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Silver & Objects of Vertu

René Lalique
Sea Holly hair comb

The Silver & Objects of Vertu Department has an excellent reputation offering fine silver and objects of vertu from the 17th through the 21st century. We have offered works by notable silversmiths and manufacturers including Fabergé, Paul Storr, Tiffany & Co., Buccellati, Georg Jensen, William Spratling, The Kalo Shop, and many others. We put our auctions together carefully and bring to the market what collectors are avidly seeking — material composed of silver, gold, and other precious metals, along with exceptional objects of vertu.

In June 2015, we handled selected works from the Roy and Sarita Warshawsky Collection. This included a rare Art Nouveau Sea Holly hair comb by René Lalique that sold for $205,500, the highest price ever achieved at auction for a Lalique comb.

On May 5, 2019, Toomey & Co. offered items from The Paul & Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry. This carefully curated, single-owner catalog sale drew on the largest private collection of American Arts & Crafts metalwork and jewelry. The auction achieved over $650K in 500 lots of a relatively niche collecting category with an astounding 93% sell-through rate.







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John Walcher, Senior Specialist, Vice President, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

John P. Walcher

Vice President
Senior Specialist

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John P. Walcher, a Vice President of Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, is a Senior Specialist in the Silver & Objects of Vertu Department and joined the company in 2013. John was raised in Springfield, Illinois and holds a degree in Biology from Western Illinois University. Prior to and since joining the company, he has assisted with numerous consignments from important private collections, estates, and institutions.

While at Toomey & Co., John has helped oversee many important collections including: the Robert and Elaine Dillof Collection, the Warshawsky Collection, the Estate of Candice B. Groot, the Estate of Robert E. Beck, the collection of Governor Jim Thompson, and the Estate of Robert E. “Butch” McGuire, among others. He also managed the sale of deaccessioned objects from the Art Institute of Chicago.

John has been in the auction industry since 2000 and long held a passion for the fine and performing arts. He is currently a member in the following organizations: Sustaining Fellows at the Art Institute of Chicago, Antiquarian Society at the Art Institute of Chicago, New York Silver Society, Irish Georgian Society, Joffrey Auxiliary Board (chairman emeritus), Advisory Board of Common Threads, Central Illinois Numismatic Association (life member), and the Illinois State Museum Society (life member).

In addition to being a Vice President and Senior Specialist, John is a licensed auctioneer and acts as the primary auctioneer for Toomey & Co. He also regularly assists many charitable organizations by offering his services as a professional auctioneer.

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