Double Auction Preview this Weekend: California Historical Design and Toomey & Co.

by Kate Nixon


If you’re in the market for an Arts and Crafts style antique, there will be several opportunities to bid on one this weekend with two auctions being held; an auction in California’s bay area and another in Oak Park, Illinois.


AcStickley Arts & Crafts Auction by California Historical Design – June 8th

The works of iconic Arts and Crafts artisans 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 June 8th at 11:00am PST — and a preview on Friday, June 7th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Featuring more than 750 lots – many of them will start at $50 – the lots of Gustav Stickley, Mathews Furniture Shop, Bernard Maybeck, Charles P. Limbert, Michigan Chair Co., and many more are offered. Interested collectors can additionally bid online for every lot online at As always, California Historical Design offers the added benefit of free shipping for orders of $5,000 or more for those in the lower 48 states.

California Historical Design is located at 1901 Broadway, Alameda, CA 94501.If you’d like to know more information. For more information, please call 510-647-3621 or visit California Historical Design’s website at

Check out the following items and more over on the preview webpage for the AcStickley Arts & Crafts Auction:


Lot #3:

walnut 4-drawer dresser c1910.
Signed. Very nicely refinished.
Measures 36h x 44w x 25.5d

Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000



Lot #89:

Newcomb College
high glaze vase with hand carved iris’ c1898
This piece pre-dates the alpha-numeric dating system started in 1901. Perfect condition.
Measures 8 5/8″h x 4.5″d

Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000




Lot #159:

Michael Adams – Aurora Studios
tall hammered copper experimental warty vase dated 1995.
Provenance: From the Collection of Ray & Helen Groll, Flushing, NY. Signed and in excellent condition.
Measures 12.5″h x 7″d

Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500



This week, Gus Bostrom of California Historical Design wrote a touching tribute to a former colleague and friend that passed away last week. Read about Bostrom’s tribute to author Kirby Brown by clicking HERE.


Art & Design Auction by Toomey & Co Auctioneers – June 9th

Toomey & Co Auctioneers will hold their bi-annual Art & Design auction, Sunday June 9th at 10 AM. Featuring property from the Stahr Collection of Barrington, Illinois and the Collection of Wilbert and Marilyn Hasbrouck of Chicago as well as other important Chicago collectors, the works of Gustav Stickley, Dirk Van Erp, Teco, Charles Rohlfs, Van Briggle Pottery & Tile, Charles P. Limbert and more will be up for bid once more.

Highlighted within the auction are several pieces of historical significance – for example, an intriguing mahogany, copper, and earthenware chafing dish from Charles Rohlfs with an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000 has been featured in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Dallas Art Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art among others. A Frank Lloyd Wright chair designed in 1909 for the W. Scott Thurber Art Gallery in Chicago is featured – lot 346 – and is estimated to sell for $10,000 to $15,000. Even a Louis Sullivan door plate from the Chicago Stock Exchange and a Frank Lloyd Wright table used as a centerpiece for the Prairie Avenue Bookstore will be placed up for bid.

With the large selection of Arts & Crafts style lots in store, Toomey & Company 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’s a small selection of lots we’ll be keeping our eyes on:


Lot #177:

Ruth Erickson (b. 1883) for Grueby Faience Company
Boston, Massachusetts
carved yellow glazed ceramic
impressed and incised signatures
9 1/2″dia x 19″h

Estimate: $9,000-12,000




Lot #190:

Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936)
barrel chair
Buffalo, New York, 1902
red enameled carved signature and date
29 1/4″w x 24″d x 37″h

Estimate: $15,000-25,000



Lot #206:

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)
single-door china cabinet
Eastwood, New York, 1901
oak, glass, copper
signed, dated
early form with a unique signature
35 3/4″w x 14″d x 66 1/2″h

Note from Toomey & Co.’s catalog: In late 1901, Gustav Stickley marked his work with his name and date. The first name in the signature is spelled Gustave, as Stickley did not drop the ‘e’ at the end of his name until 1903. It is not Stickley’s actual signature, but his shop mark at that time. This is the only known example with this signature.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000


Lot #243:

E.T. Hurley (1869-1950) for Rookwood Pottery
Lake Landscape vase, #2785
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1939
Vellum glazed ceramic
impressed and incised marks
5 1/2″dia x 13″h

Estimate: $800-1,200




Lot #346:

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for the W. Scott Thurber Art Galleries
Chicago, Illinois, circa 1909
oak, leather
15 1/2″w x 17 1/2″d x 35 3/4″h

Catalog Note:
In 1909, Winfield Scott Thurber commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a gallery for his new space in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago. In 1910, the International Studio reviewed Wright’s work: “In Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural treatment one recognizes a close study of Japanese refinement and elimination, with a slight touch of the modern German and Viennese Secessionist influence in decorative construction.”

Estimate: $10,000-15,000


Lot #394:

Tiffany Studios
Poinsettia table lamp: shade, #1558; base, #190
New York, New York
bronze, Favrile leaded glass
impressed marks, numbered
18″dia x 25 1/2″h

Estimate: $20,000-30,000




To look at the entire catalog offered by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, please visit their website at