MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — The market for 19th and 20th century colored glass is on the uptick, if Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ mammoth 1,167-lot Jan. 18 auction is any indication. The auction proved that fine objects of great rarity will get bidders excited, and attractive and unusual examples are equally enticing to the market.
Results were strong across the historical American section of the sale, as well as the Victorian opalescent and the art glass sections. Two examples of mid-19th century Boston & Sandwich glass sold for $9,775 each, sharing the spotlight for the highest price of the day. The first item, a seldom-seen deep peacock-blue pressed Eye and Scale pattern hand candlestick/chamber stick, was no less attractive than the pair of deep peacock-green pressed Loop/Leaf stand lamps. Both lots had impeccable provenance, having previously been in the Donald and Pamela Levine collection, and now being sold from the Greg and Joyce Prus collection.
Brilliant amethyst, brilliant deep cobalt blue and forest green glass objects also did very well in the sale, with a variety of vases, candlesticks and lamps realizing strong prices.
Another strong category was comprised of Victorian opalescent glass. Virtually all of the lots offered finished above estimate, including those within the cranberry glass area. Two Swastika-pattern cranberry opalescent items realized the highest prices for this section of the auction, with a water pitcher selling for $6,900 against a $2,000 to $4,000 estimate, and an Indiana mold syrup pitcher selling for $5,750. Both were made at Dugan Glass Co., circa 1904. Dugan also made a Swastika pattern nine-panel mold syrup pitcher, in green opalescent glass, which realized $3,738, above the $1,000 to $1,500 estimate.
The auction saw equally strong bidding for American art glass, European art glass, modern studio glass and cut glass. A set of eight Steuben engraved goblets, in shape 6596, sold for $2,990, estimated originally at $1,000 to $1,500; a Charles Lotton “Multi Flora” studio art vase sold for $978, ahead of the $400 to $600 estimate; and a Thomas Webb & Sons English cameo cabinet vase, depicting scrolling foliage and flowers, sold for $3,450 against the original $400 to $600 estimate.
After the auction, auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans said, “This was our best performing glass auction since the recession started, grossing nearly $400,000. We saw many past buyers and numerous new buyers who were enticed by the high quality of merchandise and the conservative estimates, which combined to push some lots to near pre-recession levels. Only three lots carried a reserve and all sold.” When asked to comment on the antiques market in general, Evans added, “Things are really looking up. Collectors are beginning to recognize and take advantage of the great values presented by the current economy.”
Evans continues, “We have several very significant collections of glass lined up for the remainder of the year and anticipate a record-breaking 2014.”
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