Handel Egyptian lamp illuminates bidders at antique auction

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A 25-inch, Handel leaded and reverse painted lamp with an Egyptian design and large 20-inch square shade lit up the room for $16,000 at a sale of the single-owner lifetime collection of Dale Gabel, held Apr. 9-10 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The auction was conducted by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan.

Gabel was a dedicated collector of antiques in a wide range of categories. More than 850 lots crossed the block, including Daum Nancy, primitives, art glass, R.S. Prussia, lithographs, marbles, lamps, Royal Bayreuth, Flow Blue, Wave Crest, advertising items and more. His collection was so massive that a Part 2 sale has been scheduled for a sale Sept. 11.

The Handel lamp was the top lot of the sale, and no wonder. The piece was in excellent condition and boasted a shade with a scene of an Egyptian queen surrounded by blue, green, red, amber, cream and multi-colored slag swirl leaded panels. At the base were three, figural Sphinx lions. The example even had the original four light sockets and pulls.

About 200 people came to the antiques auction, of which approximately 120 were active bidders. “This was a well attended auction, with lots of bidders from all over the country,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “As for prices, they were strong for some items, a little flat for others. But that’s what makes for a good and interesting auction.” He said absentee bidding was very active.

Internet bidding was facilitated by Proxibid.com. Over 400 people registered to bid online.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at Woody Auction.

The second top lot of the sale was an extremely rare and unmarked Wave Crest pipe rack plaque, with an embossed scroll mold showing an Indian Chief portrait décor. In excellent condition, the plaque soared to $9,750. Also, an equally rare 6 3/4-inch signed Daum Nancy “Spring Season” cameo pedestal vase, with a cherry blossom tree scenic décor which brought $4,300.

A 7 1/4-inch signed Daum Nancy cameo cut five-color tulip-shaped vase with nice long stemmed floral décor went for $3,100; an 11 1/2-inch R.S. Prussia pedestal covered urn with keyhole “Spring Season” portrait and iridescent bronze Tiffany background brought $2,900 and a 6-inch signed Daum Nancy five-color cameo cut vase with field of flowers décor hit $2,600.

A Bradley & Hubbard leaded glass table lamp with 19-inch diameter multi-color caramel shade with geometric designs and nice, three-light base coasted to $2,700; an 11-inch Loetz style flower form vase, gold iridescent with green applied pulled leaf design commanded $2,500 and a 10-inch signed Galle three-color cameo cut vase with attractive floral décor realized $2,200.

An 11 1/2-inch pickle castor with amberina coinspot insert set on a Tufts silverplate frame climbed to $2,200; a 4 3/4-inch black amethyst vase marked “R. Lalique” with overlapped cut feather design demanded $2,100; and a 6-inch signed L.C. Tiffany Favrile No. 6491 stick vase, gold iridescent and decorated with a green heart design, went to a determined bidder for $2,000.

An American Brilliant Cut Glass bowl featuring a hobstar center with butterfly, floral and vesica highlights and thick heavy blank fetched $1,900; a 6 1/2-inch signed Daum Nancy cut vase having a textured body with smooth polished foot and red floral blossom décor reached $1,900; and a signed L.C. Tiffany Favrile compote, with nice green pulled feather design, rose to $1,800.

A Burmese Jack-in-the-Pulpit-shaped vase with enamel floral blossom décor achieved $1,700; a 13 1/2-inch signed Pairpoint boudoir lamp with 9-inch diameter puffy reverse painted shade and floral and lattice décor breezed to $1,600; and an original Hubley cast iron mechanical bank from 1906 with a man on a goat dropping coins into a frog’s mouth topped out at $1,600.

A 6 1/2-inch Weller Louwelsa scenic vase, artist marked, with a dark gray to cream background and sailboat scenic décor topped out at $1,500; and an American Brilliant Cut Glass blown star-shaped bowl with thick blank and quality hobstar and arch design brought $1,100.

A signed lithograph by Birger Sandzen, titled “Sunshine Creek” and measuring 20 inches by 26 inches in the frame, sold for $1,050; a rare 13-inch Ward’s Orange Crush syrup dispenser, figural orange with embossed lettering, changed hands for $1,000; and a 9 1/4 inch Rookwood yellow matte vase with a floral décor of white blossoms and leaves, dated 1929, made $1,000.

Rounding out the weekend’s list of top lots: a very rare 24-inch by 32-inch Currier & Ives historical railroad print, drawn by F.F. Palmer and titled “Across the Continent,” in great condition, found a new owner for $950; and a 30-inch by 20 1/4-inch advertising tin sign, saying “To School Well Fed on Grape Nuts: There’s a Reason,” showing a young girl with her dog, fetched $900.

Woody Auction’s next sale will be the Albert Schmidt Antique Estate Auction, May 22 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center (4-H Hall) in Wichita, Kan. Schmidt, of Iowa, was a longtime collector of biscuit jars, art glass, firearms, Wave Crest and other antique items. Over 400 lots will be sold.

Then, on June 5, at the same venue in Wichita, Woody Auction will hold an auction combining four impressive collections gathered from around the country. Featured will be Royal Dux, sterling silver, art glass, bronze figurines, marble fern stands and furniture. Over 500 lots will be sold without reserve.

After that, Woody Auction will conduct an R.S. Prussia convention auction July 24 at the Holiday Inn Airport West in St. Louis (Earth City), Mo. The hotel is located off exit 231b of I-70. Part 2 of the Dale Gabel Collection will be held Sept. 11 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita, Kan.

Woody Auction is accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at 316-747-2694 at info@woodyauction.com.

To learn more about Woody Auction and their upcoming calendar of events visit www.woodyauction.com. ?

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