Cut glass Dorflinger bowl sells for $65,000, setting new auction house record

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A stunning American Brilliant Cut Glass three-color, cut to clear bowl by Dorflinger, in the Montrose pattern and in outstanding condition, sold for $65,000 at a cut glass auction held March 10 by Woody Auction at the Kansas City Airport Hilton in Kansas City, Mo. It was a record price for a piece of American Brilliant Cut Glass at a Woody Auction.

Dorflinger cut crystal bowl  American Brilliant Cut Glass three-color cut to clear bowl in the Montrose pattern by Dorflinger ($65,000). Photo courtesy Woody Auction.

“What made this bowl so exceptional was the fact that one-third of it was green cut to clear, one-third was cranberry cut to clear and one-third was amethyst cut to clear. You rarely if ever see that,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “I expected it to bring $10,000 to $20,000, but when bidding topped $50,000, my heart began to pound a little.” Online bidding was active on Proxibid.com.

The winning bidder was a dedicated cut glass collector from Texas who requested anonymity. He had been in a fierce bidding war with two other contenders, one of whom was acting on behalf of the Dorflinger Museum. That person stayed in the fight to the bitter end. The third party was active in the early going, but threw in the towel when bidding reached $25,000.

“I do believe the bowl was one of the 10 rarest items I’ve ever sold,” Woody said.

Following are additional highlights from the March 10 auction. All prices are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.

Signed Libbey American Brilliant Cut Glass bowl in the Morello pattern, 4 inches by 9 inches ($5,500).  Signed Libbey American Brilliant Cut Glass bowl in the Morello pattern, 4 inches by 9 inches ($5,500).

An exceptionally fine Libbey American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) bowl in the Morello pattern, 4 inches by 9 inches and signed, changed hands for $5,500; an ABCG aqua green cut to clear wine glass in the Russian pattern with star cut buttons and scalloped base made $4,500; and a signed Sinclaire ABCG oval bowl in the Snowflake and Holly pattern rose to $2,600.

A 4-inch by 9-inch ABCG cranberry cut-to-clear bowl featuring a hobstar center with nailed diamond, prism and long thumbprint highlights (circa 1898) brought $3,300; a rare 4 1/2-inch tall ABCG cranberry cut-to-clear wine glass in the Eleanor pattern by J. Hoare hit $2,500; and a 4 3/4-inch ABCG gold cut to clear wine glass in a unique Strauss pattern realized $2,300.

American Brilliant Cut Glass aqua green cut to clear wine glass in the Russian pattern, 4 1/2 inches tall ($4,500).  American Brilliant Cut Glass aqua green cut to clear wine glass in the Russian pattern, 4 1/2 inches tall ($4,500).

A March 24 auction held in Wichita, Kan., featured four fine collections comprising more than 500 lots of art glass, Royal Bayreuth, furniture pieces and more.

Highlights from the March 24 auction include a 9-inch by 15-inch bride’s basket, a star crimped melon ribbed apricot satin diamond quilted bowl with pink interior and gold and enamel floral décor, set on a Meriden silverplate rampant lion frame, made $8,000; and an 11-inch pickle castor, a tortoise shell swirl coinspot art glass insert with enamel décor set on a figural “Lily Pad” silverplate Meriden frame hit $1,400.

Another bride’s basket – a cranberry opalescent nailsea star crimped bowl with blossom and branch enamel décor, set on a perfectly fitting Toronto silverplate base – sold for $1,900. Also, a gorgeous 106-piece set of “Medici” pattern Gorham sterling silver flatware, all contained in a handsome, three-drawer, 35 inch by 25 inch wooden silver chest, made $4,500.

Woody Auctions will sell a collection of fine furniture, prints and art glass on May 12, in Wichita. On May 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CST), the firm will conduct one of its best American Brilliant Cut Glass auctions ever – the “Billie” Harrington and David Rose collection – at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo.

For more information about Woody Auction, contact 316-747-2694 or info@woodyauction.com.

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