Treadway June auction highlights Rookwood, Roseville and notable works of art

CINCINNATI, Ohio – During the weekend of June 6-7, 2009, Treadway Gallery will present a multifaceted auction of decorative arts, featuring Rookwood pottery. Rookwood remains among the most desirable of American art potteries and this sale will present a wide spectrum of pieces dating from their early period through the 1950s. Pieces from all the major Rookwood artists, notable for their superior artistic merit, will be offered.

The bulk of this collection, more than 1,500 lots, comes from a Los Angeles collector who was buying in the 1950s with a focus on glass and ceramics. That collection has been in place for many years and this is the first offering since they began their search for objects. Rarely does so much fresh merchandise hit the market at the same time.

In addition to Rookwood this event will also include a sampling of various other American ceramic wares including Roseville, Weller, Owens, Teco and Van Briggle. European factories represented include Amphora, Meissen, Goldscheider and Royal Worcester.

Their are several notable works of art in this sale with works by Cincinnati icons Henry Farny, Bessie Wessel, John Ruthven, E.T. Hurley and Edward Potthast. There are several pieces by California artists Eugene Torrey, Warren Newcombe, Jean Jacques Pfister, W.F. Staunton and Jefferson Stephen Ward along with a group of pastels by NYC artist Leon Dolice.

dragonfly vaseThe broad scope of this auction is further exemplified by the large selection of American and European art glass that is to be offered.  An especially nice range of Steuben will be sold as well as some remarkable examples of American cut glass of the Brilliant Period by Hawkes, Dorflinger and Pairpoint. Fine pieces of Peach Blow, Mt. Washington, Durand and Tiffany will also hit the block. For those who love European art glass there will be fine examples of Orrefors, Muller, Baccarat and Daum Nancy.

Rounding out the offerings, Treadway Gallery is also including a sampling of American furniture and Arts & Crafts and Art Deco pieces. A limited number of full-color auction catalogs are being offered at $35. For additional information on this sale and other Treadway events, e-mail or visit

This tall cylindrical Rookwood vase features a large realistic dragonfly and was decorated by Carl Schmidt.