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Modern Design

Erik Gunnar Asplund for Cassina, Senna chairToomey & Co. Auctioneers is a trusted resource for Modern Design, including iconic Mid-century Modern artist- and architect-designed material in various decorative arts categories: furniture, lighting, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and glass. Our Chicago-based 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.









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Mike Hingston, Specialist, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Mike Hingston




Michael Hingston joined the company as a Specialist in 2018. Mike was raised and lived on the East Coast the majority of his life. He has a B.S. in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Geology from Dartmouth College.

Mike brings over twenty years of experience as an antique dealer and appraiser specializing in a broad range of material including American Arts & Crafts furniture, ceramics, and metalwork; American 20th century studio furniture and ceramics; American and European silver and Colonial American antiques.

Prior to joining the company, Mike exhibited at many national antique shows including: National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville, North Carolina), The ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show (Deerfield, Massachusetts), American Art Pottery Association Show (rotating), Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair (Manchester, New Hampshire), The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Theta Charity Antiques Show (Houston, Texas), among many others.

Mike is a Trustee of the American Art Pottery Association. In addition, he is a Patron Member of the Winterthur Museum and a member of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the Friends of Historic Deerfield, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

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