Jason Stein is the Associate Director of 20th Century Decorative Arts Department at Bonhams in Los Angeles. His primary responsibilities include working closely with the Department's Director Frank Maraschiello, and overall day-to-day management of the department, which holds four sales annually in Los Angeles and New York.
Stein has 20 years of experience in decorative arts, with special expertise in appraising and selling custom works by legends of interior design, a niche market that he helped to establish during his work in the auction field.
Through the course of his career, Stein developed a sale category called "Innovators of 20th Century Style," a type of auction geared for the design cognoscenti that featured custom pieces created by the great "International Taste-Makers." Among his professional highlights, he also developed and produced the auction of the late design legend Tony Duquette, serving as Specialist in Charge of the sale. At the time, the auction was touted as the largest house sale to ever take place at a major auctioneer in North America. In 2011, Stein orchestrated the Tony Duquette Talismans of Power auction at Bonhams, which attracted a worldwide collecting audience.
Stein has held several positions in the field prior to his current position at Bonhams. From 2005 to 2009, Stein was Vice President of 20th Century Decorative Arts at a leading international auction house. From 2004 to 2005, he was at Bonhams, serving as Associate Director of 20th Century Decorative Arts. Before that, from 1998 to 2004, he was Vice President at the same auction house. Leading up to that, from 1992 to 1998, Stein worked at Bonhams, serving as Manager of Inventory Control for the Decorative Arts Department and, later, as its Director of Los Angeles Estate Auctions. Stein began his career in decorative arts in 1991 at an international auction house in Los Angeles.
Stein holds a BA from California State University, Northridge.
He currently resides in the Los Angeles area.