Handel lamp realizes $16,000 at Woody Auction in Mo. A marked, 25-inch Handel leaded and reverse painted lamp with an Egyptian design and large 20-inch square shade lit up the room for $16,000 at a sale conducted by Woody Auction in St. Charles, Mo.
News-Antique.com - Apr 26,2010 - (ST. CHARLES, Mo.) – An outstanding marked, 25-inch Handel leaded and reverse painted lamp with an Egyptian design and large 20-inch square shade lit up the room for $16,000 at a sale of the single-owner lifetime collection of Dale Gabel, held Apr. 9-10 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The auction was conducted by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan.
Mr. Gabel was a dedicated collector of antiques in a wide range of categories. Over 850 lots crossed the block, to include Daum Nancy, primitives, art glass, R.S. Prussia, lithographs, marbles, lamps, Royal Bayreuth, Flow Blue, Wave Crest, advertising items and more. His collection was so massive that a Part 2 sale has been scheduled for later on this year (Sept. 11).
The Handel lamp was the top lot of the sale, and no wonder. The piece was in excellent condition and boasted a spectacular shade with a scene of an Egyptian queen surrounded by blue, green, red, amber, cream and multi-colored slag swirl leaded panels. At the base were three large, full figural Sphinx lions. The example even had the original four light sockets and pulls.
About 200 people came to the sale, of which around 120 were active bidders. “This was a well attended auction, with lots of bidders from all over the country,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “As for prices, they were strong for some items, a little flat for others. But that’s what makes for a good and interesting auction.” He said absentee bidding was very active.
Internet bidding was facilitated by Proxibid.com. Over 400 people registered to bid online.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at Woody Auction.
The second top lot of the sale was an extremely rare and unmarked Wave Crest pipe rack plaque, with an embossed scroll mold showing an Indian Chief portrait décor. In excellent condition, the plaque soared to $9,750. Also, an equally rare 6 ¾-inch signed Daum Nancy “Spring Season” cameo pedestal vase, with a cherry blossom tree scenic décor, brought $4,300.
A 7 ¼-inch signed Daum Nancy cameo cut five-color tulip-shaped vase with nice long stemmed floral décor went for $3,100; an 11 ½-inch R.S. Prussia pedestal covered urn with keyhole “Spring Season” portrait and iridescent bronze Tiffany background brought $2,900; and a 6-inch signed Daum Nancy five-color cameo cut vase with field of flowers décor hit $2,600.
A Bradley & Hubbard leaded glass table lamp with 19-inch diameter multi-color caramel shade with geometric designs and nice, three-light base coasted to $2,700; an 11-inch Loetz style flower form vase, gold iridescent with green applied pulled leaf design commanded $2,500; and a 10-inch signed Galle three-color cameo cut vase with attractive floral décor realized $2,200.
An 11 ½-inch pickle castor with amberina coinspot insert set on a Tufts silverplate frame climbed to $2,200; a 4 ¾-inch black amethyst vase marked “R. Lalique” with overlapped cut feather design demanded $2,100; and