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Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

EXPERTISE Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is one of the premier specialty auction houses in the country and has been conducting auctions since 1987. In addition to carefully curated art and design auctions, we have featured collections from Governor Jim Thompson, selected works from the Roy and Sarita Warshawsky Collection, The Paul and Terry Somerson Collection, and, most recently, The Ira Simon Collection to benefit the Art Institute of Chicago, with many rare and notable examples of art and design from the Art Nouveau, Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco periods. Our extensive knowledge of the industry, thorough attention to detail, and commitment to serving our clients are what distinguishes us. Steeped in the midwestern origins of Prairie School architecture, Toomey & Co. is a leading purveyor of fine art and design. From the Arts & Crafts movement and early art pottery to modern and contemporary art, our dedicated team brings a wealth of experience and attention to every work we handle. Whether a single work or a single-owner sale, we take pride in our focused approach and our dedication to crafting a quality experience for each of our clients and customers. HISTORY A renowned specialist in objects of the Arts & Crafts movement, John Toomey founded the auction house in 1987. With Lucy Toomey and John Walcher leading the company for the past several years, we have conducted more auctions than ever, set multiple price records, and nearly doubled sales annually since rebranding in 2018. In 2020, Riley Humler, formerly of Humler & Nolan, joined Toomey & Co. with over 30 years of experience auctioning early 20th century art pottery and ceramics. He is currently the President of the American Art Pottery Association and has appeared as an appraiser on the beloved PBS show, Antiques Roadshow. In 1991, Humler curated and sold the Glover Collection, considered the most important sale of Rookwood pottery to date. In the fall of 2022, Toomey & Co. relocated from historic Oak Park, Illinois to the city of Chicago, sharing office and gallery space with Wright (after merging with Rago, Wright, and LA Modern Auctions). This move consolidates our consignment, production, and creative efforts, allowing us to serve our clients more effectively from a centrally located, downtown site.

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Bidder Reviews for Toomey & Co. Auctioneers (332)

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Lakewood, OH

Jan 24, 2023
Went above and beyond my expectations-awesome people to deal with!
Group of three signed pocket watches

Rehoboth, MA

Jan 15, 2023
As advertised and great shipping and packing
Great item as advertised!!!!!
Tiffany Studios, Large gourd vase

North Syracuse, NY

Dec 30, 2022
Professional, Courteous, & Helpful
Am extremely happy with the service! I hadn't arranged shipping for an internet purchase before, however Toomey & Co. 's excellent staff helped each step of the way, making for a near-effortless process. Each item given several, clear images to assess quality; as detailed descriptions as possible. It's clear they are at the top of their field, and I shall be keeping an eye for future auctions!
Harriet Wilcox for Rookwood, Incised Mat vase

Deerfield Beach, FL

Dec 13, 2022
First Class all the way!
Mary Gage, Brooch

Benton Harbor, MI

Nov 21, 2022
Standard auction house experience
No surprises, which is good! Thank you.

Sebring, FL

Nov 09, 2022
Great auction house!
I’ve purchased several items from Toomey & Co. and have been very satisfied! Will definitely purchase again!
Steuben, Salt cellar and shade vases, pair

San Jose, CA

Sep 24, 2022
Great item
Great exchange.
Weller Pottery Co. large earthenware Neiska vase

Fremont, OH

Sep 10, 2022
World Class Auction House
My bidding and purchase experience with Toomey was excellent. Important to me, the painting was packed expertly, with great care. I look forward to attending online more of their auctions.
John Sloan, Fireguard

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