Online Classes and an Upcoming Auction from Rago

compiled by Kate Nixon


Session 3: Royal Craft: The History of the Roycroft Through the Lens of Six Artwork

Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, May 14th at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

Elbert Hubbard was a Gilded Age businessman who left his industrial life to create the Roycroft, one of the first Arts and Crafts communities in America. A brief history of the site will be told through historical photographs and the examination of six artworks housed on the Campus. The story behind each of these unique artifacts is the tale of the Roycroft itself; from the philosophy of Hubbard, the ideals of the movement, the artists who created these objects, and its widespread appeal at the beginning of the 20th century.

Click here to register for the Roycroft History Course. 


Session 4: The Lost Treasures of the Roycroft

Wednesday, May 18th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, May 21st at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

As the Roycroft Campus collection continues to grow we often dream of those elusive or lost Roycroft treasures that may be out there, waiting to be found. Take this interesting adventure to learn of the Roycroft connection to the Major Leagues and the Wyeth family, and view some of the unique, one-of-a-kind Roycroft items, such as paintings, artifacts, lamps and recordings, that we hope to one day rediscover.

Click here to register for the course!


Close Looking: Important Rooms and Spaces

Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Saturdays in May, 1:00 PM Eastern


The series, Close Looking: Design, is about great design and the process of looking. The course is also about thinking through those moments across human history when different leaps–whether aesthetic or technological or historical–helped define our built environment. Great design, it turns out, is not confined to a moment or a location. It is found in the subtle arrangement of forms that causes what James Joyce described in his Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as an aesthetic arrest, a moment in which “the mind… is raised above desire and loathing.” This series aims to explore those moments.

Sat., May 7: Important Rooms and Spaces (Part One)

Sat., May 14:  Important Rooms and Spaces (Part Two)

Sat., May 21:  Great Rooms of the Arts and Crafts Movement

To register for the Close Looking classes in May, click here!




Early 20th Century Design
Auction hosted by Rago Arts and Auction Center

12 May 2022  at 10am EST

Preview dates: May 6th – 12th, 11 am – 4 pm

Rago presents a curated sale of early 20th century American and European design, lighting, and decorative arts. Featuring exceptional works by leading makers of the era including an important Ipswich vase by Marblehead Pottery, Ohr pottery from the Estate of Martin and Estelle Shack, lighting by Tiffany Studios, furniture by Gustav Stickley and Süe et Mare, and rare works by Frederick Hurten Rhead, Grueby, and Taxile Doat.

Featuring Newcomb College vases, Arequipa vases, George Ohr, Grueby Faience, Van Briggle, Hugh C. Robertson, University City, Saturday Evening Girls, Pewabic Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Gustav Stickley, and Marblehead from the family of Edith Anna Parker Goldthwait. The Goldthwait family allowed Marblehead’s founder Dr. Herbert Hall to use the family mansion as a sanitorium. The pots were in the family for three generations.

Click here to see the Early 20th Century Design catalog!