Estimated to realize $800-$1,200, the sugar bowl and cover was from an early Mid-Western collection and inspired intense competition from floor, phone and on-line bidders (lot 690). The price was the highest achieved of the 987 lots offered at the Evans auction house.
An exceptional cut overlay open compote, colored ruby to colorless, Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., 1860s-1870s, sold for $11,500 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). The compote is considered among the most important pieces of American cut overlay glass, and also one of the largest examples made at the time (lot 743).
A rare brilliant deep green Lee/Rose No. 227-C cup plate (lot 947), one of only two recorded examples realized a strong $8,625 (estimate: $1,000-2,000). It was likely made in Philadelphia circa 1830-1835. Sold from the collection of Pam Christoffel, this plate had a stellar provenance stretching from the collection of George C. Cannon, to James H. Rose (who owned it twice) to Louise S. Esterly, to William J. Elsholz, to Frank Burton. As the catalog noted, this was a unique opportunity to obtain this plate since the only other known specimen resides in the Toledo Museum of Art.
Of the lighting offered, a pair of pressed Three-Printie Block whale oil lamps in brilliant sapphire blue, made at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. around 1850, sold for $6,325, twice their high estimate (lot 258). These were among more than 500 lots sold from the 50-year collection of the late Lois S. Hirschmann of Marion, Mass., being sold to benefit the Sandwich Glass Museum’s Endowment Fund. Prior to Hirschmann, this pair was owned by Gladys and Paul Richards.
A pair of pressed Four-Printie Block whale oil lamps in deep brilliant amethyst, also from the Hirschmann collection, sold for $6,325 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). Part of the desirability of this pair was their pristine condition (lot 260). Another great example of lighting, an important Transcontinental Railroad engraved commemorative lantern globe, circa 1863-1869, sold within estimate for $5,175 to a major museum (lot 819).
Overall, the auction realized $406,000, with 1,933 bidders, from over 32 countries. Phone and absentee bidders were remarkably active, with nearly 2,000 online live bidders.
After the auction company president and senior auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “We were extremely honored to handle the Hirschmann collection for the Sandwich Glass Museum. Mr. and Mrs. Hirschmann were remarkable supporters of the museum over the past 30 years, founding members of the Cape Cod Glass Club, and donated many important objects to the museum’s glass collection for all to enjoy. Lois and Jack were very special people.”
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