Rare Gustav Stickley Cabinet, Greene & Greene Andirons and More At Toomey’s This Wednesday
by Kate Nixon
Editor’s note: this article has been edited to reflect the true date of the auction. The Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts auction at Toomey & Co’s will take place this Wednesday, June 9th, not June 6th.
Mark your calendars for this Wednesday, June 9th: nearly 400 lots, including a wide variety of Arts & Crafts furniture, prints, metalwork, lighting, and silver and jewelry, will be offered to the highest bidder during Toomey & Co Auctioneers’ Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts auction. The works of Gustav Stickley, Dirk Van Erp, The Kalo Shop, Robert Riddle Jarvie, The Roycrofters, Karl Kipp, Charles Limbert, a number of Frank Lloyd Wright chairs, and other artisans will be offered this Wednesday starting at 10:00 AM Central.
Specializing in the early 20th century, this auction will be held at Toomey & Co Auctioneers in Oak Park, IL and while the auction will NOT be open to the public, interested bidders may participate by phone, absentee bids, or liveauctioneers.com or invaluable.com.
This auction comes a week before Toomey & Co’s Keramics & Rookwood: American & European Art Pottery auction led by Riley Humler.
- Five woodcuts from Gustave Baumann (estimates ranging from $1,500 – $2,500 t0 $5,000 – $7,000), art from Helen Hyde and Edward Sheriff Curtis, works by Margaret Jordan Patterson and Frances Gearhart.
- Gustav Stickley furniture offered includes a rare corner cabinet in its original finish ($30,000 – $50,000). Additionally, an early dresser with mirror, both marked with early shopmarks and described in “an early desirable form in exceptional original condition” is estimated to sell for $10,000- $20,000. An inlaid desk designed by Harvey Ellis and marked with the red decal is estimated at $7,000 – $9,000.
- Two bookcases (each $8,000 – $12,000), a magazine pedestal ($6,000 – $8,000), a sideboard with its original finish and patina ($5,000 – $7,000), and a buffet and serving table ($3,000 – $5,000) from The Roycrofters.
- Two slant back chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from the Unity Temple ($8,000 – $12,000)
- A large bridal chest – with original green interior stain – from Charles Rohlf described as “massive form with original green finish to interior and original hardware to exterior” is estimated to sell in between $8,000 – $12,000.
- A Dirk Van Erp milkcan lamp with copper vase and stenciled mica done by Agatha Van Erp and original patina with estimates of $8,000 – $12,000.
- A bronze Robert Riddle Jarvie chamberstick with original patina ($4,000 – $6,000)
- Two Tiffany Studios table lamps, including one with a Grueby base and a “Jeweled Feather” shade ($10,000 – $20,000)
- A William Gary Purcell & George Grant Elmslie hanging light fixture for the Mrs. Richard Polson Residence with original patina with estimates of $5,000 – $7,000.
- A pair of andirons designed by architects Charles Sumner Greene & Henry Mather Greene for the Henry M. & Laurabelle A. Robinson House: it is estimated to sell for $20,000 – $30,000.
Here are a few lots that we’ll be keeping our eyes on. Images and descriptions courtesy of Toomey & Co Auctioneers.
Lot 515: Tiffany Studios / Grueby Faience Company
table lamp: Jeweled Feather shade on base
New York, New York / Boston, Massachusetts
mottled and slag glass, bronze, carved matte green glazed ceramic
base with impressed mark and three paper labels, shade with applied tag, font with raised mark and number
shade: 16″dia; base: 10″dia x 8 3/4″h
Eight glass segments with tight cracks. Base has an original oil font (#4739) converted to electricity. No chips, cracks or repairs to base.
Lot 517: Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)
rare corner cabinet, #972
Eastwood, New York, 1904
oak, glass, iron
marked with red decal
45 1/2″w x 25″d x 70″h
Original finish with some touch-up.
Lot 525: Gustav Stickley (1858-1942), designed by Harvey Ellis (1852-1904)
inlaid desk, #706
Eastwood, New York
oak, fruitwood, pewter, iron
marked with red decal
30 1/4″w x 13″d x 44″h
For similar illustrated examples, see: The Craftsman Magazine, January 1904, p. 394
Gray, Stephen, Collected Works of Gustav Stickley, Turn of the Century Editions, 1981, p. 48
Condition Report: Refinished. Small repaired chip to each front corner at top. Structurally sound.
Lot 537: The Roycrofters / Roycroft
East Aurora, New York
carved orb and cross
66″w x 25″d x 48″h
Excellent original finish and patina. All drawers are in good working order.
To see the remaining lots from Toomey & Co’s catalog, please visit their website at https://toomeyco.com/