CINCINNATI – Climate change isn’t always about the weather. The climate of the antique market is constantly changing, and Don Treadway of Treadway Gallery is attempting to adjust the thermostat to keep his customers comfortable. Results will be gauged Saturday, June 5, when Treadway conducts his annual Decorative Arts auction at the historic Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
This major sale, which begins at 10 a.m. Central, includes more than 500 lots, slimmed down a bit from previous Treadway auctions. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
“It’s sort of a sale for the times,” said Treadway, describing the market for antiques as “dicey.”
“Great things are still in demand, the middle is difficult,” said Treadway. “Acknowledging this, we have been particularly stingy with reserves.”
Treadway said saw at his recent auction in Chicago a willingness among buyers to pay fair prices for good items. “So don’t give me something encumbered with a reserve,” he said.
Reflecting the summertime feel of the auction are two fine Rookwood vases that will sell in the first half hour. A graceful bulbous shape vase, 5 1/2 inches high by 4 inches wide, dated 1894 and decorated with sunflowers by Kataro Shirayamadani has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. A 15-inch-tall Rookwood vase with a Vellum glaze and a finely painted landscape of birch trees by a lake shore, done by Lenore Asbury in 1918, is expected to sell for $3,500-$4,500. A Rookwood Vellum plaque picturing a Venetian boat scene by Ed Diers has a $15,000-$20,000 estimate.
Other Rookwood artists whose works will be available at the auction are E.T. Hurley, Sallie Coyne, J.D. Wareham, Carl Schmidt and Lorinda Epply.
In addition to the featured Rookwood pottery, Treadway will offer Rozane, Weller, Owens, Roseville, with the emphasis on Ohio pottery.
Also included are many examples of Moorcroft, Charley Vyse, Martin Brothers, Royal Doulton, Lachenal, Zsolnay, Ruskin and Bigot.
Buyers will find numerous examples of Arts and Crafts pottery such as Van Briggle, Teco, Wheatley, Fulper, Dedham, several pieces of Newcomb and metalwork by Dirk Van Erp. There is also a collection of WMF metalwork including several rare examples.
American and European art glass includes fine examples by L.C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios, Gallé, Daum, Muller and Rene Lalique.
A selection of graphic works by Leon Dolice and Gustav Klimt are also listed along with a fine Pedro Lemos pastel. Other artists include John Weis, Victor Casenelli, William Meuttman and Werner Drewes There are several fine Asian vases.
As always, everything is guaranteed, noted Treadway.
For details call Treadway Gallery at 513-321-6742.
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