Sept. 9 - 20th Century Art & Design Auction Post Press Release The draw toward the classic and sophisticated designs of Twentieth decorative art and furniture continues to attract avid buyers and collectors.
News-Antique.com - Sep 19,2007 - The draw toward the classic and sophisticated designs of Twentieth decorative art and furniture continues to attract avid buyers and collectors. This attraction was evident in the Treadway-Toomey Galleries annual fall 20th Century Art and Design sale, held September 9 2007, at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois.
The first session featured a superb collection of Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau furnishings, decorative lamps, art pottery, metals, and glass, as well as an interesting collection of embroidery, photogravure, and woodblock prints.
A wide and varied selection of Gustav and Stickley Brothers furniture sold well within and exceeded estimates. A bow-armed Stickley Morris chair with original finish jump-started the sale, selling well within its estimate for $10,000 (est. $9,000-12,000). An early and unusual Stickley Brothers English inspired sideboard sold for $4,000 (est. $4,000-6,000) while a Stickley Brothers server with original copper hardware and finish exceeded estimates, going down for $5,500 ($2,500-3,500). A desirable L & JG Stickley encyclopedia table sold for $6,000 (est. $6,000-8,000).
An exquisite Frank Lloyd Wright coffee table, manufactured by Heritage Henredon, with Taliesin designs engraved at the edges sold above the $1,200-1,500 estimate for $3,750.
Many fine examples of art pottery sparked the interest of collectors. Two framed Van Briggle tiles, featuring incised and painted landscapes individually sold above their estimates for $2,100 and $2,300 (est. $1,200-1,700 and $1,000-1,500).
A nice Rookwood Vellum plaque, with a landscape painted by Charles McLaughlin in 1916, sold comfortably within its $5,000-7,000 estimate for $5,500.
A unique and large Weller Matt double-handled vase decorated with figural landscape surrounded by sinuous grapevines went for $4,000 (est. $900-1,200). A massive Wheatley floor vase with a green crackle glaze dripping from the lip, estimated between $1,500-2,500, sold over the high end for $3,000.
Admirers of Teco pottery were enthusiastic about two beautiful vases offered in the sale. A large and unusual Teco vase, decorated by Orlando Giannini with a fine green glaze and geometric flowers went for $7,000 (est. $6,500-8,500). An exceptional Teco form, designed by Fritz Albert, was acquired for $13,000 (est. $10,000-15,000).
An exceptional Amphora vase, slightly tapered in shape with an elaborately painted female profile portrait sold for $7,500 (est. $3,500-4,500) while a rare covered Amphora vessel with two intricately carved handles and foot, featuring a detailed three-quarter length portrait of a woman went for the high end of an $4,500-5,500 estimate.
There was surprisingly extensive interest in a colorful Arts & Crafts woodblock, entitled “Landscape with Haystacks”, which pulled $3,250, well above its $150-250 estimate.
Well-known and admired makers of early to mid twentieth-century Art Glass were highly represented in Treadway-Toomey’s fall sale. An superb Steuben broad shade of green glass with a colorful pulled design at the edge sold above its $2,500-3,500 estimate for $4,750. A rare dark blue jade Steuben Grotesque bowl went for $3,750 (est. $3,000-4,000).
A nice L. C. Tiffany blue favrile vase with pulled design sold at the high end of its $2,200-2,700 estimate while two Tiffany Furnaces boxes sold well above