More results from Rago Auctions’ Early 20th Century Design sale, May 13, 2021

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If you read last week’s blog, you know that Rago Auctions set the world record price of $3,745,000 for a Tiffany lamp at auction. Today’s blog is about the rest of the auction, with total sales of $5,651,233, 89% sold by lot and 429% sold by value.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Poppy table lamp, Rago lot #274

The second best performing lot of the sale was another Tiffany lamp, lot #274; a gorgeous 17″ diameter tuck-under Poppy, with beautiful, rich color. Personally I loved it, but it sold for much more than I was willing to pay. The result was an impressive $93,750, against an estimate of $35,000 – $45,000.

Pair of scenic Grueby tiles, Rago lot #124

The third best performing lot in the sale, #124, was a surprise to me; a large pair of Grueby Faience scenic tiles decorated by Addison LeBoutillier sold for a very strong $81,250, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $20,000–30,000.

Robineau Wisteria tile, Rago lot #142

One of the bigger surprises of the sale was lot #142, a Wisteria tile by Adelaide Robineau. It sold for a whopping $75,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $7,500 – $10,000; almost 10 times the estimate. It was quite a day for ceramic tiles!

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

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