Woody Auctions wows the ABCG world with $132K centerpiece

J. Hoare three-handled American brilliant cut glass centerpiece with sterling silver mounts, $110,000 at Woody Auction. The winner looks to be a LiveAuctioneers bidder, and 86 people were watching the sale.

DOUGLASS, Kan. – It was, said Woody Auctions, an “exceptionally rare opportunity to add an outstanding one-of-a-kind-piece to your collection.” And one very eager bidder did not let that opportunity go. At the firm’s Presidential Auction Weekend on March 16, an American brilliant cut glass (ABCG) centerpiece set in elaborate sterling silver mounts soared past its estimate of $20,000-$25,000 to bring $110,000 ($132,000 with buyer’s premium). The winner was a LiveAuctioneers bidder.

This 14.5in bowl is well known in collecting circles and has been featured in many publications, including Jane Shadel Spillman’s 1999 book The American Cut Glass Industry: T.G. Hawkes and His Competitors. The glass element, cut with the design variously known as the Crystal City or the Wedding Ring pattern, is by J. Hoare & Co., the Corning, New York firm established by the Cork, Ireland glasscutter John Hoare in the 1860s. Although the winged serpents are mounts are marked only ‘Sterling’, the firm worked with both Tiffany and the Gorham Manufacturing Company.

The bowl, consigned in near-perfect condition, save for a small pattern chip, had provenance to the collection of respected members of the American Cut Glass Association, the late Tom and Mildred Jacks.

For three decades before the First World War, American brilliant cut glass was perhaps the finest in the world. Fighting the prejudice that claimed that the best glass was made in Europe, American companies steadily earned their stripes at a succession of international exhibitions. In 1893, J. Hoare & Co. entered a punch bowl into the Chicago World’s Fair; it took two months to make and weighed 70 pounds. The bowl won several medals for its quality and artistic design.

Two top-tier American brilliant cut glass collections unite at Woody March 16

ABCG round tray signed Hawkes panel pattern, estimated at $4,000-$8,000 at Woody.

DOUGLASS, Kan. — Not one but two outstanding husband-and-wife lifetime collections of American brilliant cut glass will head to market in a show of force at Woody Auction on Saturday, March 16. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Amazingly, the two collections are well known, as they represent two different former presidents of the American Cut Glass Association — Wilbur and the late Mary Bluhm, and Leon and Carol Torline. In all, 350 choice lots are headed to market in what is certain to be a major event in the ABCG community.

The sale’s highest-estimated lot is a magnificent three-handled ABCG centerpiece in the Crystal City pattern (also known as Wedding Ring), designed and executed by J. Hoare. It features a sterling silver rim with winged serpent handles and feet, and is well known in the ABCG community, having appeared in numerous books and publications. Originally in the Tom and Mildred Jacks collection, the centerpiece carries an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.

Hailing from the Bill Atzenhoffer estate is this ABCG round tray in the Arabian II pattern and signed Egginton. Measuring 14in in diameter, this is a fantastic example with no identified flaws. It is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Another round tray, this one measuring 10.25in in diameter, is a signed Hawkes panel pattern. Examination reveals good fluorescence under black light, and an extra clear blank with good signature. From the Wilbur And Mary Bluhm collection, the tray is estimated at $4,000-$8,000.

And yes, a third round tray in American brilliant cut glass is a sale leader. Signed Hawkes Willow Pattern and measuring 9.75in in diameter, the design is also known as Latttice and Rosette. After testing, Woody Auction discovered this Wilbur and Mary Bluhm tray did not fluoresce under black light. However, the house still believes in the piece’s authenticity, leading to a $3,000-$6,000 estimate.

Haviland Limoges porcelain and American cut glass shine at Woody Jan. 6

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A private Colorado collection of Haviland Limoges comes to market at Woody Auction on Saturday, January 6, along with a variety of American cut glass, KPM and more, highlighting the decorative arts mastery of 19th-century artisans. The catalog is now available for bidding in an online-only auction at LiveAuctioneers.

David Haviland was an importer of English porcelain who, upon encountering the fine wares coming out of France, immediately shifted his focus and business model. He began slowly by purchasing porcelain from other manufacturers and having his own Limoges-based artisans decorate and fire them. By the 1860s, his operation was fully capable and was producing some of the finest French porcelain of the 19th century.

As the 19th president of the United States, serving from 1877-1881, Rutherford B. Hayes placed what was at the time the most expensive order for White House state dinner service porcelain, choosing Haviland as the preferred vendor. This incredible fish platter, featuring the presidential seal of the era, is “one of the rarest Haviland items” ever encountered by the auctioneer. The platter is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Signed by artist Edouard Sandoz and marked for Haviland Limoges, this duck or pelican-themed tea service set dates to the 1920-1936 period. It has some minor repairs, as noted by the auctioneer, but is in otherwise remarkable condition and considered “very rare” by Woody. It carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,500.

American brilliant cut glass (ABCG) continues to fascinate collectors with its complex artistry. From the same Colorado collection comes this ABCG wine stem featuring a turquoise cut to clear design with a Croesus pattern By J. Hoare. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Large sets are also included in the sale. A “massive” Bohemian art glass coffee set in the style of Moser is estimated at $750-$1,500, while a Pikard pedestal punch bowl set is also estimated at $750-$1,500.

Abernathy brilliant cut glass collection sparkles at Woody Auction Sept. 9

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DOUGLASS, Kan. – The American brilliant cut glass (ABCG) collection of Nancy and Taylor Abernathy will be offered at Woody Auction on Saturday, September 9. The Tennessee collectors were well-respected members of the American Cut Glass Association and assembled a collection deemed one of the best in both quality and size.

For three decades before the First World War, American brilliant cut glass was perhaps the finest in the world. Fighting the prejudice that claimed the best glass was made in Europe, American companies steadily earned their stripes at a succession of international exhibitions. At the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, prizes were awarded to the T.G. Hawkes Company of Corning, New York while four years later, at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the Libbey Glass Company of Toledo received two medals.

Signed pieces by both these makers are included in the 377-lot sale with bidding available via LiveAuctioneers.
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American brilliant cut glass Panel & Pillar pattern punch bowl by T.G. Hawkes, estimated at $7,500-$10,000 at Woody Auction.
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American brilliant cut glass Columbia pattern tray by the Libbey Glass Company, estimated at $7,500-$10,000 at Woody Auction.
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American brilliant cut glass Kohinoor pattern ice cream set signed J. Hoare, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Woody Auction.
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American brilliant cut glass Stars & Pillars pattern tray by Sinclaire, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 at Woody Auction.
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American brilliant cut glass Waldorf pattern ice cream tray by Clark, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Woody Auction.
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Fine cut glass delivered a year of sparkling results at Woody Auction

Round American Brilliant Cut Glass tray in the Hawkes Panel pattern, the finest example ever offered by Woody Auction, sold in the Nov. 12 auction for $115,500
Round American Brilliant Cut Glass tray in the Hawkes Panel pattern, the finest example ever offered by Woody Auction, sold in the Nov. 12 auction for $115,500
Round American Brilliant Cut Glass tray in the Hawkes Panel pattern, the finest example ever offered by Woody Auction, sold in the Nov. 12 auction for $115,500

DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction specializes in Victorian and pre-1920s antiques, but the firm’s real stock in trade is fine cut glass, which it has been auctioning for years. This point was driven home during the course of 2022, when the company held four major cut glass sales that all performed well and contributed to a highly successful year overall.

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Cut glass from elite collections presented at Woody Auction, Nov. 12

American Brilliant Cut Glass cranberry cut to clear loving cup, estimated at $4,000-$8,000
American Brilliant Cut Glass cranberry cut to clear loving cup, estimated at $4,000-$8,000
American Brilliant Cut Glass cranberry cut to clear loving cup with three handles, estimated at $4,000-$8,000

DOUGLASS, Kan. – More than 400 quality lots of antique glass that include Aztec goblets, Waldorf stems, an Isabella tankard and a signed Hawkes Panel pattern tray will be offered on Saturday, November 12, beginning at 9:30 am Central time, by Woody Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Unique R.S. Prussia bowl and Regina music box triumph at Woody

Only known example of an R.S. Prussia Spring Season bowl in the Carnation mold, $24,000

 

Left, only known example of an R.S. Prussia Spring Season bowl in the Carnation mold, $24,000; Right, Regina upright music box, $15,400
Left, only known example of an R.S. Prussia Spring Season bowl in the Carnation mold, $24,000; Right, Regina upright mahogany case music box, $15,400

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A Spring Season bowl marked R.S. Prussia soared to $24,000 and a Regina upright music box brought $15,400 at the sale of the lifetime single-owner collection of David and Marlene Howard of Ohio, held March 19 by Woody Auction.

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Single-owner glass collection leads Woody sale, March 19

American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) cranberry cut to clear tankard in the Prism and Fluke pattern, est. $1,500-$3,000
American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) cranberry cut to clear tankard in the Prism and Fluke pattern, est. $1,500-$3,000

DOUGLASS, Kan. – The lifetime single-owner collection of David and Marlene Howard of Ohio – hundreds of quality antiques gathered during many decades of dedicated searching – will be offered on Saturday, March 19, at 9:30 am Central time at Woody Auction. In all, more than 450 lots will be sold. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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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
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.

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