Seymour Stein collection headlining Rago auctions Jan. 19-21

Seymour Stein

Romero Britto (b. 1963), large untitled acrylic painting, 2000, 31 ½ in. x 79 ¼ in. Commissioned for the 2000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Collection of Seymour Stein. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center will conduct auctions of early 20th-century and modern design on Friday, Jan. 19, Saturday, Jan. 20, and Sunday, Jan. 21. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Friday’s auction of mid-century modern is composed of more than 300 lots of furniture lighting and decorative lighting by the likes of George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Karl Hagenauer, Miguel Berrocal, Josef Hoffmann, Gerrit Rietveld, Paavo Tynell, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Wilhelm Kage, Francis Jourdain, Max Ingrand, Gaetano Pesce, Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Fontana Arte, Klaus Ihlenfeld, C. Jere, Jordan Mozer, Tommi Parzinger, Milo Baughman, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Karl Springer, George Nelson, Frederick Rhead, Jens Jensen and William Rice. The session will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein will sell at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Seymour Stein, a music industry entrepreneur and founder of Sire Records, is best known for working with famed musicians the likes of Madonna and the Ramones. He is also an avid collector and devotee of decorative arts, especially European Art Deco ceramics and glass as well as 19th- and 20th-century fine art. This 174-lot collection features a multitude of exceptional works by Jean Mayodon, René Buthaud, Edouard Cazaux, Charles Catteau, Lalique, Gio Ponti, Robert Lallemant, Sèvres, Primavera, Wedgwood, Romero Britto, Anna Louisa Swynnerton, Louis Icart and Jean Dunand. Also featured is music memorabilia, including gold and platinum Madonna records.

Seymour Stein

Charles Catteau (1880-1966) Boch Freres massive Art Deco vase with elephants on pedestal, France, des. 1935, glazed stoneware, 62 ½ in. x 22 in. Collection of Seymour Stein. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

“Seymour has been a dedicated collector for decades and a client of Rago’s for most of that time. We are delighted to offer a compendium of works reflecting his collecting of and involvement in the arts, featuring pottery, glass, fine art, and rock and roll memorabilia,” said David Rago, partner and co-director of Rago’s Design Department.

The Seymour Stein collection will be followed by an early 20th-century design auction Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The 245 lots in this session feature ceramics by Frederick Rhead, George Ohr, Grueby, Marblehead, Newcomb College, Valentien Pottery, Van Briggle, Roseville, Rookwood, and Merrimac. There will be European pottery by Taxile Doat, Martin Brothers, Wedgwood, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Ernest Chaplet, Zsolnay, and Delphin and Clement Massier.

Seymour Stein

Frederick H. Rhead (1880-1942) Arequipa vase, squeezebag-decorated with stylized flowers, Fairfax, Calif., 1912; Estimate: $75,000-$100,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Furniture makers represented include Gustav Stickley, Roycroft, L. & J.G. Stickley, Limbert and Charles Rohlfs. Superb lighting is provided by Tiffany Studios, Dirk Van Erp, Benedict Studios, Pairpoint, and more than 10 lots of fine and rare Handel lamps.

“This is a strong session studded with many gorgeous and rare highlights,” said Rago specialist Sarah Dziamba. “Among the most special are a spectacular and large Frederick Rhead Arequipa vase, an illuminated guest book from a notable California bungalow, two vibrant Zsolnay vases, Jean Dupas verre églomisé panels from the S.S. Normandie, and a selection of Tiffany Studios works including an early 14-inch daffodil shade, a 20-inch daffodil lamp, and a large enameled dragonfly tray.”

The Albert Paley Archives Part I on Sunday at 11 a.m. consists of 60 lots. This first of its kind sale offers a selection of Paley’s archived metalwork sculptures, furnishings and jewelry, as well as lithographs, sketches and maquettes.

Seymour Stein

Albert Paley (b. 1944) maquette (2007) and drawing (2003) for a privately commissioned gate, ‘Arched Progression,’ stainless steel, wood, red pencil on paper, 25 in. x 68 in. x 14 in., sheet: 14 in. x 22 in. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image


“We have been handling Albert Paley’s work at auction for nearly two decades and have always been enamored of his designs. Selling his archives has been on the table for the past year and we are thrilled to hold the first auction of his archival material,” said David Rago. It is an encyclopedic session touching on all aspects of his art, from drawings and maquettes to jewelry and full-size sculpture. All pieces come directly from Paley Studios and are appearing on the auction market for the first time in a single session with a dedicated catalog.”

More than 300 lots of modern design will be sold Sunday starting at noon. The session will featuring over 60 outstanding lots of Delaware Valley Modernism by Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, and Phil Powell. Including are a rare Nakashima Bahut cabinet, a massive chip-carved Powell door, and a Evans Wavy Front cabinet. Furniture by Wendell Castle, Kem Weber, Ado Chale, Georges Mathias, Pierre Jeanneret, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Jules Leleu, will also be available. A selection of Memphis works including two Ettore Sottsass totems and Andrea Branzi “Gritti” bookcase will also be offered.

Seymour Stein

Paul Evans (1931-1987) sculpture front cabinet, New Hope, Pa., 1968, 29 ½ in. x 75 in. x 23 ¼ in. Estimate: $95,000-$125,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

The three-day series will conclude Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with more than 150 lots of modern ceramics and glass.

“Our modern ceramics and glass sale this time around offers a group of interesting enamels and paintings by the German-American artist Karl Drerup,” said Suzanne Perrault, partner and co-director of Rago’s Design Department. “Enamels have historically been offered with ceramics, due to the process of firing and their scale. The collection is unusual and appealing, with stylistic nods to Chagall and Klee, and also includes pottery by Voulkos and the Scheiers. The Allan Stone Collection is represented with over 20 lots of ceramics, and contemporary glass starts strongly with a bright and colorful Chihuly chandelier followed by many fine works including several Christopher Ries sculptures.”

Seymour Stein