Rare Minton cup and saucer set for four brings $3,500 at Woody Auction, July 7 A rare and fine set of four Minton cups and saucers, nearly flawless except for a hairline crack on one cup and some repair work to another, sold for $3,500 at an auction held July 7 by Woody Auction.
News-Antique.com - Jul 19,2012 - (WICHITA, Kan.) – A rare and fine set of four Minton cups and saucers, nearly flawless except for a hairline crack on one cup and some repair work to another, sold for $3,500 at an auction held July 7 by Woody Auction, at the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita. The cup and saucer set was the top earner in an auction that saw 430 quality lots come up for bid.
Headlining the sale was the lifetime single-owner collection of David and Audrey Manson, containing marvelous examples of miniature cameo glass, Nippon, Wave Crest, Royal Bayreuth, Tiffany and dozens of other pieces of art glass. Also sold were around 30 biscuit jars, representing the last of the Sanders collection. Woody Auction sold most of that earlier this year.
“It was a nice auction with a lot of great variety,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “We had over 50 people in attendance, and bidding in the room was spirited. Another 114 bidders participated online, through Proxibid.com, and we recorded 17 absentee bids. Buyers and sellers were both happy.” There was no phone bidding for the auction.
The Minton cup and saucer set boasted a cream background with blue and white “Pate sur Pate” medallions of a woman and cherub, plus outstanding gold accenting. “These were some of the finest cups and saucers it’s ever been my privilege to sell at auction,” Mr. Woody said. “If it weren’t for the hairline crack and repair to the cups, I’m sure they would have sold for more.”
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 a Woody Auction.
Three other lots realized $2,000 or more. A Wave Crest two-handled vase (banner mark), with white floral décor and gilt metal handles and feet fetched $2,300; another Wave Crest banner mark two-handled vase, white with chrysanthemum floral décor, hammered for $2,000; and a signed Daum Nancy four-color cameo cut bowl, blue with a white background, hit $2,000.
Other signed Daum Nancy pieces that did well included a rare miniature cameo cut art glass vase with spring season décor, 2 ½ inches tall ($1,300); a miniature cameo cut art glass vase with autumn lake and tree scenic décor, 1 ¾ inches tall ($1,300); and a miniature cameo cut art glass vase with yellow and pink background showing a sailboat harbor scenic décor ($1,100).
Tiffany pieces included a signed Favrile pedestal cake stand (#1580), with yellow and white opalescent spider web design and gold iridescent foot ($1,400); and a beautiful 15 ½ inch decorated trumpet vase, marked “Tiffany & Studios” with green vine décor ($1,200). Also, a nice 12 ½ inch signed Galle two-color cameo cut vase with wine and berry motif rose to $1,500.
An extra large (6 inch by 13 inch) American Brilliant Cut Glass bishop’s hat-shaped bowl, three-footed, with rolled rim and hobstar, strawberry diamond, crossed bar and fan motif garnered $1,150. Among the