Wharton Esherick (1887-1970)
Wharton Esherick was an artist whose talent for functional sculpture led him to bridge the gap between craft and fine art in the 20th century. He is considered the father of modern American studio furniture.
Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976)
Alexander Calder was born in 1898. His father was the sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder and his mother a painter. Calder was encouraged to create, and from the age of eight he always had his own workshop wherever the family lived. For Christmas in 1909, Calder presented his parents with two of his first sculptures.
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)
The multi-talented designer and sculptor Harry Bertoia came to America from Italy in 1930. He studied at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he later established the metalworking department and where he began making organically formed jewelry in silver and copper.
19th/20th Century American + European Art
The global demand for fine Asian works of art has resulted in exceptional prices realized for property curated by Rago’s Asian department. We deal in rare and valuable objects from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, as well as from the Middle East, Oceania and Africa. We bring this property to market three times a year in Rago’s Great Estates auctions and through the auction of single owner collections.
Coins + Currency
Rago’s Coins and Currency department sources property from collectors and estates. We handle the choice, rare and interesting, selling to buyers worldwide. We will review and determine the value of your collection, accumulation, or portfolio, and provide estimates free of charge. Auction consignment is our recommended method of sale, with cash advances and outright purchase an option. Any items solicited and not sold are returned at our expense.