Auction Watch: Deco Arts Auction at Treadway this Sunday


On June 30th, Treadway will hold its Decorative Arts Auction at noon at their gallery in Cincinnati. The auction will offer around 400 lots, including a collection of Ohio pottery (with a focus on Rookwood) from a collector in Austin, Texas; a collection of Newcomb Pottery from Dallas, Texas; a variety of glass and ceramics from a Chicago gallery; Galle ceramics, part of an ongoing consignment from Los Angeles; several Mid-Century design chairs; a collection of Tiffany, including lamps, windows, pottery, enamel and glass, with most items having been exhibited in various museums.

Individual highlights include two Tiffany Studios windows: one in a floral motif (est. $50,000-$70,000) and another depicting a woman against a floral background (est. $25,000-$35,000). Tiffany Studios lighting includes a Dragonfly table lamp (est. $60,000-$70,000) and a Tiffany Studios Tulip table lamp with a floral shade, (est. $30,000-$40,000). Among the other lighting is a Unique Lamp Co. table lamp with a conical floral shade on a tree-form bronze base (est. $30,000-$40,000).

Pottery ranges from a Rookwood Standard glaze vase with a portrait of an Indian by  Grace Young (est.$4000-6000) and a Grueby vase with a design of molded leaves in a green matte glaze (est. $1,700-$2,500). Modern ceramics include a Sargent Johnson teapot and two cups (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Among an array of art glass is a Rene Lalique vase with molded grasshoppers (est. $7,000-$9,000). Scandinavian glass, Galle and Daum are all well represented in the auction.

Arts & Crafts furniture includes a Frank Lloyd Wright chair in oak with a leather seat and back (est. $5,000-$7,000), while a Warren McArthur chair and a Frank Gehry chair are among the Mid-Century Modern offerings.

Lastly, highlights in the artwork category include: a Thomas Hart Benton landscape (est. $30,000-$40,000), while Treadway Gallery continues to offer a selection of works by Gertrude Abercrombie, including an interior depiction of a woman in a red dress (est. $15,000-$25,000). Also available will be a painting by Charles Courtney Curran, depicting a woman in a garden (est. $25,000-$35,000); It Was Almost Up To the Ceiling by Donald Roller Wilson, incorporating a cigarette motif (est. $5,000-$7,000); and a scene of an Indian camp by John Hauser (est. $5,000-$7,000).


Treadway Gallery will break with tradition during its Decorative Arts Auction on June 30 at noon in Cincinnati. While the selection of quality antiques will be the same, from Tiffany Studio lamps to paintings by Thomas Hart Benton and Gertrude Abercrombie, the gallery has opted to discontinue its printed auction catalog.

The move offers more than just environmental benefits. An electronic catalog allows Treadway’s staff to increase the number of photographs used with listings, update information on the fly, and more readily include late additions.

“People say, ‘Don’t send a catalog. Save a tree,'” said Don Treadway. “We think the switch away from a printed catalog makes sense and is the right thing to do.”


As always, here are our picks for the Treadway Decorative Arts Auction:


Lot 41: Tiffany Studios Dragonfly Table Lamp

New York, NY
leaded glass, bronze
shade and base signed
25″h x 20″diameter

Provenance: a Southern Gentleman

Estimate: $60,000 – $70,000





Lot 110: Unique Arts Glass & Metal Company California Poppy Table Lamp

Brooklyn, NY
leaded glass, bronzed metal
25.5″h x 22″dia

Provenance: a Southern Gentleman

Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000




Lot 145: Leona Nicholson for Newcomb Pottery Cat’s Claw vase

New Orleans, LA
carved and high-glaze ceramic
artist signed, numbered, impressed mark
7″h x 6.5″dia

Estimate: $7,000 – $9,000





Lot 294: Gustav Stickley Morris chair

Syracuse, NY
40″h x 35″d x 27.5″w

Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500




Lot 297: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) Chair from the Avery Coonley Playhouse

Chair from the Avery Coonley Playhouse, Riverside, Illinois, c. 1912
walnut and leather
16w x 17-1/2d x 34h inches

Literature:  Frank Lloyd Wright: Interiors and Furniture, Heinz, p. 150.
Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage, Decorative Designs From the Domino’s Pizza Collection, Hanks, pp. 80-81, 136.

Provenance: Treadway Toomey Auction, June 1, 2014, Lot 295

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000



Lot 316: Elizabeth McDermott for Rookwood Pottery

Landscape vase
Cincinnati, OH, 1916
Vellum glazed ceramic
artist signed, dated, numbered
8″h x 4″dia

Provenance: an Austin collection

Estimate: $900 – $1,200


Treadway Gallery is located at 2029 Madison Road in Cincinnati. The auction begins at noon Sunday, June 30. In addition to living bidding, participants can bid over the phones, absentee and online on There is no fee for use of credit cards.

For more information, phone (513) 321-6742 or email: [email protected]

To see the other lots, please visit Treadway’s website at