Rago’s Preview Continued (with images)
by Kate Nixon
A sizable collection of Lalique Glass is up for auction this month – and you could be the winning bidder of one of the lots! In addition to the impressive Reese Collection of Lalique Glass, the works of George Ohr, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Studios, and Stickley furniture will be up for bid in Rago Arts’ Early 20th Century Design Auction, happening Saturday, September 22nd. David Rago, Partner and Co-Director 20th-21st C. Design Dept describes the exciting and rare range of the lots up for bid that include glass to pottery to lighting to prints. “Our Saturday session opens with a single-owner collection of Lalique from Texas featuring many desirable forms, including an amber Serpent, electric blue Perruches, and a rare Oiseau de Feu surtout,” says Rago.
“The session continues with what may prove to be the most exciting lot: a rare and early Gustav Stickley leaded glass lantern with a stylized rose pattern, recently found in a home in New Jersey.” This exceptional and rare Gustav Stickley lantern comes to Rago’s from a private collection in Parsippany, New Jersey. Featuring stylized flowers and made from hammered copper and leaded slag glass, this single socket unmarked lantern measures 12 1/4″ by 10 1/2″ sq. The estimated value of this lantern is $25,000 – $35,000.
According to the condition report on Rago’s website, this Stickley lantern is overall good original condition, glass, and patina. Nearly invisible professional restoration includes three minor stabilized cracks to glass, a few re-soldered joints (to secure glass panels in proper position), reassembling original chain and re-fabricated loop for original square hardware, and rewiring using a period socket and pull-chain. There is a missing canopy.
Rago continues into the expansive world of early 20th Century American ceramics. “There is also a selection of American ceramics from a forty-year-old collection encompassing some of the rarest producers. Highlights include two Redlands Pottery covered vessels, squeezebag-decorated Arequipa, a Charles Binns baluster vase, and a large Brouwer vase with applied grape clusters.”
The exhibition hours are September 15–20, 12 noon–5:00 pm with extended hours on September 21, 12 noon–7:00 pm at Rago’s main gallery (333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530). Rago will be open the day of the sale on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00am – the auction will begin at 10:00am.
Rago is a New Jersey-based leading U.S. auction house, serving thousands of sellers and buyers internationally. A world-class venue through which to buy and sell, Rago’s offers insurance valuations and appraisals for personal property, estate services from appraisal to auction and clean out, and exhibitions and lectures in house and online.
To view the entire Rago catalog and learn more about Rago, visit Rago Arts website at http://www.ragoarts.com/