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Bidsquare Scales Up at Ragos Weekend Sales

By Jessica Helen Weinberg

Jan 23,2018 | 11:00 EST

Suspended at seven and a half feet tall with nearly 200 individual shoots of glass protruding away from its' core, the Massive Pacific Haven Chandelier by Dale Chihuly, was impossible to fully grasp through images in our online catalog. However, when Ragos auctioneer transitioned from ceramics to glass items in their Modern Ceramics + Glass (01/21) sale, by way of this colossal chandelier, our perception of large scale, online purchases became wonderfully reimagined.  

On January 19th-21st, Rago hosted six sales ranging from contemporary sculptures to early 20th century ceramics and impressive American studio furniture. Here are just some of the extraordinary results from Bidsquares weekend wins at Rago:

Lot 1579, Dale Chihuly, Massive Pacific Haven Chandelier, Seattle, WA, 2001; Sold for $76,800

Striking beautifully in the middle of its $60,000 - $80,000 estimate, this vibrant fixture by Dale Chihuly reflects the strength and range of gleaming glass works sold through Bidsquare. Additional work by Dale Chihuly, Lot 1586, also sold to the platform as well as ceramics by Rudy Autio, Toshiko Takaezu and Berndt Friberg amongst many others.

Lot 1234, George Nakashima; Nakashima Studio, Bench, New Hope, PA, 1958; Sold for $19,200

The well established popularly of George Nakashima did not disappoint in Ragos Modern Design (01/21) and Mid-Mod (01/19) sales. Over the course of the weekend, eight designs by George Nakashima were collected by the platform (Lot 1234, Lot 1237, Lot 1243, Lot 1246, Lot 162, Lot 157Lot 161 and Lot 160) Read about previous George Nakashima results in our blog, Bid, Bang, Boom! Bidsquares Weekend Wins at Rago.

Lot 958, Albert Paley, Sculpture "Evanesce," Rochester, NY, 2010; Sold for $41,600

Lot 933, Albert Paley, Dragons Back Table, Edition of 10, Rochester, NY, 1998; Sold for $24,320

Representing the contemporary art portion of the weekend in Ragos The Albert Paley Archives Part I: Creating a Perspective (01/21), American modernist metal sculptor, Albert Paley seamlessly smelted with our online audience. Locking in two fascinating sales for the Bidsquare platform (Lot 933, Lot 958) all of the offerings from this catalog came directly from Paley Studios, appearing on the auction market for the first time. Click here to view all Albert Paley results from this weekend

Lot 1592, Toots Zynsky, Filet-de-verre vessel, "Veloce," Providence, RI, 2016; Sold for $10,240

Revisiting the Modern Ceramics + Glass sale (01/21), seasoned Bidsquare collectors also snatched up pieces by Toots Zynsky, Harvey Littleton, Davide Salvadore and Christopher Ries amongst many others. 

Lot 1160, Wendell Castle, Adjustable Piano Bench, Scottsville, NY, 1963; Sold for $20,480

A visionary in the field of sculpture and furniture design, known as the father of the art furniture movement, Wendell Castle sadly passed away at the age of 85 on January 20th. This laminated cherry piano bench, sold the next day to a Bidsquare bidder in Ragos Modern Design (01/21) sale - a bittersweet reminder of his sweeping influence on crafting objects that defied artistic categorization. Click here to view all Wendell Castle results from this catalog. 

Did you miss the memo? No worries! Register today to bid in Rago, 20th C. Design Unsold Lots, Timed Auction, available now through February 6th. Exclusively only on Bidsquare. 

Click here to view all results for Rago, Mid-Mod catalog on January 19th.

Click here to view all results for Rago, Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein, Founder, Sire Records catalog on January 20th.

Click here to view all results for Rago, Early 20th C. Design catalog on January 20th.

Click here to view all results for Rago, The Albert Paley Archives Part I: Creating a Perspective catalog on January 21st.

Click here to view all results for Rago, Modern Design catalog on January 21st.

Click here to view all results for Rago, Modern Ceramics + Glass catalog on January 21st.

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Jessica Helen Weinberg | Senior Content Editor at Bidsquare

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