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WICHITA, Kan. – A rare and fine set of four Minton cups and saucers, nearly flawless except for a hairline crack on one cup and some repair work to another, sold for $3,500 at an auction held July 7, 2012 by Woody Auction. The cup and saucer set was the top earner in an auction that saw 430 quality lots come up for bid.
Headlining the sale was the lifetime single-owner collection of David and Audrey Manson, containing marvelous examples of miniature cameo glass, Nippon, Wave Crest, Royal Bayreuth, Tiffany and dozens of other pieces of art glass. Also sold were around 30 biscuit jars, representing the last of the Sanders collection. Woody Auction sold most of that earlier this year.
“It was a nice auction with a lot of great variety,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “We had over 50 people in attendance, and bidding in the room was spirited. Another 114 bidders participated online, through Proxibid.com, and we recorded 17 absentee bids. Buyers and sellers were both happy.” There was no phone bidding for the auction.
The Minton cup and saucer set boasted a cream background with blue and white “Pate sur Pate” medallions of a woman and cherub, plus outstanding gold accenting. “These were some of the finest cups and saucers it’s ever been my privilege to sell at auction,” Mr. Woody said. “If it weren’t for the hairline crack and repair to the cups, I’m sure they would have sold for more.”
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 a Woody Auction.
Three other lots realized $2,000 or more: A Wave Crest two-handled vase (banner mark), with white floral décor and gilt metal handles and feet fetched $2,300; another Wave Crest banner mark two-handled vase, white with chrysanthemum floral décor, hammered for $2,000; and a signed Daum Nancy four-color cameo cut bowl, blue with a white background, hit $2,000.
Other signed Daum Nancy pieces that did well included a rare miniature cameo cut art glass vase with spring season décor, 2 ½ inches tall ($1,300); a miniature cameo cut art glass vase with autumn lake and tree scenic décor, 1 ¾ inches tall ($1,300); and a miniature cameo cut art glass vase with yellow and pink background showing a sailboat harbor scenic décor ($1,100).
Tiffany pieces included a signed Favrile pedestal cake stand (#1580), with yellow and white opalescent spider web design and gold iridescent foot ($1,400); and a beautiful 15 ½ inch decorated trumpet vase, marked “Tiffany & Studios” with green vine décor ($1,200). Also, a nice 12 ½ inch signed Galle two-color cameo cut vase with wine and berry motif rose to $1,500.
An extra large (6 inch by 13 inch) American Brilliant Cut Glass bishop’s hat-shaped bowl, three-footed, with rolled rim and hobstar, strawberry diamond, crossed bar and fan motif garnered $1,150. Among the biscuit jars, one of the top achievers was a rare 7 ½ inch Royal Flemish example boasting four color segments with four medallion coins. It went for $1,700.
A 3 inch by 6 inch C.F. Monroe cigar band round hinged clear crystal box, with vintage cigar bands and flor fina portrait center, soared to $1,800; an 11 inch by 10 inch marked Crown Milano bride’s bowl, tri-corner shaped and set on a Pairpoint silverplate stand, coasted to $1,500; and a signed “F. Carder” (Steuben Aurene) art glass trumpet vase with swirl design made $1,500.
A 2 inch signed Daum Nancy art glass toothpick holder with winter scene cameo design, boasting excellent color and condition, reached $1,300; a 15 inch marked Mt. Joyce cameo cut art glass handled ewer in a dark amber color with pine cone and branch décor breezed to $1,200; and a Wave Crest (stamp mark) two-handled bowling pin-shaped vase, 17 inches tall, hit $1,100.
A 12 ¼ inch tall unmarked Durand pedestal art glass vase with green background and silver King Tut design and butterscotch interior changed hands for $1,300; a marked Crown Milano ball-shaped vase with cream background, pansy décor and heavy gold highlights went for $1,250; and an R.S. Prussia point and clover mold chocolate pot, 10 inches tall, realized $1,000.
Woody Auction’s next big sale is slated for Sept. 22, 2012. The sale is packed with American Brilliant Cut Glass, featuring a rare six-sided Panel Pattern deep bowl by Hawkes followed by a matching round tray, a wedding ring bowl by J. Hoare and a selection of finger bowls and underplate sets.
For more information, visit Woody Auction.
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