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
Sir William Hamo Thornycroft (English, 1850-1925), Bronze Sculpture, "Teucer." 1881; Signed Hamo Thornycroft and dated; 30". Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.
William Hamo Thornycroft was the leading figure in the movement known as the New Sculpture in the early 1880s and a central member of the sculptural establishment and the Royal Academy into the 20th century. Thornycroft was elected to the Royal Academy in 1882, one of the youngest artists accorded this honor. That same year the bronze cast of Teucer was purchased for the British nation under the auspices of the Chantrey Bequest.
Pair of Rose Medallion Palace Vases. Republic Period. 36” Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.
The "Rose" patterns were first made in China made between 1840 and 1880 exclusively for export. Alternating panels around a central gold circle ("medallion") are figured with birds, flora, butterflies and other elements. (Also in the sale - Satsuma palace vases from Japan.)
Poseidon Bronze Table Lamp with Shell Shades. Bronze figure of Poseidon with sea creatures and waves at his feet on a base of sea blue glass tiles with two nautilus shell shades, electrified, early 20th c.; 34". Estimate: $2,500-$3,500.
Myochin School Iron Articulated Snake. Meiji period/late 19th c.; Signed Muneyoshi; 39". Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.
The celebrated Myochin family produced many of Japan’s finest metalworkers and its highest quality armors from the 11th century forward. The word “Myochin”, which describes rare and exceptional craftsmanship, was granted as a family name by the Emperor Konoe (1141-54). Myochin artisans, of whom Muneyoshi is one, have long received the patronage of the titled and wealthy. Myochin school articulated snakes similar to the one shown here sold most recently at Christie's New York in 2007 and 2011.
Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray (Russian, 1848-1886), Bronze Sculpture of Two Cossacks on Horseback. Signed in Cyrillic, stamped foundry mark; 13" x 11" x 6 1/2". Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.
The leading Russian sculptor of the 1870′s and 1880′s, Evgeny Lanceray’s favored subject was the horse and its work with man. Much of his work was cast by the St. Petersburg foundry of Felix Chopin (Shopen). The Susse Freres Foundry in Paris offered a complete collection of his 123 works at the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris, and featured them in their catalogues from 1902 to 1912.
Kentucky Style Pennsylvania Long Rifle by Peter Moll, ca. 1830’s. Octagonal barrel, marked Peter Moll Hellertown Warranted no. 57; 60". Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.
From 1764 through 1889, the Moll family made guns in the Lehigh Valley. Among the guns they manufactured was the Pennsylvania Rifle, or Kentucky Rifle. (The name Kentucky Rifle was adopted by the layman because of the popularization it had received in the hands of Daniel Boone, a native Pennsylvanian.) This rifle was made by Peter Moll, 4th generation, based in Hellertown Pa. It has a great, full length curly maple stock and a nice patch box.
Rago’s hope you will join us for this special sale, preceded by an exhibition and an evening for his family, friends, and clients.