Three Special Arts and Crafts – and Decorative Art – Auctions This Weekend
by Kate Nixon
For those collectors who want the thrill of an auction, this weekend is providing several opportunities for you to bid! This weekend is packed full of Arts and Crafts activity to do — and on top of a busy virtual weekend, there are three auctions this weekend: The Craftsman Gala Silent Auction on Saturday, October 24th, Treadway Gallery’s Decorative Arts Auction on Sunday the 25th, and the Arts and Crafts Benefit Auction also on the 25th. There’s a lot of activity, so read on and plan your weekend since there’s something for everyone.
The Craftsman Gala Silent Auction – Open to the general public virtually. Saturday, Oct. 24th
As part of the Craftsman Gala celebration, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is offering up a virtual silent auction that will be open to both Gala attendees and the general public who participate in the Craftsman Live celebration. The auction will feature a wide range of items for Arts and Crafts collectors and enthusiasts from a beautiful Marblehead vase to a Morris Chair face mask.
If you’d like to see the entire catalog of auction items for bid, please visit the auction page on the Stickley Museum’s website for more information on the Craftsman Gala silent auction.
Decorative Arts Auction from Treadway Gallery, Sunday Oct. 25th
Treadway’s fall auction is Sunday, Oct 25th at 11am EST. This Decorative Arts sale offers a variety of American and European objects from numerous collections. Arts and crafts lighting features an impressive Dirk van Erp lamp along with several Handel lamps, objects include several enameled pieces of American and English origin. A collection of ceramics including George Ohr, Rookwood, Marblehead, S E G, Newcomb is combined with modern examples by Natzler, Cabat, Gambone, Doyle Lane, Marija Grotell and Scandinavian pottery. Modern furnishings include a cabinet by George Nakashima, examples by Val Bertoia and a dining set exhibited at the Chicago world fair. Some 80 Tiffany objects will be offered, including lamps, shades, candlesticks and glassware coming from 3 collections in North Carolina, Kentucky and Indian Hill and the collection of M.A. Alexander.
All lots are available for preview. Please call (513) 321-6742 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.
Previews are currently happening, October 19th – 24th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Lot 21: Louis Comfort Tiffany Panama-Pacific Exhibition vase
Made in New York, NY, 1915
Made of Favrile glass and metal, work is signed
Measures 1.75″h x 4″dia
Provenance: A Kentucky collection
Condition: Excellent original condition and quite unusual. Rim marked “Panama Pacific Exposition”. Signed LC Tiffany Favrile 4585-J. Shown on pg. 53 of ‘Tiffany Favrile Art Glass’ by Moise & Steeg.
Estimate: $600 – $800
Lot 98: Arroyo Craftsman lamp
Made in California
Made of stained glass and metal, work is signed
Measures 21″h x 16″deep
Provenance: A South Carolina collection
Condition: Very good original condition, shade border with one minor secured crack. Original patina, original glass, 4 socket base
Estimate: $400 – $600
Lot 115: Stickley Brothers Morris chair with stool, attribution
Made in Grand Rapids, MI
Made from oak and leather, work is unsigned
Chair measures: 39″h x 31.5″w x 35″d
Stool measures: 14″h x 18″w x 13.5″d
Provenance: A South Carolina collection
Condition: Leather replacement cushions has some wear, good original finish, otherwise overall very good original condition
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500
Lot 130: Rookwood Pottery by Carl Schmidt Rooster and Hens vase
Made in Cincinnati, OH, 1902
Iris glazed ceramic
Artist signed, dated, numbered
Measures 10″h x 6″dia
Provenance: the M A Alexander collection
Condition: Fine and realistic decoration of a rooster and three hens. Mint with minor crazing. Overall very good condition. A wide arrange of colors and beautifully painted. Extremely well fired. Great and unusual example of Rookwood Iris glaze.
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500
Lot 157: Newcomb College vase by Alice Raymond Scudder
Made in New Orleans, LA
Hi-glazed ceramic, artist signed, impressed marks
Measures 11.75″h x 4.25″dia
Condition: Extremely rare example of early Newcomb. Very good professional restoration to some hairline cracks. Overall very good condition. Included with lot is The Newcomb Style book by Jean Bragg.
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000
All descriptions and images courtesy of Treadway Gallery. For more information or to view the entire auction catalog, please visit Treadwaygallery.com
A Curated Arts and Crafts Auction – both in person and online – from The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge, Oct. 25th
The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge has never taken its eyes off the Wharton Esherick prize. The museum will be hosting a curated, in-person and online auction Oct. 25 of Arts and Crafts antiques and fine art from the turn of the 20th century. While the event will include several small Esherick pieces, the proceeds will be used to bid on his tables and hammer-handle chairs to be auctioned Oct. 29 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia.
“We have held two small fundraiser auctions in the past four years, the first with 25 items and the second with 50,” said museum curator Ryan Berley. “This time, we will be partnering with Live Auctioneers.com, the premier Internet auction platform, to provide the broadest possible audience.”
Conducted by Joseph Laskowski of Brandywine Valley Auctions, the event will feature 180 furniture, decorative art and artwork (photo and print) items. Some pieces are owned by the museum and others donated, although the majority are on consignment from local collectors. The lots include Esherick and Stickley furniture, art pottery tiles and ceramics, hammered copper and wrought iron metalworks, books from Roycroft Press, stained and art glass lamps and etchings by local artists. Highlights include an Esherick signed woodcut of Hedgerow Theatre, three-legged stool in the Esherick design, rare Stickley arm chair and tile with a Tudor rose.
The live auction on the Thunderbird Lodge porch will run concurrently with the online event. Reservations are required for the former and participation will be limited based on Pennsylvania coronavirus guidelines, with individuals asked to bring their own chairs, wear masks and practice social distancing.
“So many live antique events were cancelled this spring,” said Berley. “The online portion will allow collectors and dealers to get their fix.”
In-person viewings of the auction items will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 16-18. The 30-minute appointments, limited to six people per time slot, can be made until 5 p.m., Oct. 15.
The live and virtual auction will begin 1 p.m., Oct. 25, at Thunderbird Lodge, 41 Rose Valley Road. A catalogue and online registration are available at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/181867_curated-sale-of-20th-century-arts-and-crafts/.
Reservations for the in-person viewings and live auction can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can alternatively donate to their cause of keeping Esherick’s works in Rose Valley by visiting their GoFundMe page by clicking here.
Lot 10: Grueby Art Pottery Tile of a Tudor Rose
Boston, MA, ca. 1910.
Four color matte glaze, stamped mark,
Measures 4 x 4″
Estimate: $300 – $400
Lot 14: American Satsuma Art Nouveau Pottery Vase
Decorated at the Ursuline Convent, Cincinnati, ca. 1920 on a Japanese Satsuma Pottery blank. Intricate floral designs, labeled history to base. Maria Longworth Storer of the nearby Rookwood Pottery paid for a chapel and convent at Ursuline and taught the sisters porcelain painting and ceramics.
Measures: 11.75 x 5.75 x 5.75″
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500
Lot 90: Wharton Esherick (American, PA 1887-1970) Signed
Wharton Esherick woodblock print titled “Hedgerow”
signed and titled, with date of “35”,
Woodblock measures: 7 x 5.25″ (paper: 12.75 x 9.5″)
Estimate: $800 – $1,200
Lot 98: Rare Tobey Art Nouveau Carved Center Table
Chicago, IL, ca. 1900. Solid mahogany top, on deeply carved mahogany base; Tobey tag to underside; top is removable from base. A related table appeared in the landmark 1987 exhibition “The Art that is Life: The Art & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920″ and is illustrated in plate 100 of that catalog.
Measures: 29.25 x 32 x 32”
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
Lot 154: Bradley & Hubbard Arts and Crafts Stained Glass Lamp
Meriden, CT, ca. 1900. With original stained and chunk glass shade on a patinated base, original chimney mechanism intact. Signed B&H on chimney and base
Measures: 23 x 14′
Estimate: $1,500 – $2,000
All images and descriptions courtesy of the Rose Valley Museum. A catalogue and online registration are available at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/181867_curated-sale-of-20th-century-arts-and-crafts/.