Wish I’d Been There

and that I had a spare $26,500 to top the final bidder on this Grueby extremely rare tile incised and embossed with a family of elephants, covered in polychrome matte glazes.  It is aperfectly fired example of matte painting, according to the folks at Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville.

Arts & Crafts enthusiasts turned out en masse for Rago’s June 13 Craftsman sale of early 20th century design. A house full of bidders attended the auction, joined by 63 absentee bidders, 109 phone bidders and close to 200 online bidders. The closely cultivated sale, with only 433 lots, brought in $1.7 million dollars. I hope that bodes well for the economy!

“We had beautiful things in this auction,” said David Rago. “The market was hot for some and indifferent to others. I am very pleased with the way we did with English ceramics and, with one or two exceptions, with our Arts & Crafts. The Tiffany was solid overall. My message to potential consignors is that the market is still glad to buy what it wants. If estimates are conservative, prices for desired property will be strong and satisfying.”

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