Early 20th Century Preview at Rago’s

by Kate Nixon


On September 11th, Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold two live auctions bringing impressive accomplishments in early 20th century design as well as American ceramics to the online collecting community. While interested bidders can read the preview of the American and European Ceramics Auction here, this sale features a curated selection of American and European design, lighting, and decorative arts. From Mission furniture to Tiffany & Co. silver to art glass, this auction features items for the collectors that search for rare pieces and important works.

Among the highlights of the auction include a rare Charles Rohlfs chair ($5,000–7,000) from the Domino’s Center for Architecture and Design in Ann Arbor, a Dirk Van Erp table lamp ($8,000–12,000) featuring shade panels with floral designs and an impressed open-box windmill stamp to underside of base, a rare Roycroft sideboard ($3,000–5,000), a signed Gustave Baumann woodblock print titled Indiana – Red Gum Trees ($5,000–7,000), a rare Aquamarine hand-blown Favrile glass vase ($15,000–20,000) often seen in publications, and a rare pair of Roycroft seahorse andirons ($10,000–15,000).

The auction will start at 2:00 PM on September 11th, 2020. Interested bidders may preview the works by appointment only; bidders can contact Rago Arts by phone at (609) 397-9374 or by email at [email protected]. Bidders may submit a maximum absentee bid(s), arrange for phone bids on the day of sale, and/or return to our website to bid live online (Requires the bidder to register for the auction beforehand). Alternatively, bidders may download a faxable bid form.


Our picks:

Lot 307: Gustav Stickley knock-down settle, model 210

USA, c. 1902
oak, vinyl upholstery 35½ h × 82¼ w × 33½ d in 90 × 209 × 85 cm

Estimate: $5,000–7,000

Early red manufacturer’s decal to upright ‘Als Ik Kan Stickley’ with joiner’s compass.
literature: Collected Works of Gustav Stickley, Gray and Edwards (eds.), pg. 57

Lot 309: Roycroft Rare sideboard

USA, 1906-15
oak, mirrored and clear glass, copper 53½ h × 58¾ w × 25 d in 136 × 149 × 63 cm

Estimate: $3,000–5,000

This work is a smaller variation of model 01. Sideboard features a fitted mirror, two glass doors concealing one fixed shelf, three drawers, and two other doors concealing open storage.
provenance: Private Collection, Georgia
literature: Roycroft Furniture Catalog, 1906, The Roycrofters, pg. 27

Lot 315: William Wallace Denslow for Roycroft Rare seahorse andirons, pair

USA, c. 1902
wrought and cast iron 22½ h × 9 w × 28 d in 57 × 23 × 71 cm

Estimate: $10,000–15,000

provenance: Private Collection
literature: A Catalogue of the Roycrofters, Gray, pg. 4 Treasures of the American Arts and Crafts Movement 1890-1920, Duncan, pg. 133 Arts & Crafts Metalwork From the Collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation, Cathers, Clancy, and Montgomery, ppg. 138-139



Lot 326: Gustav Stickley Early trestle table

USA, 1902-03
oak, leather, copper 28¼ h × 48 w × 30 d in 72 × 122 × 76 cm

Estimate: $1,200–1,800

Early red manufacturer’s decal to underside ‘Als Ik Kan Stickley’ with joiner’s compass.
provenance: Important Private Collection



Lot 334: Tiffany Studios Tulip table lamp

USA, c. 1910
leaded glass, patinated bronze 19 h × 13½ dia in 48 × 34 cm

Estimate: $20,000–30,000

Impressed manufacturer’s mark to underside of base ‘Tiffany Studios New York 333’. Metal manufacturer’s label to shade ‘Tiffany Studios New York 1535’.
provenance: Macklowe Gallery, New York | Private Collection, New Jersey
literature: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Duncan, pg. 184

To see the whole catalog of items, please visit Rago Arts website at https://www.ragoarts.com/