Gallé vase among standouts at Woody’s March 14 sale

Galle marquetry vase, 17¾in, boasting a multiple carved crocus design and exquisite color and quality. Estimate: $15,000-$30,000. Woody Auction image

DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction’s first live auction of 2020 has rapidly developed into a major event for collectors. Nearly 500 quality lots, including furniture items, will be offered to the highest bidder without reserve on Saturday, March 14. The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Central time, 10:30 p.m. Eastern. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  

The sale will be headlined by the Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Newland collection of Wave Crest and other C.F. Monroe pieces; the Blattner collection of biscuit jars, including Royal Flemish and Mount Washington items of the highest quality; the late Betty and Bob Sisk collection out of Tennessee; and incredible pieces of art glass, featuring the finest Galle marquetry vase Woody Auction has ever sold.

“I am really excited about this particular auction with highlights from across the country being featured throughout,” said Jason Woody, operations manager of Woody Auction. He added, “We hope many people make plans to attend because it’s so much better to see the beauty of the antiques in person.”

The Galle vase (above) is marqueterie de verre, a glass-making technique first developed by Emile Galle in which colored pieces of semimolten glass are set into the body of the glass vessel before it hardens. The circa 1900 vase, 17¾ inches tall, is magnificent in form, boasting a multiple carved crocus design and exquisite color and quality. It’s nearly identical to a vase featured in Garner’s book on Emile Galle.

Fans of Wave Crest will be drawn to a wall plaque showing a scene of a woman surrounded by flowers with a cobalt blue border, the original backing and mounted to an elaborate 16½-inch by 12-inch gilt frame; and an unmarked dresser box, crown mold, cobalt blue and white with pink floral décor and tapestry design highlights, gilt metal feet, with the original lining and key, 6¾ inches by 7½ inches.

Wave Crest wall plaque, 16½in x 12in gilt frame. Woody Auction image

The furniture category will be led by a marble-top carved oak buffet, 113 inches tall by 68 inches wide, with carved fruit on the doors, a multi-tier upper section and a deer head crest with antlers. Also up for bid will be a circa 1795 Eli Terry tall-case clock, fully functional, with the original wooden movements, two weights and a pendulum. The clock stands an impressive 94 inches in height by 16 inches wide.

An oil on canvas painting by the Russian artist Robert Rafailovich Falk (1886-1958) depicts a classic scene of a pathway through trees along a stream. The work is 20 inches by 30 inches (sight) and is mounted in the original gilt wooden frame. Falk was considered a bridge between the traditions of the Russian and French Moderne of the start of 20th century and the Russian avant-garde of the 1960s.

Oil on canvas painting by the Russian artist Robert Rafailovich Falk (1886-1958), mounted in the original gilt wooden frame. Woody Auction image

Decorative accessories will abound, like the three-piece urn marked Sevres, 26 inches tall, having a beautiful cobalt blue background with a hand-painted courting scene décor signed by “Bird & Cage” artist “Suard,” and a pair of French opaline vases, each one 15½ inches tall, with mythological god and goddess depictions and doves in flight on the reverse, circa 1880s and artist signed “Joseph Ahne.”

Pair of French opaline vases, each one 15½in tall, circa 1880s and artist-signed ‘Joseph Ahne.’ Woody Auction image

A Tiffany Studios harp desk lamp, 18 inches tall, features a 7-inch diameter green iridescent dome shade with a silver threaded design. The lamp is signed “L.C.T.” and the base is marked “Tiffany Studios New York #424.”

Tiffany Studios harp desk lamp, 18in tall, signed ‘L.C.T.’ and the base is marked ‘Tiffany Studios.’ Woody Auction image

Also, a Victorian presentation double basket is engraved “To Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Robinson with Best Wishes of Young Capital Lacrosse Club 1886.” The bride’s basket features two clam-shaped cased art glass bowls with an enamel pear branch décor and set on a silverplate stand.

The silver category has some very tantalizing lots, to include the following:

– A six-piece sterling silver tea service by S. Kirk & Son boasting an incredible embossed floral design and having a total weight of 5,320 grams.

– A Gorham 216-piece sterling Strasbourg flatware set in a quality wooden silver chest. Most items (183) are solid sterling silver; others (33) have stainless blades with sterling handles.

– A sterling punch bowl with a fantastic embossed and rococo design, Minerva Head #1 indicating .950 purity by the French maker Alphonse Devain (1883-1911); 3,570 grams.

For details contact Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or info@woodyauction.com.