Published: May 22, 2007
Treadway/Toomey’s Twentieth Century sale on March 4, 2007, featured three sessions of more than 1,100 lots and was a record setter.
A world record was achieved with a Walter Henry Williams painting, “Children In A Field of Flowers” ($15/25,000), circa 1959, that fetched $40,000.
Chief among offerings was a collection of Native American objects and a group of Shaker items. The Native American selection was items from collectors in Chicago and Las Vegas, while the Shaker items came solely from a Detroit estate. In both cases the objects came from people introduced to the gallery from Arts and Crafts collecting backgrounds.
The first session consisted of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, ceramics, metalwork, lighting and furniture, all continuing to sell at robust price levels.
Two Gustave Baumann woodblocks performed well above their $4/6,000 estimate, including “Grandma Battin’s Garden” at $13,000 and “Spring New Mexico” at $9,000.
Arts and Crafts silver included a Mulholland vessel that sold for $4,000, and a pair of Peterson Studio candlesticks that made $5,500. A Rookwood plaque achieved $7,000, a Dirk van Erp hammered copper floor vase brought $5,500, and a Wilkinson lamp on a bronze metal base sold for $3,200.
Arts and Crafts furniture did well, with less than five percent failing to sell. An L&JG Stickley dining set consisting of a china cabinet, sideboard, dining table and six chairs sold for $25,000.
European pottery and American and European art glass were included in this sale. An Amphora vase ($4,5/6,500), portrait of a woman, sold for $15,000, and another Amphora vase realized $5,000. Two Imperial glass vases secured hardy prices, selling for $1,300. An unusual matched set of ten L.C. Tiffany glasses, Favrile glass, took $7,000.
In the Native American selection, baskets seemed to be the hottest items, starting with a polychrome Mission basket estimated at $2/3,000 that rose to $30,000. Two Apache ollas, one measuring 12 inches and one at 21 inches, brought $18,000 and $15,000, respectively. A Panaminit Shoshone basket ($1,2/1,800) realized $18,000. One of the better textiles, a Navajo rug with Germantown wool, sold for $15,000. A Nez Pierce/Plateau rifle scabbard brought $5,000, and an unusual photograph by Fred Kiser, circa 1910, fetched $4,200.
A pottery standout was a large Hopi water jar, possibly done by Frog Woman, which brought more than $5,500. A San Ildefonso bowl with carved top brought over $7,000. There were several beaded items that sold for strong prices, as witnessed by a matched pair of beaded Sioux bags, which sold for more than $20,000.
The second session started with Alexis Jean Fournier’s “Evening Quietitude,” circa 1903, that brought $15,000. A painting by Amy Perret sold for $10,000, while a George Ames Aldrich painting, “Stream in Normandy,” circa 1920, realized $9,000.
Several pastels by Leon Dolice brought good prices between $1,200 and $1,600. A Reginald Marsh watercolor and ink, “The Trapezists,” fetched $15,000. A Charles Sebree casein work, “Sailing Boats,” circa 1950, took $10,000, and a Gertrude Abercrombie sold for $12,000. Among the paintings sold were a Dorothy Bartholemy, “Cats on Stove,” $6,500; a Paul Strisik from Rockport, Mass., circa 1970, $7,500; a 1961 work by Werner Drewes, $6,000; and “Arrangement #18” by Medard Klein, circa 1939, $6,500.
Furniture highlights included a Charles and Ray Eames Aluminum Group sofa that brought $3,900, while Edward Wormley pieces sold well, including an executive desk at $6,000 and a dining table at $7,200.
A Philip and Kelvin Laverne coffee table brought $5,000 and a pair of Laverne occasional tables $6,500. A Rondelay screen, circa 1960s, by Chicago area artists Michael and Francis Higgins, sold for $7,000, and a T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings table brought $5,000. A group of Cassina dining chairs and sofas designed by Le Corbusier realized $15,000.
The sale included architectural drawings and photographs. A photograph by Man Ray brought $12,000, another $9,000, and a drawing by Hardwell Harris sold for $6,500.
All prices reported include the 20 percent buyer’s premium. For information, 703-383-5234, 513-321-6742 or www.treadwaygallery.com .
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