Double Auctions This Weekend: Toomey and Treadway’s Art & Design

by Kate Nixon


Treadway’s September 15th auction contains two sessions. Session one is 20th Century Art + Design and features multiple collections of American ceramics from Pennsylvania, Texas, Chicago and Ohio, ranging from Rookwood, Newcomb College, Van Briggle, George Ohr, Marblehead, Grueby, and more. A Southern collection contains Tiffany lamps and metalwork that were featured in numerous museum exhibitions. This collection features a very rare Autumn Leaf ball lamp from The Garden Museum Collection in Tokyo, Japan. English arts and crafts silver, clocks and ceramics come from an extensive collection in New York state, featuring two monumental Archibald Knox garden ceramic pieces. Paintings include a Thomas Hart Benton from a Kansas collector and a Gertrude Abercrombie out of a Michigan home.

Treadway is located at 2029 Madison Road in Cincinnati, Ohio. The auction will begin Sunday, September 15th, at 11am at our auction space, 2007 Madison Road. In addition to live bidding, bidders can participate over phone, with absentee bids, and online at Live Auctioneers.

For more information, call (513)321-6742 or email [email protected].



Lot #17:

Newcomb College vase
New Orleans, LA
hi-glaze ceramic
incised marks
5.5″h x 6″dia

Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500




Lot #32:

Newcomb College by Alice Raymond Scudder vase
New Orleans, LA
hi-glazed ceramic
artist signed, impressed marks
11.75″h x 4.25″dia

Provenance: Newcomb Pottery and cafts writer Jessie Poesch, pg. 46 and cover

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000




Lot #66:

Rookwood Pottery by Anna Marie Bookprinter Valentien handled vessel
Cincinnati, OH, 1886
Standard glazed ceramic
artist signed, dated, numbered
8″h x 9″w

Treadway condition report: “The red clay body creates a massive amount of tiger eye. Beautifully decorated. Excellent original condition.”

Estimate: $700 – $900



Lot #70:

Rookwood Pottery by Katherine Jones vase
Cincinnati, OH, 1929
Vellum glazed ceramic
artist signed, dated, numbered

Treadway condition report: Beautifully glazed with no crazing. Excellent original condition.

Estimate: $350 – $450




Lot #116:

Tiffany Studios Autumn Leaf globe lamp
New York, NY
Favrile glass, bronze
impressed marks
31″h x 10.5″dia

Provenance: Butterfield and Butterfield, 1970s Michaan’s Auction, 2014a Southern collection, 2014-present


Artichoke base marked Tiffany Studios New York, 4243 and 438. Shown on page 92 and 166 in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware by Alastair Duncan. Base with a good original patina with minor losses. Shade with a good patina. Few if any cracked segments. Overall in very good original condition.

Museum of the Albermarle, Elizabeth City, NC
Treyon Palace, New Berne, NC
The North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
The History Museum of South Bend, IN
The History Museum of Greensboro, NC

Estimate: $65,000 – $75,000


Lot #208:

Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. Cymric desk clock
London, England
sterling silver, enamel
impressed hallmarks
4″h x 3.5″w

Provenance:  a New York state collection

Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500



If you’d like to view the whole catalog on Treadway’s Art & Design Auction website, please click HERE.



Art & Design Auction by Toomey & Co Auctioneers – September 15th

Toomey & Co Auctioneers will hold their bi-annual Art & Design auction, Sunday September 15th at 10 AM. The works of Gustav Stickley, Charles P. Limbert, Newcomb College, Rookwood Pottery, Roseville Pottery, Weller Pottery, lightworks from Louis Comfort Tiffany and more will be available for bid. Previews have started this week and will run from 10am to 5pm all this week through Saturday evening. There are several methods of bidding through Toomey & Co if interested buyers are not able to attend the auction, including leaving an absentee bid, phone bidding, or bidding live through a third-party online platform. Please see Toomey & Co’s information page on “Buying at Auction” for more details. Alternatively, if you’d like to purchase any items from Toomey & Co’s online marketplace without going through the auction, buyers can view Toomey & Co’s Toomey+ website HERE for “Buy It Now” items.

While paintings and artwork by artists such as Ruth Duckworth, Carlos Merida, and Maurice Denis featured in the auction have the higher price points, the Arts and Crafts offerings range in cost, the highest being a Tiffany Studios Acorn Shade light fixture with a Turtleback Insert with a high estimate of $9,000. Other notable items include a professionally restored Teco vase or lamp base (estimate is $5-7k), a Marie Zimmerman oval vase (Toomey lists under condition report “A very nice example of Zimmerman’s work”), a sizable Charles P. Limbert sideboard with mirror with its original finish in excellent condition, and hanging lanterns modelled after the original design by Gustav Stickley for the Yates Hotel in Syracuse, NY. Enthusiasts of Rookwood pottery or pottery in general will be happy to know that a large variety of pottery will be available for bidding at comparable prices, including Rookwood, Roseville, Weller, Saturday Evening Girls, and more.

With the large selection of Arts & Crafts style lots in store, Toomey & Company continues to include icons of the early movement to the delight of American collectors. “We have always had a strong representation of fine furniture and decorative arts from the Arts & Crafts movement and will continue to do so,” said John Walcher, Toomey & Co Vice President and Senior Specialist for Early 20th Century Design. “It’s an opportunity to introduce and educate new buyers to all periods of design without any breaks or gaps.”

Here’s a small selection of lots we’ll be keeping our eyes on:



Lot #216:

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)  spindle settee, #290
Eastwood, New York
oak, upholstery
signed with red decal
50″w x 28″d x 31″h

Treadway Toomey Auctions, Oak Park, Illinois, 05 March 2016, Lot 152

Estimate: $3,000-5,000


Lot #238:

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) bookcase, #716
Eastwood, New York
oak, iron, glass
marked with red decal and remnant of paper label
44″w x 13″d x 56″h

Condition Report:
Original dark finish.

Estimate: $2,500-3,500


Lot #340:

Charles P. Limbert Co.  china cabinet, #452
Grand Rapids, Michigan
oak, glass, brass
branded mark
44″w x 16 1/2″d x 58″h

Estimate: $3,000-5,000




Lot #342:

Saturday Evening Girls  squat round bowl with lotus decoration
Boston, Massachusetts, 1915
matte glazed ceramic
glazed marks
5 1/4″dia x 2″h

Estimate: $200-300



Lot #361:

Clara C. Lindeman (1871-1960) for Rookwood Pottery  Iris vase decorated with black currants, #905E
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1904
high glazed ceramic
impressed marks
3 5/8″dia x 6 1/2″h

Estimate: $500-700



Lot #383:

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) / Tiffany Furnaces  bowl with etched butterfly, #1925 on a gilt basket stand, #516
New York, New York
dore bronze, pink pastel Favrile glass
stamped and etched marks
7 1/4″w x 5 3/4″d x 6 1/2″h

Estimate: $500-700




If you’d like to see the whole catalog from the Toomey & Co catalog of the Art & Design Auction, click HERE.