Early 20th Century Works Up for Bid at Rago Arts

by Kate Nixon


On May 18th, Rago Arts and Auctions will offer works of decorative art, glassworks and furniture during their Early 20th Century Design auction – previews will run through May 17th and the doors will open at 9:00 am to the public at their gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey. Bidders may also place their bids online through Bidsquare.com, over-the-phone or through absentee bids.

Highlighting 55 lots of works from ceramic and glass artist Rene Buthaud owned previously by collector Stephen Engel and a rare cobra mirrored console table estimated to sell in between $150,000 – $250,000, the auction will additionally show furniture by Gustav Stickley and L. and J.G. Stickley, lamps from Tiffany Studios and Dirk Van Erp, pottery and assorted glassworks from Galle, Grueby, Teco, George Ohr, Rookwood, Newcomb College, Van Briggle and more.

Here are a few Arts and Crafts pieces we’re keeping our eyes on this weekend:


Lot #1107: Tiffany Studios table lamp

Fine and rare Old English heraldic table lamp on base with four Graces, New York

early 20th C. Patinated bronze, leaded slag glass, four sockets Base stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 557

metal TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1914 tag to shade

Measures 26 1/2″ x 20″

Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000




Lot #1195: Handel table lamp

Fine table lamp, country road shade on forest base, Meriden, CT, des. 1914

Patinated metal, obverse- and reverse-painted acid-etched glass, three sockets

Base stamped HANDEL, shade signed HANDEL 6230 with artist initial B, and fitter stamped HANDEL Patent No. 979664

Measures 23″ x 18″

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000





Lot #1221: Gustav Stickley Child’s wardrobe

Child’s wardrobe (no. 920), Eastwood, NY, ca. 1907-12

Red decal, original paper label

Measures 60″ x 34 1/4″ x 17″

Provenance: Private collection, California.

Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000




Lot #1242: George Ohr Vase with Quatrefoil Rim

Exceptional vase with quatrefoil rim, raspberry and turquoise mottled glaze, Biloxi, MS, 1897-1900
Stamped G.E. OHR Biloxi, Miss.
Measures 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
Estimate: $6,000 – $9,000





Lot #1232: Dirk Van Erp table lamp

Fine early table lamp with vented shade, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1911-12

Hammered copper, mica, two sockets

Closed box windmill stamp

Measures 17 1/2″ x 16 1/2″

Estimate: $12,500 – $17,500




Lot #1260: Vase with Cactus Blossoms by Marie Ross: Newcomb College

Early vase with cactus blossoms, New Orleans, LA, 1903 NC/W/JM/Y42/MR9

Measures 1/4″ x 8 1/2″

Provenance: The James and Diane Cook Collection. Featured in Rago Auctions, The Cook Collection, October 2015, lot 110

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500





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. Rago Auctions is owned by David Rago, a dealer in American decorative ceramics and appraisal expert on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. He specializes and sells privately in the field of 20th and 21st century design.


Early 20th Century Design Auction

Rago Arts
Previews: May 11–16, 12 noon–5:00 pm, May 17, 12 noon–6:00 pm
Doors open at 9:00 am May 18

Main Rago Gallery: 333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530

To see the catalog online, please visit their website at www.ragoarts.com