Arts & Crafts Auction Season Continues With Impressive Collections
by Kate Nixon
The Spring auction season is heating up with two events coming up in the next few days – one from a well-known California establishment and one featuring a large collection from a private collector. Keep reading to find out about the two events, coming up this Friday and Saturday.
The works of Arts and Crafts greats such as Dirk Van Erp, Fulper Pottery, Newcomb, Stickley and more will be up for bid once more in Alameda, California. Gus Bostrom and California Historical Design of Alameda, CA present AcStickley Arts & Crafts Auction, starting Saturday March 16th at 11:00am PST — and a preview on Friday, March 15th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Spend $5000 or more at this Auction and all of your SHIPPING IS FREE within the lower 48 states. From affordable Arts & Crafts pieces to museum quality examples. No group lots – everything will be offered in individual lots, some starting at $50. For your convenience, we’ve listed a few highlighted items below:
Lot #260: Early Dirk van Erp Hammered Copper & Mica Lamp
Early Dirk van Erp hammered copper and mica two-socket lamp c1911-1912. Signed with closed-box mark. Excellent condition original patina and original mica. Measures 18″h x 19″d.
Estimates: $15,000 – $20,000
Lot #294: L&JG Stickley Grandfather Clock c1910
L&JG Stickley Grandfather Clock c1910. Signed with “The Work of L&JG Stickley” decal inside door. Excellent original finish. This is a high quality example of this important L&JG Stickley clock. 80″h x 25.5″w x 14.75″d (clock case 20″w x 12″d)
Estimate $18,000 – $22,000
Lot #14: Walrath Pottery Scenic Vase
Walrath Pottery scenic vase with Arthur Wesley Dow influenced stylized decoration. Signed. Hairlines to rim have been stabilized, otherwise perfect condition. Measures 5″h x 3.25″d
Estimates: $6,000 – $8,000
Lot #193: Fulper Pottery – Vasekraft Leaded Glass Lamp c1910
Fulper Pottery – Vasekraft Lamp with ceramic leaded glass shade circa 1910. Signed. Invisible professional restoration to small chip under rim, otherwise perfect condition. Measures 22.5″h x 16.5″d
Estimates: $10,000 – $15,000
Lot #19: Newcomb Transitional Vase – “Paperwhites” Henrietta Bailey
Newcomb College transitional vase decorated with stylized paperwhites by Henrietta Bailey circa 1911. Signed. Perfect condition. Measures 8″h x 5.75″d.
Meanwhile, on the other coast, Stanton’s Auctioneers has gotten plenty of buzz in the collectors’ community. Based out of Vermontville, Michigan, word of a large collection of Arts and Crafts items began to spread through word of mouth and eventually on social media (it reached our office here at artsandcraftscollector.com from three different sources). Beginning this Friday, March 15th at 10:00am EST, the “Fantastic Private Collection of Arts & Crafts” offers an impressive amount of Gustav Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Stickley Bros., Limbert, Roycroft, Dirk Van Erp, Tiffany Studios, a rare Greene and Greene Lantern and more. The auction will take place at the Barry County Expo Center at the Barry County Fairgrounds, 1350 N. M-37 Highway in Hastings, Michigan. An inspection day will also be held the day before on Thursday, March 14th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
Save for a few single pieces, the items up for bid all stem from one single collection from one collector – who does not wish to have his name in print – who has travelled extensively all around the country for 35 years and logging more than 97,000 miles from coast to coast, looking for hidden gems of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Auctioneer Steven Stanton says the consigner is more of an accumulator than a collector. Stanton, auctioneer and owner of Stanton’s Auctioneers, shares that his own home is furnished with Arts and Crafts era furniture he purchased in the 90’s and says this collection is incredibly phenomenal — the number of items within the collection alone is a rare thing. “These days, the availability isn’t as great for a collection like this. The concentration tends to be on more modern pieces, so the fact that someone can come look at a collection like this – it’s pretty significant.”
Bids can be taken over the phone and in-person at the fairgrounds — this auction does NOT have online bidding. Bidders should know the buyers premium is just 10%. To see all terms and conditions, inquiries, and to see more than 500 pictures of the items up for bid, please visit the auction’s page on Stanton’s Auctioneers website.
Just a few of the many items featured at the “Fantastic Private Collection of Arts & Crafts” up for bid starting this Friday, March 15th at 10 AM EST. Upper row: an early Stickley desk, one of two Turtletop Limbert small tables, and Stickley Desk with original wicker basket. Lower Row: an auction highlight – a Greene & Greene lantern, a set of dining room chairs.