Where Delaware Valley Modernism Lives
Making the Market for George Nakashima, Paul Evans and Phil Powell
28 June 2017
Centered in the heart of the Lambertville/New Hope artists' colony, Rago Auctions has pioneered the secondary market for furniture by the Nakashimas, Paul Evans, and Phil Powell.
Since our first Modern auction, over twenty-five years ago, we have sold nearly 3,000 pieces of George Nakashima’s work and were the first to represent Mira Nakashima at auction. We have recently held two large fundraisers, in conjunction with Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia, to benefit Mira Nakashima’s Peace Foundation and John Nakashima’s documentary film on George Nakashima. We work closely with Nakashima Studios to authenticate and, when needed, repair Mira and her father's pieces. We remain the single most dedicated auction source for their work.
Radical designer and metal-smith Paul Evans had two New Hope studios where some of his most important, bench-made pieces were produced. Working closely with Dorsey Reading, Evans’ main fabricator, we have enjoyed the unequaled capacity to authenticate and, when necessary, restore pieces to their original state. We were the first major Modern auction to specialize in Paul Evans’ work - now the most expensive American furniture on the market.
Phillip Lloyd Powell was a close friend of Rago Auctions who often attended our sales in person, most notably the day when the record was set for his singular, sculpted fireplace surround, which now resides at the Michener Museum of Art in nearby Doylestown, PA. As with Paul Evans, we were the first auction to feature Phil Powell’s work in the context of important, organic, New Hope design.