Sunday’s Auction at Treadway: Arts & Crafts Lighting, Furniture, Ceramics, Books and More

by Kate Nixon

March Decorative Arts Auction

March 10, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

Hosted by Treadway Gallery

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The glassworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a rare Charles Rohlfs chair, lighting by Handel including a rare Suess lamp – just a few offerings you can expect to find in tomorrow’s auction at Treadway.

On Sunday, March 10th, Treadway Gallery presents a selection of European and American works in furniture, lighting, and ceramics up for bid in their quarterly Decorative Arts Auction. In this special 216-lot auction, the Cincinnati auctionhouse known for specializing in decorative arts offers a wide variety of works from E.T. Hurley, George Ohr, Marblehead, Grueby, Newcomb College, Teco, Pewabic Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, and rarities from Arts & Crafts era craftsman Charles Rohlfs, Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Pewabic Pottery firm, and Teco Pottery.



For the photography enthusiasts, the Walker Evans Collection of over 60 vintage photos and ephemera is offered including a number of  silver prints and postcards from Evans to publisher Leslie Katz. For those collectors looking for books to add to their reference collection, this auction also offers several lots of multiple reference books.


Louis Comfort Tiffany vase New York, NY Favrile glass signed, numbered 4.5″h x 2.75″w Excellent condition, excellent decoration with a near black to purple ground and platinum pulled design. Estimates: $1,250-$1,750.

The glassworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Among the many talents Louis Comfort Tiffany – son of the Tiffany & Co founder – is known for is his beautiful work in glass. His designs in windows and in this case, vases, are representing well in tomorrow’s auction with a range of price points. Surprisingly, there are a few selections of Louis Comfort Tiffany vases that the estimates fall well below the $1,000 mark: a perfect example being this Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile glass vase – a rare enfolded type – in an iridescent glaze with estimates at $550-$750. Two other small Tiffany vases with blue and yellow iridescence share that range of estimates, while additional examples (see picture on the left) vary in the $1,000-$4,000 range. Noteworthy examples include a signed and numbered Favrile glass black to purple striped vase ($1,250-$1,750) and a large Floriform Favrile glass vase in excellent original condition ($3,500-$4,500).

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Arts & Crafts Lighting: The Artistry of Handel, Rare Suess, and More

Speaking of Tiffany, it wouldn’t be an Arts & Crafts auction without the temptations of a gorgeous Tiffany lamp. One Leaf & Vine table lamp here is an example:  a warmly colored mottled glass  shade and ceramic base ($9,000-$12,000) with excellent patina.  However, among the lighting selections of this auction is a range of makers and price points along with a couple of fairly rare  examples like this floral Suess lamp ($5,000-$7,000) with a bronze base with its original patina. This tree scene Handel lamp ($1,700-$2,700) with a similar shade and base shown in the book Metal Overlays by Handel depicts a lovely tree scene also reflected in the base. A couple of E.T. Hurley Seahorse lamps are great summertime additions to a collection, while a “Taliesin” inspired lamp made of Cherry wood by Yamagiwa inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright has a range of $900-$1,200.

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Furniture: a Rare Charles Rohlfs chair

The furniture offerings are rare here, but they certainly are noteworthy. One offering is a library table from Lifetime with original finish; the oaken table ($350-$450) which measures 29.25″h x 30″d x 48″w in excellent condition. Perhaps the more historically important of the two examples though is the rare Charles Rohlfs chair — this chair ($15,000-$20,000) from 1901 with excellent original finish and cushion of recent vintage.


Ceramics: Ohr vases from the James Carpenter Collection, Affordable Marblehead, Rookwood Pottery and

Rookwood Pottery by Nicholas Joseph Hirschfeld handled vessel glazed ceramic
signed, numbered, dated 1883
7″h x 5.75″w Estimates: $550-$750


Among the George Ohr selections in the auction, of which there are six, two signed earthenware vases (one with a $1,000-$1,500 range and the other with a $3,500-$4,500 range) came directly from the James Carpenter collection – the name being the collector that got the entire remaining inventory of George Ohr after Ohr had passed. Also among the Ohr selections are a signed teapot ($5,500-$7,500) and a few other vases.  Other highlights include a yellow Hampshire Pottery vase ($200-$300), a rare Tan colored Teco vase ($1,500-$2,000), beautiful metallic glazes on Pewabic Pottery vases and bowls, a beautifully designed handled vessel by Rookwood artist Nicholas Joseph Hirschfeld (see picture on the right) ($550-$750). Of course, the Newcomb Pottery selection at Treadway never fails and this auction has a fantastic example in Newcomb College artist Sadie Irvine with a 6.5 inch vase, ($1,200-$1,700) and a more unusual example with a pink and coral sky ($1,500-$2,500) also by Irvine. Additionally a Limoges style handled vessel ($800-$1,100) from important artist Albert Valentien dated in 1883!

With more than 70 ceramic works in this auction, collectors will have plenty to choose from!

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Interested collectors can take a look at the whole inventory of the Sunday March 10th auction HERE.

Please read here on how to bid at this auction. Interested collectors can register online at treadway