Brilliant cut glass sparkles at Woody Auction, March 4-5

Bowl in the Wedding Ring pattern by J. Hoare, est. $2,000-$4,000

Bowl in the Wedding Ring pattern by J. Hoare, est. $2,000-$4,000

DOUGLASS, Kan. – An American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) auction will be held Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 by Woody Auction. The Friday session starts at 5 pm Central time and the Saturday session begins at 9:30 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Two strong single-owner collections are featured: those belonging to Ila and the late Joe Lemon, who gathered fine examples of colored stems and great patterns; and also Rich and Sandy Encelewski, who insisted that all their pieces be in outstanding condition. Some smaller collections have also been added, pushing the lot total to more than 500.

Round tray in the Expanding Star pattern by Elite, est. $1,500-$3,000

Round tray in the Expanding Star pattern by Elite, est. $1,500-$3,000

“Cut glass auctions are always a thing of beauty, and when long time collections come together and are combined, the splendor can be overwhelming,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, which has been hosting cut glass auctions featuring lifetime collections for years. “The Lemon and Encelewski collections rank among the best. The fact that both are being offered in one sale is just remarkable.”

Vase signed Clark in the Othello pattern, est. $1,000-$2,500

Vase signed Clark in the Othello pattern, est. $1,000-$2,500

Lots to watch include a bowl in the Wedding Ring pattern by J. Hoare, which has an exquisite blank and is estimated at $2,000-$4,000; a round tray in the Expanding Star pattern by Elite, also with a superb blank, estimated at $1,500-$3,000; a vase signed Clark in the Othello pattern, estimated at $1,000-$2,500; an ice cream set (consisting of a tray and six matching plates) in the Star pattern by Meriden, estimated at $2,500-$4,500; and an oil lamp in the Persian pattern, with no chimney, a removable oil font and a mounted metal base, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Ice cream set in the Star pattern by Meriden, est. $2,500-$4,500

Ice cream set in the Star pattern by Meriden, est. $2,500-$4,500

Brilliant Period Cut Glass decanters and sets will feature a red cut to clear set in the Cane pattern. It fluoresces under a black light, which indicate it is American. The set features a pattern cut stopper and is selling with 10 matching wine stems. It is estimated at $1,500-$3,500. Also of note is a handled apricot cut to clear decanter with a beautiful embossed floral sterling silver lidded spout marked Theodore B. Starr. Its estimate is $2,000-$4,000.

Oil lamp in the Persian pattern, est. $1,000-$2,000

Oil lamp in the Persian pattern, est. $1,000-$2,000

Also on offer is a BPCG Moser pedestal decanter with flawless engraved cutting featuring a courting man and woman near a fountain and a lake with swan and tree highlights, estimated at $1,000-$2,000; and a set of six BPCG cranberry cut to clear wine stems, each having interlocking rings with hobstar and cane highlights. The set carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.

BPCG red cut to clear set in the Cane pattern, est. $1,500-$3,500

Red cut to clear set in the Cane pattern, est. $1,500-$3,500

Woody Auction stresses that if a piece is labeled as “ABCG”, it means the auction house is confident the piece is 100 percent American Brilliant Cut Glass. If a piece is labeled as “BPCG”, Woody Auction is certain the piece is Brilliant Period Cut Glass, but it may or may not be American. And if a piece is labeled simply as “Cut Glass”, Woody Auction makes no guarantee as to the age or maker of the item.

BPCG Moser pedestal decanter, est. $1,000-$2,000

Moser pedestal decanter, est. $1,000-$2,000

Glass has been around for 3,500 years, and cut glass about half that long. But for one glorious moment in time – the “Brilliant Period”, spanning from 1876 to the start of World War I – fewer than 10 cut glass manufacturers in the United States produced the majority of the marvelous ABCG examples that had no equal anywhere in the world and are coveted today.

Set of six BPCG cranberry cut to clear wine stems, est. $1,000-$2,000

Set of six cranberry cut to clear wine stems, est. $1,000-$2,000

To consign an item, an estate or collection, call Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or email info@woodyauction.com.

 

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