Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with nearly $34 million in sales in 2018. Combining international reach with decades of auction expertise, we are a premier venue at which to buy and sell fine objects of value: art, design, fine jewelry, estate goods, silver, and more.
In the summer of 2019, Rago joined forces with Wright (based in Chicago and New York), creating a combined company with $58+ million in consolidated annual sales, a team of 75 and more than a century of business experience. Both houses will continue to operate under their individual names while sharing technology, expertise and marketing efforts.
Rago offers free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections), as well as USPAP compliant estate and appraisal services from its offices in Lambertville, New Jersey (midway between Philadelphia and New York) and in Westchester/Connecticut.
“David Rago and Suzanne Perrault have appeared as appraisers on Antiques Roadshow since its inception in 1996. Today, with the addition of appraisers Meredith Hilferty, Jad Attal and Sarah Churgin, Rago provides expertise in furniture, decorative arts, paintings and prints, sculpture, jewelry, silver and metalwork.”ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Indianapolis Hour 1: Overbeck Vase, ca. 1920 | PBS
David Rago began dealing in American decorative ceramics at the age of sixteen, at a flea market in his home state of New Jersey. Today, with partners Suzanne Perrault and Miriam Tucker, he oversees the auction house that bears his name, sells privately in the field of 20th/21st C. Design, lectures nationally and appears as an expert appraiser for the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where he specializes in decorative ceramics and porcelain.
Jennifer Pitman is Rago’s senior account manager for Westchester and Connecticut. A 20-year auction veteran, Jennifer was Vice President and silver specialist at Christie’s in New York before joining Rago in 2016. Jennifer received her M.A. in Decorative Arts from the Bard Graduate Center, her B.A in History from McGill University. She is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. Jennifer also writes a monthly column on the arts and antiques she encounters for WAG magazine.
Sarah Churgin established the Jewelry department at Rago in 2001 and directed the growth of its auctions through 2016, achieving multiple record prices for consignors over the fifteen years of her tenure. She is an expert in fine and antique jewelry, silver and vertu (as well as a knowledgeable generalist) and a member of the board of the American Society of Jewelry Historians. Sarah appears as an expert appraiser for the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where she specializes in jewelry and lectures widely.
Jad Attal is a specialist in 20th/21st C. Design. An architect by training, he chose instead to make design his life’s work. Buying and selling nationally, he acquired a connoisseur’s knowledge of the artists and craftsmen of Modern design and an entrepreneur’s acumen in the market. Invited to join Rago in 2008, he has been instrumental in the growth and success of his department, where he has brought scores of record-breaking lots to market.
Miriam Tucker is the Managing Partner at Rago. She monitors financials and provides strategic direction to the departments. She oversees Appraisal and Estate Services. A qualified appraiser and member of the Appraisers Association of America, Miriam holds a M.Ed. in arts education and a M.B.A. from Columbia University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the online auction platform Bidsquare.
Gina Tomasello directs the Great Estates and ReMix auction, Gina joined Rago in early 2016, having begun her career at Alderfer Auction in Pennsylvania. There she ran the Specialty Auction division including quarterly Fine & Decorative Arts sales. She graduated from Penn State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Art History.
Michael Ingham is the Chief Operating Officer at Rago. Mr. Ingham came to Rago in 1998 with a background in stagecraft, having worked as a set designer; and as technical director and foreman for the Long Wharf Theater, the Wilma Theater and the Philadelphia Flower Show, among others. It didn’t take long before he was given charge of all Rago’s art handlers and operations staff. He took charge of Rago Unreserved Auctions in 2006.
Lauren Bradley joined Rago in 2015 with over a decade of experience working with galleries, auction houses, private art dealers, and appraisers. After receiving a degree in Art History from American University in Washington, DC, she attended New York University, where she continued her education in art history and studied appraisal. She is a former Associate Specialist in the Fine Art Department at Freeman’s Auctions in Philadelphia, where she worked predominately with fine prints. Prior to joining Rago, Lauren, a member of the International Society of Appraisers, worked as an independent appraiser with a specialty in fine art. As a USPAP compliant appraiser, she has continued to assist Rago in this capacity while working as a specialist in fine art. Lauren is a member of Society of the Arts.
Eliane Talec is the Chief Administrative Officer at Rago, in charge of auction administration and finance. A key member of the Rago management team, she is integrally involved with human resources. She promotes Rago at shows and events across the country and has appeared on the HGTV show “On the Block”. Her latest undertaking is auctioneering, both at Rago and various charity auctions.
Meredith Hilferty heads the Fine Art department. A former Assistant Director with Jeffrey Fuller Fine Art, Ltd. in Philadelphia, she came to Rago in 2006 with a decade of experience in the evaluation of American and European art from the 18th-20th C. as well as appraisals and exhibition management. Since that time, she has developed a department that sets auction records for diverse and significant art at many price points. She appears as an expert appraiser for the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where she specializes in paintings and prints.
Sarah Cutler began her career at Rago after earning a Bachelor’s in Art History at Rutgers University and a Master’s in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University’s Florence Program. She joined the 20th/21st C. Design department in 2012, and has been cataloging property and honing her research skills ever since. Once a devotee of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, she has developed a deep appreciation for, and broad knowledge of, early to mid-century and contemporary craft and design.
Mick Byers, who began with Rago in 2006, works with the Fine Art department and, more broadly, in outreach. He is a specialist in the work of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Impressionists and Modernists and a longstanding member of the arts community, with ties to private collectors and dealers throughout the region. Mr. Byers can evaluate and inform clients about many types of art, as well as European and American antiques and the works of the Pennsylvania studio craftsmen, which makes him invaluable at Rago Free Walk-in Appraisal Days, on client calls, and at previews.
Suzanne Perrault heads cataloguing at Rago Auctions and co-directs its department of 20th/21st C. Design. She and David Rago are also private dealers of 20th/21st C. Design, receiving clients by appointment. She is an author who lectures nationally and an expert appraiser for the hit PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where she specializes in decorative ceramics and porcelain.
Frank Maraschiello is a Client Services Representative who works most directly with the 20th c. Decorative Arts and Design department. In his long career, he has served as the Vice President and Director of 20th Century Decorative Arts at Bonham’s; and Vice President of 20th Century Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s. He managed the Modernism Gallery New York City, which merged with the Macklowe Gallery. Mr. Maraschiello is recognized throughout the world as an authority on 20th century design and has written and lectured on various facets of this field for a wide variety of special interest collector groups, appraisal societies and antique and design magazines. Throughout the last 17 years, he has been instrumental in building the secondary market for works by contemporary studio artists, while setting world auction records for many figures in this field. He sits on the Board of Directors for Urban Glass and the Advisory Board of the Art Deco Society of New York, and regularly works with various museums and decorative arts organizations on fundraising auctions.
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