Double the Design at Toomey & Co : a Dual Auction Preview


Tradition & Innovation, an auction by Toomey & Co Auctioneers. December 2 at 10 a.m. CST.

Art & Design, an auction by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, December 2 at 11:30 a.m. CST


Toomey & Co. Auctioneers will present two back to back auctions this upcoming Sunday, December 2nd: Tradition & Innovation, its inaugural auction of important works from the 19th century starting at 10:00 a.m. CST and Art & Design, a collection of all things Art and Design at 11:30 a.m. CST. The first of the two events will offer items across a variety of artistic movements and media by painters, furniture makers, designers, ceramicists, silversmiths, sculptors and architects who have helped define the world of art and design for more than a century.

Tradition & Innovation will feature 19th and Early 20th Century Design includes several works by Frank Lloyd Wright ranging from an early print cabinet for the Avery Coonley house in Riverside, Illinois, estimated at $80,000-120,000, to a Usonian coffee table, estimated at $15,000-20,000. Works by California Prairie School architects Greene & Greene, a wrought iron gate by Samuel Yellin, metalwork by renowned English silversmith Paul Storr, Mexico’s famed William Spratling and early examples by Chicago’s Kalo Shop, and pottery pieces by Fritz Albert for Teco and the Grueby Faience Company also will be auctioned. The Art & Design auction will feature plenty of favorites from Stickley, Teco, Tiffany & Co – as well as Louis Comfort Tiffany – The Roycrofters, Grueby, and more.

“In an ever-evolving art market, it has become increasingly necessary to distinguish ourselves from other auctioneers and dealers,” said Joe Stanfield, Vice President of Toomey & Co. and Senior Specialist in the Fine Art Department. “Art collectors attend thousands of auctions, gallery openings and art fairs around the world, and the material they encounter often is shown exclusively among works from the same movement or period. Similarly, certain mediums such as ceramics and silver typically have been branded as ‘decorative’ or ‘functional.’ With Tradition & Innovation, our goal is to present and elevate important artists and makers from across the world, across time and across media to help bridge the collecting gap between what is distinguished as Traditional, Modern, Contemporary, Fine and Decorative Art.”

Below are a few examples of the featured lots in the auctions that we are keeping our eyes on:



Charles P. Limbert Furniture Co.
early Floral two-door bookcase, #331
Grand Rapids, Michigan
oak, iron, leaded glass
44″w x 15″d x 54″h

Estimate $3,000-4,000



Tradition & Innovation

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) and George Mann Niedecken (1878-1945) for the Avery Coonley House
print cabinet
Riverside, Illinois, 1908
42″w x 41 3/4″d x 27 1/2″h

Estimated Value: $80,000 – $120,000


Tradition & Innovation

Charles Sumner Greene (1868-1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870-1954) for the William T. Bolton house
dining table
Pasadena, California, 1906
mahogany, ebony inlay
signed with branded mark
closed: 28″w x 48″d x 29 3/4″h; open: 66″w

Estimated Value: $15,000 – $25,000


Tiffany Studios
Grapevine assembled nine-piece desk set
New York, New York
patinated bronze, green Favrile slag glass
impressed marks, some numbered
desk organizer, #818; calendar frame, #940; open cigarette box and match safe, #965; paper rack; double card box; thermometer; pen tray; glue pot; hexagonal box
paper rack: 12 1/2″w x 3 1/2″d x 8 5/8″h

Estimate: $1,500-2,000




Tradition & Innovation

Teco, Fritz Albert (1865-1940), designer
Calla Lily vase, #141
Chicago, Illinois
matte green glazed ceramic
two impressed signatures
6 1/2″sq x 17″h

Estimate: $50,000-70,000




Tradition & Innovation

The Kalo Shop
chop set or salad set, #G44, with applied stones
Chicago, Illinois
sterling silver, carnelian cabochons
stamped marks
spoon: 2″w x 9 3/4″l; fork: 1 3/4″w x 9 3/4″l

Estimate: $1,500-2,500


To see more of both Tradition & Innovation and Art & Design Catalogs, plus catalog notes on each lot, visit the Toomey & Co website at:

Also, this past September, we interviewed Toomey & Co’s CEO Lucy Toomey – she took some time to answer a few questions on her professional life in the busy “cyclical” world of auctions, how she feels about continuing the family legacy, and what trends she sees for a new generation of collectors. Don’t miss our Arts and Crafts Profile of Toomey & Co CEO Lucy Toomey