Springtime for Art Pottery Fans at Treadway

by Kate Nixon



Art pottery bright with spring colors, a colorful Wisteria lamp, Arts and Crafts metal and more will be available to bid on May 16th at Treadway’s 20th Century Decorative Arts auction. This 400-lot sale consists of ceramics, lighting, textiles, glass and fine art in several styles, including the Arts and Crafts era of style.

This auction is particularly strong in American art pottery and ceramic offerings. The catalog features an impressive amount of colorful Rookwood pottery and bright floral themed Weller and Rosewood (featured above) at a wide variety of prices, ranging from a couple hundred dollars to those in the thousands. Nearly 100 lots of Rookwood pottery will be available, including those created by Harriet Wilcox, Kataro Shirayamadani, Sallie Toohey, Elizabeth Barrett, William McDonald, Sara Sax and more. One Rookwood vase by Carl Schmidt in particular is estimated at a range of $25,000 t0 $35,000. Listed as “Excellent original condition, uncrazed and incredibly clean” this large exceptional example of Rookwood Pottery will attract plenty of attention.

The auction will also feature fine art, lighting, textiles, and art glass; work by Gertrude Abercrombie and Thomas Hart Benton, art glass by Daum and Lalique among others, Tiffany lamps, Arts and Crafts metal by Gertrude Twichell, Heintz metal, Liberty & Co, and more.  The sale features several pieces of Arts and Crafts metal by Gertrude Twichell, William Snelling Hadway, Heintz, Mildred Watkins, Liberty and Co., Roycroft, William Hutton, Ludwig, Vierthaler, Potter and Mellon, E.T. Hurley, and Jarvie. A large and varied selection of textiles round out the Arts and Crafts examples.

The auction begins at 11AM EST Sunday May 16th. All lots are available for preview. Please call 513-321-6742 or [email protected] to arrange a time for private viewing. The sale will be closed to the public but there will be bidding via phone, absentee, and the internet via Live Auctioneers and Invaluable.

Below are some lots of note that we will be keeping our eyes on. To see the whole catalog before bidding on May 16th, please visit Treadway’s website HERE.


Lot 20: Rookwood Pottery vase

by Harriet E. Wilcox

from a Cincinnati collection
glazed ceramic
signed, numbered, dated 1926
Measures 10″h x 2.75″dia

Estimate: $900 – $1,200




Lot 66: Rookwood Pottery designed by Kataro Shirayamadani

from a Cincinnati collection
glazed ceramic
signed, numbered, dated 1914
Measures 11″h x 6.25″dia

Estimate: $350 – $450 




Lot 67: Rookwood pottery vase

by Sallie Toohey

from a Cincinnati collection
matte glazed and carved ceramic
signed, numbered, dated 1904
Measures 10″h x 5.25″dia

Estimate: $400 – $600 




Lot 200: Gertrude Twichell box

from a New York collection
copper, enamel and wood
Measures 4″h x 5″w

Estimate: $7,500 – $9,500 




Lot 215: William Snelling Hadaway dish

sterling, enamel
1.5″h x 7.5″w

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000



Lot 279: Thomas Hart Benton drawing

from a Florida collection
pencil on paper
overall: 13″h x 16″w

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000




Lot 314: Roseville Pottery Wisteria vase

from a Fairfield, OH collection
glazed ceramic
paper label
Measures 7″h x 8.5″dia

Estimate: $200 – $300



All images and lot descriptions courtesy of Treadway Gallery. For more information and to see the whole catalog, please visit https://treadwaygallery.com/