Birger Sandzen art heads huge Woody Auction event Nov. 9-10

Birger Sandzen

Original oil on board painting signed by Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), titled ‘In Boulder Canyon, Colorado,’ 1949, one of several works by the Swedish-born American painter in the sale. Woody Auction image

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A massive auction that required months of planning and includes antiques and collectibles in many categories promises to be one of the more exciting events of the year for Woody Auction, which will stage the event Nov. 9 and 10. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Featured will be an incredible selection of sterling silver; the vast music box, phonograph, cabinet and furniture collection of Don and Carrol Lyle; a private doll collection; original Birger Sandzen artwork; a fabulous selection of Mount Washington and Burmese; art glass; a historic Matthew Brady traveling photograph set; and Native American jewelry.

“It’s a selection that features a great mixture of antiques seldom seen, with the quantity and quality that we have at this auction,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. Online bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance.

Day 1, on Friday, Nov. 9, starting at 5 p.m. Central time, will feature lots 1-250, to include an original oil on board painting (above) signed by the Swedish-born American painter Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), titled In Boulder Canyon, Colorado (1949), in a 29-by-35-inch frame; and an untitled watercolor by Sandzen depicting pines, rocks and a lake, contained in a 26½-by-32¾-inch frame.

The many beautiful objects in the auction include a Meissen The Earth Elemental Ewer, 18½ inches tall, with a scene of a stage and a boar hunt presided over by Pan, Greek god of Earth and Field, and figures of Diana the Huntress.

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Meissen’s The Earth Elemental ewer, 18½ inches tall. Woody Auction image

Antiques from the turn of the century will feature a Victorian bride’s basket with a pink opaque satin mother of pearl moiré art glass bowl with a fantastic gold enamel bird and branch décor, fitted on a cherub silver-plated stand, and a great Victorian liqueur set having an elaborate cranberry art glass ship’s body with extensive gilt metal fittings and various fixtures and scenes that have a nautical theme.

Birger Sandzen

Victorian liqueur set having an elaborate cranberry art glass ship’s body with extensive gilt metal fittings and various fixtures. Woody Auction image

The silver category is extensive and includes a 198-piece Grand Baroque sterling silver flatware set by Wallace with a wooden silver chest with a lift-top and two additional drawers. The total weight of the flatware set is 10,274 grams.

Silver tea sets will feature an original Wood & Hughes (New York) solid coin silver three-piece tea set, circa 1850-1875, having an elaborate body with embossed floral and melon design, and a vine handle and spout; and a seven-piece solid sterling silver tea set, with each piece marked “The Loring Andrews Company, Cincinnati USA.” The set includes a rare 29 -by-18-inch tray weighing more than seven pounds and is the finest tea service that Woody Auction has ever had the privilege to sell.

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Seven-piece solid sterling silver tea set, with each piece marked ‘The Loring Andrews Company, Cincinnati USA,’ the finest tea service Woody Auction has ever been privileged to sell. Woody Auction image

Day 2, Saturday, Nov. 10, will have a 9:30 a.m. Central start time and will boast an eclectic mix of merchandise, starting with Lot 251. Items will range from a German bisque head doll, 36 inches tall, marked “Simon Halbig Heinrich Handewerck” and having a composition body and accessories that include a bracelet, brooch and mesh evening bag; and an English cameo figural swan head 9-inch laydown perfume having a cranberry body with exquisite cameo white overlay and a silver flip lid.

The jewelry category will be led by a vintage 18K yellow and white gold pin or brooch containing 45 diamonds, with a total weight of over 2 carats, with VS1 quality, plus 14 sapphires, 10 emeralds and eight rubies; and one lot comprising 16 Native American turquoise, silver, gold and coral jewelry items, to include large pendants, women’s rings and a 14K gold necklace.

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Vintage 18K yellow and white gold pin containing diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies. Woody Auction image

Antique musical items will include an Edison Triumph music box in a handsome oak case, with a “Music Maker” cygnet horn and the original 38-by-25½-inch cylinder cabinet with two doors, each with two attached shelves; and an original round mahogany parlor table music box (the first one ever at Woody Auction), with a single drawer that opens to reveal a Columbia Grafonola disc player.

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Edison Triumph phonograph and an original cylinder cabinet. Woody Auction image

Lot 235 is composed of 10 historic photographs taken by Matthew Brady (1822-1896), one of the earliest photographers in American history, best known for his scenes of the Civil War. The group of photos includes such luminaries of the time as Gen. George Armstrong Custer, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and others, all in the original shipping container used to send to public schools during the 1930s.

This sale is subject to an 8.5 percent sales tax.

For details contact Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or