OAK PARK, Ill. – The John Toomey Gallery, Oak Park, Ill., and Treadway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, presented “20th Century Art & Design Auction” on March 8, 2009. Held at the Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, this sale included 1,136 lots.
The largest portion of this auction focused on Arts & Crafts furniture, metalwares and ceramics. Choice examples of furniture by Gustav Stickley, Charles Limbert and Roycroft were seen in abundance while many important lines of art pottery were also offered. Many examples of Van Briggle, Rookwood, Teco, Roseville, Hampshire and Clewell were scattered throughout the first half of the sale. With the current unsteady economy there was concern about how this auction would go, but pieces in every category stayed within the presale ranges with some exceptional pieces going well above the estimates.
A selection of Native American pottery and rugs preceded the offering of Art Deco and Modernist furniture and decorative arts. A selection of Frank Lloyd Wright furniture was featured as well as decorative art glass and lighting by Tiffany and Steuben. Next were 250 lots of fine art, including oil paintings, woodblock prints and lithographs. This segment was especially strong in American works with more than 150 American 20th century artists represented.
The last lots of the sale included Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories with many notable designers featured including Charles and Ray Eames, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Alvar Aalto, Edward Wormley, Florence Knoll and Paul McCobb, among others.
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Norman Rockwell art is always in demand. This charcoal drawing titled “First Day of School” was originally used in a Sears, Roebuck & Company advertisement. It sold for $228,000.