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Arts and Crafts at Auction - John Toomey Gallery

Posted Sunday, October 09 by CAG

Special thanks to Jeannie and Aaron at for the kind words in their recent post. They are restoring a 1914 Craftsman Syle bungalow. So, I thought I would write something, for first time visitors from their site, about Arts and Crafts period, Craftsman and Prairie Style antiques. I know not all rehabbers are doing Arts and Crafts or Prairie Style houses, but certainly a number are. Many of you may not know about a great resource for antiques from these periods that is right here in our on backyard.

The John Toomey Gallery is one of the top auction houses in the world for quality antiques from the Arts and Crafts period as well as Mid-Century Modern, for those of you rehabbing or furnishing a modern house. Each auction normally has 400-600 lots of Arts & Crafts and Prairie Syle antiques, including furniture, pottery, metalwares, lighting, textiles, glassware and more.
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This Gustave Baumann colored woodblock print entitled “Pines Grand Canyon" sold for $15,000. The Roseville Rozane Della Robia vase sold for $8,000. The Rare Gustav Stickley inlaid chest on chest (Harvey Ellis influence, in maple with inlaid woods and pewter design at top and around each handle, with fine original finish, some stains to top, signed with red decal) sold for $24,000.

But don't let these prices for rare pieces scare you off. There are plenty of affordable pieces for people who are plunging most of their money into their house. There are also pieces that may help with restoration; such as wall and ceiling lighting fixtures, fireplace tools and screens, and even some stained glass windows.
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This hanging fixture sold for $175, the fireplace screen for $700 and the plant stand for $400.

And the best part is, that this is all available right here in our own backyard of Oak Park, Illinois. If you are not in the Chicago area, that's OK. Much of what is sold is shipped all around the world. You can bid online, on the phone or through the mail.

Their next auction is December 4, click here for the first of three preview pages.

And if you aren't already aware of the web ring for do-it-yourself rehabbers, visit

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