Lambertville, NJ – On Friday January 19th, Saturday January 20th, and Sunday January 21st, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold auctions of Early 20th Century and Modern Design

Mid-Mod: Friday, January 19th at 11AM, 328 lots 
Mid-priced 20th C. furniture, lighting, and decorative objects: 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, Teco, Rookwood, Frederick Rhead, Jens Jensen, Roseville, William Rice, Lalique, and more.
Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein: Saturday, January 20 at 11AM, 174 lots 
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, most especially European Art Deco ceramics and glass as well as 19th and 20th century fine art. This single-owner sale 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, Jean Dunand, and more. Also featured is music memorabilia, including gold and platinum Madonna records.
David Rago, Partner + Co-Director, Design Dept.: “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.”
Early 20th C. Design: Saturday, January 20 at 2:30PM, 245 lots
Featuring ceramics by Frederick Rhead, George Ohr, Grueby, Marblehead, Newcomb College, Valentien Pottery, Van Briggle, Roseville, Rookwood, and Merrimac. European pottery by Taxile Doat, Martin Brothers, Wedgwood, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Ernest Chaplet, Zsolnay, and Delphin and Clement Massier. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Roycroft, L. & J.G. Stickley, Limbert, and Charles Rohlfs. Superb lighting by Tiffany Studios, Dirk Van Erp, Benedict Studios, Pairpoint, and over ten lots of fine and rare Handel lamps. Art glass by Tiffany Studios, Gallé, Daum, Loetz, Lalique, and Thomas Webb & Sons. Silver and metalwork by Liberty & Co., Karl Kipp, Tiffany Studios, and more, including rare seahorse andirons by William Denslow for Roycroft and Charles Ashbee porringer bowl and spoon. Fine art by William Rice and Alphonse Mucha.
Sarah Dziamba, Specialist: “This is a strong session studded with many gorgeous and rare highlights. 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” daffodil shade, a 20” daffodil lamp, and a large enameled dragonfly tray.”


The Albert Paley Archives Part I: Sunday, January 21 at 11AM, 60 lots 
Composed of 60 works, this first of its kind sale offers a selection of Albert Paley’s archivedmetalwork sculptures, furnishings and jewelry, as well as lithographs, sketches and maquettes.
David Rago: “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. 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 catalogue.”
Modern Design: Sunday, January 21 at 12PM, 318 lots 
Featuring over 60 outstanding lots of Delaware Valley Modernism by Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, and Phil Powell, including a rare Nakashima Bahut cabinet, massive chip-carved Powell door, and 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, and more. A selection of Memphis works including two Ettore Sottsass totems and Andrea Branzi “Gritti” bookcase. Contemporary makers including Jordan Mozer, D’lisa Creager, Christopher Hiltey, Val Bertoia, and James Bearden.Scandinavian wares designed by Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Frits Henningsen, Arne Vodder, Alvar Aalto, and Helge Vestergaard-Jensen. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso for Madoura, Judy McKie, and Roy Lichtenstein for Jackson China. Lighting by Max Ingrand, Angelo Lelii, Jean Prouve, Jean Royere, Andre Sornay, Jacques Adnet, Stilnovo, Arredoluce, and more. Wall-hangings and rugs by Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, and Victor Vasarely. Silver and jewelry by Georg Jensen, Gio Ponti, Michael and Maureen Banner, Erik Magnussen, Hector Aguilar, and Henning Koppel. Fine art, decorative objects, and metalwork by Frederic Weinberg, Stan Dann, Ed, Matt, and Philip Moulthrop, Harry and Val Bertoia, Robert Loughlin, and Richard Blow.
Jad Attal, Modern Specialist: “T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings was a classicist in his design vocabulary, imbuing ancient Greek and Roman motifs in his pieces. But what could be more classical than the American Southwest mesas? Our light walnut Mesa table brings a grandness into any home. That’s why this is one of my favorite pieces in our sale.”  
Modern Ceramics and Glass: Sunday, January 21 at 4:30PM, 152 lots
Featuring ceramics by Karl Drerup, Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, Robert Turner, Claude Conover, Peter Voulkos, the Scheiers, Jack Earl, Toshiko Takaezu, the Natzlers, Rudy Autio, and Kurt Weiser.Glass by Dale Chihuly, Christopher Ries, Richard Marquis, Lino Tagliapietra, Toots Zynsky, Harvey Littleton, John Kuhn, Richard Ritter, Paul Stankard, Dante Marioni, Davide Salvadore, Clifford Rainey, Jay Musler, Laura de Santillana, Sonja Blomdahl, and more.
Suzanne Perrault, Partner + Co-Director, Design Dept: “Our Modern Ceramics and Glass sale this time around offers a group of interesting enamels and paintings by the German-American artist Karl Drerup. 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 twenty 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.”
Auction Exhibition/Preview/Bidding
  • Saturday, January 13 through Wednesday, January 17, 12–5 pm and by appointment. Open until 7 pm on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19. Doors open at 9 am on sale days.
  • Rago is located midway between NYC (1 hr. 15 min) and Philadelphia (50 min). Directions online at
  • For those unable to attend, telephone/absentee bidding available at 609.397.9374. Online bidding available at

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