Steele painting brings $30K at Treadway-Toomey auction

OAK PARK, Ill. – A landscape painting by Indiana artist Theodore Clement Steele sold for $30,000 at the Sept. 9 sale conducted by Treadway-Toomey Galleries. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

T.C. Steele was born in Owen County, Indiana, and later moved to Indianapolis after study in Cincinnati, Chicago and Munich. He is considered to be the most important member of the “Hoosier Group” of painters. He exhibited at – and was on the art selection committee for – the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 and was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1913.
A bow-armed Stickley Morris chair with original finish sold within estimate for $12,000. An early and unusual Stickley Brothers English-inspired sideboard brought $4,800 and a Stickley Brothers server with original copper hardware and finish exceeded estimates, going for $6,600. An L.&J.G. Stickley encyclopedia table sold for $7,200.

A Rookwood Vellum plaque, with a landscape painted by Charles McLaughlin in 1916, sold for $6,600. A Weller Matt double-handled vase decorated with figural landscape surrounded by sinuous grapevines went for $4,800. 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 $3,600.

A large Teco vase, decorated by Orlando Giannini with a fine green glaze and geometric flowers, went for $8,400 (estimate $6,500-8,500).
As a painter of the American southwest, Audley Dean Nichols (1875-1941) is often hailed for his ability to capture the western landscape. Nichols’ painting Arizona Landscape sold for $16,800 (estimate $7,000-$9,000).

In the Modern category, a Clyde Burt cylindrical covered jar with incised linear abstract designs went well above the $400-600 estimate, selling for $2,520. A Gilbert Rohde sling/glider sofa by Troy Sunshade, with original burgundy mohair, sold above the $2,500-3,500 estimate for $5,400.

The next Treadway-Toomey sale of 20th century art and design is set for Dec. 2. For more information, call 513-321-6742 or 708-383-5234, or visit