Suzanne Perrault is one of three partners at the Rago Arts and Auction Center, along with founder David Rago and Managing Partner Miriam Tucker She co-directs Rago sales of 20th C. Decorative Arts and Design. She and David Rago are also private dealers, exhibiting at antique shows nationally and receiving clients by appointment. She is an author who lectures nationally and an expert appraiser for the hit PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where she specializes in decorative ceramics and porcelain.
Born in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Ms. Perrrault received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from McGill University in Montreal. While she began her career as a fashion model in her native Montreal and Japan, she became an independent antiques dealer after serving an apprenticeship with Barton Kaplan Antiques in New York. In 1991, she joined ranks with David Rago. Together they opened the Perrault-Rago Gallery.
In 1994, Ms. Perrault founded the New York Decorative Ceramics Society, a non-profit organization aiming to teach about art pottery by visiting important collections in museums, private residences, and galleries. 1994 was also the year she first curated an all-tile exhibition and sale, followed by a show featuring the tiles of Harris Strong for the New York’s Triple Pier Show in 1995.
In 1996, Ms. Perrault curated an exhibition at Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms museum, entitled “Women’s Work: The Role of Women In The Arts & Crafts Movement.” That summer she also joined the first season of an unknown, unseen PBS program called Antiques Roadshow.
Ms. Perrault’s co-wrote Miller’s American Art Pottery: Treasure or Not?, with David Rago. She contributed her expertise on 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).
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