Toomey & Co Interiors Auction & Treadway May 3rd Results

by Kate Nixon


The online Spring auction schedule continues tomorrow with an Interiors auction from Toomey & Co Auctioneers, featuring works of several styles.

Toomey and Co Auctioneers will start their Interiors auction Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM CDT. Featuring furniture by Charles Limbert, L & J.G. Stickley, Gustav Stickley, the Stickley Bros, and Lifetime Furniture Co., Lighting works from the Handel Co, Tiffany Studios, and ceramic arts by Grueby, Marblehead Pottery, Hampshire Pottery, Fulper Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Van Briggle Pottery, and other artists.

“We have always had a strong representation of fine furniture and decorative arts from the Arts & Crafts movement and will continue to do so,” said John Walcher, Toomey & Co Vice President and Senior Specialist for Early 20th Century Design. “Our intent is to show the changes of design over time, while shifting some earlier periods outside of their chronological order, potentially cross-pollinating ideas of aesthetics. It’s an opportunity to introduce and educate new buyers to all periods of design without any breaks or gaps.”

There will be no in-person preview for the Interiors auction on May 6, 2020, but we will consider individual preview appointments by request and offer virtual preview along with condition reports and/or photos. On May 6, the auction will be closed to the public, but absentee bids will be accepted as usual and clients will be able to bid live online through either or Invaluable. For expedited service, please email [email protected] while staff are working remotely.

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Here are the lots that we are keeping our eyes on:


Lot 229:

L. & J.G. Stickley slab-sided dresser
Fayetteville, New York
marked The Work of …
38″w x 18″d x 42″h

Estimate: $300 – $500

Condition Report:
Original finish. Legs have been added.



Lot 286:

Marblehead Pottery vase
Marblehead, Massachusetts
blue matte glazed ceramic
impressed marks
5 3/8″dia x 8 3/4″h

Estimate: $100 – 200




Lot 290:

Fulper Pottery Co. buttress vase
Flemington, New Jersey, 1922-1928
matte green over rose glazed ceramic
stamped racetrack mark
6″dia x 8 1/2″h

Estimate: $250 – $350

Condition Report:
No cracks, chips or repairs.



Lot 322:

Van Briggle Pottery Despondency vase
Colorado Springs, Colorado
maroon with blue matte glazed ceramic
incised marks
6 1/2″dia x 13 1/2″h

Estimate: $600 – $800

Condition Report:
No chips, cracks or repairs.



Lot 335:

After Dankmar Adler & Louis Sullivan architectural panel, originally designed for the Garrick Theatre / Schiller Building in 1891
Chicago, Illinois, circa 1970s
painted cast plaster
later casting set in a painted wood frame
panel: 27 3/4″w x 26 1/4″h; frame: 29 1/4″w x 2″d x 27 5/8″h

Catalog Note:
The original star-pod designed panels were a part of the proscenium vault in the theatre.

Estimate: $300 – $500

Condition Report:
Overall great vintage condition with surface dirt in crevices throughout. A few tight hairlines at edges. Secured in black painted wood frame, which has a panel that screws to the back. Frame could use some touch-up and currently does not have a wire for hanging.


Lot 379:

The Kalo Shop nut dishes, #17, set of 10
Chicago, Illinois
sterling silver
stamped marks, numbered

Estimate: $200 – 300

Condition Report:
Each in overall very good condition. No monograms. Various stamped marks. ~13.35 ozt. total.





Treadway Spring Decorative Arts auction – May 3rd results

The May 3rd online Spring Decorative Arts auction featured both American and English Arts and Crafts objects from several collections, including the Robin Greenwald collection, the Bloom collection from Los Angeles and several from Cleveland, Sarasota, and Pennsylvania. Notable groupings include 59 examples of Rookwood pottery from a Cincinnati collector, coppertone Weller Pottery, several Fulper vases from the Bloom collection, a large Handel Poppy lamp, American silver overlay glassware, Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile glass shades and lamps, and American watercolor, etchings and lithographs.

Our items of note:

  • Lot 144, a Mildred Watkins Ship box from the Robin Greenwald collection, sold for $2,000, more than the high estimate of just $300. The box was listed as “beautifully made.”
  • Lot 146, a Rokesley Shop Pinecone tray sold for $2,000, past the high estimate of $700. The Arts and Crafts copper example was listed as “Nice patina, excellent detail, very good original condition. A very unusual example of arts and crafts copper.”
  • Lot 151, a Frederick James Shields Primavera Plaque sold for $4,063, shooting past the high estimate of $350! The enameled metal from the Robin Greenwald collection was listed in very good original condition.
  • Lot 207, a lot of 10 Louis Comfort Tiffany lily Favrile glass shades, sold for $13,750, nearly $2,000 past its high estimate. The lot, coming from a Florida collection, featured all ten favrile glass shades signed “L.C.T. Favrile.”
  • Lot 212, a Thomas Webb & Sons perfume bottle designed by George Woodall sold for $21,250. The condition report of the piece described the example as “the only one known to have both sides decorated. They are equally beautifully done with precise detail.” The bottle, listed in “excellent original condition” sold within the $15,000 – $25,000 estimate.
  • Lot 235, a Galle Vase, was the high seller at the auction, selling for $23,750, selling far past its estimates of $1,000 – $1,500! The incredibly rare and signed vase came from a Los Angeles collection and was listed as being in original excellent condition, save for a few glaze chips.
  • Lot 264, a Tiffany Studios lily lamp, sold for $13,000, within its estimate of $10,000 – $15,000. Originally from the M.A. Alexander collection, the seven lily base with an excellent dore finish was signed “Tiffany Studios New York, NY #385.” The shades were signed “L.C.Tiffany favrile.” The lamp was listed in excellent original condition.
  • Lot 268, a Handel Lamp Company table lamp sold for $9,375, nearly $5,000 past the high estimate of $4,500.


How did our picks do? Most sold either within range or over the high end of the range. See the realized prices below:

All realized prices include Buyer’s Premium.


Lot 6: Rookwood Pottery by Albert Valentien Fish vase
Cincinnati, OH ca. 1885
Tiger Eye glazed ceramic, artist signed, dated, numbered
Measures: 5.5″h x 3″dia

Condition: Excellent original condition. Has tiger eye effect to glaze. Beautifully done by an exceptional artist.

Estimate: $500 – $700

Realized price: $1,500




Lot 21: Rookwood Pottery by Kataro Shirayamadani Poppies vase
Cincinnati, OH ca. 1944
glazed ceramic, artist signed, dated, numbered
Measures: 9″h x 4″dia

Provenance: A Cincinnati collection

Condition: Uncrazed and in excellent original condition. An exceptional example of this technique.

Estimate: $600 – $800

Realized price: $975



Lot 81: Fulper vase and bowls, group of three
Flemington, New Jersey
glazed ceramic, stamped, signed
Measures: 9.25″h x 5″dia

Provenance: Bloom collection, Los Angeles

Condition: Overall excellent original condition

Estimate: $200 – $300

Realized price: $260


Lot 150: Arthur Wesley Dow (American, 1857-1922) By Ipswich River metal relief print
c. 1902
print measure: 3.5″h x 5.5″w
Measures overall: 12.5″h x 14.25″w

Provenance: A New England collection

Condition: Excellent original condition. Nice contemporary oak frame.

Estimate: $500 – $700

Realized price: $813


Lot 172: Edna Boies Hopkins (American, 1872-1937) Petunia woodcut
Measures: 7.75″h x 5″w
Measures overall: 17″h x 13.5″w

Condition: This original woodcut was bound into a high quality short-lived literary publication in 1908. It was printed “from the original blocks by careful working on a hand press.” There were also a “very limited” number of this image that were hand printed and signed in pencil. It is not know whether Hopkins herself printed it or not. It is listed in Dominque Vasseur’s catalog raisonne, Strong in Character, Colorful in Expression. It’s in excellent original condition with a nice contemporary frame.

Estimate: $350 – $450

Realized price: $531



Lot 191: Old Mission Kopperkraft tray with a Glander Ornamental Iron Works copper tray, and an Arts & Crafts copper tray
San Francisco, CA
copper, impressed mark
Kopperkraft tray measures: 8.25″w x 15″l

Provenance: Robin Greenwald collection

Condition: In very good original condition.

Estimate: $250 – $350

Realized price: $163



Lot 208: Louis Comfort Tiffany shade
New York, NY
Favrile glass, signed
Measures: 4.75″h x 4″dia

Provenance: A Florida collection

Condition: Excellent original condition, signed L.C.T.

Estimate: $300 – $500

Realized price: $585




Lot 265: Tiffany Studios desk lamp
New York, NY
Favrile glass, bronze
shade numbered, base signed
Measures: 16.5″h x 10″dia

Provenance: A Cincinnati collection

Condition: Very good original condition. Shade is in excellent condition and is numbered S2956. Base with a very good patina. The shade with great color and design, when lit it shows swirling ribs. When unlit the tips of the pulled feathers with red highlights. 3″ fitter rim. Excellent iridescence.

Estimate: $7,000 – $9,000

Realized price: $11,250