Lambertville, NJ – Rago’s Remix auctions have proven so successful they’ve been expanded. On April 7 and 8, 2018, we’ll be pairing a full day of classic furnishings with a second day of Modern designer furnishings in one weekend. Downtown pieces of mid-century modern and 21st c. design will sell side-by-side with period furnishings, urbane antiques, heirloom silver, and compelling art, staged and photographed together in designer room settings.
“Remix is about how people like to decorate today. They want rooms that are both stylish and personal, not overly planned and unvarying. They want pieces to come together like a group of fascinating people at a great party, unconfined by a decade or design period,” says Rago’s Design Director, Arlen Sam Brown.
Buyers who seek American, English, Continental and Asian property from the Northeast’s finer homes, collectors and estates will find it in April. So, too, will buyers of contemporary design from America, Italy and Scandinavia. Remix: Contemporary + Classic will also feature silver from makers as diverse as Tiffany & Co., Omar Ramsden, William Spratling and Georg Jensen; singular accent pieces; portraits, landscapes and abstract art; sculpture and a dash of the unexpected.
The catalog for Remix: Contemporary + Classic will be online on March 16. Exhibition begins March 31. Consignments are being accepted through February.
Questions about the sale can be answered by calling 609-397-9374 or emailing Gina Tomasello at[email protected]
Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Design Auctions brought in $6,133,750 on January 19-21. A vast array of property, including the single-owner collection of Sire Records’ founder Seymour Stein, a record-breaking Arequipa pot, and the inaugural presentation of property from the archives of artist Albert Paley, propelled a consistently strong sale across three days, six auction segments and almost 1,300 lots. Estimates were shattered and records broken during a sale that earned an 83% sell-through rate and suggested that the market for Art Deco is heating up, while desire for modern design overall remains strong.
Of the over 400 lots of early 20th century design on offer, works by American makers were among the highest priced. Lot 600, an important squeeze-bag decorated vase by Frederick H. Rhead for Arequipa sold for $93,750 – breaking the record for highest price achieved at auction for a piece of Arequipa pottery. Lot 602, another vase by Frederick H. Rhead for Steiger Terra Cotta & Pottery Works, defied its auction estimate in dramatic fashion, selling for $21,250 against a high estimate of $1,500. Works from Tiffany Studios proved to be in high demand, representing six of the top nine lots in the Early 20th Century Design segment. Tiffany highlights include Lot 806, an enameled copper dragonfly tray that achieved $37,500, more than twice the high estimate of $15,000; Lot 832, a blue wave patterned table lamp which shattered its estimate of $4,500-6,500 and sold for $28,750; and Lot 802, a rare mosaic pen wiper which sold for $26,250 against a high estimate of $10,000.
Works of French Art Deco also sold particularly well. From the Collection of Seymour Stein, Lot 434, a large Lalique Palestre vase sold for $40,625, exceeding its high estimate of $30,000; Lot 423, a massive exhibition vase with base by Charles Catteau for Boch Freres sold for $31,250; and a rareLe Jour et La Nuit clock by Lalique sold for $28,750.
Modern design also had bidders excited. Lot 1026, a Sculpture Front cabinet from American furniture maker and New Hope native Paul Evans, achieved the honor of top lot of the weekend, selling for $137,500 against an estimate of $95,000-125,000. Other highlights from the Modern Design segment include Lot 1258, a large Mesa coffee table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings which sold for $93,750; Lot 1280, a rare Chan desk from father & son design duo Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, which blew past a high estimate of $24,000 to sell for $53,125; Lot 1226, a rare Bahut cabinet complete with the original sketch by master furniture maker and designer George Nakashima which sold for $40,625 against a high estimate of $30,000; and Lot 1161, a unique Ivory Spirit piano by Wendell Castle for Steinway & Sons sold which for $43,750. Wendell Castle, who passed away on Saturday, January 20, was remembered on the podium by David Rago as an inspiration and a friend of the auction house.
Rago was honored to present nearly five decades of work from Albert Paley, internationally celebrated metalsmith and sculptor, in a never-to-market session direct from the artist’s archives. Sculptures and early pieces of jewelry performed well, particularly Lot 960, a unique sculpture entitledHarlequin which sold for $68,750, exceeding the estimate of $35,000-45,000; Lot 910, an exceptional and large jointed cameo pendant which sold for $56,250; and Paley’s six-foot Evanesce steel sculpture which soared past the high estimate of $22,500 to realize a final price of $40,625.
The Modern Glass & Ceramics portion was dominated by contemporary glass works. Three of the top eight lots of the sale came from glass master Dale Chihuly including Lot 1579, a massive Pacific Haven chandelier which sold $75,000 – the highest price in this session – via the online bidding platform Bidsquare.com. Other highlights include Lot 1596, a massive sculpture titled Embrace by Christopher Ries which sold for $35,000 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000; Lot 1593, a filet-de-verre vessel by Toots Zynsky which nearly doubled the high estimate of $8,000 to sell for $15,000; and Lot 1602, a glimmering sculpture by Jon Kuhn which sold for $15,000 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000.
Also of note: Lot 1045, a Judas extension dining table from Danish designer Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder, which sold for $20,000, against an estimate of $7,000-9,000; Lot 1120, a Kite floor lamp by French designer Pierre Guariche for Disderot which sold for $21,250 against an estimate of $6,000-8,000; Lot 1027, a rare pair of Paul Evans armchairs which sold for $33,750 against an estimate of $10,00-15,000; Lot 1019, a boat-shaped Turned-Leg dining table by George Nakashima which sold for $33,750 against an estimate of $7,000-10,000; and Lot 1291, a Vladimir Kagan Contour lounge chair and ottoman, which nearly tripled the high estimate of $7,000 to sell for $20,000.
“This was one of the strongest Modern weekends we’ve held in the past decade, with over $6.1M in sales, and over 83% sold throughout. There were very few weak spots and we were particularly pleased that the new markets we tried (60 pieces by Albert Paley, and nearly 200 lots of French Deco pottery) performed so well. This sale said a lot about the overall strength of the market for 20th century decorative art.”
– David Rago, Partner & Co-Director, Design Department
“The Contemporary Glass and Studio Ceramics portion of the auction brought some nice surprises. Blue-chip artists Toots Zynsky and Jon Kuhn continued to perform very well. Jay Musler’s gorgeous orange City Scape bowl brought $10,000, while Sonja Blomdahl’s large vessel surpassed our expectations and sold for $6,875, the highest price ever achieved at auction for the artist. Robert Turner’s lovely covered jar, in an inspired blue-gray glaze, did remarkably well, as did an unusual woodblock print by the recently departed grande dame of studio ceramics, Miss Betty Woodman. We were also downright giddy over the prices reached by a handsome grouping of vessel by three generations of Moulthrop wood turners.”
– Suzanne Perrault, Partner & Co-Director, Design Department
“There was an appreciative energy and enthusiasm I hadn’t seen since before the recession. There was interest and questions on a broad range of pieces. Gibbings, LaVerne & Kuehne, Springer & Kagan, all enjoyed rekindled enthusiasm. Danish, French and Secessionist furnishings also enjoyed strong attention.”
-Jad Attal, Specialist, Design Department
- Weekend Total Hammer: $4,907,000
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $6,133,750
- Low Estimate: $4,512,200
- High Estimate: $6,368,850
- Bidders in-house: 100
- Bidders on phone: 318
- Absentee Bidders: 117
- Number of lots: 1,284
- Percent Sold: 82%
- Online bidders: 2,261 from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of South Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Gambia, United Kingdom.
- Hammer: $377,025
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $471,281.25
- Low Estimate: $417,050
- High Estimate: $600,900
- Number of lots: 328
Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein
- Hammer: $342,125
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $427,656.25
- Low Estimate: $343,500
- High Estimate: $495,300
- Number of lots: 175
Early 20th C. Design
- Hammer: $831,500
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $1,039,375
- Low Estimate: $736,00
- High Estimate: $1,047,500
- Number of lots: 247
The Albert Paley Archives Part I: Creating Perspective
- Hammer: $514,300
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $642,875
- Low Estimate: $507,000
- High Estimate: $700,000
- Number of lots: 61
- Hammer: $2,352,700
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $2,940,875
- Low Estimate: $2,068,850
- High Estimate: $2,897,250
- Number of lots: 318
Modern Ceramics and Glass
- Hammer: $489,350
- Hammer + 25% buyer’s premium: $611,687.50
- Low Estimate: $439,000
- High Estimate: $627,900
- Number of lots: 155
ALBERT PALEY, PAUL EVANS, GEORGE NAKASHIMA, HARRY BERTOIA, JUDY McKIE, T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, PHIL POWELL, RUDY AUTIO, DALE CHIHULY, CHRISTOPHER RIES, AND TIFFANY STUDIOS AMONG HIGHLIGHTS OF RAGO’S JANUARY 19-21 AUCTIONS.
Lambertville, NJ – On Friday January 19th, Saturday January 20th, and Sunday January 21st, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold auctions of Early 20th Century and Modern Design
Mid-Mod: Friday, January 19th at 11AM, 328 lots
Mid-priced 20th C. furniture, lighting, and decorative objects: George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Karl Hagenauer, Miguel Berrocal, Josef Hoffmann, Gerrit Rietveld, Paavo Tynell, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Wilhelm Kage, Francis Jourdain, Max Ingrand, Gaetano Pesce, Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Fontana Arte, Klaus Ihlenfeld, C. Jere, Jordan Mozer, Tommi Parzinger, Milo Baughman, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Karl Springer, George Nelson, Teco, Rookwood, Frederick Rhead, Jens Jensen, Roseville, William Rice, Lalique, and more.
Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein: Saturday, January 20 at 11AM, 174 lots
Seymour Stein, a music industry entrepreneur and founder of Sire Records, is best known for working with famed musicians the likes of Madonna and the Ramones. He is also an avid collector and devotee of decorative arts, most especially European Art Deco ceramics and glass as well as 19th and 20th century fine art. This single-owner sale features a multitude of exceptional works by Jean Mayodon, René Buthaud, Edouard Cazaux, Charles Catteau, Lalique, Gio Ponti, Robert Lallemant, Sèvres, Primavera, Wedgwood, Romero Britto, Anna Louisa Swynnerton, Louis Icart, Jean Dunand, and more. Also featured is music memorabilia, including gold and platinum Madonna records.
David Rago, Partner + Co-Director, Design Dept.: “Seymour has been a dedicated collector for decades and a client of Rago’s for most of that time. We are delighted to offer a compendium of works reflecting his collecting of and involvement in the arts, featuring pottery, glass, fine art, and rock and roll memorabilia.”
Early 20th C. Design: Saturday, January 20 at 2:30PM, 245 lots
Featuring ceramics by Frederick Rhead, George Ohr, Grueby, Marblehead, Newcomb College, Valentien Pottery, Van Briggle, Roseville, Rookwood, and Merrimac. European pottery by Taxile Doat, Martin Brothers, Wedgwood, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Ernest Chaplet, Zsolnay, and Delphin and Clement Massier. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Roycroft, L. & J.G. Stickley, Limbert, and Charles Rohlfs. Superb lighting by Tiffany Studios, Dirk Van Erp, Benedict Studios, Pairpoint, and over ten lots of fine and rare Handel lamps. Art glass by Tiffany Studios, Gallé, Daum, Loetz, Lalique, and Thomas Webb & Sons. Silver and metalwork by Liberty & Co., Karl Kipp, Tiffany Studios, and more, including rare seahorse andirons by William Denslow for Roycroft and Charles Ashbee porringer bowl and spoon. Fine art by William Rice and Alphonse Mucha.
Sarah Dziamba, Specialist: “This is a strong session studded with many gorgeous and rare highlights. Among the most special are a spectacular and large Frederick Rhead Arequipa vase, an illuminated guest book from a notable California bungalow, two vibrant Zsolnay vases, Jean Dupas verre églomisé panels from the S.S. Normandie, and a selection of Tiffany Studios works including an early 14” daffodil shade, a 20” daffodil lamp, and a large enameled dragonfly tray.”
The Albert Paley Archives Part I: Sunday, January 21 at 11AM, 60 lots
Composed of 60 works, this first of its kind sale offers a selection of Albert Paley’s archivedmetalwork sculptures, furnishings and jewelry, as well as lithographs, sketches and maquettes.
David Rago: “We have been handling Albert Paley’s work at auction for nearly two decades and have always been enamored of his designs. Selling his archives has been on the table for the past year and we are thrilled to hold the first auction of his archival material. It is an encyclopedic session touching on all aspects of his art, from drawings and maquettes to jewelry and full-size sculpture. All pieces come directly from Paley Studios and are appearing on the auction market for the first time in a single session with a dedicated catalogue.”
Modern Design: Sunday, January 21 at 12PM, 318 lots
Featuring over 60 outstanding lots of Delaware Valley Modernism by Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, and Phil Powell, including a rare Nakashima Bahut cabinet, massive chip-carved Powell door, and Evans Wavy Front cabinet. Furniture by Wendell Castle, Kem Weber, Ado Chale, Georges Mathias, Pierre Jeanneret, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Jules Leleu, and more. A selection of Memphis works including two Ettore Sottsass totems and Andrea Branzi “Gritti” bookcase. Contemporary makers including Jordan Mozer, D’lisa Creager, Christopher Hiltey, Val Bertoia, and James Bearden.Scandinavian wares designed by Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Frits Henningsen, Arne Vodder, Alvar Aalto, and Helge Vestergaard-Jensen. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso for Madoura, Judy McKie, and Roy Lichtenstein for Jackson China. Lighting by Max Ingrand, Angelo Lelii, Jean Prouve, Jean Royere, Andre Sornay, Jacques Adnet, Stilnovo, Arredoluce, and more. Wall-hangings and rugs by Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, and Victor Vasarely. Silver and jewelry by Georg Jensen, Gio Ponti, Michael and Maureen Banner, Erik Magnussen, Hector Aguilar, and Henning Koppel. Fine art, decorative objects, and metalwork by Frederic Weinberg, Stan Dann, Ed, Matt, and Philip Moulthrop, Harry and Val Bertoia, Robert Loughlin, and Richard Blow.
Jad Attal, Modern Specialist: “T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings was a classicist in his design vocabulary, imbuing ancient Greek and Roman motifs in his pieces. But what could be more classical than the American Southwest mesas? Our light walnut Mesa table brings a grandness into any home. That’s why this is one of my favorite pieces in our sale.”
Modern Ceramics and Glass: Sunday, January 21 at 4:30PM, 152 lots
Featuring ceramics by Karl Drerup, Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, Robert Turner, Claude Conover, Peter Voulkos, the Scheiers, Jack Earl, Toshiko Takaezu, the Natzlers, Rudy Autio, and Kurt Weiser.Glass by Dale Chihuly, Christopher Ries, Richard Marquis, Lino Tagliapietra, Toots Zynsky, Harvey Littleton, John Kuhn, Richard Ritter, Paul Stankard, Dante Marioni, Davide Salvadore, Clifford Rainey, Jay Musler, Laura de Santillana, Sonja Blomdahl, and more.
Suzanne Perrault, Partner + Co-Director, Design Dept: “Our Modern Ceramics and Glass sale this time around offers a group of interesting enamels and paintings by the German-American artist Karl Drerup. Enamels have historically been offered with ceramics, due to the process of firing and their scale. The collection is unusual and appealing, with stylistic nods to Chagall and Klee, and also includes pottery by Voulkos and the Scheiers. The Allan Stone Collection is represented with over twenty lots of ceramics, and contemporary glass starts strongly with a bright and colorful Chihuly chandelier followed by many fine works including several Christopher Ries sculptures.”
- Saturday, January 13 through Wednesday, January 17, 12–5 pm and by appointment. Open until 7 pm on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19. Doors open at 9 am on sale days.
- Rago is located midway between NYC (1 hr. 15 min) and Philadelphia (50 min). Directions online at ragoarts.com.
- For those unable to attend, telephone/absentee bidding available at 609.397.9374. Online bidding available at www.bidsquare.com.