Stellar single-owner collection set to shine at Woody, March 18
DOUGLASS, Kan. – A Tiffany Studios table lamp with a leaded glass Nasturtium shade is the expected headliner in the sale of Part 2 of the Ron Blessing collection – an incredible accumulation of Victorian antiques, French cameo art glass, period American furniture and other items – on Saturday, March 18 by Woody Auction, online and live in the Douglass auction hall. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The original six-socket electrified lamp is in excellent overall condition and has a telescoping base that extends to 44in in total height. The beautiful 32in Nasturtium shade has numerous yellow and orange blossoms with a green slag foliage background and an amethyst and white ribbon border. Both the base and the shade are signed “Tiffany Studios.” The lamp carries an estimate of $60,000-$80,000.
Part 1 of the Ron Blessing collection was held in October 2022 and was a huge success. A pair of early 20th-century signed Galle French cameo art glass pieces, one a lamp and the other a vase, sold for a combined $133,750 to headline the event. This final auction from the collection will begin at 9:30 am Central time.
Antique vases are certain to spark bidding wars. A few strong examples follow:
A signed Galle blown mold French cameo art glass vase in the Plum pattern, 13 ¼in tall, with two-color green and yellow cameo carved overlay, estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
A signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase, 15 ¾in tall, boasting a pastel blue ground with a cameo carved and enamel swan scenic decor, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
A Brilliant Period Cut Glass cobalt blue cut to clear pedestal vase by Val St. Lambert, 15 ½in tall, dated 1926. It was presented to Felix Piret, head of crystal manufacturing, on the occasion of Val St. Lambert’s centennial anniversary and Piret’s 62 years of service, and is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
An American Brilliant Period Cut Glass pedestal vase by Clark in the Maple pattern, shape #417, 23 ¾in tall and weighing 21 pounds. This is a must-see vase with incredible blank and exquisite cutting, and it has an estimate of $1,500-$3,500.
Period furniture pieces will be led by a rosewood etagere with hooded console, 102in tall by 55in wide, with a birds-eye maple interior, white marble and a mirrored door. Its estimate is $5,000-$8,000.
A Brilliant Period Cut Glass amethyst cut to clear water pitcher attributed to Stevens and Williams, 11 ¼in tall, with an engraved floral and scroll design and a sterling silver collar-spout with an embossed poppy design, marked Dominick & Haff and with the J.E. Caldwell & Co. jewelers mark, carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The sterling is engraved with a monogram and the phrase “1819 Feb. 17th, 1899.”
A three-piece palace urn marked Royal Bonn, 50 by 14in and completely hand-painted with a village harvest scene and displaying gold highlights, artist signed, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Auctioneer Jason Woody called it “hands down the finest Royal Bonn item this auction house has ever sold.”
A double Victorian brides basket comprising a pair of decorated Mt. Washington Burmese art glass bowls with enamel daisy decor, set on a Pairpoint #2202 silverplate stand featuring a winged cherub holding a flower vase and putti riding racing turtles, is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
Ron Blessing was a longtime resident of Kearney, Nebraska, and began collecting Victorian antiques many years ago. Early on, he developed a love of silverplate items, especially pickle castors and brides’ baskets. His dream was to turn his Kearney warehouse into a showroom of the finest antiques available and to host large dinner parties surrounded by the Victorian atmosphere.
As with many collectors, Blessing’s tastes evolved, and French cameo art glass became another passion. Consequently, he managed to acquire some of the most sought-after pieces in the country. Because his antiques needed to be properly displayed, Blessing collected the finest furniture by makers such as R.J. Horner, A.J. Johnson, Meeks, Belter, Pottier & Stymus, Karpen, Phillip Kopp and Oriel.
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