Toomey & Co. auctioneers are offering ‘The Ira Simon Collection: Sold for the Benefit of the Art… – 71Bait

LOT 1: Tiffany Studios, Shade Design Attributed to Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll, Rare Jeweled Drop Head Dragonfly Table Lamp: Shade, #1507-15 on extending Queen Anne lace net base, #397. Estimate 150,000-250,000 $
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On Wednesday 27 April 2022, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is proud to present a one-stop auction. The Ira Simon Collection: Sold to benefit the Art Institute of Chicago. The sale includes over 300 lots of art and design from the Art Nouveau, Aesthetic Movement, Crafts and Art Deco periods, including various rare and important works by artists such as Tiffany Studios, Émile Gallé and others.

Ira Simon was a Chicago-based graphic designer who, in the 1970s and 1980s, began assembling one of the most impressive collections of late 19th and early 20th century material, leading to his devotion to buying and selling antiques and conducting appraisals for auction houses and private clients.

LOT 6: Rare Scarab Humidor Box by Tiffany Studios. Estimate $30,000-50,000
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highlights of The Ira Simon Collection: Sold to benefit the Art Institute of Chicago on 04/27

The April 27 auction begins with four lamps by Tiffany Studios. The first lot in particular is a rarity Jeweled Drop Head Dragonfly Table lamp on a telescopic mesh Queen Anne’s lace Base (estimate $150,000-250,000). Other Tiffany lamps include one apple blossom Boudoir lamp on a fern base, a daffodil table lamp on a Tree trunk base and a Acorn table lamp on a dragon-fly Base (highest $20,000-30,000). Other notable Art Nouveau/Aesthetic Movement items in Tiffany Studios sale consist of rarity scarab humidor box, a volcano humidor, a turtle back Jardiniere and a marmot Candlestick (highest $30,000-50,000).

French Art Nouveau is well represented with several furniture designs by Émile Gallé. In addition to a rare dragonflies (dragonflies) hall console ($20,000-30,000), the sale boasts a Vitrine aux Blés (wheat showcase). ). Furniture by Jacques Gruber, an orchid-motif wall mirror, and Eugène Vallin, four side chairs with wheat accents, will also be available (higher $2,000-$3,000).

LOT 203: Émile Gallé rare Libellules (dragonflies) floor console. Estimate $20,000-30,000
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Ira Simon loved bats, so the auction has several related objects, such as the Ferdinand Erhart silver Chauve Souris (bat) belt buckle, an Art Nouveau bat hanging lantern and a three-light candelabra by Hugo Leven for Kayserzinn with bats (top $3,000-5,000). Simon’s interest in more animalistic works extended to other creatures such as: Édouard-Marcel Sandoz cobra Table lamp, Edith Barretto Parsons duck baby sculpture, u Yawning Tiger Bronze by Anna Vaughn Huntington, a Tiffany & Co. frog Spoon rest and ET Hurley’s seahorse themed designs (top $10,000-20,000). In addition to Hurley, the auction features American Arts & Crafts metalwork from The Kalo Shop, Gorham Mfg. Co., Robert Riddle Jarvie and Carence Crafters, and jeweled French Art Nouveau boxes and cases by Alfred Daquet.

In addition to the sculptures mentioned above, the auction includes a bronze titled after Paul Howard Manship acteon, which draws on Greek mythology, male figurines by Malvina Cornell Hoffman and Albin Polasek, and female figurines by Art Deco sculptor Emory P. Seidel (top $8,000-12,000). Landscape paintings from the Brown County Art Colony in Indiana will go to the highest bidder, with works by Edward K. Williams, Lucie (Lucille) Hartrath, Rudolph Frank Ingerle and others (maximum $5,000-7,000). Finally, prints by the Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha and two works on paper by the surrealist Salvador Dalí (maximum $3,000-5,000) are part of the auction.

Preview and bid with Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

The Ira Simon Collection: Sold to benefit the Art Institute of Chicago will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois. The auction is public and a preview is available both in person and virtually by emailing

Bidders may also participate by calling (708-383-5234) or submitting bids ( The catalog is published online at and early registration is recommended. Alternatively, bids can be placed via two third-party real-time platforms (LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable).

Upcoming auctions and consignments

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers will hold three additional auctions this spring: Modern Design + Post War & Contemporary Art on Wednesday, May 18; Fine arts + furniture & decorative arts on Wednesday, June 8; and Ceramics & Rookwood: American and European Art Ceramics on Thursday June 9th. Consignments for upcoming auctions will be invited and photos of items can be sent to for estimates. To learn more about past or future sales, please visit

About Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, based west of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois, hosts several carefully curated auctions annually featuring material from six departments: Fine Arts, Early 20th Century Design, Modern Design, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Silver and Objects by Vertu and fine jewelry and watches. In recent schedules, individual and special auctions from important estates and private collections have been presented.

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