Newcomb Vase, Tiffany Studios Lamps Highsellers in Treadway Deco Arts Auction

by Kate Nixon


While it’s no surprise that antique works of Tiffany Studios are highsellers, it’s all about the joy of seeing that Newcomb vase accomplish a selling price in the five digits or perhaps wondering how nearly every Fulper vase sailed past the high estimate in final selling price.

During Treadway Gallery’s Decorative Arts Auction on August 8th, ceramics, lighting, bronze, art glass and fine art were offering spanning multiple art movements. While some representative examples of Arts and Crafts era craftsfirms sold more than others, the Tiffany Studios legacy and a Newcomb College vase stood out among the highlights.

The early example of Newcomb Pottery, designed by M.T. Ryan and in excellent original condition, sold for $11,000, making the vase one of the high sellers of the afternoon. While lots of Weller Pottery sold particularly well, a delightfully surprising trend was that nearly every Fulper Pottery vase offered blew past the high estimates for selling prices in the thousands. Vases from the beloved art pottery firm Grueby Pottery sold past their estimates as well.

However, as expected, lighting, art and metal works from Tiffany Studios sold for higher prices than expected; a Tiffany Studios lamp with a bronze base and Favrile glass shade had one of the highest selling prices at $12,000. Within the number of lots offered with the Tiffany mark were rare works that went for triple their high estimate: a framed watercolor cartoon ($500-$1,000) created for a client sold for $3,500, a bronze humidor ($750 – $950) with an impressed mark from the Larry Wiist collection sold for $3,000, and a bronze, jeweled letter rack ($550-$750) with original dore patina sold for $2,600 – more than three times the high estimate. Notably, a pair of Tiffany Studio candelabras ($3,000-$4,000) sold for $5,000.

A number of Liberty & Co boxes sold notably in the thousands: a Tudric box sold for $3,250 (more than $1,000 its high estimate) and a pewter and enamel box with an impressed mark sold at its high estimate of $2,000. In furniture, a small Limbert “Cutout” table with a paper label sold for $3,500, a Gustav Stickley Library table ($500-$700) sold for $1,600, and a Gustav Stickley chest of drawers ($1,000-$1,500) sold for $1,900.

So how did our choices from last week fare? See the list below to find out…

To see how the other lots sold, visit Treadway Gallery’s website for more information.





Left to Right: Gustav Stickley chest of drawers. Charles Stickley Rocker

Lot 239: Gustav Stickley chest of drawers
Originating from Syracuse, NY
Oaken and signed, recoated original finish and original wood knobs
Measures 42.5″h x 37″w

Provenance: A Washington D.C. collection

Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

Sold for $1,900.00


Lot 246: Charles Stickley rocker
Originating from Syracuse, NY
Oaken with leather cushion, signed.
Measures 34.25″h x 29.75″w
Provenance: A Washington D.C. collection

Estimate: $550 – $750

Sold for $650.00




Left to Right: Rookwood Pottery Swallows vase, Newcomb College vase by M.T. Ryan

Lot 175: Rookwood Pottery by Matt Daly Swallows vase
Originated from Cincinnati, OH, 1886
Dull Finish glazed ceramic, artist signed, dated, numbered
Measures 11″h x 4″dia

Provenance: A Cincinnati collection

Estimate: $800 – $1,000

Sold for $850.00


Lot 197: Newcomb College by M.T. Ryan vase
Originated from New Orleans, LA
High-glaze ceramic, artist signed, impressed mark, original condition.
Measures 6″h x 4.5″dia

Provenance: A California collection

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

Sold for $11,000.00




Left to Right: Dirk Van Erp vase, Enamel and Copper dish attributed to Gertrude Twichell

Lot 203: Dirk Van Erp vase
Originated from San Francisco, CA
Copper, impressed mark
Measures 10.5″h x 11″dia

Provenance: A New Jersey collection

Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000

Sold for $2,400.00


Lot 225: Enamel and Copper dish attributed to Gertrude Twichell
Originated from Boston, MA
Enamel, copper
Measures .5″h x 5.75″dia

Provenance: A South Carolina collection

Estimate: $1,250 – $1,750

Sold for $600.00




Left to Right: Tiffany Studios desk lamp, Handel lamp

Lot 95: Tiffany Studios desk lamp
Originated from New York, NY
Made of bronze, Favrile glass, impressed mark.
Base impressed Tiffany Studios/New York/11422. Shade signed L.C.T.
Measures 12″h x 16″w

Provenance: The Larry Wiist collection

Estimate: $7,500 – $8,500

Sold for $12,000.00


Lot 268: Handel lamp
Originated from Meriden, CT
Made of obverse painted glass, patinated bronzed metal, Shade signed Handel Lamps 079664, base stamped Handel.
Measures 23″h x 18″dia

Provenance: A California collection, A Cincinnati collection

Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Sold for $2,700.00


To see how the other lots sold, visit Treadway Gallery’s website for more information.