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Suzanne Perrault heads the Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Cataloguing Department and co-directs its sales of 20th//21st Century Design. She and partner David Rago are also private dealers, appearing at antique shows nationally and 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.
Ms. Perrault’s specialty is the art tile, an interest inspired by the tiles adorning the walls of New York’s subway stations. While she began her career as a fashion model in her native Montreal and Japan, she became an independent antiques dealer after serving an apprenticeship with Barton Kaplan Antiques in New York. In 1991, she joined ranks with David Rago. Together they opened the Perrault-Rago Gallery.
In 1994, Ms. Perrault founded the New York Decorative Ceramics Society, a non-profit organization aiming to teach about art pottery by visiting important collections in museums, private residences, and galleries. 1994 was also the year she first curated an all-tile exhibition and sale, followed by a show featuring the tiles of Harris Strong for the New York's Triple Pier Show in 1995.
In 1996, Ms. Perrault curated an exhibition at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms museum, entitled "Women's Work: The Role of Women In The Arts & Crafts Movement." That summer she also accepted an offer to serve as an appraiser for the first season of an unknown, unseen PBS program called Antiques Roadshow.
An author and frequent lecturer, Ms. Perrault’s co-wrote Miller’s American Art Pottery: Treasure or Not?, with David Rago. She contributed her expertise on tiles to American Art Pottery by David Rago (Knickerbocker Press, 1997) and co-wrote the introductory chapter of American Art Tile by Norman Karlson (Rizzoli, 1998).