DVE Jardiniere, Stickley Piano Bench Sells in the Five Figures: Review of Toomey & Co’s Auction
by Kate Nixon
Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts
Toomey & Co Auctioneers
March 14th, 2021
Nearly all the lots in Toomey & Co Auctioneers’ recent March 14th auction, Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts, sold either in their estimate range or past the high estimate. Sunday’s online auction saw plenty of activity on both Toomey & Co’s website and the Live Auctioneers website for the 410-lot auction.
The variety of lots for bid including works from Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Frances Gearhart, Gustave Baumann, Gustav Stickley, The Roycrofters, Teco Art Pottery, Benedict Art Studio, Dirk Van Erp, Saturday Evening Girls pottery, L & J.G. Stickley, Charles P. Limbert Co., The Handel Lamp Co, Robert Riddle Jarvie, Hampshire pottery, Weller Pottery, (a lot of ) Fulper Pottery, and Edward Sheriff Curtis.
Furniture from Gustav Stickley, L & J.G. Stickley, Charles P. Limbert, Lithographs and woodcuts did well, with a Frances Gearhart woodcut fetching for more than its high estimate and a Gustave Baumann woodcut sold for more than twice the high estimate. A photogravure from Edward Sheriff Curtis sold for more than five times the high estimate of only $500! It was a great auction for metalware with the major highlight being the sale of a Dirk Van Erp jardiniere for $10,000. Alongside a Karl Kipp designed vase for the Roycrofters, a Robert Riddle Jarvie candlestick, and a Harry Dixon round tray, important metalwork examples resulted in plenty of online bids. The large number of Fulper pottery offerings included a Cucumber Crystalline lamp base and a four-handled Oriental vase in Blue Snowflake Crystalline glaze as well as two impressive Teco vases were highlights from the art pottery category.
Some of the many highlights:
Lot 65: A signed Grant Wood color lithograph – Wild Flowers – sold for $4,062, more than three times the high estimate of $1,200.
Lot 82: A signed, limited edition color woodcut from Frances Gearhart – Autumn Brocades – sold for $7,500, more than the $5,000 high estimate.
Lot 85: A signed and titled limited edition Gustave Baumann color woodcut – Cordova Plaza – sold for $5,625, more than twice the high estimate of $2,500.
Lot 87: An early oaken piano bench from Gustav Stickley out of Eastwood, New York sold for $11,250, more than twice the high estimate of $5,000. An illustration of the form appears in Stephen Gray’s The Early Work of Gustav Stickley.
Lot 106: A jardiniere from San Francisco’s Dirk Van Erp with a closed box mark sold for $10,000 – nearly three times the high estimate of $3,500!
Lot 122: An oaken paneled even-arm settle from L & J.G. Stickley marked with the Handcraft decal sold for $9,375 – the high estimate was listed as $5,000.
Lot 130: An oaken early tabouret from Charles P. Limbert marked with a stickler label sold for more than three times the high estimate! The tabouret complete with whimsical facial cutouts sold for $2,750.
Lot 155: A copper round tray from Harry Dixon with stamped marks sold for $1,750, more than three times the high estimate of $500.
Lot 180: Gustav Stickley’s oaken chest of drawers, signed with red decal, sold for $3,900, more than three times the high estimate of $1,200.
Lot 187: A photogravure from Edward Sheriff Curtis – The Potter – out of Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, sold for $2,600, more than five times the high estimate of $500!
To see the other realized prices of the works up for bid in the March 14th auction, please click below: