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Don Treadway held his first auction in 1980 after five years as a private dealer exhibiting at shows across the US and Europe. 1987 Brought the beginning of a 30 year auction run in Chicago, creating a presence in the art and design movement world wide. Treadway, from its beginning, was the first auction house to not only specialize in the 20th century design movement, but to also guarantee the objects they sold. Today they continue that tradition of providing outstanding customer service and record-setting results.

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    Five For Friday: Treadway’s June and Larry Greenwald Collection Sales Event

    Pieces available in Treadway's upcoming auction. Photo courtesy of Treadway. Auction Daily: Thanks so much for speaking with us today. Your March 22nd, 2020 Greenwald Collection auction features almost 300 lots of the most appealing and desirable antiques to come to market in recent memory. It is very encouraging that you've promoted how accessible - and generally affordable - many of the lots will be. Can you tell the Auction Daily readers how to spot a good value at auction and in this sale?  Don Treadway: This auction will offer collectors great selections of bronzes, lamps, glass, Asian, and French objects at reasonable to wholesale prices. In terms of value, all buyers searching for quality antiques at attractive prices need to educate themselves on the state of the current marketplace. Without that knowledge, any purchase is a bit of a gamble.  Personally, I feel this is a great time to consider purchasing quality items from a broad range of fine and decorative art categories. There are good buys to be had everywhere, bidders just need to be prepared, educated, and willing to look in many different places. Auction Daily: One of the interesting details about this sale is that it features a one-owner collection of fine and decorative art - including examples from the world's most desirable manufacturers and categories, including Gallé, Tiffany, Daum, G. Argy-Rousseau, and Satsuma. In your experience, do one-owner sales differ from those representing many consignors? In handing her materials, were you able to learn anything about June Greenwald based on themes running throughout her collection? Don Treadway: Yes, one-owner sales can seem more appealing from the point that their objects are generally curated and cohesive, with common themes. Multi-consignor sales can be a bit more transactional, and often feature merchandise from dealers who are simply looking to move it along efficiently.  I've known June Greenwald for many years; we met 35 years ago at the annual Miami Beach Antique Show. This event continues to be one of the premier shows in the country for a wide range of objects. June was a dealer there. Professionally, she was known…

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    June & Larry Greenwald Collection

    In the 1950s, June Greenwald found what she could in yard sales for her family of five children. After flipping a piece to an antique dealer, she realized there were opportunities in the industry. Greenwald began her antiques business in 1959. The June & Larry Greenwald Collection event, presented by Treadway, brings to auction 293 lots from a lifetime of curating decorative and fine art. The auction is also a testament to the long friendship between June Greenwald and the event’s host, Don Treadway, who first met 35 years ago at the Miami Beach Antique Show.  Seven Tiffany Studios lamps will cross the auction block, including a Peony table lamp. The shade combines rippled and confetti glass on top of a bronze base. Bidders will also find a Tiffany Studios Pony Wisteria lamp. Black, root-like lines weave across the lamp's top. Blue and white glass pieces hang down to evoke the wisteria plant’s flowers. Like several other available lots, this Tiffany Studios lamp was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2009. Highlighting the event's fine art offerings is an untitled painting by Arthur Elsley. Despite losing much of his eyesight as a child due to measles, Elsley attended the South Kensington School of Art and excelled. His work is known for chronicling the everyday lives of Victorian-era families in England, particularly featuring children. The piece available in this auction shows a child seated on her mother's lap. She is shown offering a treat to two competing dogs.  Those seeking decorative art pieces beyond Tiffany Studios can also consider a vase from the Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Co. Named after the quetzal, a brightly-colored South American bird, the company produced Art Nouveau pieces in the early 20th century. Green swirls loop across the vase's middle, while gold lines provide contrast on the bottom half. Those interested in this or any other piece can register to bid on Invaluable.