On Wednesday, October 13, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers will present its first sale dedicated exclusively to Prints & Multiples, featuring nearly 300 lots with lithographs, screenprints, etchings, woodcuts, and other works on paper by major figures from the 19th century to the present. Some of the important artists included in the auction are: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Salvador Dalí, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Ed Paschke, Paul Cadmus, Thomas Hart Benton, Frances Hammell Gearhart, Gustave Baumann, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
On Thursday, October 14, Toomey & Co. will conduct its fall Interiors auction, which includes a wide variety of fine art, early 20th century and modern furniture, pottery, glass, lighting, and more. Much of the material in Interiors is by renowned artists and makers, but the price points are generally more affordable, which allows collectors and designers greater access to desirable objects.
Highlights of Prints & Multiples on October 13
Post-War & Contemporary Art
In Prints & Multiples on October 13, two works by Andy Warhol will lead the contemporary offering, Grevy’s Zebra from Endangered Species, 1983 (estimate $50,000-70,000) and a first-edition Kiku Exhibition Catalog from Tokyo, 1983-1984 ($1,500-2,500). Keith Haring also has two works available, Pop Shop II, 1988 ($10,000-20,000) and International Volunteer Day, 1988 ($2,000-3,000). The sale includes three Pop art works by Peter Max and a cycling-themed screenprint by LeRoy Neiman (highest $800-1,200). In European art, Salvador Dalí’s Decameron Suite, 1972, Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Statues, 1985, and two works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser will be up for bid (highest $2,000-3,000). Several prints by recent Chicago artists are included in the sale, for example, Ed Paschke’s neon-hued lithograph, Kontata, 1984, two Roger Brown works, six abstractions by sculptor Richard Hunt, and seven lots from Tony Fitzpatrick, including an Autumn Etchings portfolio (highest $2,000-3,000).
19th & Early 20th Century Art
Tonalist innovator James Abbott McNeill Whistler has two bridge scenes in the auction and a fine etching, The Wine Glass, 1859 (highest $1,500-2,500). Paul Cadmus also has an etching in the sale showing a pair of muscular young men on bicycles, Going South, 1934 ($5,000-7,000). As a New York City artist, Cadmus emulated the urban scenes of Martin Lewis, John Sloan, and Reginald Marsh, all of whom have prints in the auction (highest $4,000-6,000). Midwestern Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry each have a pair of works up for bid (highest $1,000-2,000). From Illinois, the sale features woodcuts from African-American artist Hale Aspacio Woodruff and views of Chicago landmarks from the 1930s by Charles Turzak (highest $2,000-3,000). Illinois native Frances Hammell Gearhart has multiple Western landscapes available as does Gustave Baumann (highest $3,000-5,000). Los Angeles artist Paul Landacre’s two high-contrast wood engravings depict an intimate domestic scene and desert mountains (higher $2,000-3,000). Finally, Mexican artists José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo portray revolution and peasants (highest $1,500-2,500).
Highlights of Interiors on October 14
The Interiors auction on October 14 offers a diverse range of works across all buying categories. In Fine Art, the sale has WPA artist John Drake Pusey’s group of four seasonal Midwestern landscape murals, Impressionist André Gisson’s riverside oil on canvas, an after Walt Disney animation cel and sketch of Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio, a steel sculpture by Chicago's Joseph A. Burlini, and works by Outsider artists Lee Godie and Howard Finster (highest $2,000-3,000). Early 20th century design includes several pieces of original Arts & Crafts furniture and some recent productions, notably, an early chalet desk by Gustav Stickley and a contemporary drop-front desk from Warren Hile Studio (higher $1,000-2,000). Art pottery from venerable makers like Grueby, Teco, and Newcomb College is available as well as mid-century ceramics from Waylande Gregory, Beatrice Wood, and Edwin and Mary Scheier (highest $800-1,200). Modern furniture is likewise on offer from iconic designers such as Paul Frankl, Edward Wormley, Charles and Ray Eames, and Harry Bertoia (highest $1,500-2,500).
Preview and Bidding with Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Prints & Multiples on Wednesday, October 13 and Interiors on Thursday, October 14 will both start at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. The sales will be held at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois. Preview runs weekdays Wednesday, October 6 through Tuesday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Those who wish to preview or attend the auctions must make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; virtual preview is available by request. Clients are required to wear masks on the premises regardless of vaccination status. Bidders may also participate by phone (708-383-5234) or leave absentee bids (email@example.com). The catalogs are posted online at toomeyco.com and early registration is recommended. Alternatively, bids may be placed via two real-time, third-party platforms (LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable).
Upcoming Auctions and Consignments
Toomey & Co. Auctioneers has three more auctions slated for 2021: Rookwood & Ohio Art Pottery on Wednesday, November 10; Jewelry, Silver & Objects of Vertu on Thursday, November 11; and Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation on Thursday, December 2. Consignments are invited and photographs of items may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for estimates. To learn more about past or future auctions, please visit toomeyco.com.
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 presented single-owner and special sales drawn from important estates and private collections.