Lot 273. Tiffany Studios, Important Dandelion Lamp from the 1900 Paris Exposition, USA, 1900, hand-blown Favrile glass, hammered and patinated copper, 29½ h × 11½ dia in, 75 × 29 cm, estimate: $50,000–75,000result: $3,745,000, new world record. Courtesy Rago.

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ.- With a total of $10 million, more than double the high estimate, and a 89% sell-through rate, Rago’s Early 20th Century Design and Modern Design auctions illustrate the continued strength of the design market.

The highlight of the two-day auction event was the record sale of an important Tiffany Studios Dandelion lamp from the 1900 Exposition in Paris. One of only two known monumental examples, the lamp brought in an impressive $3,745,000, a new world record. With more than a dozen registered phone bidders and a handful of active participants on the online platforms, the energy in the room was electric with different waves of activity and three bidders contending until the very end.

A set of The Pine tiles by Addison LeBoutillier for Grueby sold for $81,250, a rare Wisteria tile by Adelaide Robineau sold for $75,000, a storage jar by David Drake (aka Dave the Potter) sold for $68,750 and several vases by George E. Ohr brought noteworthy results in day one of the auction series.


Lot 124. Addison LeBoutillier for Grueby, The Pines tiles, USA, c. 1906, glazed earthenware decorated in cuenca, 14 h × 26¼ w × 3½ d in, 36 × 67 × 9 cm, estimate: $20,000–30,000result: $81,250. Courtesy Rago.


Lot 142. Rare wisteria tile, USA, c. 1910, carved and glazed porcelain, 8½ h × 8½ w in, 22 × 22 cm, estimate: $7,500–10,000result: $75,000Courtesy Rago.


Lot 120. David Drake (aka Dave the Potter) for Lewis Miles Pottery, Rare storage jar, USA, 1855, alkaline-glazed stoneware, 14 h × 12 dia in, 36 × 30 cm, estimate: $75,000–95,000, result: $68,750Courtesy Rago.

The momentum garnered with Early 20th Century Design continued right into Friday’s session of Modern Design. An early monumental sculpture by Peter Voulkos created in 1957 the same year he and John Mason created a studio with a walk-in kiln, sold for more than double its estimate at $400,000. An important and early Sculpture Front cabinet, one of the first three ever made by Paul Evans, brought in $312,500 while a Frenchman’s Cove II dining table and set of eight Conoid dining chairs by George Nakashima sold for $131,250 and $106,250 respectively, proving that his artistry is still very much in demand.


Lot 510. Peter Voulkos,Untitled (Stack), USA, 1957, hand-built and gas-fired stoneware with oxide and/or slip glazes, 65 h × 45 w × 30 d in, 165 × 114 × 76 cm, estimate: $175,000–225,000result: $400,000Courtesy Rago.


Lot 528. Paul Evans, Rare and Early Sculpture Front cabinet, Paul Evans Studio, USA, 1962-64, welded and patinated steel, brass, and colored pigments, 23 karat gold leaf, cleft slate, 21½ h × 96 w × 23 d in, 55 × 244 × 58 cm, estimate: $120,000–160,000, result: $312,500Courtesy Rago.


Lot 513. George Nakashima, Frenchman's Cove II dining table, Nakashima Studio, USA, 1961. American black walnut, rosewood, 28¾ h × 96 w × 48 d in, 73 × 244 × 122 cm, estimate: $15,000–20,000result: $131,250Courtesy Rago.


Lot 512. George Nakashima, Conoid chairs, set of eight, Nakashima Studio, USA, 1973. American black walnut, hickory, 35¾ h × 19¾, w × 19 d in, 91 × 50 × 48 cm, estimate: $28,000–35,000result: $106,250Courtesy Rago.

Contemporary Glass continues to excel at Rago with a custom Persian and Horn chandelier by Dale Chihuly selling for $125,000. Semi-Reclining Dress Impression by Karen LaMonte brought $62,500 and works by William Morris achieved notable results, Artifact Bundle selling for $45,000 and Rhyton Vessel at $50,000.


Lot 753. Dale Chihuly, Persian and Horn ChandelierUSA, 2006, hand-blown glass, steel armature, 43 h × 67 w × 44 d in, 109 × 170 × 112 cm, estimate: $90,000–120,000result: $125,000Courtesy Rago.


Lot 738. Karen LaMonte, Semi-Reclining Dress Impression, USA/Czech Republic, 2006, cast glass, lacquered steel and wood41 h × 34 w × 54 d in104 × 86 × 137 cm, estimate: $40,000–60,000result: $62,500Courtesy Rago.


Lot 757. William Morris, Artifact Bundle, USA, 1995, blown and hot sculpted glass, enameled metal stand, 31 h × 9½ w × 9 d in, 79 × 24 × 23 cm, estimate: $12,000–18,000result: $45,000Courtesy Rago.


Lot 740. William Morris, Rhyton vessel, USA, 1998, blown and hot sculpted glass, enameled metal stand, 24 h × 15 w × 6 d in, 61 × 38 × 15 cm, estimate: $30,000–50,000, result: $50,000Courtesy Rago.

Rago also included two groupings of works sold to benefit other organizations. For the third year in a row, Rago hosted The Smithsonian Women’s Committee Visionary Benefit Auction featuring a selection of works by Visionary and Delphi award recipients. In total, the auction brought in $85,000 all of which goes to support projects of the Smithsonian institution.


Lot 836. Steven Young Lee (b.1975), Jar with Scroll Pattern2017porcelain, cobalt pigment, glazed, 13 h × 16 w × 15 d in, 33 × 41 × 38 cm, estimate: $4,000–6,000, result: $5,000Courtesy Rago.

On the local front, Rago teamed with The Friends of Ely Park Giving Tree Project to present a selection ofworks created by local artisans from a centuries old London Plane tree felled in 2014. All $35,000 from the sale of these works benefit The Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Fest Scholarship Fund which awards two $10,000 scholarships to local students pursuing a degree in the arts.

Bidder participation was strong throughout the two days, with bidders joining by phone, absentee, live online and even in the room, the auction house's largest in-person audience since the onset of the pandemic.