Woody Auction is offering a surefire cure for cabin fever with what it’s calling the finest art glass auction ever held at its Douglass gallery, opened in 2015. Offered will be over 350 lots, featuring three core collections of mainly art glass and art pottery. The sale will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 starting at 9:30 AM CT. The gallery is located at 120 East 3rd Street in Douglass, KS.
Expected top lots will include Galle and Daum Nancy “bat” vases, a Galle marquetry vase, brides baskets, Weller and Roseville art pottery. For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be provided by Liveauctioneers.com/woody-auction-llc. Absentee bids will also be accepted. As with all Woody Auction sale events, everything will be sold without reserve.
The entire catalog may be viewed online now, with crisp color photos, at www.woodyauction.com. Particularly beautiful are the two “bat” vases, the Daum Nancy example an extremely rare signed French cameo art glass vase, 10-1/4 inches tall, depicting eight bats in flight over a church steeple. The vase has a yellow, orange and amethyst mottled background, with cameo carved amethyst overlay.
The Galle “bat” vase, diminutive at 5-1/4 inches tall, is signed, with a white and dark lavender carved design that features bats in flight silhouetted by the moon over a village. The Galle marquetry vase, also signed and 5-1/2 inches tall, has a white background with wheel carved pink overlay and large marquetry blossoms. An inscription in French, translated, reads, “Happiness in the new century.”
A pair of signed Galle French cameo art glass vases – one having a green background with strong carved pink floral blossom overlay, the other boasting vibrant translucent mottled seaweed green coloring with cameo carved branch, leaf and berry design – will attract bidder interest, as will a signed Emile Galle French art pottery figural owl, 13 inches tall, with a life-like brown glaze, on a red base.
Signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vases will be plentiful. Top lots will include a lovely and colorful 7-1/2 inch vase with a fall scene décor along a lakeside and flowing creek; an 11-1/4 inch blown mold vase with forest décor and yellow and orange mottled background; and a 19-3/4 inch vase showing a cameo carved amethyst tree décor with multi-colored falling leaves. All three are must-see examples.
The Tiffany name always snaps bidders to attention. The sale will feature a 4-inch by 9-inch watercolor on paper beach scene with sailboats in the background, signed “Louis C. Tiffany” and mounted in a 9-inch by 14-inch frame; a signed art glass paperweight vase having a yellow opaque background and a large red blossom design; a signed favrile art glass vase, 7 inches tall, multi-color caramel shading to green; and an art glass flower form in a beautiful green pulled feather design and gold iridescent foot.
Beautiful Handel lamps will also come up for bid. These will include a marked reverse painted lamp having a chipped ice shade with exotic birds of paradise in flight against an orange and black mottled background, artist signed “HB”; and a marked reverse painted lamp, also with a chipped ice shade, with colorful parrots and butterfly among blossoming peonies, against a charcoal gray matte ground.
Brides baskets will feature a cream satin art glass ruffled bowl with coralene floral décor, set on a Monarch #556 silverplate frame; a pair of pink satin diamond quilted mother of pearl square bowls set on a Reed & Barton #1105 silverplate stand; and a Mt. Washington unmarked Crown Milano tri-color bowl with lovely pansy and geometric blossom décor, set nicely on a Pairpoint #2261 silverplate stand.
Vases by the French maker Le Verre Francais will cross the auction block. Lots will feature a signed French cameo art glass pedestal vase having a mottled orange background with dark amethyst cameo carved overlay featuring a scarab design; and a signed French cameo art glass vase having a pink and white mottled background with blue and green mottled Cypress pattern. Both are marked “Charder.”
Returning to Galle, other featured lots will include a rare signed ‘Emile Galle Nancy’ French art pottery wall pocket with a maroon background and embossed grasshoppers and blossom décor, 9 inches by 6 inches; and a marked “Emile Galle” French art pottery vase with four dimpled sides, two handles, and embossed floral and butterfly design. The vase, in brown, green and tan tones, is 7-1/2 inches in height.
Back to Daum Nancy, and more spectacular offerings, to include a signed French cameo art glass vase boasting possibly the finest winter scene item Woody Auction has ever sold, 14-3/4 inches tall; a signed French cameo art glass covered jar in a rare shape and with a rare winter scene décor with pattern cut and enameled lid; and a signed French cameo art glass creamer with an ice blue background and springtime scenic décor.
Stunning vases by other makers will include a signed Thomas Webb & Sons English art glass vase with crystal clear blank, made for the 1889 Paris Exposition and marked “Tiffany & Company”; a French art glass vase made circa the 1920s by Maurice Marinot, signed, with green controlled bubble design; and a signed Muller Freres Luneville French cameo art glass vase featuring a scene of two birds near a lake.
Additional noteworthy lots include an unmarked Roseville Carnilian II pattern palace vase in mauve mottled tones, at 29-1/2 inches tall the largest piece of Roseville Woody Auction has sold; an Austrian bronze mechanical statue of an Art Nouveau woman wrapped in a fur coat (which opens to reveal her as nude when the mechanism is triggered), 9-1/4 inches tall and mounted on a marble base; and a signed “G. Argy-Rousseau” pate de verre French art glass figural floral blossom with pink and lavender petals.
Internet bidders are encouraged to register a day or two ahead of the auction. Absentee bids should be submitted with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. All bids must be received no later than Thursday, March 16. Bids may be faxed to (316) 746-2145, or emailed to email@example.com. Douglass is 35 miles southeast of Wichita. The gallery is a half-block from Woody Auction’s offices.
As for lodging, the recommended hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, located in Andover, Kansas, about a 15- to 20-minute drive away. To reserve a room there, call (316) 733-8833. Many more area lodgings are also available. Moving forward, Woody Auction will conduct regular auction events in the Douglass location. Other auctions will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center in Missouri, as well as Iowa.
Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection you may call them at (316) 747-2694 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Woody Auction and the March 18 auction, visit www.woodyauction.com.