Interesting results at Rago Auctions Masterworks of American Craft sale, November 22, 2019

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On November 22, 2019 Rago Auctions held a small 43-item sale of exceptional items entitled Masterworks of American Craft. Following are a few results.

Peter Voulkos sculpture Snake River, Rago lot #26

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about modern crafts, including the top lot of the sale, #26, a 1959, 40½” tall, Peter Voulkos glazed stoneware sculpture entitled Snake River. It soared past its pre-sale estimate of $50,000 – $70,000, realizing $250,000, including buyer’s premium. It could have sold for $250 and I wouldn’t have known the difference. Another example of knowledge is power.

Tiffany Studios enamel on copper crab and lobster box, Rago lot #1

I do know about Tiffany Studios items, so I wasn’t surprised by the strong result for lot #1, a 6″ long crab and lobster box. All Tiffany Studios enamel on copper items are rarities and this box was no exception. It easily swam past its pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $87,500, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios Acorn table lamp with Grueby base, Rago lot #6

Tiffany Studios occasionally worked with the Grueby Faience Pottery to make lovely Arts & Crafts lamps. The example pictured above, lot #6, combines a Tiffany 16″ diameter Acorn shade with an important Kendrick-designed Grueby base. It sold for its low estimate of $30,000 ($40,000 including buyer’s premium).

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

The dates for our next show, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, have changed dramatically this year (and only this year). The new dates are just after the new year, January 4-8, 2020, a little over two weeks away. That means the dealers will be traveling to Miami on or about New Year’s Day to arrive in time to set up the show. It also means that there will be no Airport show this year because it always precedes the Beach show and nobody is interested in a December show. Luckily everything will return to normal in 2021.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

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