Art+Design - Session One

Past Auction

September 15, 2019 11:00 AM EDT Treadway Gallery


Session one: Art+Design
(Lots 1-272) 11:00am

Session two: African American Fine Art
(Lots 273-405)
 Approx: 2:00pm

Treadway’s September 15th auction contains two sessions. Session one is 20th Century Art + Design and features multiple collections of American ceramics from Pennsylvania, Texas, Chicago and Ohio, ranging from Rookwood, Newcomb College, Van Briggle, George Ohr, Marblehead, Grueby, and more. A Southern collection contains Tiffany lamps and metalwork that were featured in numerous museum exhibitions. This collection features a very rare Autumn Leaf ball lamp from The Garden Museum Collection in Tokyo, Japan. English arts and crafts silver, clocks and ceramics come from an extensive collection in New York state, featuring two monumental Archibald Knox garden ceramic pieces. Paintings include a Thomas Hart Benton from a Kansas collector and a Gertrude Abercrombie out of a Michigan home. 

The African American Art, session two of the auction includes not only important individual works, but also an amazing representation of a great number of unique artists, and examples of virtually every medium.  Important early works such as James Needham’s Chicago River (est. $12,000-$18,000) and Isaac Hathaway’s Bust of Frederick Douglass (est. $5,000-$7,000) lead the way.  Two important historical portraits of Countee Cullen and Kelly Miller by Bernard Goss (est. $5,000-$7,000) are being offered.  An important oil by Palmer Hayden of a woman cooking (est. $35,000-$45,000) is a rare offering.  Two sculptures by Sargent Johnson from the Melvin Holmes Collection will be sold; a diorite animal figure (est. $5,000-$7,000) and a mother and child made from Oaxacan clay (est. $15,000-$20,000).  Two abstract works on paper by Beauford Delaney from the early 1960s will be sold (est. $10,000-$15,000 each), and a large and important abstract oil by Hale Woodruff (est. $40,000-$60,000).  A fine linear abstract watercolor by Alma W. Thomas will be offered (est. $20,000-$30,000), and two works by another African American female abstractionist, Mavis Pusey—an oil (est. $15,000-$20,000) and a gouache (est. $3,000-$5,000) as well. Both Thomas and Pusey’s work are to be featured in upcoming museum retrospectives.

Three rare works by William Majors will be sold.  The oil (est. $10,000-$20,000)  dated 1958, is an abstracted landscape, and the two drawings (est. $7,000-$10,000 each) are from 1961.  There is a significant representation of works by AfriCOBRA artists, including three prints by Nelson Stevens, single works on paper by James Phillips and Napoleon Henderson, and a very large, important painting by Wadsworth Jarrell (est. $25,000-$45,000).

A rare, large painting by Samella Lewis (est. $8,000-$12,000) is included as well as a small colorful oil of figures in an abstracted landscape by Bob Thompson (est. $15,000-$20,000).  An oil of cotton workers by John Biggers will be offered (est. $20,000-$30,000), and two large oils by William Edouard Scott.

A rarely seen group of works by artists who left the U.S. to work in France, Denmark, and Belgium will be included, consisting of three works on paper by Larry Potter, two assemblages by surrealist, Harvey Cropper, and a sculpture by Harold Cousins.

Treadway is located at 2029 Madison Road in Cincinnati, Ohio. The auction will begin Sunday, September 15th, at 11am at our auction space, 2007 Madison Road. In addition to live bidding, bidders can participate over phone, with absentee bids, and online at Live Auctioneers. 

For more information, call (513)321-6742 or email

Exhibition Times

Treadway Gallery
Mon, Sep 9, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Tue, Sep 10, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Wed, Sep 11, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Thu, Sep 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Fri, Sep 13, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Sat, Sep 14, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Contact Info

Drew Treadway