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Signed Gallé art glass vase could fetch $50,000

Woody Auction is holding the first of five scheduled auctions to sell a single, outstanding antiques collection March 20. Jason Woody of Woody Auction says of the collection: “It might be the finest ever offered in the state of Kansas.”

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 late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin were dedicated collectors of fine porcelain and glass pieces. (Photo courtesy Woody Auction)

Kans. The auction, which begins at 1 p.m. (CST), will be held by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kans. Absentee bids will be accepted and online bidding will be available via

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.

Galle art glass

Museum-quality signed Galle French cameo art glass “Burning Cathedral” vase, 20 inches tall, dated 1914. (Photo courtesy Woody Auction)

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, call 316-747-2694 or email


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