Art and Design at Toomey & Co., September 15th

by Kate Nixon


The official start of the fall auction season is right around the corner — and next month, Toomey & Co Auctioneers will hold their quarterly contribution to the Arts & Crafts collecting world with their Art & Design auction, Sunday, September 15th at 10 AM.

Previews for the auction will start Monday, September 9th and continue all throughout the week from 10am to 5pm at the Toomey & Co. Auctioneers gallery in Oak Park, Illinois. Bids can be made in person the day of the auction; Toomey and Co also accept telephone bids, absentee bids, and internet bids through the Toomey & Co website.

Toomey and Co will feature Arts and Crafts-style works from Rookwood Pottery, Hampshire Pottery, Roseville Pottery, Charles Walter Clewell, Gustav Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Charles P. Limbert Co., Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany Studios, The Kalo Shop silver, and more. Interested participants can bid in this 728-lot auction on property from the collections of important collectors and enthusiasts from all over the country, including pieces acquired from the collections of Charles and Jane Kaufmann, Dr. Leslie and Sydelle Sher, Robert and Elaine Dillof, Richard Nickel and Robert E. Beck.

Offering some items with historical significance, the Art & Design auction features items from the small – an intricate bronze Tiffany Studios tiger paperweight – to the tall – a Frank Lloyd Wright window from the Francis W. Little house “Northome.” The window in particular, or Lot 370, featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, Christie’s East and the John Toomey Gallery. Estimates for the window range from $5,000 to $7,000.

With the large selection of Arts & Crafts style lots in store, Toomey & Co. continues to include icons of the early movement to the delight of American collectors. “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.”


Here are a few items we’re keeping our eyes on:


Lot #179 – Gustav Stickley Settle

Manufacturer: Gustav Stickley

Description: settle, #222 from Eastwood, New York.
Made of oak, cushion made of leather
marked with red decal
Measures 80″w x 32 1/2″d x 36″h

Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000



Lot #197: Rare patinated copper lamp shade from Van Briggle Pottery

Manufacturer: Van Briggle Pottery

Description: rare lamp shade from Colorado Springs, Colorado, circa 1906
Made of patinated copper
embossed mark
Measures 12 3/4″dia x 7″h

Estimate: $1,000 – $2,000



Lot #239: The Roycrofters Little Journey Stand and set of 14 volumes of Little Journeys by Elbert Hubbard

Manufacturer: The Roycrofters

Description: Little Journey stand from East Aurora, New York
Made of oak, original finish
marked with metal tag
together with set of Little Journeys by Elbert Hubbard: 14 volumes with the Little Journeys guidebook
Measures 26″w x 13″d x 25″h

Estimate: $400 – $600


Lot #345: Paul Revere Pottery water pitcher

Manufacturers: Paul Revere Pottery

Description: water pitcher with landscape design from Boston, Massachusetts
matte blue glazed ceramic
impressed mark
Measures 7″w x 5 1/4″d x 6 7/8″h

Estimate: $250 – $350




Lot #394: Tiffany Studios Acorn Shade light fixture

Manufacturer: Tiffany Studios

Description: Acorn shade with a Turtleback insert hanging light fixture from New York, New York
leaded glass, patinated bronze
applied tag on shade
shade measures: 16″dia x 7 3/4″h; overall: 27″h

Estimate: $7,000 – $9,000



Lot #452: The Kalo Shop three-piece coffee service

Manufacturer: The Kalo Shop

Description: three-piece paneled coffee service, #X9: coffee pot, creamer and sugar; on a circular tray, #1A from Chicago, Illinois
sterling silver
stamped marks
coffee pot measures: 7 1/2″w x 4 1/4″d x 9 1/8″h; tray: 14″dia x 1/2″h

Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000



To view all lots in the Art & Design auction – including condition reports for each lot – please visit Toomey & Co’s website at

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