True to their word, Rago Arts Auction Center published their catalogue on February 14, Valentines Day.

Their upcoming Early 20th C. Auction on Saturday, March 1 at 11am, will feature 2 John Bennett vases! These two are going to generate some excitement! Lots 139 and 140 are the ones to keep your eye on. Rago Art’s Auction Center has the most successful Arts and Crafts auctions in the field.

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Click on the image below and you will link to their Early 20th C. Auction preview:


Here is the 1st John Bennett vase,

Lot 139

139Lot 139
JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall vase painted with clematis on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Bottom signed Bennett New York 1881, body signed JB 1881
Size: 15 1/2″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, March 01, 11:00AM
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Here are more views of the vase:





Here is the 2nd John Bennett vase,

Lot 140


Lot 140
JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Vase painted with hydrangeas on yellow ground, New York,
Signed Bennett New York 1881
9 1/2″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, March 01, 11:00AM
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

Another view:


The first vase, Lot 139 made its debut here back in December. You can see the pictures and read about here. I haven’t seen the second vase before (Lot 140). Both vases are exceptional! The first vase is the larger of the two at 15 1/2″. The second vase is 9 1/2″. Both are reminiscent of the Newport vases that were exhibited at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York.

It’s easy to imagine how the 2 vases in this auction could have been a prelude to the beautiful yellow vase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  which was done the following year. Lot 140 uses the same decoration style of the neck, giving it the appearance of semi-precious stone. I also compared it to the covered jar at the Newark Museum from Collection of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation. Even though the flowers are different on all of the compared pieces they share a similar quality, style and color palette.

 John Bennett vases from Newport, at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York, photographed by New York collector Robert Tuggle.

John Bennett vase, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


John Bennett, Large covered jar

John Bennett vase, collection of the Newark Museum,
from the collection of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation


Early 20th century decorative arts and furnishings, featuring work from the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Lighting by Tiffany, Handel, and Pairpoint. Furniture by Gustav Stickley and the Roycrofters. Ceramics by George Ohr, Grueby, Rookwood, Newcomb College, Saturday Evening Girls, Rhead, Zsolnay. Glass from Tiffany, Loetz, Durand, Galle, Steuben, Argy Rousseau, Lalique, wrought metal, woodblock prints, textiles and accessories and more. The first specialty at Rago’s and the most successful Arts and Crafts auctions in the field.

To view and/or download the complete Early 20th C. Decorative Arts auction catalogue, click on the image of the catalogue cover below:


Lots 139 and 140 are on pages 23 and 24.

How to Bid

There is Five Ways to Bid
1. Bidding online – Rago’s partnership with Live Auctioneers ( allows you to bid online in real time  from your computer.

2. Live on your smart phone or mobile device. Now there is a free mobile app at iTunes and the AppStore and can be downloaded from iTunes by clicking on the linked picture below:


3. Bidding by regular phone – If you want to bid live with them by phone, they can arrange for an agent from their staff to call you.

4. Bidding in the room at the venue. The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts & Auction Center, located at 333 North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ. For maps and directions click on the image below:


5. Bidding by left bid – Left bids (also known as absentee bids) give the auctioneer permission to bid for you as if you were in the room, starting on your behalf at the lowest possible selling price and, as long as there is competition, bidding for you – if necessary, up to the maximum amount you have designated. We accept absentee bids by phone or fax. We will even do our best to enter bids during a live auction if the call is received sufficiently in advance and from a registered bidder. That said, absentee bids are time stamped, so the earlier an absentee bid is submitted, the better. The earlier of two identical absentee bids will win the day.

Download and Print Rago’s Absentee/Phone Bid form here.

For more details on bidding visit here.

Feb. 22-27, noon-5pm
Feb. 28, noon-7pm
Open Mar. 1/2 @ 9am

About Rago Arts Auction Center

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Rago Arts Auction Center
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Special thanks to the following:


Mr. Wismar of Toms River, New Jersey for sharing pictures of his vase (Lot 139).
Good luck at the sale!


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New York collector Robert Tuggle, for his photograph of the 3 John Bennett vases at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York.

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