Auction: Thursday, January 24th at 6 pm EST
Preview: Wednesday, January 23, 2 – 5 pm EST


Indianapolis, IN – Ripley Auctions will present its first Fine Art + Design Auction of 2013 on Thursday, January 24. The auction, which will offer more than 200 lots of fine and decorative art, will be held at the Indianapolis facility of sister company Antique Helper Auctions. It will also broadcast online at, reaching a worldwide audience of online bidders.

Built around the expertise of company owner Dan Ripley and St. Louis art dealer Thom Pegg, Ripley’s Fine Art + Design Auction will feature a broad selection of important works in a variety of styles and mediums including American paintings, Indiana Art, Modern Art and Design, and Italian glass art.

The January auction will introduce a new area of specialization for the company with a substantial section of lots by many of the American Studio Glass movement’s most influential artists. Significant works by Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Harvey Littleton, Joel Philip Meyers, Richard Marquis and Paul Stankard will be offered for sale, among others.

Included in the fine art portion of this sale are a number of pieces that represent some of the most important artists from Indiana including George Winter, William Forsyth and Glenn Cooper Henshaw. All three would prove to be highly influential on not only their contemporaries in Indiana but artists throughout the region.

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry, titans of design are also represented throughout this auction. Included are significant historical pieces from throughout the 20th Century up to and including contemporary studio furniture. Highlights include excellent examples from Stickley, Knoll and Saarinen.

The auction will be held on Thursday evening, January 24th at 6 pm. An auction preview will be held from 2 – 6 pm on Thursday afternoon in the Antique Helper Auctions gallery at 2764 East 55th Place in Indianapolis.

An online catalog of offered lots will be available at and beginning Tuesday, January 15. Bidding is available in person, by phone, by advance bid and online. More information is available by calling (317) 251-5635.


About Ripley Auctions:

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ripley Auctions is a boutique auction house devoted to providing outstanding customer service to buyers and sellers alike. Combining the resources and experience of our longstanding, well-respected sister company Antique Helper Auctions with an innovative approach to marketing and selling collectible items to an international online audience, Ripley Auctions a unique resource for specialty collectors in the Midwest.

Current areas of specialization include Italian and American Studio Glass, American Art, 20th century design and decorative arts, sports/racing memorabilia, natural history/artifacts and estates.

Image Information:

1. Harry Bertoia, Spray Sculpture, est. $2,000 – 4,000
2. Dale Chihuly, Sun Yellow Basket Set, est. $16,000 – 20,000
3. Winter Scene by Achille Emile Othon Friesz, est. $15,000 – 20,000
4. Pair of Ribbon Chairs, designed by Frank Gehry for Knoll, est. $1,500 – 2,000

High resolution images of these and other images are available upon request.

About Dan Ripley:

Dan Ripley is an internationally recognized art and antiques expert with over 20 years of personal experience at the highest levels of the industry. He is a third generation Indianapolis art dealer, a Certified Estate Specialist, and National Auctioneers Association member. He is considered a premiere decorative arts expert and has been an award winning gallery owner, written feature articles for professional collector publications and a presentation speaker at the national convention of the International Society of Appraisers. He managed his first auction in 1991 and produced the first all Italian Glass auction in the U.S. in 1992.

About Thom Pegg:

A veteran of the auction scene, Thom Pegg spent 12 years as a specialist in art and design at the Treadway-Toomey 20th Century Auction in Chicago and launched the 20th Century Art and Design Department at Heritage Auctions in 2008. In addition to his tenure as an auction specialist, he has held ownership in galleries specializing in Twentieth Century Art and Design in Chicago , Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and his native city of St. Louis. He is well-regarded for his knowledge of 20th Century art, especially in the categories of early abstraction, American Scene painters, African-American art and Magic Realism. He has discovered or handled the sale of countless important works of art and modern design, ranging from Gustav Stickley to Charles and Ray Eames.