Toomey & Co. Sale to be April 8th

In what will be their first major Arts and Crafts auction since dissolving their partnership with the Treadway Gallery, Toomey & Co. will hold their inaugural Art and Design sale at their Oak Park, Illinois, headquarters on April 8.

While the first third of the sale will consist of works of art, and the final third will feature Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern, the middle portion of the auction promises to present a balanced portfolio of Arts and Crafts pieces, with Stickley, Grueby, Teco, Kalo, Dirk van Erp, Jarvie, and others being represented.

“We are all excited about the first auction under the new brand,” said Lucy Toomey, CEO. “Clients will notice some cosmetic changes, including our exciting new website and active social media designed to reach the next generation of collectors. We still have the same infrastructure here in Oak Park and we are still dedicated to providing superior customer service. We look forward to guiding new buyers and advising seasoned clients for many years to come.”

John Walcher, Vice President and Senior Specialist for Early 20th Century Design, added, “With our new branding, this was also a time to reconsider how we would order the lots in the auctions going forward. After much deliberation, we chose to keep cohesiveness with the title of the sale, Art & Design, starting with fine art and following with design. We have always had a strong representation of fine furniture and decorative arts from the Arts & Crafts movement and will continue to do so; however, the objects will now be shown along other periods that proceeded and followed. 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, then, is a sampling of the items in their sale:


An 11-inch Grueby two-color vase with yellow flower buds (est. $6000-$8000).A signed Gustav Stickley model #625 hexagon table with original leather and restored finish (est. $7000-$9000).

A signed pair of Rookwood garden jardinieres, 14.5″ diameter, 11.5″ high (est. $1500-$2000).

An unusual signed Dirk van Erp lamp with copper cutout peacock overlay, 24″ h. (est. $20,000-$25,000).

A signed L. & J.G. Stickley mantle clock #85 designed by Peter Hansen, 22″ h. (est. $3000-$5000).

A signed Teco vase designed by Fritz Albert with minor restoration, 16.5″ h. (est. $4000-$6000).


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