• OAK PARK, Illinois
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  • March 03, 2020

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LOT 54: Richard Diebenkorn. Blue from The Ocean Park Series, 1984. Estimate $20,000-30,000
Toomey & Co.

On Sunday, March 8, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers will begin its 2020 schedule with Art & Design, featuring over 600 lots of fine and decorative artworks, sculpture, early 20th century and modern furniture, art pottery, lighting, silver, jewelry, and more.

The public auction on March 8 will start at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Bidders may participate in person (Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois), by phone (708-383-5234), and via two live digital platforms (LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable). Early registration is strongly recommended.

Auction preview begins March 2 and continues through March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST daily, with extended hours on March 5 until 7 p.m. for an evening reception. The full catalog for Art & Design is online at

Fine Art

Art & Design on March 8 will offer works by several important contemporary artists, including Richard Diebenkorn’s woodcut, Blue, 1984 (estimate $20,000-30,000), a David Hockney etching ($3,000-5,000), and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s-themed The Souper Dress ($1,000-2,000). Many lots by Midwestern and Chicago artists will be up for bid, such as Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s chicken bone chair ($7,000-9,000), a Zhou Brothers’ diptych ($5,000-7,000), and an Ed Paschke neon screenprint ($1,000-2,000). In modern art, the auction will proudly present Harlem Renaissance sculptor Augusta Savage’s bronze bust, Gamin, circa 1929 ($20,000-30,000), and an orotone by Native American chronicler Edward Sheriff Curtis ($2,500-3,500).

LOT 102: The Roycrofters rare bookcase, similar to #83. Estimate $10,000-20,000
Toomey & Co.

Early 20th Century Design

Known for American Arts & Crafts, Toomey & Co. regularly offers important original designs. The March 8 sale includes a rare bookcase from The Roycrofters ($10,000-20,000) and an early two-door unit from Gustav Stickley ($3,000-5,000). Ceramic art pottery features vases from Teco and Grueby (each $4,000-6,000). Collectors of antique lighting will be drawn to a Tiffany Studios table lamp with Geometric shade ($10,000-20,000) and a Dirk van Erp hammered copper example ($6,000-8,000). Chicago metalwork up for bid includes Robert Riddle Jarvie’s bronze chamberstick ($2,500-3,500) and The Kalo Shop’s round copper tray ($1,500-2,500). Two Modernist necklaces by Art Smith (higher $2,000-3,000) and a Gio Ponti Diamond flatware service ($1,500-2,500) will also be available.

Modern Design

An exceptional offering of Italian modern design will be auctioned March 8, including Max Ingrand’s Lens coffee table ($15,000-25,000) and chandelier ($10,000-20,000), both for Fontana Arte. Another lighting standout is Carlo Scarpa’s Reticello pendant light for Venini ($10,000-20,000). Art glass features Riccardo Licata’s Fantasia block ($8,000-12,000) and Ercole Barovier’s Caccia vase ($5,000-7,000). Furniture by Ico Parisi, Gianfranco Frattini, Piero Fornasetti, and others is also on offer. Scandinavian design includes a Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant light ($4,000-6,000) and two Poul Kjærholm marble-top coffee tables (higher $3,000-5,000). Englishman Denham Maclaren’s coffee table with curved steel tubing ($8,000-12,000) makes a bold statement as does American Alexander Girard’s multicolored sofa with curved armrests for Herman Miller ($7,000-9,000). Other famous designers with lots in the sale are Mies van der Rohe, George Nelson, and Charles and Ray Eames.

LOT 412: Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Lens coffee table, #1774. Estimate $15,000-25,000

Art & Design will be held on Sunday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. CDT at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois.

Consignments are now invited for upcoming auctions. Photographs of items may be submitted for estimates to To learn about past or future sales, please visit

About Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Located just west of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers holds several carefully curated auctions annually with material sourced from six departments: Fine Art, Early 20th Century Design, Modern Design, Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts, Silver & Objects of Vertu, and Fine Jewelry & Timepieces. Recent schedules have included single-owner and special sales drawn from important estates and private collections.

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