Treadway Dec. 7 auction grosses $2 million in sales

Given the state of the current economy the folks at the Treadway Gallery of Cincinnati, Ohio, were very pleased with the results of their Sunday, Dec. 7 Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau sale. Held at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Ill., 1,100 lots went across the block with nearly 90 percent selling, much higher than the industry average.

Among the choice pieces of Arts & Crafts furniture that brought strong prices were a Charles Limbert cafe chair, $15,600; a Gustav Stickley hall bench, $12,000, and a Gustav Stickley three-door bookcase with good original finish and hardware, $18,000. arts & crafts clockAnother unique piece was a Shop of the Crafters “Manchester” tall case clock in mahogany and featuring Egyptian revival inlaid designs. With the original finish and bearing its original paper label and instruction label, this timepiece sold for a remarkable $15,600.

Tiffany lamps lead the way in the lighting category. Two floor lamps headed up the list of Tiffany pieces with one featuring a domed green damascene 9 1/2-inch diameter shade carved with several dragonflies that brought $15,600. Another displaying a 12-inch diameter leaded glass shade with a leaf and vine pattern in multiple shades of green went out the door at $19,200. A classic Tiffany lily-style table lamp with seven upright arms, each fitted with a gold Favrile glass lily-form shade, reached $21,600. Another table lamp featuring a blown gold Favrile glass base and matching 8-inch diameter domed shade, each intricately carved with green leafy vines, brought $19,200.

A unique Arts & Crafts tall case clock, this Shop of the Crafters "Manchester" model featuring Egyptian revival inlaid designs reached $15,600.

A Teco Pottery vase designed by Fritz Albert featured a four-sided shape with narrow inset panels and low open straps at the top all highlighted by a fine green matte glaze. Standing 14 1/2 inches tall, this piece brought $12,000. Examples of European pottery sold for strong prices. Among the best was a 20-inch-tall Amphora vase. The tall slender body was boldly sculpted with an entwining octopus above a crab at the side of the base. Designed by Eduard Stellmacher, this choice piece reached $15,600.

One of the most hotly contested works was an oil on canvas Edouard Frederic Wilhelm Richter. Titled Oriental Splendor and dated 1876, the large colorful painting showed harem ladies gathered in an exotic courtyard. Strong demand ran the sale price to $252,000 on an estimate of $70,000-$90,000. An oil by Spanish artist Mariano Jose Maria Bernardo Fortuny Y Carbo brought a very strong price. Titled From the Urn, it featured an ethereal scene of a semi-nude winged fairy rising from a large urn nestled in a rose bush. It brought $54,000, far exceeding the $7,000-$9,000 pre-sale estimate. A large oil on panel by Charles Louis Baugniet surpassed its pre-sale estimate. Titled Art Studies, circa 1875, it featured an interior scene of an art studio was three elegant young ladies pursuing artistic pursuits such as painting, drawing, sculpture and music. An American work, a large oil on canvas by Aaron Douglas titled Paris Street Scene dated from around 1931 featured a panoramic Parisian street scene painted in somber tones had a final price of $16,800.

Looking like it could have just come off the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, a striking armchair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Price Tower, Bartlesville, Okla., reached $14,400. Dating from around 1952-1956 and combining painted black cast-aluminum and the original brown leather, this iconic form appealed to collectors.

Furniture designed by George Nakashima found eager buyers. His laurel wood, elm and rosewood side cabinet, manufactured by Widdicomb in 1961 found a new home at $9,600. A desk from French designer Jacques Adnet featured a black metal frame with a cane-wrapped thin stretcher supporting a rectangular black leather top with brass hardware and suspending to drawers with woven basket fronts. This unique piece also sold for $9,600. A molded birch plywood side chair with tan leather upholstery by prolific American designers, Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller in the 1950s sold for $4,200.

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