Auction Watch: Beautiful Enamels, Arts & Crafts Furniture, and “An Evolution of the California Woman”

by Kate Nixon

Treadway Decorative Arts Auction

June 30th, 2024

11:00 AM Eastern

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Boston School attributed to Frank J. Marshall
Peacock box
Jamaica Plain, MA
copper, enamel
2.25″h x 4.5″dia
Estimates: $1,000-$2,000

The 183-lot seasonal decorative arts auction offered quarterly put on by the Cincinnati auctionhouse shows a number of works from important collections, starting with a number of European art glass vases by Daum, Galle and Lalique (and a nicely detailed dragon vase from the Martin Brothers ($1,200-$1,700)) before going into the valuable offerings of Tiffany Studios, including a Tiffany Rookwood Lamp ($7,500-$9,500) in original condition and signed by Harriet Wilcox, a hanging Dogwood shade ($55,000-$75,000) from the Dick Bohl collection in Toledo, OH, and a hanging Acorn style shade ($5,500-$7,500). Fans of the Tiffany style may also find the Unique Art Glass and Metal Company lamp ($1,500-$2,500) with its tribute to cheery poppies a good find.  Additional lighting includes three Handel lamps, including a rare Boudoir lamp ($650-$850) and a Handel lamp example of great Arts & Crafts lighting with an unusual base and original patina ($1,200-$1,700). found in the pages of Mosaic Shades Vol. 2 by Paul Crist.

The ceramic offerings in this auction appeal to a wide range of collector experience and budgets.

E.T. Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
“Fishing Boats” etching, signed and dated
framed, measures 9.75″h x 13″w. overall: 17″h x 20″w Estimates: $350-$450.

Among the 82 examples of vases for bid, two George Ohr vases originally from the James Carpenter collection ($1,500-$2,500 and $2,500-$3,500),  a Rookwood vase by Martin Rettig showing a bird in flight against a blue sky ($350-$450), a rare colored Teco Pottery ($300-$400), a nicely carved Marblehead vase ($1,000-$1,500), a Weller Sicard vase with an unusual shape and rare paper label ($600-$800),  a Roseville Rozane ewer with silver overlay ($500-$700), a Poppies vase from Rookwood’s Kataro Shirayamadani ($350-$450), and a few lots with multiple vases from University of North Dakota, Ohio Art Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, and others.

Framed art pieces are well represented here with a

summery Fishing Boats etching from E. T. Hurley ($350-$450), a Rookwood Pottery plaque by Leonore Asbury ($3,000-$4,000), and a pastel pastoral landscape from Rookwood Pottery artist Ed Diers ($350-$550).

Lastly, the melding of copper and enamel from the Boston School is shown in this impressively detailed Peacock box attributed to Frank Marshall ($1,000-$2,000). The vibrantly colored and the enameled detail has already resulted in a number of bids prior to the auction

The auction will start Sunday, June 30th at 11:00 AM EST.

Marblehead Vase

MA glazed ceramic stamped
4.5″h x 3.75″dia

Estimates: $1,000-$1,500

“Poppies” vase by Rookwood artist Kataro Shirayamadani

Cincinnati, OH, 1930
glazed ceramicsigned, dated, numbered
11″h x 7.5″w
Estimates: $350-$450

Roseville Rozane Silver Overlay Ewer

Zanesville, OH
glazed ceramic, sterling silver
11″h x 7″dia
Estimates: $500-$700

Vase by Rookwood Pottery artist Martin Rettig

glazed ceramic
artist signed, dated 1883
8.5″h x 4″dia
Estimates: $350 – $450

AC Stickley Arts & Crafts Auction

June 29th, 2024 – Part 1 – 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific

June 30th, 2024 – Part 2 – 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific

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Arts and Crafts Collectors will have no shortage of items to bid on this weekend. One two-day auction alone features 1,242 items!

The latest Arts and Crafts Auction from AcStickley’s March 29th – 30th Two-Day Arts and Crafts Auction featuring furniture from Gustav Stickley, L&JG Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Charles Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Lifetime, Lakeside, JM Young, Mathews Furniture Shop, Bernard Maybeck, Karpen, Harden, Michigan Chair Co. The auction, which will start at 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern, features the best in Arts and Crafts furniture, Bay Area artists and ceramic works by Saturday Evening Girls, California Faience, Fulper, Rookwood, Marblehead, Grueby, Van Briggle, Moorcroft among others. As always, the works of Dirk Van Erp will be well represented in the bay area as his early hand-hammered works are offered in lighting and metalwork.

Among the many works offered, one ceramic rarity that stands out comes in the form of a six-tile fireplace screen (shown above) made in 1927 called “The Evolution of the California Woman”  ($7,500-$9,500); while placed in a more Spanish Revival style screen, the tiles are signed “KG ’27” and was most likely made in Southern California. Each tile measures 20′ h x 8″ w and the entire firescreen measures 53 3/8″w x 37″h x 13″d. You can view the listing for it HERE.

Popular lots already receiving bids thus far on include a signed Handel Desk Lamp with vibrant glass inserts ($1,200-$1,500), a Pacific Northwest Color Woodcut ($300-$400), a Newcomb College Art Pottery exhibition poster from 1984 ($150-$250), a Roseville Falline Two-Handled Vase ($200-$300), a turquoise Fulper Pottery with a fish motif ($750-$950), a large Dedham Pottery “Rabbit” pitcher ($350-$450), and bids are expected to stream in today and Saturday, hours before Day 1 kicks off.

Explore Day 1 (June 29th auction) catalog here. Explore Day 2 (June 30th auction) catalog here. Not registered with California Historical Design Yet? Click here to register!

Here are the artists and pottery firms who made the works featured above.

Lower row from left to right: (1) This crystalline blue three handled signed vase ($350- $450) comes from Fulper Pottery; (2) This bright blue example is indeed an Overbeck Pottery vase ($6,500-$7,500), signed by sisters Elizabeth and Hannah; (3) This Matte blue “Poppies” Vase comes from Rookwood Pottery, made in 1920.  Aside from the regular Rookwood shopmark, the number 1710 appears but no artist initials.

Upper row from left to right: (1) The 1910 matte blue signed vase comes from Grueby Pottery  ($1,200-$1,500); (2) This signed turquoise fish bowl is Fulper Pottery made ($750-$950); and lastly, this deep blue crystalline bulbous vase ($3,500-$4,500) comes from english pottery Thomas Gotham.

Among the many works California Historical Design offers are Arts & Crafts furniture from collections all over the country. Here is a sampling of Arts & Crafts era furniture offered in the Day 1 auction.

L & J.G. Stickley Slatted Cube Rocker

L&JG Stickley #409 Slatted Cube Rocker c1908-1912.  Signed “The Work of L&JG Stickley”. Excellent original finish.  32″h x 27″w x 31″d.
Estimates: $2,000-$3,000

Rare Limbert Set of 10 cutout dining chairs

Signed with branded mark.  Excellent original finish.  Rock solid sturdy. 34.75″h x 17.75″w x 16″d.
Estimates: $10,000-$15,000

Roycroft Server

Roycroft Five-Drawer Server c1906.  Similar to server #09.  Signed with carved orb.  Excellent original finish.  52.75″h x 56″w x 22″d.
Estimates: $9,000 – $12,000

Gustav Stickley Slatted Armchair

Gustav Stickley #324 Slatted Armchair c1910.  Signed with red decal. Excellent original finish.
39″h x 29″w x 30″d.
Estimates: $1,800-$2,200
Explore Day 1 (June 29th auction) catalog here. Explore Day 2 (June 30th auction) catalog here. Not registered with California Historical Design Yet? Click here to register!