An Online Spring Decorative Arts Auction For Everyone

by Kate Nixon


“Nothing quite shatters boredom like a good auction and the possibility of acquiring something nice.” – Don Treadway


Don Treadway of Cincinnati’s Treadway Gallery is anticipating that just like last month, collectors from all over the country and overseas will attend his May 3rd online Spring Decorative Arts auction, which will feature 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.

After holding a successful online auction of the June and Larry Greenwald Collection in March, Treadway is confident that the collector communities, both American and global, show no sign of losing steam. “The March sale was incredibly strong (with a) 100% sale rate (and) lots of internet, absentee and phone bids from around the world,” says Treadway. Is there a secret to attracting online bidders an auction? “Good material with reasonable estimates and the reserves are attracting plenty of bidders.” Treadway also is quick to point out that they are continuing to provide fast and easy customer service, providing answers to clients’ questions anytime instead of during gallery hours, a rare positive aspect of the shutdown order.

Notably within this auction are affordable prices on so many of the objects, making this auction a viable event for those both starting out in collecting and who are experienced. What are the objects in this auction that have caught Don Treadway’s eye? “I’m particularly fond of the enamels from a private collection in Cleveland. There are other pieces that are more or less generic that are exceptional regardless of the maker. The glass and ceramics are basic examples we offer normally (and) the arts and crafts objects are quite nice at many levels.”

Attendance on May 3rd will be closed to the public, so the bidding is offered via phone, absentee and internet bidding via Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. The items however will be available for viewing – all interested should call 513-321-6742 to arrange a specific time for preview.

Treadway has published their catalogs available on their website – one is a fancy flipbook-style catalog highlighting the featured items and the other shows all lots. To search the flip catalog, view their regular catalog, or to search the lots online, please visit Treadway’s website at


Here are several items that we will keep an eye on Sunday:


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




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




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


Lot 99: Royal Doulton by Charles Noke Sung Ware vase
Flambé ceramic, artist signed, numbered
Measures: 13.75″h x 7.25″dia

Provenance: A California collection

Condition: Exceptional artwork, beautifully executed with fine detail. In excellent original condition. A large and decorative example.

Estimate: $1,500 – $2,500




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


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



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



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




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