Toomey & Co. Art & Design Auction Preview

by Kate Nixon

The fall auction season continues with the latest from Oak Park, Illinois’s Toomey & Co. Auctioneers. Toomey and Co. Auctioneers will hold their Art & Design auction on Sunday, September 16 at 10:00AM CDT. Toomey & Co’s online catalog – available at – includes several Arts & Crafts items in lighting, furniture, prints, and more. Featuring works from Grueby Faience, Handel Lamp Co., Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, Teco Pottery and more, these valuable pieces are sure to fetch some competitive bids.

This fall auction will kick off one of several events Toomey & Co will host in the fall and holiday season, according to CEO Lucy Toomey  who we also interviewed this week as an Arts & Crafts Profile. In a previous interview, John Walcher, Vice President and Senior Specialist for Early 20th Century Design, had told of the importance items from the Arts & Crafts Movement representation play in their auctions. “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 Walcher. “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.”

Listed below is a sampling of Arts & Crafts items from Toomey & Co’s Art & Design Auction catalog:



Lot 220: The Handel Lamp Company
Landscape table lamp, #5942, obverse painted glass, bronzed metal signed, measures 14 3/4″dia x 21 1/2″h

Estimate $1,000-2,000







Lot 245: Dirk van Erp (1860-1933) table lamp
hammered copper, mica with stamped closed box D’Arcy Gaw ghost signature circa 1911, measures 17 1/2″dia x 19 1/2″h

Estimate $6,000-8,000







Lot 232: Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) spindle cube chair
numbered #391, oak, leather, measures 26″w x 27 3/4″d x 29″h

Estimate $2,500-3,500








Lot 272: Charles P. Limbert Furniture Co. early Floral two-door bookcase
numbered #331, made of oak, iron, leaded glass, measures 44″w x 15″d x 54″h

Estimate $1,500-2,500








Lot 347: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for Heritage Henredon Mahogany cabinet
signed with red monogram and Taliesin design at edges and concentric square design on doors, measures 33 1/2″w x 20″d x 26 3/4″h

Estimate $1,000-1,500







Lot 289: Pewabic Pottery metallic glazed ceramic dish with impressed mark
Detroit, Michigan, measures 3 1/4″dia x 1 1/4″h

Estimate $300-400






Lot 219: Grueby Faience Company vase
carved and blue to green glazed ceramic, impressed mark, indistinct artist’s cypher, measured 3 7/8″dia x 7″h

Estimate $2,000-3,000






To see the entire catalog and the condition report of all items, including the pieces picked in this preview, please visit Toomey & Co’s online catalog at

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is considered one of the premiere specialty auction houses in the country and has been conducting auctions since 1987. Located in Oak Park, the first suburb west of Chicago, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is surrounded by a vibrant arts community including Prairie School architecture by prominent architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, William Eugene Drummond, George Washington Maher, and Marion Mahony Griffin.