WICHITA, Kans. — The first of five planned auctions to sell the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and glass pieces accumulated over 50 years by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin is slated for Thursday, March 20, at the Doubletree Airport Hilton in Wichita,
The Riegers were discerning and serious collectors, seeking out only the finest names in porcelain and glass, such as Tiffany, Gallé, Meissen, Webb, Daum Nancy, KPM and others. The couple also collected period antique furniture, which they kept in their spacious Wichita home. The furniture will be sold in the later sales; auctions two and three will be held May 29 and Aug. 1-2.
“This is by far the finest antique collection we’ve ever offered, and it might be the finest ever offered in the state of Kansas,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “Prior to Dr. Rieger’s passing, Karin and Ernest made the decision to sell the collection at public auction, the way they enjoyed buying. All items in all the auctions will be sold to the highest bidders without reserves.”
A Gallé vase was the first item in a collection that would grow to around 3,500 pieces. One Gallé piece certain to attract attention is a museum-quality, 20-inch-tall French cameo art glass vase from 1914, with a scene depicting a burning French cathedral with the ruins shown on the reverse side. The lot comes with an original copy of Le Pays de France magazine, dated Sept. 19, 1914, with an artist’s rendition of the cathedral under bombardment on the cover.
Additional feature lots from the Riegers’ collection include:
• Unusual 13-inch, signed Daum Nancy art glass boudoir lamp
• Several pieces of Tiffany, including a signed gold iridescent Lava pattern vase with green iridescent interior
• A 5 1/2-inch figural lay down Webb English perfume bottle
• 30-inch, two-handled Meissen covered urn.
Previews will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 6-8 p.m., and March 20, auction day, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
To learn more about Woody Auction and this and the firm’s other sales, visit www.WoodyAuction.com, call 316-747-2694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.