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Pablo Picasso Madoura earthenware face plate, estimated at $5,000-$10,000 at Nadeau's.

Picasso ceramics and mid-century modern furniture claims the spotlight at Nadeau’s Jan. 27

WINDSOR, Conn. — A huge, 625-lot sale of mid-century art and furnishings is the focus of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery on Saturday, January 27. Bidding is now available at LiveAuctioneers.

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) is a giant among 20th-century designers. A Renaissance man, Ponti served as an architect, industrial designer, furniture designer and more across his amazing career. Ponti’s furniture receives strong attention from mid-century modern collectors. Nadeau’s top-estimated lot is a Ponti design for M. Singer & Sons. The walnut double dresser features industrial geometry and is one of Ponti’s more iconic designs for the American furniture retailer. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

The collaboration between Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Madoura Plein Den pottery works continues to entice collectors more than 60 years after the first items came to market. This earthenware face plate is from 1968 or 1969 and carries all the standard Madoura markings, including indicating it is number 48 of a 100-piece series. It carries an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.

Gaetano Bellei (1857-1922) is a beloved Italian genre painter who had the ability to create photographic portrayals of people while capturing the human spirit in every work he produced. Three Children Behind an Opera Curtain (Modena) is an undated oil on canvas depicting mischievous children peering from behind a velvet curtain. Measuring 35 by 26in, the Bellei is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Fewer designers had greater impact on 20th-century culture than Raymond Loewy (1893-1986). From toasters to Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives, Studebaker cars to the Shell Oil logo, Loewy’s work touched millions. His 1965 design for Doubinsky Frères of France created this DF2000 sideboard from orange and red ABS plastic. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

R. Kenton Nelson (b. 1954-) is a Pasadena, California-based painter who finds inspiration in classic 1950s advertising art. Nadeau’s has two works of his, purchased apparently simultaneously for $11,000 each from Salzburg Gallery in 2005. Digging and Delving is a 2005 work depicting a detail of a classically dressed man poring through numerous books, and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Pitchfork is also from 2005, and carries a $2,000-$4,000 estimate.