by Kate Nixon
Love in Abundance: The Life Collection of Richard Blacher
An auction featuring works made by The Roycrofters from the collection of Richard Blacher.
Toomey & Co Auctioneers and Rago Arts & Auction Center
Preview / Lambertville
July 31st – August 4th 2023
11 am – 4 pm
Rago Arts and Auction Center: 333 N. Main St., Lambertville, NJ 08530
Preview / Chicago
August 16th – 23rd 2023
10 am – 4 pm Mon – Fri or by appointment
Auction “Love in Abundance: The Life Collection of Richard Blacher“/ Chicago
23 August 2023
10 am central
Toomey & Co Auctioneers: 1440 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60642)
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Online Auction website – “Love In Abundance: The Life Collection of Richard Blacher”
For those seeking Roycroft book rarities, a special auction just announced this past weekend shows a life collection of special publications that embody the craftsmanship of the Roycroft name.
Rago Arts and Auction Center and Toomey & Co. Auctioneers have announced a special Lambertville preview exhibition of highlights from the upcoming auction Love in Abundance: The Life Collection of Richard Blacher. This stunning and comprehensive collection features beautiful publications, an impressive selection of bookends, and an assortment of furniture and lighting collected by Richard Blacher, capturing the spirit of this important community within the Arts & Crafts movement.
A number of highlights featured in the auction include a leather-bound publication titled An Appreciation of Thomas W. Lawson by Citizens of Albert Lea ($20,000–30,000), featured with a Roycroft presentation box. The book features binding by Louis Kinder with hand-calligraphed details by Dard Hunter and watercolors by Alexis Fournier. Other recently released highlights include An Author’s Edition of The Complete Writings of Elbert Hubbard ($20,000–30,0000), a Francis and J.C. Leyendecker Sketchbook dedicated to Lawrence (Mazzy) Mazzanovich ($10,000–15,000) and several copies of Henry David Thoreau’s Friendship are also among the rare works in this special auction.
Other Roycroft works in lighting and metalworks shown on the auction website are a table lamp ($7,500-$10,000), a hand-hammered copper tray with poppies ($3,000-4,000), a rare and adjustable reading stand ($3,000-4,000), and a pair of rare Old Willow Stump bookends ($2,000-2,500).
For those who are interested in learning more about collecting Roycroft books, Arts & Crafts In August will have a number of sessions dedicated to the Roycroft books as well as an antique bookbinding demo on Monday, August 7th. Click here to learn more about the Arts & Crafts In August agenda for August 5th through the 11th.
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