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Through January 17, 2010

RAGO DEBUTS 20TH C. DESIGN WEEKEND WITH MODERN AND EARLY 20TH C. PROPERTY NOT SEEN ON THE MARKET IN A GENERATION. Extraordinary private collections, exceptional individual pieces and conservative estimates promise to attract serious competition.

Lambertville, NJ Rago Arts and Auction Center begins 2010 with an all new weekend of top 20th C. design featuring

exceptional individual pieces, conservative estimates and property not seen on the market for a generation. Saturday, January 16 at Noon: Early 20th C. Design Saturday's sale features nearly 500 lots, including the property of Ned Chapman, Lee and Susan Mohn, The Heckscher Museum of Art, R.W. Apple, Jr. and two private collections. David Rago calls it "our finest selection since the Sidney Sheldon Estate in 2008." Highlighting the American art pottery in the sale is, lot 1, a rare Louis Comfort Tiffany cabbage-shaped vase, estimated at $19,000-24,000. Among the best offerings from Rookwood are lot 16, a 1903 Iris glaze vase with orchids by Carl Schmidt, estimated at $20,000-30,000; lot 23 and a 1901 Kataro Shirayamadani tall carved and painted Black Iris vase, estimated at $10,000-15,000. Top Grueby includes lot 31, a floor vase estimated at $8,500-12,500 and lot 249, a rare and large bulbous vase by Marie Seaman, estimated at $6,000-9,000. First among the Newcomb College is lot 74, a tall vase with tulips, created by Maria DeHoa LeBlanc in 1909 and estimated at $12,000-16,000. Two works by Frederick H. Rhead stand out: lot 441, a rare Rhead Faience umbrella stand made for Weller, estimated at $4,0006,000 and lot 274, a Rhead Pottery enamel-decorated and inlaid vase, estimated at $3,000-4,000. Also of note: lot 12, a rare vase with modeled snake by Theophilus A. Brouwer for Middlelane, estimated at $5,000-7,500; a large Persian urn from Jugtown (lot 268), estimated at $7,500-10,000; an early Van Briggle vase embossed with heart-shaped leaves (lot 92), estimated at $3,000-5,000; a W.J. Walley (lot 353) squat vessel, estimated at $2,500-3,500; a large ovoid ribbed Teco vase (lot 361), estimated at $3,500-4,500; and a fine George Ohr coffee pot (lot 6) with sponged glaze, estimated at $5,000-7,000. As always, there is pottery from Saturday Evening Girls, Weller, North Dakota School of Mines, Pisgah Forest, Shearwater, Pewabic, Marblehead, Dedham, Fulper and Roseville. The sale includes a fine selection of European decorative arts, including a private collection of over fifty pieces of Amphora pottery, as well as Lalique glass, Moorcroft pottery and Art Nouveau furniture. Highlights here include lot 179, a Lalique Poissons vase in deep red glass cased in yellow, c. 1921, estimated at $17,000-22,000; lot 166, an Art Nouveau carved maple and burlwood china cabinet, estimated at $10,000-15,000; lot 167, a Louis Majorelle carved mahogany and bird's eye maple occasional table, estimated at $9,000-14,000; lot 180, a "Rain" vase by Daum, estimated at $3,5004,500; and lot 206, "Daphne", an Ernst Wahliss Amphora ceramic bust, estimated at $4,000-6,000. Also for sale: work by Clement Massier, Wedgwood, Paul Dachsel, Edward Stellmacher, Riessner & Kessel, Gallé, Mont Joye and more. Metalware from the best European and American makers is here, from lot 178, a rare Tiffany enameled copper cabinet vase embossed with mushrooms, estimated at $17,500-22,500, to lot 225, a silver-plated presentation platter by Joseph

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Hoffman for Wiener Werkstätte, estimated at $3,250-4,250. Also look for lot 376, a Jarvie sterling presentation mug, estimated at $2,500-3,500; lot 383, a Marie Zimmerman hammered copper floriform bowl, estimated at $1,750-2,250; lot 279, an inkwell by Elizabeth Burton, estimated at $2,000-3,000; lot 280, a Dirk Van Erp red warty hammered copper vase, estimated at $2,000-3,000; and lot 292, a Gustav Stickley hammered copper charger with pods, estimated at $12,000-16,000, as well as work by Kalo, Roycroft, Yellin, Albert Berry and Liberty & Co. The lighting in the sale features a number of lamps by Dirk Van Erp, including lot 288, a hammered copper and mica fourpanel table lamp, estimated at $8,000-12,000; lot 172, a Tiffany Studios Colonial table lamp with blown-out bronze base, estimated at $18,000-22,000; and lot 171, a Tiffany Studios table lamp with Daffodil shade over Secessionist bronze base, estimated at $35,000-45,000. There is also lighting by Handel, Pairpont, Roycroft and Cleaveland. Furniture offered includes several exceptional Rohlfs items: lot 147, a large 1903 blanket chest with carvings and ornate copper work, estimated at $14,000-22,000; lot 145, an extensively carved music cabinet, estimated at $7,000-10,000; and lot 146, an octagonal table with a repeating pattern of elaborate cut-out panels, estimated at $10,000-15,000. An important Tiffany chair, lot 169, from the New York Havemeyer residence, designed in conjunction with Samuel Coleman, will be offered for $100,000-$125,000. Early and rare Gustav Stickley pieces include lot 57, a 1902 office desk with paneled sides and a ten-drawer gallery top in exceptional original finish, estimated at $11,000-14,000; lot 58, a 1901 miter-mullion tall single door china cabinet, estimated at $8,000-12,000; lot 54, a Grueby tile-top plant stand from 1901, estimated at $7,000-10,000; and lot 235, a unique custom-made leather top desk from 1901 estimated at $8,000-12,000. There are also two five-leg cross-stretcher dining tables, one, lot 238, a custom-made example from 1901 estimated at $3,000-5,000. In spindle furniture, we are offering lot 66, a mint even-arm loveseat, estimated at $9,000-14,000, as well as five lots of spindle furniture from the Douglas Mansion in Warren, AZ built in 1907. There are numerous other examples of better quality Stickley furniture including an even arm settle #222, single and double door Ellis bookcases with leaded windows, two sets of V-Back chairs, an amber glass music cabinet, and much more. In other makers, we have a beautiful Roycroft Ali Baba bench, lot 156, estimated at $10,000-12,000; single, double, and triple door bookcases by L. & J.G. Stickley; and lot 165, a rare chestnut Limbert sideboard with butterfly inset doors estimated at $2,500-3,500. As a whole, the 91 pieces of Arts & Crafts furniture we are offering represents the strongest level of high-quality furnishings we have presented in many sales. A few choice items for those with an interest in Western fine and decorative art include lot 52A, a threesome of Southwest baskets; three lots of blackware by Maria Martinez; a Maynard Dixon gouache landscape on paper dedicated to his friend Charles Greene, signed and dated 1897; an antler chandelier and a grouping of hunting trophy heads. Also in the sale are woodblock prints (featuring a fine example by Edna Boies Hopkins), rugs, textiles and stained glass windows.

Pictured from left: · Lot 178: Tiffany Studios enameled copper bud vase, Estimate: $17,500-22,500

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Lot 500: Tommi Parzinger mahogany dining table, Estimate: $8,000-12,000 Lot 288: Dirk Van Erp hammered copper table lamp, Estimate: $8,000-12,000 Lot 145: Charles Rohlfs sheet music cabinet, Estimate: $7,000-10,000

Sunday, January 17 at Noon: Modern Design

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Sunday's Modern Design sale features almost 500 lots in a broad array from Art Deco to classic mid-century to contemporary, with stand-out work by Tommi Parzinger, John Lewis, Clement Rousseau, Wharton Esherick, Paul Evans, Robert Arneson, Josef Hoffman and perhaps the most exceptional lot of the sale, a pair of museum-quality wrought-iron gates with antelopes by W. Hunt Diederich, mounted on contemporary stands, c. 1920. Furniture comprises the largest portion of the sale and includes work from most of the leading designers working from the `40s through the `60s in the U.S. and abroad. Among the Scandinavian/Northern European offers are lot 737, a Poul Kjaerholm PK-80 daybed estimated at $8,000$12,000; lot 747, a Hans Wegner credenza, estimated at $7,000-9,000; lot 733, a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and matching ottoman, estimated at $5,000-7,000; and lot 750, a set of six Finn Juhl/Niels Vodder dining chairs estimated at $5,000-7,000, as well as more from both of these designers; sofas by Illum Wikkelso, chairs by Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson and Eero Saarinen; credenzas, cabinets and sideboards by Jens Risom, Cees Brakman, Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nelson; a Piet Hein and an Alvat Aalto dining table; an Alvar Aalto tea cart; bedroom furnishings by Alvar Aalto, Arne Vodder and Edmund Spence; and a Lovig desk. The sale includes a truly choice selection of Tommi Parzinger design, including lot 500, a rare mahogany inlaid dining table; lot 508, a massive elm and mahogany credenza; and lot 504, a lacquered oak credenza on mahogany legs with milk-glass panels, each estimated at $8,000-12,000, as well as a four-poster lacquered mahogany bed; an enameled sideboard; a pair of lacquered oak chests with matching hanging cabinet and a mahogany center table with pewter inlay. Karl Springer, known for simple shapes in exotic materials, is well-represented here by lot 974, a freeform polished stainless steel coffee table on adjustable feet, estimated at $8,000-12,000, as are Philip and Kelvin Laverne, with two bronze coffee tables. James Mont's over-the-top showmanship is on display in over 30 lots of furniture and more of lighting. Among the furniture highlights: lot 527, a pair of oversized cabinets/tables of antiqued mirror, estimated at $2,500-3,500; lot 931, a polychrome bar cabinet, estimated at $2,000-3,000; lot 526, a rare grandfather clock in polychrome finish, estimated at $3,500-5,500; and lot 926, a large, lighted cabinet with an Asian motif in polychrome and gilt, estimated at $3,500-5,000. Those whose taste in Modern design is a bit more restrained will find much to admire as well. There are elegant furnishings by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Iconic mid-century works include CSS units and Thin-Edge chests by George Nelson for Herman Miller; dining table and chairs by Warren McArthur; folding screens and a rosewood and leather lounge chair with ottoman from Charles and Ray Eames; Vladimir Kagan's Cloud sofa and an Isamu Noguchi side table, as well as work by Paul McCobb, Harvey Probber, Alexander Girard and Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. Rago's is known for selling great studio furniture. This auction includes the work of Wharton Esherick, Paul Evans, Phil Powell and George Nakashima, highlighted by lot 601, a three-piece corner office from Wharton Esherick with storage unit, desk and shelves, estimated at $10,000-15,000; lot 542, a rare Paul Evans Deep Relief patinated steel credenza, estimated at $20,000-30,000; 547, a Paul Evans dining table with plate glass top over two crescent-shaped patinated and welded steel bases, estimated at $6,000-8,000; lot 613, a George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove II walnut dining table with two leaves, estimated at $15,000-25,000: lot 618, a George Nakashima Minguren coffee table with occlusions and rosewood butterfly, estimated at $18,000-24,000; lot 605, a set of six Nakashima walnut Conoid dining chairs with hickory spindles, estimated at $24,000-34,000; and lot 554, a Phil Powell dining table with walnut top on iron base, estimated at $4,000-6,000. Jacques Adnet is among the most popular of designers for good reason ­ his work is invariably beautiful, useful and versatile. Rago's is proud to offer, among others, lot 689, a rare carved mahogany sculpture of a dancer, for $2,500$3,500; lot 700, a set of six dining armchairs upholstered in stitched black leather, estimated at $6,000-9,000 and lot 690 pair of stitched leather and brass lounge chairs, estimated at $5,000-7,000. Also notable among works by French and

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Italian designers in the sale is lot 804, a mahogany mirrored sideboard with beige marble top by Osvaldo Borsani, estimated at $4,000-6,000 and lot 717, a rare pair of Art Deco wrought-iron hanging mirrors signed by Paul Kiss, estimated at $5,000-7,000. Other French and Italian designers/makers represented here include Le Corbusier, Maison Jensen, Pierre Paulin, René Gabriel, Paul Frankl, Garouste and Bonnetti, Ico and Louisa Parisi and Gae Aulenti. John Lewis is a remarkable contemporary designer of furniture and sculpture in glass. The sale includes five of his tables, highlighted by lot 685, a Clear Square console table with a black glass base, 1997, estimated at $10,000-15,000 and lot 688, a copper center table with a clear, sandblasted cast glass base, estimated at $12,000-18,000, along with several smaller items. Other contemporary designers in the sale: Wendell Castle, Ron Arad, Marc Newsom, Richaar Schultz, Roy McMakin, Philippe Starck and the surrealist Meret Oppenheim. The lighting in the sale is notable for lot 719, a rare Clément Rousseau table lamp from 1948, made of exotic wood, ivory and shagreen, estimated at $12,000-15,000; lot 505, an enameled iron seven-light wall sconce with original clip-on silk shades by Tommi Parzinger, estimated $4,000-6,000; lot 545, three chrome and brass uplight floor lamps by Paul Evans, estimated at $3,000-5,000, lot 699, a Jacques Adnet floor lamp with tripod base and leather column, estimated at $3,000-4,000, as well as a selection of lamps by James Mont, Marc Newson, and more by Hansen, J.T. Kalmar Metallwerkstatten, Stilnovo, Poul Henningsen, Tomasso Barbi, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Robert Sonneman, Vistosi, Venini, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Diego Giacommetti, George Kovacs, Lightolier, Vladimir Kagan and Oscar Bach. Robert Arneson porcelain trophy bust (lot 665) of the artist from 1981, estimated at $11,000-14,000, is one of the stars of the Modern ceramics. Rago's also has its usual fine selection of Claude Conover, including lot 644, a glazed ceramic garden stool estimated at $5,000-7,000; lot 650, a rare and early Toshiko Takaezu stoneware double spout bottle, estimated at $3,500-4,500: a selection of Scheier that includes lot 635, an early lamp base, estimated at $3,000-5000, as well as vases and vessels, chargers and platters; a Richard Devore vessel estimated at $3,000-5,000 and bowl estimated at $2,500-3,000; a charger and chalice by Beatrice Wood; and work by Peter Voulkos, Peter Shire, Ralph Bacerra, Viola Frey, Jean Mayadon, David Gilhooly, Val Cushing, Ruth Duckworth, Ken Ferguson, Karen Karnes, Gerry Williams, Russel Wright, Bernt Friberg, Hui Ka Kwong, Chris Gustin, Otto Heino, Stephen Merritt, Barbini, Natzler, Jack Earl, Lydia Buzio, Walter Bosse, Pillin and Rorstrand. There is great variety in the Modern glass portion of the sale, with contemporary work by John Lewis, here with lot 684, a sculpture estimated at $4,500-6,500; an internally decorated cased glass vase by Joel Phillip Myers, estimated at $2,750-3,750; lot 835, a Fratelli Toso Cattedrale glass vase with square murrines, estimated at $4,000-6,000; lot 683, ''Golden Ascension'', a glass bottle by Michael M. Glancy, estimated at $3,000-5,000; lot 681, a large glass pillow vase from the Stonehenge series by William Morris, estimated at $4,000-6,000; lot 570, Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky's fused glass bowl in polychrome, estimated at $4,000-6,000;lot 765, Eva Englund's Graal glass vase "Adam and Eve", estimated at $3,000-4,000; and lot 840, a large contemporary sculpture by Romano Dona, estimated at $3,250-4,250. Other glass artists featured are Anzolo Fuga, Ann Harakawa, Anna Matouskova, Dale Chihuly, Edwin Ohrstrom, Frederick Kahl, Lino Tagliapietra, Massimi Micheluzzi, Richard Royal, Tsuchida Yasuhiko and Carolos Nason. The silver and metal works in the sale runs the gamut: the brute strength of lot 594, an Albert Paley fireplace hood for $7,000 -10,000; lot 770, a thrilling parcel-gilt hammered copper ribbed vase by Josef Hoffman, estimated at $16,00023,000; lot 901, a delicate Buccellati 800 silver hinged box with amethyst and carnelian, estimated at $3,000-5,000. In between are more metal from Paley, fireplace tools from Deskey and Albrizzi, tableware from the Adie Brothers, Bulgari, Ettore Sottsass, Swid Powell, and Jens Quisgaard, brass and copper tabletop and wall art from Chase, Curtis Jere, Sila Seandel, Paul Evans, Franz Hagenauer, Marianne Brandt and Heyno Focken. Jewelry includes a lot 588, a gold necklace by George Rickey, estimated at $12,000-16,000; lot 593, a copper and glass bead necklace from Albert Paley, estimated at $6,000-8,000, lot 583, a glass and copper pendant by Claire Falkenstein and more.

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Among the textile are vibrant maguey fiber Calder tapestries, tapestries by Claude Stahly and Ruth Reeves and rugs by Pierre Cardin and Raymond Loewy. There is also turned wood by Bob Stockdale, John Sage, Mark and Melvin Lindquist and fine art, including woodblock prints by Esherick, a Calder lithograph, sculpture by Curtis Jere, Ronal Westerhuif, Aronel de Roy Gruber, Jay Bruce Rosenfeld, Vasa, Jacques Adnet and Klaus Ihlenfeld. (Rago's was the late Robert Isabell's source for his many Ihlenfeld sculptures.)

Pictured from left: · Lot 689: Jacques Adnet Art Deco carved mahogany figurine, Estimate: $2,500-3,500

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Lot 500: Tommi Parzinger mahogany dining table, Estimate: $8,000-12,000 Lot 719: Clement Rousseau table lamp, 1948, Estimate: $12,000-15,000 Lot 588: George Rickey kinetic gold necklace, Estimate: $12,000-16,000

Auction Contact Information David Rago and Suzanne Perrault (Mid 20th C- 21 C. Furniture/20 C. Decorative Arts): 609-397-9374 or [email protected] Jerry Cohen (Early 20th C. Furniture): 800-448-7828 or [email protected] Sara Craig, 20th C. Design Cataloger: 609-397-9374 ext. 112 or [email protected] Jad Attal, Modern Specialist: 609-397-9374 ext.216 or [email protected] Exhibition Preview: Saturday, January 9 ­ January 15, 2009 from 12- 5 pm and by appointment. Doors open at 9 a.m. on the mornings of the sales. Catalogues: Catalogues are online at ragoarts.com. Print catalogues are $25 each and can be purchased by calling (609) 397.9374. You can also e-mail a request to [email protected] TO THE EDITOR High resolution images/more information available on request. About Rago Arts and Auction Center Since 1994, Rago's has served thousands of sellers and buyers with a singular blend of global reach and personal service. First specializing in 20th century design, Rago's expertise now covers centuries of fine art, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry and ethnographic artifacts. It is a world-class venue through which to buy and sell. It is also a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, antiques and collecting, with free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections and estates) and auction exhibitions in house and online. END OF PRESS RELEASE

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