Silver & Decorative Arts John Walcher

Over the years, John Toomey Gallery has represented works by notable silversmiths and manufacturers including Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Buccellati, Georg Jensen, William Spratling, The Kalo Shop, Lebolt, Allan Adler and many others. Collectors are avidly seeking quality items made of silver or gold, objects of vertu, jewelry and other areas of decorative arts. The Silver and Decorative Arts Department offers an opportunity for our clients to consign and purchase objects within these categories on a regular basis.

John P. Walcher is the head of the Silver and Decorative Arts Department and joined John Toomey Gallery in 2013. In addition to working with client’s consignments of silver and decorative arts, Mr. Walcher orchestrates and manages single-owner and specialty sales. Since joining the gallery, he has worked on The Robert and Elaine Dillof Collection, The Warshawsky Collection, The Estate of Candice B. Groot, and other numerous important collections, estates and consignments from institutions.

Prior to joining John Toomey Gallery, Mr. Walcher started working in the industry in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois in 2000 for Patricia Doyle Associates Auction Gallery, where he continued until 2009. Walcher moved to Chicago in June of 2009 to work for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, where he remained in the Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts Department for four years. Additionally, Mr. Walcher is an alumnus of Western Illinois University and holds a BS in Biology.

Mr. Walcher has assisted many charitable organizations by offering his services as a professional auctioneer. He is currently a member in the following organizations: Sustaining Fellows and the Antiquarian Society at the Art Institute of Chicago; New York Silver Society; Irish Georgian Society; Royal Oaks Foundation; Joffrey Auxiliary Board (chairman emeritus); Advisory Board of Common Threads; Central Illinois Numismatic Association (life member); and the Illinois State Museum Society (life member).

Please contact our Silver and Decorative Arts Specialist John P. Walcher at johnw@johntoomeygallery.com or 708.383.5234 to discuss the potential sale of your silver or decorative arts.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS AUCTIONS

 

 

  • Rene Lalique

    Rene Lalique

    Jewelry, Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $205,500 Rene Lalique (1860-1945) Sea Holly hair comb, France, circa 1900 horn, silver, gold, glass signed 3 3/4″w...

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  • French

    French

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $5,490 French articulated mannequin with mystery articulations wood joint construction with screw reinforcements, ring segmented neck and torso,...

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  • Walter Potter

    Walter Potter

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $169,500 Walter Potter (1835-1918) Kittens’ Tea & Croquet Party taxidermy diorama England, late 19th century thirty-seven kittens 75...

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  • Roullet et Decamps

    Roullet et Decamps

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $12,500 Roullet et Decamps Fumeur Fin de Siecle et son Chien automaton, circa 1885 15”w x 10 1/4”d...

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  • J.F. Houdin

    J.F. Houdin

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $48,800 J.F. Houdin Mandarin Magician automaton clock France, 19th century Japy Freres time and strike movement 12 1/4″w...

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  • French

    French

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $14,640 French Bras en L’Air mantel clock gilt metal, polychrome enamel, marble 9 1/2″w x 18″h x 5″d...

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  • French

    French

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $12,500 French circa 1890 Swimming Turtle mystery clock green marble, brass, pewter, ceramic 11″w x 10 1/2″d x...

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  • Possibly by Anton Bachmayer

    Possibly by Anton Bachmayer

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $4,575 Possibly by Anton Bachmayer Tulip pendant watch yellow gold, polychrome enamel 7/8″dia x 1 5/8″h Provenance: The...

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  • Roman

    Roman

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $2,750 Roman Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. erotic intaglio ring yellow gold twisted wire, carnelian size: 7 1/2 Provenance:...

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  • J.D. Piguet & Meylan

    J.D. Piguet & Meylan

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $19,520 J.D. Piguet & Meylan The Barking Dog automated open face pocket watch Geneva, Switzerland, circa 1811 silver...

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  • James Cox, for the Chinese Market

    James Cox, for the Chinese Market

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $73,200 James Cox, for the Chinese Market The Goats’ Secret three-body concealed erotic open face pocket watch London,...

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  • Svend Andersen

    Svend Andersen

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $12,500 Svend Andersen Eros No. 92: President’s Activities concealed erotic automated wristwatch Geneva, Switzerland, 1998 platinum, enamel with...

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  • William Carpenter

    William Carpenter

    Fine Timepieces

    Price Realized: $13,420 William Carpenter Shepherdess with Her Flock erotic pair-cased verge watch London, Circa 1800 rare, with erotic couple...

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  • French

    French

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $7,320 French Circa 1960 diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire earclips 18K yellow and white gold, 60 round cut...

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  • Lover’s Eye

    Lover’s Eye

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $4,575 Lover’s Eye 19th century brooch yellow gold, diamonds, garnets, glass, blue enamel, miniature painting of a light...

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  • Lover’s Eye

    Lover’s Eye

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $6,710 Lover’s Eye Georgian Period serpent ring yellow gold, diamond, rubies, blue enamel, glass, concealed miniature painting of...

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  • Lover’s Eye

    Lover’s Eye

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $7,930 Lover’s Eye 19th century heart bracelet 12K gold, turquoise cabochon, miniature painting of a brown eye 6″l...

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  • Daum/Henri Soufflot

    Daum/Henri Soufflot

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $10,248 Daum/Henri Soufflot Prairie spirit bottle, #12 Nancy, France cameo cut and enamel decorated glass, sterling silver signed,...

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  • Georg Jensen

    Georg Jensen

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $23,180 Georg Jensen designed by Jorgen Jensen (1895-1966) biscuit box, #796 Denmark, 1929 sterling silver stamped marks, numbered...

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  • Wiener Werkstatte

    Wiener Werkstatte

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $9,760 Wiener Werkstatte silver spoon, Josef Hoffmann, attribution, round gilt bowl, long stem with pronounced hammer marks and...

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  • Kalo

    Kalo

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $14,640 Important and large Kalo samovar and tray, in copper and brass, interior silver-lined, round lid with squat...

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  • Charles Robert Ashbee

    Charles Robert Ashbee

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $7,320 Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942) for Guild of Handicraft Ltd. butter knife, England, 1904 silver, moss agate hallmarked...

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  • Christofle

    Christofle

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $12,200 Christofle six-piece table garniture: three mirrored plateaus, two compotes, center bowl France silver-plate, glass, stamped marks largest...

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  • Yemelyan Kuznetsov for Faberge

    Yemelyan Kuznetsov for Faberge

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $2,440 Yemelyan Kuznetsov for Faberge cigarette holder, in the original box Moscow/St.Petersburg, Russia 56 zolotniks/14K yellow gold, guilloche...

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  • Galle vase

    Galle vase

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $21,960 large and graceful shape in tinted green glass, very unusual engraved cameo and enameled design featuring birds...

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  • Orest Kurlyukov salt box

    Orest Kurlyukov salt box

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $28,060 Moscow, turn-of-the-century, .875 silver with an elaborate and colorfully enameled scene with a figure and buildings, colorful...

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  • 1940s-50s Celestial Burst pin

    1940s-50s Celestial Burst pin

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $2,440 gold, three-dimensional gold rods around a large central freshwater pearl, prong-set brilliant cut diamonds and rubies, hinged...

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  • Art Smith sterling collar necklace

    Art Smith sterling collar necklace

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $5,100 c.1948, seven hammered sterling sections with sphere detail, stamped “Art Smith Sterling”, 14.5″l, excellent condition Estimated Value:...

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  • Gorham plates

    Gorham plates

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $4,800 set of eleven, sterling silver with pierced and cast floral border, “Gorham” mark, #1139L, stamped sterling, 11″dia...

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  • Georg Jensen

    Georg Jensen

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $9,600 Georg Jensen compote, large form in hammered sterling silver with sculpted and applied grapevine motif, signed, #264B,...

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  • Ferry French silver pitcher & basin

    Ferry French silver pitcher & basin

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $4,560 19th Century (900 Fine), with applied mermaid form handle, the body chased with fleurs-de-lis and with two...

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  • Spratling bracelet

    Spratling bracelet

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $5,100 Mexico, sterling silver cuff inset with Malachite stones, stamped marks “Spratling Made in Mexico” and “Spratling Silver”,...

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  • Harry Jackson sculpture

    Harry Jackson sculpture

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $34,800 (American, b.1924) “Plantin’ “, in bronze with original patina, signed, impressed 4, dated 1959, 44″w x 21″d...

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  • Japanese Mixed Metal knives

    Japanese Mixed Metal knives

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $2,760 Meiji period, 20, all with bronzed metal handles, all with silver blades marked ADRAGSTED, assorted tooled designs,...

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  • Kalo pin and earrings

    Kalo pin and earrings

    Jewelry

    Price Realized: $2,400 round shape in hand wrought sterling silver with a colorful geometric design, all marked, pin: 1.75″dia, clip...

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  • François-Raoul Larche sculpture

    François-Raoul Larche sculpture

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $9,600 (French, 1860-1912) “Female Figure,” in bronze with a gold patina, “SIOT.Paris,” numbered Z708, signed, 24″w x 19″d...

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  • Anna Eicher tea set

    Anna Eicher tea set

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $6,600 tray, teapot, creamer and sugar, handled octagonal shapes in hammered sterling, monogrammed R, impressed mark, #69, tray:...

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  • Petterson Studio candlesticks

    Petterson Studio candlesticks

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $5,700 pair, large forms in hammered sterling, marked, 5”w x 12”h Estimated Value: $3,000 – $4,000 Auction Date:...

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  • Chinese snuff bottle

    Chinese snuff bottle

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $6,710 jadeite form with an incised scene on one side and a story on the other, malachite stopper...

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  • Chinese box

    Chinese box

    Silver & Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $5,795 chased brass oval form with a fish and lotus flower designs, hinged lid with a large applied...

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  • Chinese censer

    Chinese censer

    Decorative Arts

    Price Realized: $34,160 large bronze footed and handled bowl with bamboo designs, carved wooded lid with a carved jadeite finial,...

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  • Russian cigarette case

    Russian cigarette case

    Silver & Objects of Vertu

    Price Realized: $7,320 turn-of-the-century, .875 silver with gold filigree and an elaborate and colorfully enameled decoration of two fish and...

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