Modern Masterpieces

French oak chest, circa 1950, by Maurice Pre; Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann chair in blond mahogany, circa 1925; French parchment mirror, circa 1940; French ceramic orb, circa 1960, by Elisabeth Joulia; German ceramic flower sculpture, circa 1980, by Hildegund Schlichenmaier.
Photography by Stephen Karlisch; styling by Janet Rosell

Modern Masterpieces

When Sally Rosen remodeled her 1960s Georgian house in Highland Park about 12 years ago, she called on the talents of Emily Summers, known for having a keen eye for fine 20th century modern furnishings and art. The duo’s collaboration ignited a passion for collecting. “Emily became my mentor and educator, and working with her was like getting a master’s degree in 20th century design,” says Rosen, whose collection of valuable mid-century designs is one of the premier in the country. Some of her smaller pieces are available locally at Forty Five Ten, but this month she debuts a collection of furniture, which is sold exclusively through her web site,, and private showings. She has also been invited to show her collection at the prestigious International Art + Design Fair in New York City this month.


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