A pair of fine and large Just Andersen candlesticks lit up the room for $15,600 at a 20th Century Art & Design Auction held Sept. 14 by Treadway-Toomey Auctions, based in Cincinnati. The sale was conducted at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Ill. The candlesticks were among the top lots in an auction that saw 90 percent of the 1,130 high-quality lots change hands.
“Basically, this was a very good auction with strong prices realized for the better merchandise,” said Don Treadway of Treadway-Toomey Auctions. “Most of the items were consigned to us by prominent estates. It was an eclectic mix of merchandise, and bidders were enthusiastic.” Online bidding was facilitated by eBay Live Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.com.
Following are highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
One of the top lots of the sale was a gorgeous amphora vase titled Sovereign of the Night that soared to $18,000. A pair of lots fetched identical prices of $15,600: a large form Dirk Van Erp (American, 1860-1933) hammered copper table lamp, and a gouache on panel work by Jessie Hazel Arms Botke (American, 1883-1971), titled Mural Design, 11 inches by 39-1/2 inches, signed and dated lower right.
An original oil on canvas work by Ida Marie Perrault (American, 1874-1956), titled Girl With Cat (1908), topped out at $13,200; an original watercolor painting by John Whorf (American, 1903-1959), titled Art Institute of Chicago (circa 1935), also brought $13,200; a Tiffany Studios lamp with adjustable bronze base made $12,000; and a Handel lamp with bronze metal base made $12,000.
An orotone work by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952), titled The Oath – Asparoke, achieved $10,200; a blue and brown Overbeck vase with matt glaze coasted to $8,400; an anemone chair by Hernando and Humberto Campana rose to $4,200; an FSW-10 folding screen by Charles and Ray Eames went to a determined bidder for $4,800; and a Charles and Ray Eames chaise hit $3,600.
Treadway-Toomey Auctions is the auction arm of Treadway-Toomey Galleries, which holds auctions each year in Illinois (at the John Toomey Gallery) and Cincinnati (at the Treadway Gallery). The firm is a leader in American Arts & Crafts and 1950s decorative arts. In these fields, Treadway-Toomey holds more price records than any other auction house. All of their merchandise is guaranteed.
The Treadway Gallery was established in Cincinnati more than 20 years ago and today serves as headquarters for an internationally-attended auction series, focusing on 20th-Century Decorative Art. As creators of the specialized annual Rookwood auction in Cincinnati, Treadway Gallery is positioned nicely as a leader in the field of ceramic arts. The firm belongs to many prominent trade organizations.
The Treadway Gallery works closely with the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Ill. The two galleries collaborate in the Chicago area and regularly exhibit at top shows across the United States. Museums, institutions, advanced collectors and major dealers worldwide rely on the two galleries’ expertise in 20th-Century American and European Decorative Art and for other services.
Don Treadway and John Toomey, owners of Treadway-Toomey Galleries, can personally (and with the assistance of dedicated staff) offer expertise in the purchase of an object or the sale of a single piece or entire collection. The firm accurately appraises objects for insurance purposes, or to comply with IRS declarations for tax-deductible gifts. Objects and their provenance are thoroughly researched.
Treadway-Toomey Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales, especially American ceramics, metalwork, and lighting and furniture of the 20th Century, to include Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and 1950s/Modern. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at 513-321-6742. Or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Treadway-Toomey Galleries and its calendar of upcoming auctions, you may log on to www.treadwaygallery.com. The firm’s next big sale will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, in the John Toomey Gallery, at 818 North Boulevard in Oak Brook, Ill. Already consigned are outstanding lots, to include a Tiffany Studios Peony lamp in excellent original condition (estimate $100,000-$150,000).
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