Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction in Mid-September

by Kate Nixon


Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts

Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM Central

In-person (mask required) and online

On Wednesday, September 15th, Toomey & Co Auctioneers out of Oak Park, Illinois, present their Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts sale in person at their homefront located at 818 North Boulevard and will present a preview of the auction lots weekdays from Wednesday, September 8th through the 14th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. All who are interested in the preview must make an appointment by emailing [email protected], virtual previews are also available by request. Masks are required inside on the premises regardless of vaccination status. Bidders can also bid by phone, leave absentee bids, or bid online at (online registration is required),, and Invaluable.  


Phone Number: 708-383-5234

Email to send absentee bids: [email protected]

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The Arts and Crafts offerings feature plenty of Gustav Stickley furniture including, a rare settee from the Stickley Brothers and a table lamp and double door bookcase from L. & J.G. Stickley. A rare table lamp base from Charles Rohlfs, a daybed and hall seat from Charles P. Limbert, furniture inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and a number of furniture from The Roycrofters round out the furniture highlights. Fans of the Roycroft Inn will want to keep their eyes on a window bench made for the Roycroft Inn from the Roycrofters ($3,000-$5,000); its original finish and origins from a Rago auction and the Collection of Peter Rakelbusch make it a standout. For art pottery enthusiasts, a set of three tiles from Grueby showing a water lily scene is highlighted as well as an Eva Russell-designed floral vase for Grueby, a Newcomb College earthenware vase designed by Anna Frances Simpson, and a San Jose Pottery La Paloma tableau tile-top table. Expect to see plenty of Marblehead Pottery and works from the University of North Dakota School of Mines.

In metalwork and jewelry, three copper American Beauty vases from The Roycrofters and a pair of copper bookends featuring ceramic ship tiles by Dirk Van Erp while two pieces of jewelry stand out – a 14K yellow gold pendant necklace with coral roses, freshwater pearls, and leaf décor by Rokesley Shop Co-founder Ruth Smedley and a sterling silver and amazonite necklace from The Kalo Shop, one of many Kalo Shop offerings available in this auction.

The sale will have a number of works available of Prairie School design including two original chairs by Frank Lloyd Wright, a George Washington Maher-designed chair from the E.L. King House in Homer, Minnesota, and a pair of windows from E.E. Roberts; the latter name mentioned designed the windows with a chevron design for the Benjamin Porter Horton Residence in Oak Park.

Below, we’ve listed a couple works in each category that we will be keeping our eyes on leading up to September 15th:

To see the entire catalog from the Toomey & Co website, including estimates and condition reports, click HERE.


Art Pottery

(left) Lot 82
Grueby Pottery
Water Lily three-color tiles, set of three
Boston, Massachusetts
matte glazed ceramic
each tile with impressed mark
set in an older quartersawn oak Arts & Crafts frame
tile (each): 6″sq; frame: 28″w x 13 1/4″h x 1 1/4″d

Estimate $2,000-3,000

(right) Lot 106
Charles Walter Clewell (1876-1965) for Clewell Metal Art
large vase with excellent encrusted blue-green patination, shape number 272-5
Canton, Ohio, circa 1930
copper-clad ceramic
etched signature, numbered
6 3/4″dia x 11 1/8″h

Estimate $800-1,200



(left) Lot 98
Stickley Brothers
rare English influenced inlaid settee
Grand Rapids, Michigan
mahogany, pewter, fruitwood with original finish
remnant of oval paper label
52″w x 24″d x 46″h

Estimate $2,000-3,000

(right) Lot 132
The Roycrofters for the Roycroft Inn
window bench, #A203
East Aurora, New York
40″w x 16″d x 24″h

Estimate $3,000-5,000



(left) Lot 124
Heintz Art Metal Shop
table lamp with poppy decorated shade
Buffalo, New York
bronze, mica, silver
marked with partial paper label
9″dia x 10 3/8″h

Estimate $300-500

(right) Lot 120
Stickley Brothers
table lamp, #466
Grand Rapids, Michigan
copper, caramel slag glass with original patina, original glass, original three-socket base and wiring.
19″w x 16 3/8″d x 21″h

Estimate $3,000-5,000



(left) Lot 141
The Roycrofters / Roycroft
American Beauty vase
East Aurora, New York
stamped orb and cross
7 3/4″dia x 21 3/8″h

Estimate $2,000-3,000

(right) Lot 91
Dirk van Erp (1862-1933) / California Faience
bookends with galleon ship tiles, pair
San Francisco, California / Berkeley, California
copper, polychrome glazed ceramic with original finish
open box mark
each: 3 7/8″w x 4 3/4″d x 4″h

Estimate $2,000-3,000



(left) Lot 268
Ruth Smedley (1882-1920) (co-founder of the Rokesley Shop)
rare pendant for a necklace with rose and leaf decoration
Berea/Cleveland, Ohio
14K yellow gold, coral, freshwater pearls
9.7 dwts; accompanied by a period photograph of Smedley with various inscriptions to the reverse
1 13/16″w x 2″h

Estimate $1,500-2,500

(right) Lot 269
The Kalo Shop
Chicago, Illinois
sterling silver, amazonite
stamped marks
10.2 dwts
15 1/2″l (approximately); linked panel elements (laid flat): 4 7/8″w x 1 1/4″h

Estimate $1,000-2,000