AUCTIONS


Congratulations to the sellers and to the buyers of the 4 Bennett vases at the auction today. The buyers made good investments with these vases. If you won the bid let me know. Are you beginning a collection or adding to a collection? Did the descendants of John Bennett acquire any of the pieces? These vases are striking. I’m sure you will be happy with them!

Perhaps one will be in a museum near you, soon. Please support the efforts of that museum.

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Lot 230  SOLD!  $3,500

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Lot 231  SOLD!  $3,750

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Lot 232  SOLD!  $3,250

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Lot 233  SOLD!  $2,800

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Special thanks to Rago Arts Auction Center
and Live Auctioneers.

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if you cannot attend the auction in person, you can still see the auction, live. The prices realized are also posted as soon as the lot sells. The way to watch is by going to www.liveauctioneers.com. It’s free. Create an account there and you can observe and/or bid on pieces you’re interested in. How great is that?!

www.liveauctioneers.com

About Rago Arts Auction Center

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is a leading U.S. auction house with an international clientele. With sales of over $20 million annually, Rago’s outdistances all other New Jersey auction houses in size and scope. More…

Rago Arts Auction Center
333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5:30 pm

General Inquiries
Phone: (609) 397-9374
Toll Free: (866)-724-6278
E-mail: info@ragoarts.com
Fax: (609) 397-9377

www.ragoarts.com

4 beautiful John Bennett vases are on the auction block Saturday, March 2, 2013!

The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts Auction Center in Lambertville, NJ.

Click on the Early 20th image below to link to this particular auction at Rago Arts Auction Center. The 4 vase images are each linked to their respective page at www.ragoarts.com. The Live Auctioneers graphic that follows each picture is linked to the individual lot’s bidding page at www.liveauctioneers.com.

Good luck! I’m sure museums or private collectors are going to be very happy with their John Bennett pottery.

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Vase with nicotina

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Lot 230

JOHN BENNETT

New York, 1878
Signed J. Bennett E74/NY/1878
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9 3/4″ x 6 3/4″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,250 – $2,750

Link to bidding page here:

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Vase with primrose


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Lot 231

JOHN BENNETT

New York, 1870s, 
Signed J. Bennett/412/E24/N.Y.,
7″ x 4″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Link to bidding page here:

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Vase with white blossoms

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Lot 232

JOHN BENNETT

New York, 1870s
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Signed J. Bennett/New York,
10″ x 6 1/2″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Link to bidding page here:

LiveAuctioneers

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Vase with magnolia blossoms

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JOHN BENNETT

West Orange, NJ, ca. 1885
Signed JB/W.O.,
8″ x 7 1/2″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500

Link to bidding page here:

LiveAuctioneers

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if you cannot attend the auction in person, you can still see the auction, live. The prices realized are also posted as soon as the lot sells. The way to watch is by going to www.liveauctioneers.com. It’s free. Create an account there and you can observe and/or bid on pieces you’re interested in. How great is that?!

www.liveauctioneers.com

About Rago Arts Auction Center

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is a leading U.S. auction house with an international clientele. With sales of over $20 million annually, Rago’s outdistances all other New Jersey auction houses in size and scope. More…

Rago Arts Auction Center
333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5:30 pm

General Inquiries
Phone: (609) 397-9374
Toll Free: (866)-724-6278
E-mail: info@ragoarts.com
Fax: (609) 397-9377

www.ragoarts.com

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Update: I am still working on the article about the unusual Bennett vase that I mentioned in my previous article. I have also received pictures from the Armory Show, the Winter Antiques Show, a newspaper advertisement for a John Bennett exhibition at Davis Collamore & Company in New York, 1887. I also have images of John Bennett pottery from various dealers in New York. I will post these after the Rago Arts Auction on March 2, 2013. The pictures that have been sent to me are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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A wonderful article by Eve Kahn appeared in the NY Times on January 17. The article, “A POTTER’S SECOND BLOOM” is about John Bennett. The article can be viewed  here.

The story promotes The 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show

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January 25-February 3, 2013

Open Daily 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sundays & Thursday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Park Avenue Armory

67th St. & Park Ave.

New York City

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2013 Loan Exhibition

Newport: The Glamour of Ornament

Celebrating The Preservation Society of Newport County

Sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance
for the 17th Consecutive Year

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The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island’s largest cultural organization, preserves and protects the best of Newport County’s architectural heritage.  Its 11 historic properties and landscapes – seven of which are National Historic Landmarks – form a complete essay of American historical development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age.  In keeping with its mission, the Society strives to offer its members and the public a comprehensive view of each property’s architecture, interiors, landscapes and social history.  The Society hosts more than 800,000 visits to its properties annually.

The Preservation Society of Newport County in Rhode Island is lending 3 John Bennett pieces for the show.

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I remember another John Bennett vase being sold from Newport, I think around 2001, which looked very similar to the ones in the show.

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For more information click here.

The vases are from Kingscote.

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The Preservation Society’s properties include: The Breakers (1895), Marble House (1892), The Elms (1901), Rosecliff (1902), Chateau-sur-Mer (1852), Kingscote (1841), Isaac Bell House (1883), Hunter House (1748), and Chepstow (1861).

For more information on The Preservation Society of Newport County, please visit www.NewportMansions.org/

The 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show is a benefit for East Side House Settlement.

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For more information about East Side House Settlement visit www.eastsidehouse.org

Eve Kahn also sheds light on 2 other John Bennett vases. These 2 vases are now on display at the newly expanded Yale University Art Gallery.

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Of the 5 vases, this one was the only one I was familiar with. I remember it from a Rago Arts Auction back in 2006. To see a picture of it then click the Rago Arts logo

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I saw it later on the website of the Decorative Arts Society

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Visit the Decorative Arts Society website here.

www.decartssociety.org

I think an important point Eve Kahn makes is that the preservation of John Bennett pottery is due to museum acquisitions, the efforts of collectors such as Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack and organizations such as the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation ( Bruce Barnes, Ph.D., President and Founder and Joseph Cunningham, Ph.D., Director).

I think family member and private collections play an important role as well and that with the advance or the internet, the public will benefit by getting to view these pieces.

The museums listed on the right have John Bennett pieces in their collections. I hope you visit them and support them. The list is incomplete. I am very optimistic that with Eve Kahn’s article,  more John Bennett pieces will surface and the public will benefit due to the attention she gave John Bennett. A big thank you to Eve Kahn!

UPCOMING: I’m working on an article that will feature a John Bennett vase that’s in a museum collection that has yet been mentioned on this blog. The vase will surprise you and is related in style to one of the Newport vases. Of the 3 vases from Newport, one has a beautiful texture on the neck. The piece in the museum collection I’m going to write about is completely textured and looks like nothing from Bennett that we’ve seen before!

Here is an update to the Bennett vase in Stockholm. It sold! It surpassed it’s estimate and like John Bennett, is coming to NewYork! Congratulations to the New York collector!

Estimate: SEK 15 000 – 20 000 / € 1 800 – 2 400

Hammer price: SEK 27 000 / € 3 200

The details can be viewed at the Bukowskis website.

Tack Bukowskis. Kontakta oss gärna när en annan John Bennett pjäs är på auktion.

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A John Bennett vase in Stockholm, Sweden!

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In a couple of days a John Bennett vase (lot 947) will be up for bids in Stockholm at the renowned auction house of Bukowskis.

A John Bennett art pottery vase, painted with cherry blossom branches, New York 1880. Signed BENNETT H12E24 N.Y. 1880. Height 25,5 cm, diameter 23,5 cm. Chips to mouth.

Auction: 26 October 2012, lot 947

Viewing: 17 – 23 October 2012
Estimate: SEK 15 000 – 20 000 / € 1 800 – 2 400

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Bukowskis was founded in 1870 by Polish nobleman Henryk Bukowski. Bukowskis have conducted the greatest auctions in Sweden for the past 140 years, including the collection of King Charles XV in 1873 and the estate of Master director Ingmar Bergman in 2009. During the 1920’s, Bukowskis enjoyed the sole right to sell the etchings of Anders Zorn. In fact etchings by Zorn were so valid that they were accepted as security for bankloans and “exchange rates” were noted at Bukowskis. Bukowskis is the oldest salesroom for fine art in Scandinavia and remains the popular showcase for the unique and beautiful.

This charming vase is 25.5 cm high (10 inches) x 23.5 cm wide (9.25 inches).

The pictures show and the description state that there are chips on the mouth of the vase. In looking at the pictures I think these are minor and repairable.

I think this vase will be a bargain as John Bennett isn’t as sought after in Sweden as he is here. If you are interested or have questions, enquiries can be made at:

Customer service
kundtjanst@bukowskis.com

+46 (0)8-614 08 00

 

The specific page is here.

 Visit their site at: www.bukowskis.com

Tack Camilla för att skicka oss informationen! Lycka till!
Thank you Camilla for sending us the information! Good luck!

Special thanks to Bukowskis. The pictures of the pottery, used in this article are the property of Bukowskis. All rights belong to them.

Yes. I was surprised by the Bennett results of the Rago Arts this past weekend. I thought for sure both pieces would be off the charts as they were both beautiful pieces.

Lot 12, a tall orange vase with apple blossoms, estimated at $10,000 – $15,000 sold for a bargain $10,000 ($8000 plus a 25% including a buyer’s premium). Though at the low end of the estimate, we have to remember that it is still higher than the average John Bennett vase which many times sell in the range of a few thousand dollars.

Lot 12a, a large covered jar, decorated with dogwood blossom, estimated at $7000-$10,000 was passed on as it’s reserve was not met. I myself thought the estimate was low. It was humbling for me because it demonstrated that even the sought after John Bennett doesn’t have a good day everyday and that many factors of a sale come into play other than the piece itself. Auctions compete with other auctions and events locally and far away. An important factor would be the schedule of collectors and institutions, their mood and the demand at the current moment for a piece of John Bennett pottery. The gentleman selling this piece could not be a nicer guy. I was sad that the piece was passed on but at the same time I was glad that it had a reserve to prevent it from selling cheap. I know he is sentimental about this piece and had it sold below the reserve price, it would have bothered him for a long time. I would like to reassure him to not lose hope. This piece will undoubtedly sell, perhaps at the next auction it appears in. Enjoy the vase for now and try again.

I share responsibility in causing any disappointment that may be felt by the owners. My enthusiasm for these two pieces I’m sure pushed up the expectations of how well they would do. For that, I apologize.

I stand by Rago Arts Auction Center as being the right place to sell a piece of John Bennett pottery. One would only have to look at their past auctions to see that their knowledge and success with Bennett pieces is unsurpassed. Even the piece that did not sell received enough exposure to the pottery world that collectors will probably seek 
you out.

I wanted to pass on information I learned this weekend about the auction. During the auction I called Rago Arts Auction Center to find out the sale prices realized on the two Bennett pieces. I was told to check their website that evening and the prices would be posted. I related this information to my friend, Robert and was promptly informed I could be watching the auction live! Yes, if you cannot attend the auction in person, you can still see the auction, live. The prices realized are also posted as soon as the lot sells. The way to watch is by going to www.liveauctioneers.com. It’s free. Create an account there and you can observe and/or bid on pieces you’re interested in. How great is that?!

http://www.ragoarts.com

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