by Kate Nixon
Rago Arts and Auction Center recently held their two-day Unreserved auction in Early 20th Century Fine Art and Estate Goods, Saturday August 24th – this 1,121 lot sale featured period and contemporary works of Arts and Crafts style design; American and European mid-century furnishings; prints and multiple works of paper; and antique and contemporary art glass and pottery for bid.
The moderately priced items up for bid during this unreserved auction present a unique opportunity for both experienced and new collectors to place a bid – an unreserved auction simply means there are no minimum bids or reserve prices set on the items. Every item is sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price. The Arts and Crafts selections ran the range in ceramics, furniture, paintings, glassworks, fiber arts and silver will be up for bid. Works by Heintz Art Metal, Marblehead pottery, Fulper Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Gustav Stickley and L. and J.G. Stickley, Gorham silver and other icons of the Arts and Crafts movements were featured in the auction, most with very moderate prices.
Did you miss the auction? Rago Arts has filmed both days and placed the videos on their facebook page: click HERE to visit Rago Arts’ Facebook page to see a playback of both days.
Highlights we noticed:
Lot 9 – Tiffany Studios: Steuben – Two gold Favrile ruffled compotes with large Steuben gold Aurene footed low bowl with turned-in rim. Estimated at $700 – $900. Final Sale price of $1,875.
Lot 41 – Union Porcelain Works – Vase designed in the Moorish style, with applied lizard decoration. Estimated at $800 – $1,200. Final Sale price of $2,500.
Lots 92/93 – while the works of Grueby and Newcomb College vase all sold over their high estimates, the Hampshire Pottery offerings sold well over their own, including both lots of Hampshire Pottery green and blue vases Estimated at $600 – $800; final sale price for each was $1,500.
Lot 122 – a mahogany and walnut single-door vitrine from french furniture designer Eugene Vallin, featuring eight pivoting storage drawers, four display shelves, and arched gallery top. Estimated at $1,200 – $1,600; final sale price of $6,875!
Lot 130 – a large writing table in the style of Greene & Greene made of walnut, unmarked. Listed in very good condition with minor scuffs and scratches to the top. Estimated at $600 – $800; final sale price of $1,750.
Lot 403 – Three 19th century Chinese landscapes watercolor and gouache painting on paper in vintage condition. Estimated at $500 – $700; final sale price at $1,875.
Lot 465 – Three Argenta ovoid vases from Wilhelm Kage; Glazed stoneware, electroplated silver – listed in good overall condition. Estimated at $400 – $600; final sale price of $2,750.
Lot 1125 – A custom conference table with blackened steel and sawn walnut, listed in very good condition with inset electrical outlets. Estimated at $1,500 – $2,000; final sale price of $11,875!
How did our picks fare? Find out below:
Lot 11 – Five Pastel Favrile pieces
Manufacturer: Tiffany Studios
Description: Five Pastel Favrile pieces: pink bowl with flared rim and lattice design (3″ x 8 3/8″ dia.) and low bowl with flared rim (1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ dia.), green plate (1/4″ x 8 1/4″ dia.), and two parfait glasses (6 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ dia., 5 1/8″ x 2 7/8″ dia.), New York, 1920s; Blown glass; All signed, bowl with lattice design dated 1926.
Estimate: $600 – $800
Sale Price with Buyer’s Premium: $1,625
Lot 56: Three Sterling-on-Bronze Verdigris vases
Manufacturer: Heintz Art Metal
Description: Three Sterling-on-Bronze verdigris vases with foliate decoration: baluster with Prairie-style motif, corseted with freesia, and squat with wild rose, Buffalo, NY, early 20th c.; Two marked; Baluster: 11 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ dia., corseted: 11″ x 4″ dia., squat: 5″ x 5″ dia.
Estimate: $600 – $800
Sale Price with Buyer’s Premium: $688
Lot 132: Contemporary Spindled coffee table
Manufacturer: Stickley, E.J. Audi
Description: Contemporary spindled coffee table, Manlius, NY, 2001; Quartersawn oak; Metal tag, branded mark; 17″ x 44″ x 36″
Estimate: $300 – $500
Sale Price with Buyer’s Premium: $594
Lot 169: Four Rookwood Vases
Manufacturers: Rookwood/ S. Sax; K. Shirayamadani, ETC.
Description: Four vases: two Jewel Porcelain decorated with marigolds and tulips, two in Standard Glaze, dimpled with ruffled rim decorated with pansies by E. Foertmeyer, and tri-handled decorated with rose canes by E. Abel, Cincinnati, OH, 1927/1934/1890/1889; All with flame mark/XXVII/2985/SX, XXXIV/S/artist cipher, Flame mark with four flames/551/S/EDF, Flame mark with three flames/LS/EA; Marigold: 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ dia., Tulip: 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ dia., pansies: 6″ x 3″ dia., roses: 4 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ dia.
Estimate: $700 – $900
Sale Price with Buyer’s Premium: $1,500
Lot 234: Gorham silver three piece set
Manufacturer: Gorham silver
Description: Three pieces: pair of bud vases with scrolling foliate handles, and key tray with cut-out handles, and floral engravings, England/USA, 19th-20th c.; Sterling silver; Both marked, tray monogrammed NSG; Vases: 8 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ dia., tray: 1 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ dia.; 21.2 ozt.
Estimate: $500 – $800
Sale Price with Buyer’s Premium: $625
Next for Rago Arts: an Early 20th century Design auction September 21st. That weekend, Rago Arts will also hold auctions on Studio Ceramics, Modern Design, and Contemporary Glass. The online catalogs for all four auctions will be posted on Monday, September 2nd on their website, www.ragoarts.com.