All Welded Up At Rago’s $4 Million Design Sale
June 6, 2017 - table lamp
Review by Greg Smith, Catalog Photos Courtesy Rago Auctions
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – It was an sparkling weekend during Rago’s annual late open sale as a organisation packaged in 5 particular sections travelling a really best of a Twentieth Century. In further to Modern design, Midcentury Modern, early Twentieth Century musical arts, and potion and ceramics, a auction residence brought to marketplace a Solana collection of Lalique glass, a single-owner sale with singular offerings from a French builder that were fabricated in a 1990s. Between a 5 sections, a May 20-21 sale grossed only over $4 million.
Many of a weekend’s tip lots marched opposite a retard in a Modern pattern sale, that featured a smattering of a tip names from a Twentieth Century, including Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Wendell Castle, Michael Coffey, Philip Laverne, Carlo Bugatti and Vladimir Kagan.
Paul Evans claimed a tip lot of a day in a form of a bench-made sculpture-front cupboard with line-up tip and welded steel elements practical to a face. Descending by a artist’s family, a cupboard had fascinating provenance and a resources of fact that pushed it only over a high guess to land during $175,000. Coming in during $56,250, a second tip lot from this section, was another square by Evans, this one a chrome faceted cupboard for Directional from a 1970s.
The other New Hope, Penn., wonder, George Nakashima, claimed a few plain formula with several forms in tables and cabinets. A Minguren coffee list in a abounding English ash burl tip went out during $53,125, some-more than double a high estimate, while a Conoid dining list in an English walnut from 1976 sole for $46,875. A unresolved wall box with slatted shifting doors over pandanus cloth and a walnut tip bested a $20,000 high guess to move a clever $50,000.
Every tinge in a spectrum was benefaction in a Solana collection that featured singular examples of Lalique glass. The offerings enclosed a far-reaching operation of vases with subjects that spanned a healthy world, including turtles, snakes, grasshoppers, fish and birds with other examples of Art Deco imagery and fabulous scenes.
At a tip of this territory was a Tortues vase in red amber with turtle bombard forms and geometric textures subtly effervescent out from a sides. It brought $25,000 opposite a $15,000 high estimate. A Poissons vase in red cased glass, designed in 1921, brought $18,750. A transparent potion Terpsichore vase featuring dual bare women holding adult a screen around them tripled high guess to land during $18,750. In a transparent potion form with an amber patina, that lent a work a comfortable earth tone, was a Salmonides vase featuring a propagandize of high service salmon appearing to float around one another. The work fetched $17,500. Finally, in a bright, frosted yellow potion was a Ceylan vase featuring a span of repeating parakeets in front of a light foliate background, that found a new owners during $17,500.
Early Twentieth Century works seemed to have a stronger than common display during a tip finish of a sale, with singular examples of lighting and objects holding divided honors for a many fascinating lots. A span of Greene Greene leaded slag potion sconces ran divided with a tip lot from this section, offered for $75,000, some-more than triple a high estimate. The sconces were creatively on a Adelaide A. Tichner House in Long Beach, Calif., before attack a marketplace and circuitous adult in a Barbara Streisand collection.
A widely published and exhibited flare from Ernest Batchelder and Douglas Donaldson found substantial seductiveness as it sole for $62,500. The Peacock flare featured a slag potion and copper shade over a glassy earthenware base. The Magnus time from Archibald Knox, named after Thirteenth Century Scottish King Magnus Olafsson, in a maker’s signature argent china and blue/green finish aesthetic, brought $43,750. Knox transposed a normal time face numbers with a comedic expression: “TEMPUS FUGIT,” or “time flies.”
Finally, a work of superb steel craftsmanship was found in a beaten copper flare by Elizabeth Burton. Elaborately shaped and textured, a list flare featured abalone shells set into a copper shade that supposing a comfortable heat from within. It finished during $31,250.
From a Mid-Mod territory came some-more modestly labelled works from a Twentieth Century. At a conduct of a flock was an appealing Finn Juhl tractable loll chair with shaft behind and upholstered seat. With some cracks and repairs, a chair still found mixed meddlesome parties, offered for $11,875.
Also of note was a Widdicomb-made George Nakashima dresser and counterpart from a Long Origins array that brought $10,000. Selling for $6,875 was a some-more normal French cupboard in a demeanour of Andre Arbus in badge mahogany and coronet inlay. On a reduction normal side, a stereo territory from Italian designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Brionvega featured both a turntable and RR126 radio. With a neat pattern in walnut and aluminum, it captivated a customer to a balance of $6,875.
The Modern potion and ceramics territory was led by inaugural American potion artist Dale Chihuly, with an Amber Lustre chandelier, circa 2000, attaining $50,000. The candelabrum had provenance to a Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyln Harbor, N.Y.
A collaborative vase between Chihuly and Italian master glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra, circa 1995, found seductiveness from a handful of buyers, reaching $26,250, good over a $15,000 high estimate. With blown and practical potion and bullion foil, a square was executed by Tagliapietra after a Chihuly design. Also by Tagliapietra was a Dinosaur vase featuring yellow, immature and blue designs underneath a tapering and circuitous stem.
Prices reported embody a buyer’s premium.
Rago’s subsequent pattern sale will be in September.
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