Could April 8-10 discovery auction hold sleeper lots of famous 20th century design?

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – The Rago Arts and Auction Center is holding a three-day auction marathon April 8-10, 2011, with 2,000 lots and no reserves on 1,400 lots.

The Discovery Auction features 1,000 unreserved lots made up of stylish and practical property from traditional through the 21st century, will begin at 8 a.m. April 8. These lots include furniture, rugs, pottery, metal, lighting, fine art, Asian, sports memorabilia and more.

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Many of the furniture offerings are from famous makers and designers, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, George Nakashima, and Gustav Stickley to name a few. The pottery and glass inventory includes pieces from Daum, Steuben, Lalique, Loetz, Rookwood, Fulper, Moorcroft and more.

The April 9 sale lineup includes more than 600 lots from a Princeton, N.J. estate. Among the lots for this portion of the sale are traditional American and English furnishings, Asian artifacts, paintings, miniatures and prints. There is also art pottery and art glass; continental porcelains; and African and oceanographic carvings. Noteworthy collectables include autographs, Civil War and sports memorabilia.

The final day of the sale, April 10, will commence at noon. The lineup holds 400 unreserved lots of jewelry, silver and couture. Fine jewelry, from the antique to the contemporary, in both single piece and group lots, includes precious and semi-precious gems set in gold, silver and platinum, along with some select costume pieces.

Silver and silverplate offerings, by makers such as Georg Jensen, Wallace, and Tiffany & Co., include useful and decorative items such as flatware, tea sets, candlesticks, bowls, compotes and more.

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. The event is accessible online and via telephone; absentee and online bidding are available for anyone unable to attend.

The Discovery Auction printed lists are free. Estate catalogs are available for $20. Both can be obtained by request by contacting Rago’s at 609-397-9374 or

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