Rago Auctions will be holding their Early 20th Century Design auctions on September 22nd and 23rd at 333 North Main St. in Lambertville, NJ, encompassing over 500 lots of property.
The auction begins on Friday, September 22nd at noon (EST) with the spectacular Lexora Collection of Lalique Glass from a private East Coast collector, featuring a multitude of rare forms and colors, including an Alexandrite Tortues (pictured, est. $20,000-$30,000), blue-violet Martin-Pêcheurs, red Escargot, pale blue Pigeons, opalescent Oran and Bacchantes, and a mauve Courges.
David Rago, partner and co-director of the 20th-21st Century Design Department explains: “This is by far the best collection we have seen in the last ten years, and is a testament to the owners’ passion for Lalique. We are delighted to offer it in its entirety.”
The sale will continue on Saturday, September 23rd with the Danziger Collection of Early 20th Century Design at 9:00am (EST). Richard and Peggy Danziger assembled this collection for their Armonk, NY home in the early heyday of Arts & Crafts, when treasures were coming to market through dealers such as Michael Carey and Don Magner. Many of the works featured in this session are seldom-seen examples by the best craftspeople of their age including Charles Rohlfs, Greene & Greene (light fixture pictured, est. $40,000-$60,000), Gustav Stickley, Dirk Van Erp, Tiffany Studios, Arthur Wesley Dow, Teco (pictured below, est. $30,000-$40,000), and Grueby. Rago’s is proud to bring this collection to market after gracing the Danziger’s home for over thirty years.
The Danziger Collection is immediately followed at 10:00am (EST) by Early 20th Century Design, featuring ceramics by Frederick Rhead, University City, Grueby, Marblehead, Newcomb College, Valentien Pottery, Van Briggle, Roseville, Rookwood, and Grand Feu.
European pottery by Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Ernest Chaplet, Jean Mayodon, Zsolnay, Théo Perrot, Clement Massier, Paul Dachsel, Eduard Stellmacher, and Sèvres will also be featured. Furniture includes examples by Gustav Stickley, Roycroft, L. & J.G. Stickley, Limbert, Louis Majorelle, Emile Gallé, Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and a rare Charles Rohlfs hall chair.
The sale also includes superb lighting by Tiffany Studios, Dirk Van Erp, and Handel; Art Nouveau glass and furniture by Loetz, Lalique, Gallé, Amalric Walter, Daum, Legras, and Eugene Gaillard; and art glass by Gallé, Daum, Tiffany Studios, and Muller Frères.
Silver, metalwork, and jewelry in the sale includes pieces by Archibald Knox, Josef Hoffmann, Dirk Van Erp, Roycroft, and Tiffany Studios, as well as fine art by William Rice and a rare woodblock by Edna Boies Hopkins.
Specialist Sarah Dziamba notes: “Among the countless highlights of this robust session are eighty lots of superb French and American art glass from a private Montana collection, the largest and most exceptional piece of Grand Feu we have ever seen, and a fresh-to-market collection of Arts and Crafts furniture — which includes a possibly unique Harvey Ellis cabinet (pictured, est. $60,000-$90,000).”
The Mid-Mod session rounds out the day at 2:30pm (EST) and begins with 78 lots of Arts & Crafts property, including Roseville, Arts and Crafts furniture, Rookwood, Grueby, and more.
Visit http://www.ragoarts.com/auctions/ for online catalogs, including condition reports and additional photographs.