Aberdeen lamp realizes $14,000 at Woody Auction sale A rare and stunning American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) mushroom table lamp in the Aberdeen pattern by Jewel Cut Glass lit up the room for $14,000 at an August 1-2 sale conducted by Woody Auction.
AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS MUSHROOM SHADE TABLE LAMP IN THE ABERDEEN PATTERN SOARS TO $14,000 AT WOODY AUCTION HELD AUG. 1-2
(St. Charles, Mo.) - A rare and stunning American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) mushroom shade table lamp in the Aberdeen pattern by Jewel Cut Glass, with two lights and measuring 21” x 12”, sold for $14,000 at the sale of The Jim and Francis Miller Collection, held August 1-2 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The Millers were dedicated collectors of American Brilliant Cut Glass pieces.
“This was without question one of the finest quality lamps it has been my privilege to offer at auction,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, which conducted the two-day event. When it was all over, almost 1,000 lots had changed hands, nearly all of it American Brilliant Cut Glass. Also sold was Tiffany, art glass and other related items. The auction was dedicated entirely to the Millers' collections.
Approximately 250 people packed the Convention Center, about half of whom held bidder numbers. Online bidding was facilitated by Proxibid.com, with Internet bidding comprising 16 percent of all bids, and a sell-through of 8.5 percent. Around 30 absentee bids were fielded. “Overall, it was a very good sale,” Mr. Woody said. “Everybody commented on the quality of the Millers' collections.”
The majority of the pieces came from the collection of Francis Miller, of Harrison, Ark. She had been a collector for the past 40 years when the decision was made to let others enjoy what took her decades to accumulate. Added to that were approximately 140 select lots collected by the late Jim Miller, a past president of the American Cut Glass Association. All 969 lots were sold without reserve.
Following are additional highlights from the sale. All figures quoted are hammer prices.
A 19-1/2” x 15” signed Sinclaire platter and two matching 9-1/2” plates, with a detailed engraved wild game bird scenic décor and an acorn border, soared to $10,000. The buyer was a collector looking to complete a set. When the final gavel fell, the room erupted into applause. “We had a lot of spontaneous applause during the day,” Mr. Woody said. “That's one measure of a good sale.”
A 15-1/4” rock crystal vase, signed W. Fritsche, with engraved floral, garland and “tear drops” on a pattern cut base, gaveled for $10,000; a pedestal cornucopia vase, 12” x 12”, with crosscut diamond, strawberry diamond, star and fan motif, solid stem and Hobstar base, topped out at $8,500; and an eight-piece, 12” x 12” liqueur set in an emerald green cut to clear Montrose pattern hit $8,500.
A 14” glass-handled jug with sterling top with an elaborate sterling wing-shaped engraved spout and coat of arms, reached $8,000; an 11-3/4” emerald green cut to clear bowling pin-shaped vase, engraved floral with Hobstar & Nailhead diamond vesica motif, realized $7,500; and a Stevens & Williams amethyst cut to clear bowl with sterling rim and engraved floral design brought