2 John Bennett vases are on the auction
block Saturday, June 14, 2014, the day before Father’s Day!

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 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 someone is going to be happy with their John Bennett vase.






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Lot 25:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Small vase painted with wild roses, New York, 1882
7″ x 4″ $1500-$1500
Two small chips to rim.

Auction Date: Sat, June 14, 11:00AM
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

to bid on Lot 25 click on liveauctioneers below


The next Lot, 26 is beautiful and I can’t help thinking that it reminds me of a botanical print.


Early 20th: June 2014
Lot 26:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall bulbous vase painted with milkweed on white ground, New York, 1879
Signed BENNETT 412E24 NY 1879
15 1/4″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, June 14, 11:00AM
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

to bid on Lot 26 click on liveauctioneers below


 Though I’ve never seen this vase before, I have seen examples of this bulbous body used by John Bennett. This vase is similar and has the same body as the the one in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

That vase sold in a Rago Arts Auction in October 2010 (Sale Price: $13,420). The vase was purchased by the American Decorative Arts 1900 Foundation. ADA1900, focuses on the American Arts & Crafts and Prairie School movements and American art pottery. They acquire museum-quality furniture, lighting, ceramics, metalwork and glass by American makers during the period of 1876-1940, with the goal of placing them within museum collections. Now this vase can be enjoyed by the public at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM).



John Bennett vase, 1878

painted and glazed earthenware
15 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (38.7 x 18.1 cm)

Funds given by Victor Porter Smith and the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, funds given in honor of Joyce and Jules Pass; and gift of Gregory D. Flotron and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Burkart, by exchange

(On View, Gallery 127)

Saint Louis Art Museum

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The Museum is open New Year’s Day and Memorial Day.

The museum is located at One Fine Arts drive, Forest Park, St. Louis. MO 63110-1380
Telephone: 314.721.0072 • www.slam.org


Another example in which John Bennett used the same body is a vase in the collection of
Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack, New York, New York.

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How to Bid


There is Five Ways to Bid
1. Bidding online – Rago’s partnership with Live Auctioneers (www.LiveAuction.com) 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.

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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

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Phone: (609) 397-9374
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Special thanks to the following:


333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530

One West 72nd Street, #63, New York, NY 10023 • (212) 501-9672 • jc@ada1900.org


Saint Louis Art Museum

One Fine Arts drive, Forest Park, St. Louis. MO 63110-1380


220 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 • info@liveauctioneers.comwww.liveauctioneers.com

New York collector Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack


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As a follow up to the 2 previous auction articles:


The John Bennett art tile sold in the ebay.com auction on May 29, 2014 after 2 bids for a modest $382.77.

I’m sure the buyer was very happy about that!

During the Rago Arts Early 20th c. Auction in March, 2014, 2 John Bennett pieces sold

Lot 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
15 1/2″ x 7″
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Sale Price: $23,750

Lot 140:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Vase painted with hydrangeas on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Signed Bennett New York 1881
9 1/2″ x 7″
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

Sale Price: $4,688

I’m optimistic that 2013 will be a better year! Instead of my normal resolutions (lose weight, live healthier, etc), this year my number one resolution is going to be “listen better”. How does this relate to John Bennett?

Almost 10 years ago I heard about a book that sounded like it would have good information about John Bennett. The book was expensive (for regular folks), so I looked to other, more affordable sources for information. As I’ve mentioned before, more and more museums are developing accessible data bases on line and more information is becoming available about John Bennett. I told myself that I would go to the library to find the book but that was successful as the losing weight resolution.

Last year a collector/friend from New York mentioned to me that I should read this book. Time passed and for a year I had not read the book.

Over the holidays I reviewed a copy of the book. My estimate is the information about John Bennett that was in this book was equal to about 5 years of my research! Had I read the book earlier I could have saved myself many hours of reading, web surfing and note taking. Lessons learned: Stop procrastinating and listen better! The book was incredible! It is well written, organized and comprehensive with John Bennett information. It also has a trail of reference materials that will keep me busy for some time. I looked online to see if the price had dropped on the book. It had not. On Amazon.com the book could be found for $74.85 (used) or $2,217.54 (new)! I jumped over to Barnes and Noble.com and the book listed form various locations in the range of $229.50 – $325.47.

Here is the information about this incredible book:

Title: In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement

Author: Burke, Doreen Bolger

Contributor: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986

Length: 511 pages


The book is also available for the great price of FREE! I initially found the book at Google books. The book can be read but it currently states that an ebook is not available for downloading. To review the book, click here.

Then I found it again for FREE! The electronic version is now available from the Metropolitan Museum! The book is out of print and currently not available for purchase, but can be downloaded as a PDF! To download the book, visit MetPublications here.


To the right of the picture of the book are tab buttons which you can click to “Read online” or “Download pdf”

The book is as beautiful as it is informative. Now I have it on my iPad. It is awesome to read the book during breaks and to have the references used to write the book. Even if you have read the book, it’s great to have in your collection. The good thing about having it electronically is that it is searchable. Being searchable, makes this book valuable as a reference tool, not only for John Bennett but the other artists which contributed to the Aesthetic Movement. If you’re interested in the Aesthetic Movement, you will love this book.

Truthfully, I did not read the entire 511 page book. I did read more than just the John Bennett portions. John Bennett is discussed on pages: 20, 216-220, 231, 326, 426, 452 and 402-403

The book is comprehensive with John Bennett history, information about those that he was influenced by and his contribution to America and the Aesthetic Movement. The pictures are stunning examples of John Bennett pottery and reflect the quality and importance of the Metropolitan’s Decorative Arts collection. It also references other prestigious museums which have John Bennett work in their collection.

I would like to thank Doreen Bolger Burke for writing the book, my friend Robert for recommending it and the Metropolitan Museum for making the book available electronically. I encourage everyone to visit the museum and to support the efforts of the Metropolitan Museum. For more information about the museum, click here.