Dorsey Reading Collection at Sollo Rago, April 12-13

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – For the 23 years Dorsey Reading worked with the great artist-designer Paul Evans and, in the 11 years since Evans’ death, he has collected with an insider’s perspective: the visionary pieces, the one-offs, the classics.

0008 AT 4-9.jpgDale Chihuly glasswork.

More than 40 of the best of these works will be auctioned on April 12 at Sollo Rago Auctions in Sculpted by Paul Evans: the Dorsey Reading Collection.

Among the highlights: a sculpture-front vertical cabinet with 23k gold edging, approx 6 feet 6 inches high and 36 inches wide; a pinwheel Argente sculpture (first in the “Field” series); a wavy-front cabinet (the first ever made); a sculpture front horizontal cabinet with four doors, approx. 6 feet wide; a loop screen, 5 feet high by 4 feet wide; and small objects produced from 1955-1958 with fellow craftsman and artist Phillip Lloyd Powell.

0360 AT 4-9.jpgRare Nakashima table.

Reading will also be selling three masterworks by Powell: a 6-foot walnut cabinet with carved bi-fold doors; a one-of-a-kind fireplace wall; and a set of six custom-made dining chairs.

Also for sale are exceptional examples of European and American design including such iconic works as the spine chair by Andre Dubreuil; a pair of chieftain chairs by Scandinavian master Finn Juhl; and a rare set of six Hans Wegner peacock chairs, as well as works by Marc Newson, Ettore Sottsass and Art Deco master Jean Dunand.

0497 AT 4-9.jpg1963 sculpted oak lounge chair – an early masterpiece by Wendell Castle.

Sollo Rago leads the field in its commitment to modern glass and ceramics. Foremost here is the Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason ceramics collection, more than 60 examples from one of the most daring American and British ceramic collections in the United States. With ceramics created from the early 1970s on, the collection features exceptional examples by Ralph Bacerra, Howard Kottler, Jun Kaneko and Viola Frey.

April’s sale also features Sollo Rago’s best selection of American glass to date. The extensive offerings of Dale Chihuly’s work include two large Macchias: a three-piece seaform set and a Venetian sculpture. Also featured are a Picasso’s Femme Assise and a large selection of Italian material.

Sollo Rago is located at 333 North Main Street with Annex Gallery at 204 North Union Street. For more information, call 609-397-9374 or go online to www.sollorago.com.

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