Pickard and Royal Bayreuth collections will stun bidders at Woody antique auction

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – An estate auction featuring an important Pickard collection from the Chicago area will be offered without reserve Oct. 23, in the Junior Ballroom (lower level) of the St. Charles Convention Center by Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan.

In addition to the Pickard selection, waiting for bidders will be a wide array of art glass, Royal Bayreuth, Wave Crest, toothpick holders and more.

Pickard china is named after the man who started the company in 1894 that bore his name, Wilder A. Pickard (1857-1939). He assembled a group of highly skilled men and women china painters, many of whom had emigrated from Europe, to create a uniquely American style of hand-painted china. The firm produced a high-quality line of giftware, artware and dinnerware.

Pickard became wildly popular, as the buying public – then and now – fell in love with the exquisite patterns, elegant gold and platinum borders and artistic renderings of flowers, fruit, figurals and scenics that typified Pickard china. Today, Pickard, Inc., continues in the family tradition of producing ivory and white porcelain for individuals, governments and companies.

A few Pickard pieces expected to do well in the auction include a beautiful two-handled hand-painted “Velum” vase with a fall scene tree and lake décor (signed Challinor); a 9-inch water pitcher (signed Falatek) and four matching tumblers with peacocks (signed Challinor); and a wonderful 16-inch two-handled jardinière with “Bordure Antique” decor (artist signed Ruery).

Wave Crest, also hugely popular with collectors when it debuted, is a type of glassware that was made by the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company, then hand-painted by the C.F. Monroe Company of Meriden, Conn. (which also fashioned Nakara and Kelva pieces). Wave Crest commonly used flower transfers and occasionally scenes and cherubs, often in pastel shades, to create an effect.

Royal Bayreuth is recognized today, as it has been for over 200 years, as Germany’s finest producer of quality porcelains. Founded in 1794 and still operating at the same factory in the tiny town of Tettau, Royal Bayreuth makes fine dinnerware, dining accessories, coffee and tea sets, figurals, rose tapestry, scenic pieces and unique novelties like the SunBonnet Babies.

Limoges pieces will also be offered in the sale. Expected top lots include a rare 16-inch hand-painted dresser tray with an Arab on camel scenic décor and gold trim (signed Weiss); a hand-painted round plaque with detailed scene of a young girl picking flowers (signed Heidrich); and a 14 3/4-inch dragon-handled hand-painted tankard with “Falstaff” portrait (signed Heidrich).

Toothpick holders will feature an extremely rare 2 1/4-inch plated amberina example in excellent condition and with great coloring; and a 2-inch signed Daum Nancy cameo cut piece with a winter scene décor, also in excellent condition. Belleek will also be offered, including a 16-inch painted vase (artist signed K. Ryba) covered with a highland cattle scenic décor.

Lamps will illuminate the room with offerings like a 25-inch by 18-inch Steuben 5-light hanging pendant lamp with original fixture, four bell-shaped globes and one center bullet-shaped shade in a pulled green feather design with gold highlights; and a 9 1/2-inch Art Deco figural lamp with a nude looking into a mirror in front of a Gothic arch window, all on a marble base.

Vases of note will include a beautiful 20 1/2-inch Royal Bonn hand-painted floor vase with a scene of a monk and priest, titled “The Scandal”; a signed Kew Blas art glass vase, iridescent gold with green pulled feather design, 10 1/2 inches; a signed Aurene No. 2744 gold iridescent three-stem bud vase; and an 18-inch Austrian two-handled hand-painted vase, signed Osborne Studios.

Rounding out the day’s top lots: a 10-inch Ginori hand-painted tankard with figural mermaid handle in brown tones with vintage décor and gold trim (artist signed Campri); a 12 1/4-inch marked beehive plaque, gold with cobalt blue trim (artist signed F. Holzel); and a 14-inch Pairpoint bride’s basket with glossy peach blow cased bowl and nice blue bird and acorn décor.

To learn more about Woody Auction and the upcoming Oct. 23 auction in St. Charles, please visit www.woodyauction.com or call 316-747-2694 or e-mail info@woodyauction.com. Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A 7.45 percent sales tax will be collected on all purchases.

Woody Auction may also be reached at P.O. Box 618, 317 S. Forrest, Douglass, KS  67039. ?


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