Fine cut glass delivered a year of sparkling results at Woody Auction
DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction specializes in Victorian and pre-1920s antiques, but the firm’s real stock in trade is fine cut glass, which it has been auctioning for years. This point was driven home during the course of 2022, when the company held four major cut glass sales that all performed well and contributed to a highly successful year overall.
The first was a two-day American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) auction held March 4 and 5 that featured a pair of outstanding single-owner collections. They belonged to Ila and the late Joe Lemon, who gathered fine examples of colored stems and great patterns; and Rich and Sandy Encelewski, who insisted that all the pieces they acquired be in outstanding condition. Some smaller collections were also added, pushing the total lot count to more than 500.
Top lots included a signed Egginton pitcher in the Trellis pattern, which featured a triple-notched handle and hobstar base and earned $11,500; and an American Brilliant Cut Glass bowl signed by Hawkes in the Imperial 2 pattern, from the Lemon collection. It realized $9,200.
“Cut glass auctions are always a thing of beauty, and when longtime collections come together and are combined, the splendor can be overwhelming,” said Jason Woody, a co-owner of Woody Auction and a third-generation auctioneer. “The Lemon and Encelewski collections ranked among the best. The fact that both were being offered in one sale was just remarkable.”
The second major cut glass sale of 2022 was held on May 28 and featured a strong assortment of American Brilliant Cut Glass pieces, boasting a wide array of patterns and makers, with many items showcasing sterling silver.
“The year continued to bring some important cut glass items to public auction,” Woody said, adding, “This one had 436 lots total and included the Bill Shulhof estate (Michigan), the Kathy and the late Leigh Emmerson collection (California), and three other private collections.”
A standout piece from the May 28 auction was the ABCG punch bowl by Dorflinger in the Sultana pattern from the Kathy and the late Leigh Emmerson collection, which attained $5,000. The punch bowl had a sterling silver rim embossed with roses and was marked “Shreve & Company, San Francisco,” with a monogram on silver.
Cut glass auction number three was an American & Brilliant Period Cut Glass auction held on September 10. It featured the Joe Panico collection out of Ohio, developed during many decades and packed with patterns that included Aztec, Byzantine, Crystal City, Ellsmere, Herringbone, Orloff, Nautilus and Aberdeen.
“Rare forms, great cuttings and a great overall well-rounded collection had items that had not been seen by the general public in an exceptionally long time,” Woody said.
Tankards piqued the interest of bidders in the September auction. Some examples included the following:
An ABCG tankard signed Libbey in an unidentified Anderson pattern, having a design of vesica, cane, nailhead diamond, hobstar, star and fan motif, a pattern cut handle and a hobstar base. It achieved $21,850.
An ABCG tankard signed Libbey in the Aztec pattern – one of the great patterns – featuring a pattern cut handle and hobstar base. It brought $19,550.
An ABCG tankard in the Byzantine pattern by Meriden, having an elegant shape, fantastic blank, a pattern cut handle and hobstar base, which went for $19,550.
An ABCG tankard signed Libbey in the Herringbone pattern, with a pattern cut handle, ray cut base and superior blank, which made $11,500.
Woody Auction may have saved the best for last when it conducted a 400-lot antique glass auction on November 12 that contained Aztec goblets, Waldorf stems and an Isabella tankard.
“This auction was developed over nearly 12 months of accepting collections from around the country and the world,” Woody said and continued, “Some had just two or three items, while others had 70-80 items. Collections included the Putzka and Atzenhoffer collections out of Texas, the Ros King collection out of the United Kingdom, and private collections out of Ohio and Florida.”
The expected top lot was a round American Brilliant Cut Glass tray in the Hawkes Panel pattern, 16in in diameter and weighing almost 12 pounds. It did not disappoint. “This was the finest Hawkes Panel tray it had ever been my privilege to sell,” Woody said. It went for an astounding $115,500.
Also sold was an ABCG pitcher with cased cranberry/green cased overlay, a pillar and cane swirl design, ray cut base sterling silver spout and a handle marked Gorham, for a total of $19,000.
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