Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is a trusted resource for iconic Mid-century Modern artist- and architect-designed material in all decorative arts categories, including furniture, lighting, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and glass. The auction house has sold works by celebrated artists George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Girard, Pierre Jeanneret, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Venini, and Ettore Sottsass.
As part of Treadway Toomey Auctions, the auction house was the first to present a sale entirely dedicated to the work of Charles & Ray Eames. In 2017, the auction house offered Art in Glass: The Collection of Joan & Milton Baxt, one of the finest single-owner collections of contemporary art glass in the United States.
The Modern Design Department offers carefully selected and vetted material that will appeal to entry-level buyers as well as the most dedicated collector.
Lisanne Dickson is the Senior Specialist in the Modern Design department of Toomey & Co. Auctioneers. Since joining the auction house’s parent company in 1999, she has cataloged and sold more than 15,000 Mid-century Modern items and has been instrumental in positioning the company at the center of this thriving market. Her areas of expertise include Art Deco, Mid-century Modern, and Postmodern Design, with a focus on American designers of the 1950s and 1960s.
Lisanne holds a degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served as a consultant to Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and coordinated the sale of deaccessioned items from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, Toomey & Co. offered Art In Glass: The Collection of Joan & Milton Baxt, a single-owner collection of contemporary art glass. Lisanne served as the lead Specialist for the sale, overseeing coordination of the entire project.
Lisanne is a Sponsoring Member of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, a Patron Member of Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Auxiliary group, and a member of the Art Institute of Chicago, Racine Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, The Henry Ford, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and the Toledo Museum of Art.