Art and Design Auctions This Weekend

by Kate Nixon


After you spend your Saturday on Zoom with those special online classes, the activity doesn’t stop this weekend; two auctions in Art and Design on Sunday and Monday are offering up plenty of important Arts and Crafts style works. With both Toomey & Co Auctioneers and Skinner auctioneers holding their auctions, there’s something for every collector this weekend! Read on to find out about both auctions and preview our items of note…


Toomey & Co Auctioneers
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM CDT

The quarterly Art & Design auction through Toomey & Co Auctioneers offers a variety of art, furniture, pottery, metalwork and more in several styles from several different collections, including the estate of Michael Rabkin, the Paul & Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry, the Collection of Rich and Patty Thumann, and others. The Arts and Crafts offerings include: woodblock prints from France Hammell Gearhart, Henrietta Bailey and Gustave Baumann, Gustav Stickley furniture and lighting, Charles P. Limbert & Co furniture, Grueby and Teco Pottery, rare works from Arthur Wesley Dow and Frank Lloyd Wright, water color paintings from Albert Valentien, copper accessories from Stickley Brothers, Tiffany Studio lighting, silver from the Kalo Shop and many more.

As usual, telephone bids, absentee bids, and bids through (click here to visit the live auction page on

The 587-lot auction will be online only and will be closed to the public and in-person preview will take place only by appointment. Virtual previews can also be scheduled with condition reports and/or photos by request. Please contact Toomey & Co specialists directly at [email protected] for the latest information and to schedule an appointment.

Here are five items that caught our eye! To see the entire catalog, please visit Toomey & Co’s website at



Lot 87: Gustave Baumann  (American, 1881-1971) color woodcut
Woodland Meadows, 1917
swan monogram lower right margin; inscribed in graphite Bau 20 lower center edge and 25 lower right edge
9 1/2″ x 11 1/4″

Estimate $3,000-5,000

Condition Report:
Sheet: 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″
Overall toning. Slight curling upper right edge. Slight accretion lower left edge. Good condition.


Lot 91:  Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) early two-door bookcase, #544
Eastwood, New York
oak, glass, iron
marked with early red decal
62″w x 12 1/2″d x 56″h

Gray, Stephen, The Early Work of Gustav Stickley, Turn of the Century Editions, 1987, p. 97 (1902 Retail Plates)

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Condition Report:
Mitered mullion bookcase with lightly coated original finish. Minor surface wear to top. Original glass. Structurally sound. A very nice example of this early bookcase.


Lot 105: Van Briggle Pottery tile with schooner / sailboat motif
Colorado Springs, Colorado, circa 1920
matte glazed ceramic
rare example

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Condition Report:
No chips, cracks or repairs.



Lot 126: Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) & Everett Stanley Hubbard
By Salt Marshes: Pictures and Poems of Old Ipswich, First Edition, 1908
Ipswich, Massachusetts
bound hardcover book with eight woodblock prints in colors
This rare book is “No. Four” from an edition of 200 (approximately).
7 3/8″w x 9 1/2″

Provenance: The Estate of Ralph Johonnot
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Condition Report:
Paper loss to cover. Some stains and residue to cover and spine. Some toning to pages.


Lot 151: Stickley Brothers coal bucket, similar to #115
Grand Rapids, Michigan
brass, copper
15 1/4″dia x 13 3/8″h

For a similar example, see: Marek, Don, Grand Rapids Art Metalwork 1902-1918, Heartwood, 1999, p. 121

Estimate: $300-500

Condition Report:
Original patina. Bends to foot rim. Light dents in areas.


The above condition reports are courtesy of Toomey & Co Auctioneers. Please contact them directly if you’d like to view the items.


20th Century Design Online

Skinner Auctioneers
Open NOW – bids close Monday, June 29th at 7:00 PM EDT

Click on this link to visit the Skinner online auction:


This sale offers over 700 lots for the discerning collector, dealer and home owner seeking furniture, art work and decorative objects spanning the 20th and early 21st centuries. Art Nouveau objects include lots from Tiffany Studios, Imperial Art Glass, and Galle. The Arts & Crafts Movement is represented by Greuby Faience, a collection of Hugh c. Robertson experimental glaze vases, a hammered copper bowl by Dirk Van Erp, furniture by Stickley and Limbert, and a fine fire screen in the manner of Samuel Yellin. A rare pair of Jean Puiforcat sterling silver vases offer the very best of the Art Deco Movement. Midcentury Modern in America is exemplified by the textiles of Angelo Testa and Dorothy Liebes as well as furniture from the houses of Miller and Knoll. Scandinavian Modern lots start with the pioneering work of Josef Frank and include a desirable Finn Juhl NV-45 armchair and a pair of NV-53 lounge chairs. The Post-Modernism section of the sale includes lots by Evans, Seandel, Springer, Axelsson, Lissoni, Citterio, Urquiola, Magistretti, Ligne Roset, and Adler. Lastly, we offer for your consideration, studio art glass works by Chihuly, Morris, Prochazka, Hlavicka, and Vallien.

Here are some items of note that we are keeping our eyes on this weekend:


Lot 1050:  Two Imperial Art Glass “Lead Lustre” Vases

Bellaire, Ohio
early 20th century, form 413-12 and 418-12, both with white on blue drag loop decoration, both with polished pontil
both unmarked,
ht. 10 3/4, 11 1/4 in.
Provenance: From the collection of Ronald L. Casebier.

Estimate: $500-700



Lot 1143: Gustav Stickley “Model #367” Spindle Morris Chair

Eastwood, New York
quartersawn oak, with corbel supports under each arm, thru-tenon construction, replaced sling seat with recovered leather seat and back cushion
original finish, marked with red decal
ht. 38 1/2, wd. 30 1/2, between arms 19, dp. 40 in.

Estimate $2,000-3,000

Condition Report: Chair is solid with little to no play in the joints. Wear consistent with use and age. Missing one wood washer for backrest. No breaks or losses. Some scratches/scuffs to leather.



Lot 1142: Harvey Ellis for Stickley Craftsman Workshops “Model #913” Nine-drawer Chest and a Stickley Hall Mirror

Syracuse, New York
quartersawn oak, hammered brass fittings, mirror with iron hooks, both with branded joiner’s compass and “Stickley” script mark
ht. 47 1/2, wd. 36, dp. 20, mirror ht. 25 1/2, wd. 29, dp. 1 1/4 in.

Estimate $1,000-1,500

Condition Report: Chest has been cut down 3 in. Veneer lift and loss bottom of both sides of chest. Loss top right corner or top right drawer facing. Some hazing in mirror.


Lot 1134: Dirk Van Erp (American/Dutch, 1862-1933) Copper and Brass Bowl

San Francisco
early 20th century
hand-hammered bowl with segmented rim, set on a foot formed by joined brass rings, stamped windmill mark with closed box and “handwrought”
ht. 5, dia. 10 1/2 in.

Estimate: $400-600

Condition Report: Polished surface. A few small surface scratches.



Lot 1096: Grueby Faience Company Garlic-mouth Vase

Boston, Massachusetts
c. 1900
carved stylized leaf decoration, bronze green matte glaze, impressed mark “Grueby Faience Co Boston USA 133”
ht. 18 1/4 in.

Estimate $5,000-7,000

Condition Report: No visible damage or repairs. Some minor areas of roughness/imperfection in the glaze. Small glaze skip at the mouth. All appear to have been in the making.


To see the rest of the catalog, please visit the auction page on Skinner auctions:

All condition reports above are courtesy of Skinner auctions.