David Rago has appeared as an appraiser on the US Antiques Roadshow for 20 years and he is the author of six books on 20th century design. He has dealt in Arts and Crafts for 44 years and together with his wife owns David Rago Auctions.
On this online course David paints a fascinating picture of The Arts and Crafts Movement and how this revolution has impacted collectible arts and crafts in the US. David pulls on numerous real world examples and brings the social and political context to bear on actual pieces, so you come to recognise the signature style of the movement and specific influential individuals.
David draws on his experience and his very personal perspective of the Movement, of living with objects in your own home that carried the spirit of creativity. He takes each of the three main ingredients of Arts and Crafts material step-by-step, namely mud, copper, and oak. With his infectious enthusiasm about the creative process David will share with you how the Arts and Crafts Movement changed these base materials, into golden objects and in some cases as you’ll see into their very weight in gold.
Whether you're an enthusiastic collector or a dealer David will teach you how to spot good arts and crafts items for collection or for resale.
Please feel free to ask him any questions as you go through the course – this is a unique opportunity to interact with a real world expert. Please remember though – valuations and assessments will not be done online as this is an online education service with world experts; not a valuation service.