.
Lambertville, NJ: Rago Auctions has been chosen to handle the Collection of Tony Tenaglia – the finest pieces acquired over decades of buying and selling by this dealer and auctioneer. The multi-day auction is scheduled for December 6-8, 2013.
Tony Tenaglia, who died last November at 55, was legendary in the Bucks County area for his acumen and his passion for antiques. Everyone who followed him at Bristol Auctions, Estate Treasures of Bucks County and the Golden Nugget flea market admired his eye and his ability to source fresh and valuable property. They also all knew that he had a hard time parting with the finest pieces he purchased, no matter what the category: silver, militaria, decorative arts, lamps, folk art, furnishings.
His family has decided to sell the finest of his treasures in a dedicated sale at Rago Arts and Auction Center. Rago has just begun the work of removing and cataloguing the property for auction. Because there is so much and because so much has been inaccessible for years, forgotten gems turn up weekly. With fewer than 600 lots in house as of May, the low estimate already approaches $1,000,000.
Among the highlights as of May 2013:
Viennese Silver "Triumph of Flora" Centerpiece. The Goddess of Spring upon gilded and jeweled chariot, drawn by angels and a team of four horses, led by Mercury and accompanied by frolicking putti, 1877-1890; Parcel gilt 800 standard, jeweled and enameled highlights; Maker marks throughout (ABA in triangle) and Victorian English silver mark BS in conforming oval; 38" x 16 3/4" x 19". Estimate: $200,000-$300,000.
This extremely large and highly complicated Viennese silver figural group bears an English sponsor mark indicating that it may have been made for an international exhibition.
Tiffany & Co. Japanesque Mixed Metal Centerpiece. Designed by Edward C. Moore, 1880; Masterfully spot-hammered undulating silver bowl on four puddled bracket feet designed as a rippling stream of water with floating maple leaves and seed pod, contrast inlaid insects and a salamander; Fitted gilt liner with drop ring handles; Composed of silver, copper and brass alloys, shades of gold and sentoku, forged and inlaid with niello; Leafy monogram EMC on bottom; Marked Tiffany & Co., Makers, #5922, #4390, Sterling silver and other metals #1037, Old silver; 19” x 9 1/2” x 5”; 123 OT includes liner. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000.
This centerpiece was inspired by the collection of curios acquired in Japan in 1877 by Christopher Dresser for Tiffany and Co. The sensuous naturalism of this bowl is testimony to Edward C. Moore's understanding of the Japanese aesthetic. Viewed in the context of prevailing Victorian ornamental and traditional silver of its day, it is revolutionary, and anticipates both Gorham's Martele and Tiffany and Co.'s later work under the direction of Lewis Comfort Tiffany.
Eagle Lectern. A Victorian brass eagle lectern with book stand, on lion feet, ca. 1890. Approx. 78". Estimate: $6,000-$8,000.
Eagle lecterns are not an unusual form. But this one