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David Rago

At the age of sixteen, David Rago began dealing in American decorative ceramics at a flea market in his home state of New Jersey. Today, he oversees the auction house that bears his name and sells privately in the field. He is an author who lectures nationally and an expert appraiser for the hit PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where he specializes in decorative ceramics and porcelain.

David Rago entered the world of auctions in 1984. His auction series was the first to introduce the famous Puck Building into the world of antiques. He founded David Rago Auctions, Inc. incorporated in 1995 and relocated to Lambertville, New Jersey, midway between Philadelphia and New York City. With partners Suzanne Perrault and Miriam Tucker, the size and scope of the sales gradually – and then rapidly – expanded.

Today, the Rago Arts and Auction Center (known as “Rago's”) is the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, as well as a venue for private sale and appraisal. It holds multi-million dollar sales of 20th/21st C. design; fine art; 18th/19th C. American, Asian and European decorative arts and furnishings; jewelry; silver; ethnographic art and artifacts; and coins and currency for an international clientele.


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