Auction Results: 20th Century Art and Design Auction at Treadway
by Kate Nixon
Treadway’s November 18th Art & Design auction this past Sunday the 18th featured an exceptional collection of American and European Art Nouveau glass, combining two collections built over 40 years from Los Angeles and the midwest. This sale included rare and early works by Galle and Daum, Tiffany and Loetz as well as a collection of shades by Quezal, Steuben and Tiffany. Featuring artists of both the Arts and Crafts movement and their modern counterparts, the collection featured lighting, furniture, ceramics, prints and paintings, sculptures, sterling silver pieces, and various pieces of art.
Featuring a large collection of over 50 lamps by Tiffany, Handel and Duffner Kimberly and a rare and monumental Tiffany & Co. silver and ivory vase along with other Tiffany & Co. mixed metal pieces, Tiffany – and lighting in general – was well represented and sold well. Lot number 200, the Tiffany & Co silver and ivory dragon vase was described as “…Exquisite craftsmanship. Beautifully detailed. Beautifully executed. Ivory with a couple of splits which is typical with age. An important and exquisite work of art.”
The well-preserved Tiffany and Co vase sold for $52,000 – within its 40 – 60,000 estimate. There are too many pieces to list, however some of the noticeable standouts include:
- Lot 51: A Tiffany Studios Parakeets and Fishbowl Window – sold for $7,500 (original estimate was $3,500-4,500)
- Lot 88: A Tiffany Studios Wild Carrot Candlestick – sold for $6,250 (original estimate was $3,500-4,500)
- Lot 126: A Tiffany Studios Table Lamp – sold for $22,500 (original estimate was $12,000 – $17,000)
The furniture in the auction included examples by Gustav Stickley, George Nelson, L and J G Stickley, Sam Maloof and a group of pieces from a Michigan home by George Nakashima. Pieces by Stickley sold well, including a Gustav Stickley Dresser selling for $7,500 – a few thousands past its original high estimate of $3,500.
American and European ceramics including works from the early 1900’s thru late 1900’s were well represented at Sunday’s auction. The selection ranged from Galle to Teco, Grueby, Pewabic and Newcomb to many of the modern studio potters like Natzler, Grotel and Cabat. A few of the highlights include:
- Lot 156: Desiree Ronan for Newcomb College Lily Vase – sold for $18,750 (original estimate was $10,000 – $15,000)
- Lot 165: an enameled Galle Vase – sold for $13,750 (original estimate was $5,000 – $7,000)
- Lot 175: W.D. Gates for Teco Vase – sold for $2,875 (original estimate was $350 – $450)
- Lot 275: framed Pewabic tiles – sold for $2,500 (original estimate was $900 – $1,200)
The Rookwood collection from the family of John Dee Wareham, the past president of Rookwood Pottery – most of the items have never been for sale or seen since he acquired them in the 1950’s – was also featured, and while most sold within their estimates, lot 491 – a Rookwood Pottery exhibition vase – sold for $6,875 (original estimate was $1,000 – $1,500)
Here’s how our highlighted items did. If you’d like to see the remainder of the +500 collection and their realized prices, please visit their online catalog at www.treadwaygallery.com
#67: Tiffany Studios – Dragonfly table lamp
New York, NY. Leaded glass, bronze, shade and base signed, 25″h x 20″dia
Estimate: $45,000 – $65,000 – SOLD FOR $56,250
Condition: Shade with some minor cracked segments. Upper and lower border with nicely mottled glass. Body and wings of dragonflies with nice variations in glass. The base with a good patina. One minor dent with minor patina loss. Shade in overall excellent condition. Base in overall very good condition.
#51: Style of Tiffany Studios Parakeets & Fishbowl window
New York, NY. leaded glass. glass dimension: 37″h x 27.5″w. overall: 42.5″h x 32″w
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500 – SOLD FOR $7,500
Provenance: the Donnelly collection, PA
Condition: Beautifully executed window with ripple glass and enameling. A vintage copy of a Tiffany design. Belonged to the father of the consignor and was originally acquired by him in the 1950s. In its original frame with original supports. Very few cracked segments. Overall very good original condition.
#29: Galle vase
Nancy, France. Inlaid marquetry glass and signed. 8″h x 3″dia
Estimate: $17,000 – $27,000 – SOLD FOR $15,000
Provenance: a Los Angeles, CA collection
Condition: Exquisite example of Galle’s marquetry. Beautifully executed. Wonderful shape. Excellent original condition. Reference: A similar example is shown in Glass by Gallé by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, pg. 60. Sotheby’s, Important Gallé Glass, New York, Thursday, June 11, 1998, pg. 35 lot 20
#70: Edward Curtis group of 4 photogravure prints
all 15.5″h x 11.5″w
Estimate: $500 – $1,000 – SOLD FOR $406
#301: Gustav Stickley two door bookcase
Syracuse, NY, made of oak and signed, 56″h x 13″d x 48″w
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500 – SOLD FOR 2,750
Condition: Original finish. A couple of drink marks. Minor chipping to one slab side. Fixed shelves. Original hardware and key. Overall very good original condition.
#124: Irene Bishop for Rookwood Pottery vase
Cincinnati, OH, 1904. Iris glazed ceramic, artist signed, dated, numbered, 8″h x 4″dia.
Estimate: $900 – $1,200 – SOLD FOR $1,250
Provenance: a New York state collection
Condition: Minor crazing. Unusual background colors. Excellent original condition.