DOUGLASS, Kan. – Two major collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass – from Tom Grabb of Indiana and Bill Chandler of Tennessee, whose collections include many rare patterns such as Pueblo, Waldorf, Bellevue, Crystal City, Atom, Rex and others – will co-headline an auction planned for Saturday, Nov. 18, by Woody Auction, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlight lots will include a rare amberina Russian pattern bowl, with clear cut buttons (above), in possibly the rarest color in all of American Brilliant Cut Glass; and a museum-quality cranberry cut to clear Dorflinger ewer, 17 inches tall, commissioned for the wedding in 1899 of William K. Vanderbilt and Virginia Graham Fair, with an extensive pattern embossed sterling silver base, body and handle.
“True collectors of American Brilliant Cut Glass will remember Nov. 18 as Grabb-Chandler auction,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kansas. “Tom Grabb is a collector who continued what his parents had started, and his ability to locate rare pieces in the relatively small radius of his hometown was uncanny. The Bill Chandler collection of 60 lots takes the auction from impressive to extraordinary. Every single item will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserve.”
The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Central time. Nearly 375 lots will come up for bid over the course of the auction.
Cranberry cut to clear wine glasses will include one signed “W. Fritsche” in the Thomas Webb & Sons Rock Crystal pattern, made especially for Daniel J. Sully, with a pattern cut stem; and another in the Parisian pattern by Dorflinger, with a pattern cut stem and scalloped base and manufactured in the highest of quality.
Round trays will feature an example in the Calve pattern by Eggington, with a brilliant blank and exceptional cutting; another in the Waldorf pattern (also known as Quatrefoil Rosette) by Clark, with a superb pattern and of top quality; and yet another in the Bellevue pattern by Taylor Brothers, one of the flattest trays available, also of top quality. All these trays have diameters of 14 inches or a little more.
Another round tray – this one signed Hawkes in the Pueblo, or Concentric Circles, pattern, 11 inches in diameter, is one of the finest American Brilliant Cut Glass round trays in its pattern available. Also, a rare water carafe, 9 inches tall, in the Marcelle pattern by Libbey, of the finest quality, will be offered.
Tri-corner bowls will include one in the Columbia pattern by Libbey, another in the Marcella pattern by Libbey, each one just shy of 10 inches in diameter and of exceptional rarity and quality. Also sold will be a large mantel clock signed Sinclaire in the Harvest pattern, with an incredibly detailed engraving of rose blossoms with horns-of-plenty and clock works marked “Tiffany & Co. New York” on the dial.
A two-decanter set in the Mercedes pattern by Clark with facet-cut gooseneck, both having a hobstar base and pattern cut stoppers, one having a pattern cut handle, will come under the gavel. Also sold will be an ice cream tray, signed Sinclaire in the Stars and Stripes pattern, boasting a superior quality blank.
Internet bidders are encouraged to register a day or two ahead of the auction.
For details contact Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.