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Join us for How it Started and How it’s Going, a speaker series with collectors. For this session, we’ll get a different perspective on collecting by speaking with Suzanne Perrault a partner at Rago/Wright Auctions. We’ll learn about how she got started in the industry and why; we’ll hear what attracts them to certain pieces and see some of their favorite works along with pieces for an upcoming auction. We will also discuss what makes someone a collector of art, how to start your own collection, and how to become more knowledgeable about the auction world.
Suzanne Perrault is one of three partners at Rago/Wright Auctions, along with founder David Rago and CEO Richard Wright. She co-directs Rago’s sales of 20th C. Decorative Arts and Design and directs Rago’s thrice-yearly sales of modern glass. One of the fastest growing auctions at Rago, Ms. Perrault has built Rago’s modern glass auctions into an international presence. She lectures nationally and serves as an expert appraiser on the hit PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where she specializes in decorative ceramics and porcelain.
Born in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Ms. Perrault received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from McGill University in Montreal. She began her career as a fashion model in her native Montreal and Japan before turning to the world of art and antiques. She became an independent antiques dealer following an apprenticeship with Barton Kaplan Antiques in New York and developed an early specialized in art tiles. In 1991, she joined ranks with David Rago and together they opened the Perrault-Rago Gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Suzanne Perrault founded the New York Decorative Ceramics Society, co-authored Miller’s American Art Pottery: Treasure or Not? with David Rago; contributed her expertise on art tiles to American Art Pottery by David Rago (Knickerbocker Press, 1997) and co-wrote the introductory chapter of American Art Tile by Norman Karlson (Rizzoli, 1998).
She has served on the board of the Hunterdon Land Trust and F.A.C.T. (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) and is currently on the board of Fisherman’s Mark, a social services agency whose mission is to strengthen the Lambertville community.
She is an enthusiastic cook (and gourmande), the steward of a crazy black cat, and the loving wife of her business partner, David Rago.
About Rago Auction House:
Rago is a leading auction house serving thousands of buyers and sellers annually in the fields of Fine Art, Design, Studio Pottery, Contemporary Glass, Jewelry and more.
This event is free to the public. The Museum for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.
Questions? Please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications at [email protected].