David on Danziger
David Rago’s ‘Top Lots’ from The Danziger Collection
18 September 2017
On September 23, 2017, Rago will offer for sale the early 20th century design collection of Richard and Peggy Danziger.
Richard Danziger, a prominent New York City attorney, began amassing his exceptional collection of early 20th century furnishing and design in the 1980s. With the passion and instincts that make for a top-tier collector, he developed his eye in the galleries of the most knowledgeable taste-makers in the field. The Danziger Collection showcases both the beauty and utility of early 20th century design, with rare pieces from Stickley, Rohlfs, Dirk van Erp, Tiffany Studios and more.
Having lived with these works for over three decades, the Danzigers are ready to see their collection move on to the homes of others who appreciate their aesthetics and history.
The following pieces, selected by David Rago, represent just a sampling of the exceptional lots on offer.
Reflecting the Art Nouveau aesthetic popular during the early 20th century, this Tiffany Studios lotus shade table lamp would have been attainable by only the wealthiest patrons when it originally sold.
This hanging lantern was designed by brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene – owners of the California architectural firm Greene & Greene and vanguards of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. It is a piece from one of Greene and Greene’s great commissions: the Long Beach, California home of Mrs. Jennie A. Reeve, along with all accompanying furnishings.
Fritz Albert was responsible for the creation of some of the most sculptural pottery to emerge from the American Terra Cotta and Ceramics Company (TECO) in the early 20th century. This twisted form with swirling iris leaves typifies Albert’s inspired, originative creations.
Estimate: $15,000 – 25,000
Gustav Stickley had a long and productive working relationship with the Grueby Faience Company, even sharing a stand with them at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. This fine table, a collaboration between two of the biggest names in American Arts and Crafts, is a testament to the artistic harmony of that relationship.