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.

Multiple cameo and art glass collections sparkle at Woody Auction Oct. 14

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DOUGLASS, Kan. — Woody Auction worked with multiple collectors to create a 362-lot consignment bonanza in cameo and art glass, miniature lamps, and reverse-painted items for its Art Glass, Wave Crest & Much More sale scheduled for Saturday, October 14. The catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Creators of fine art glass since 1903 in Corning (Steuben County), New York, Steuben, which closed in 2011, remains a coveted manufacturer. Not one but two examples of Steuben acid cutback cameo art glass vases appear as sequential lots in the sale (lot 100, lot 101). They are both individually estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

A fine Daum Nancy table lamp is a top-estimate item, featuring French cameo art glass depicting a winter scene. Though it requires a complete rewiring, it is otherwise all-original and has an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.

Unusual is a fitting description for this undated Czechoslovakian figural peacock table lamp. Missing a few glass beads, it is estimated at $750-$1,500.

Steuben’s Haviland & Co. line was known for its iridescent Aurene items. From a Kansas collection comes this striking decanter and six-glass set in a gold and melon finish. It carries an estimate of $750-$1,250.
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Unmarked Steuben art glass vase, estimated at $2,500-$5,000 at Woody Auction.
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A second unmarked Steuben art glass vase, estimated at $2,500-$5,000 at Woody Auction.
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Daum Nancy French cameo art glass table lamp, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Woody Auction.
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Steuben Haviland & Co. Aurene decanter set, estimated at $750-$1,250 at Woody Auction.
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Czechoslovakian figural peacock lamp, estimated at $750-$1,500 at Woody Auction.
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Royal Bonn floor vase firmly anchors Woody Auction, April 22

Royal Bonn floor vase that weighs more than 29 pounds and features an outdoor scene, estimated at $2,000-$3,500
Royal Bonn floor vase that weighs more than 29 pounds and features an outdoor scene, estimated at $2,000-$3,500
Royal Bonn floor vase that weighs more than 29 pounds and features an outdoor scene, estimated at $2,000-$3,500

DOUGLASS, Kan. – Items from the estate of Elfriede and Martin Miller of North Dakota and a private collection out of New Jersey, plus an assortment of other quality antiques – more than 300 lots in all – will be offered in an Antique Auction slated for Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9:30 am Central time at Woody Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stellar single-owner collection set to shine at Woody, March 18

Tiffany Studios table lamp with telescoping base and 32in Nasturtium shade, estimated at $60,000-$80,000
Tiffany Studios table lamp with telescoping base and 32in Nasturtium shade, estimated at $60,000-$80,000
Tiffany Studios table lamp with telescoping base and 32in Nasturtium shade, estimated at $60,000-$80,000

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.

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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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Raise a fine glass to Jason Woody, third-generation auctioneer

Jason Woody (along with his wife, Melinda) runs Woody Auction LLC, a third-generation auction house that has gained a reputation for achieving strong prices with cut glass. The house often features museum-worthy examples from Galle and Moser as well as Hawkes panel pattern glass. Image courtesy of Woody Auction LLC.
Jason Woody (along with his wife, Melinda) runs Woody Auction LLC, a third-generation auction house that has gained a reputation for achieving strong prices with cut glass. The house often features museum-worthy examples from Galle and Moser as well as Hawkes panel pattern glass. Image courtesy of Woody Auction LLC.
Jason Woody (together with his wife, Melinda) runs Woody Auction LLC, a third-generation auction house that has gained a reputation for achieving strong prices with cut glass. The house often features museum-worthy examples from Galle and Moser as well as Hawkes panel pattern glass. Image courtesy of Woody Auction LLC.

DOUGLASS, Kan. – Jason Woody, co-owner and auctioneer at Woody Auction LLC in Douglass, Kansas, thrives on the ever-changing nature of the auction business, but some things are constant: great items will always perform well, and the key to keeping a third-generation auction house alive and thriving is treating people well and sticking to your word. Specializing in Victorian and and pre-1920s antiques, Woody Auction LLC has earned a strong worldwide reputation as a leader in cut glass. In addition, its attention to customer service has helped it rank among LiveAuctioneers’ top-rated auction houses.

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Galle glass wins applause at Woody’s sale of Ron Blessing collection

Signed circa-1920 Galle French cameo art glass lamp, $93,500
Signed circa-1920 Galle French cameo art glass lamp, $93,500
Signed circa-1920 Galle French cameo art glass lamp, $93,500

DOUGLASS, Kan. – 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 in the Part 1 auction of the Ron Blessing estate collection, held live and online October 29 by Woody Auction.

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Butterfly-form decanter sets hearts aflutter at Woody Auction, Dec. 3

Green cut to clear decanter by Stevens & Williams in the figural butterfly form, estimated at $6,000-$9,000
Green cut to clear decanter by Stevens & Williams in the figural butterfly form, estimated at $6,000-$9,000
Green cut to clear decanter by Stevens & Williams in the figural butterfly form, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction’s final antique sale of 2022, on Saturday, December 3, presents more than 400 lots in a wide array of categories. Bidding starts at 9 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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