Rare and Important Furniture, Pottery and Prints Featured in Dual Toomey & Co. Auctions


A rare Stickley Grandfather clock that many consider to be the best example of a grandfather clock designed by Gustav Stickley, a rare Mary Chase Perry Stratton for Pewabic Pottery vase, a Tiffany Studios Lily table lamp – these are just a few examples of the historically important works up for auction this Sunday, December 8th during the dual Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation auctions held by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers. Among the important collections identified according to the auction catalog are the collections of Kazimir Karpuszko from Chicago, the Stahr collection frrom Barrington, IL, Richard Nickel from Chicago, Candice B. Groot from Evanston, IL, Wilbert and Marilyn Hasbrouck of Chicago, Rich and Patty Thumann of Tacoma, WA, the Paul and Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry, and the collection of Michael Rabkin of Los Angeles.


Starting at 10:00 a.m. CST at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers main gallery (818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois), the pairing of the Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation auction will conclude Toomey and Co’s 2019 auction season. The auction includes close to 600 lots representing a variety of artistic movements and media by top painters, sculptors, ceramicists, furniture makers, designers, and architects who have helped define art and design for more than a century. Last year’s inaugural Tradition & Innovation auction paired with the Art & Design auction realized $2.2 million as a result of the carefully curated offerings of works from the 19th century through the present.


The auction on December 8 is open to the public and will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST, onsite (Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois), by phone (708-383-5234), and via two live digital bidding platforms (LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable). Early registration is strongly recommended.


Auction preview will start December 2 and continue through December 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST daily, with extended hours on December 5 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for an evening reception. The full catalog for Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation is available online at toomeyco.com.


Catalog highlights include:


  • four vintage photographs by Native American chronicler Edward Sheriff Curtis; particularly striking is a Navajo-themed orotone ($10,000-15,000).
  • color woodcuts by Margaret Jordan Patterson, William Seltzer Rice, Bertha Lum, and other block printers.
  • an impressive selection of important Gustav Stickley furniture including a rare and early chest of drawers ($40,000-60,000), a grandfather clock that Toomey and Co calls “the finest example Stickley ever produced” ($30,000-50,000), a set of seven dining chairs with original leather ($25,000-35,000), an early buffet ($15,000-25,000), and a five-light electrolier hanging fixture ($10,000-15,000). Lots will also be offered by L. & J.G. Stickley, The Roycrofters, and Charles P. Limbert Co.
  • an Elizabeth Eaton Burton jewelry casket ($10,000-20,000)
  • a copper jardiniere by Robert Riddle Jarvie with scenes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ($9,000-12,000)
  • an important copper desk box with repoussé lid by Chicago’s highly regarded Kalo Shop ($6,000-8,000).
  • a rare Mary Chase Perry Stratton for Pewabic Pottery vase with dandelion decoration ($20,000-30,000)
  • a Teco vase by Harald Hals ($15,000-25,000)
  • a vase by Ellen R. Farrington for Grueby Faience Company ($8,000-12,000).
  • a Tiffany Studios / Grueby Acorn table lamp ($20,000-30,000). Several other finely wrought Tiffany Studios lamps will also be up for bid, including a twelve-light Lily table lamp ($20,000-30,000), a Junior floor lamp with geometric shade ($20,000-30,000), and a Linen Fold table lamp ($15,000-25,000).
  • Two commissioned lots by Frank Lloyd Wright will be available: a leaded-glass window for the Cheney House in Oak Park ($6,000-8,000) and a pine lounge chair for the Winn House in Kalamazoo, Michigan ($2,000-3,000).


American Arts & Crafts Items of Note:


LOT 151: Mary Chase Perry Stratton for Pewabic Pottery vase with dandelion decoration


LOT 157: Robert Riddle Jarvie Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland jardiniere


LOT 152: Tiffany Studios / Grueby Faeince Acorn table lamp


LOT 150: Ellen R. Farrington for Grueby vase with leaves


LOT 123: Gustav Stickley buffet, #955



Consignments are currently invited for upcoming auctions. Photographs of items may be sent to [email protected]. To view the other lots of the auctions and to check the condition reports for each lot, please visit toomeyco.com.


About Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Toomey & Co. Auctioneers holds several carefully curated auctions each year. Departments include: Fine Art, Early 20th Century Design, Modern Design, Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts, Silver & Objects of Vertu, and Fine Jewelry & Timepieces. Located on the western border of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois, Toomey & Co. is surrounded by a vibrant arts community as well as Prairie School architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, William Eugene Drummond, George Washington Maher, and Marion Mahony Griffin.