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Danville, IL, United States
DoneSat, Nov 5, 2016 5:00 PM UTC

Van Briggle Lifetime Collection

It is with immense pleasure and pride Judd’s Auction Gallery presents Mr. Charles Drennan’s 50-year collection of over 800 pieces of Van Briggle. Mr. Drennan’s passion began in his 30’s when he and his family went to Colorado Springs on a vacation where he purchased his first piece and he said, “It was love at first sight!” Since that time, he’s attended auctions, garage sales and many more trips to Colorado Springs. It was on one of these vacations he was introduced to the owner, Craig Stevenson. Mr. Brennan tells a story that Mrs. Stevenson would see him getting out of his car in the parking lot and personally open the door. As a result, in this auction you will find several signed autographs by Artist Fred Wills, Jeff Oelklaus, Craig Stevenson, and Deborah Hager. Years ago, Mr. Drennan attended a symposium on Van Briggle where he was informed the artist Fred Wills would be attending and signing his work. At his home, Mr. Brennan gathered them all up and carried two suitcases full of his pottery into the building. Fred laughed and signed them all. Mr. Drennan loves to talk about these stories. His pieces span over 100 years of the company’s existence. Every decade is present in his collection from the early 1900s through and including 2011. Unfortunately, the company closed in 2012. Charles is turning 81 this year and has been contemplating what to do with his collection. He has decided to offer it to others who display a similar love of this company’s history of Van Briggle. We are honored to be the auction house selected for this task. As we were packing the pottery, he refused to keep any of it. As it turned out, there was one piece in particular which was left on the table. He would often go to the rooms and bring us more to pack. It happened three times and this piece was continually forgotten. We decided that he was meant to keep it to remind him of the years of happy hunting and joy in his collection.