Rago Auctions

Rago Auctions are a US auction house specialising in 20th and 21st century design. Located in New Jersey between Philadelphia and New York City, they hold regular sales in categories ranging from modern design and decorative arts to furniture, paintings, sculpture, silver, jewellery and metalwork.

Founders David Rago and Suzanne Perrault have both appeared as experts on the US version of Antiques Roadshow.


Sculpture that stunned Rodin bid to six-figures at Rago auction

27 November 2023

Eminent artist stepped aside once he saw the monumental figure by younger colleague Maillol

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New joiners and relocations – a round up of Movers and Shakers

14 November 2023

The latest jobs news and gallery and saleroom moves across the world of art and antiques


Lots on offer from ceramics champion Bob Ellison

13 February 2023

An artist, collector and ceramics specialist, Bob Ellison donated over 600 pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in his lifetime.

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Auction house Bellmans opens in Kensington's Cromwell Place

14 September 2022

News of Bellmans opening a London office in South Kensington is among the latest moves and hires across the world of art and antiques.


News In Brief – including news of a merger of design auction houses in the US

16 August 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of Rago Wright buying LA Modern Auctions.


Group of Wiener Werkstätte silverware shines alongside Knox and luxury liner relic

08 February 2021

American pieces understandably dominated the Rago (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) early 20th century Design sale in Lambertville, New Jersey, on January 21.


Viennese style silver vases by Hoffmann appear in New Jersey sale

18 January 2021

This pair of Wiener Werkstӓtte hand-hammered silver vases from c.1918, designed by Josef Hoffmann, will feature in the early 20th century Design sale held by Rago of Lambertville, New Jersey on January 21.


Lancastrian lustre vase comes to Rago Auctions

07 September 2020

This lustre vase decorated by Richard Joyce for Pilkington Royal Lancastrian dates from c.1915.


Jewels from the studio: new auction format for New Jersey saleroom

27 January 2020

Lambertsville, New Jersey, auction house Rago/Wright is to launch a new sale category on February 12 titled 'Studio Jewelry 1900-Present'.


Collector with an eye for the birds

04 November 2019

A sale at Rago Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in its New Jersey rooms offered potential buyers the Andrew Furer and Elle Douglas collection: 27 lots of Martinware (mostly composed of the potters’ iconic Wally Bird creations).


Martin Brothers' wally birds on parade in New Jersey

16 September 2019

A single-owner collection of 27 pieces of Martin Brothers art pottery will be included in the Design sale series to be held by Rago auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Wright and Rago

Taste of Japan from Rago

12 November 2018

Tiffany exhibited only gold jewellery at the 1878 Paris exposition, including a collection of ‘Japanesque’ pieces.


Autumn 2018: Auction previews in the US from Boston to California

17 September 2018

With buying opportunities proliferating across the US this autumn, ATG picks out a selection of highlights appearing at auctions from Boston to California.


Chinese coin from 1912 emerges at New Jersey auction

20 November 2017

Sun Yat-Sen (1866-1925) was the first president and founder of the Republic of China, and his bust adorns the obverse of a coin which will highlight the next Coins and Currency Auction at Rago, New Jersey, on December 2.

Emile Galle Allium floor lamp

‘Unique’ Emile Gallé lamp sells to Florida museum at $260,000

04 November 2016

The Modernism Museum Mount Dora in Florida is the proud new owner of a possibly unique Emile Gallé Allium floor lamp which sold for a hammer price of $260,000 (£167,740) or $310,000 including premium.

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‘Unseen’ Hoffman collection of art pottery includes exceptional Martinware models

02 April 2014

New York has hosted three key events in the modern commercial history of the Martin Brothers.

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Bauhaus chess set and Martin Brothers highlight New Jersey auction

09 April 2013

Rago Auctions’ recent modern auction in Lambertville, New Jersey featured a Josef Hartwig-designed chess set of the 1920s.


Art and Crafts rarities emerge in New Jersey

13 December 2012

The 20th/21st Century Design sale at Rago Arts of Lambertville, New Jersey on October 26-28 included this exceptional enamel by Alexander Fisher (1864-1936).