Part 1 of the massive Rieger collection of porcelain and glass will be sold Mar. 20 in Wichita, Kan. The first of five planned auctions to sell the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and glass pieces accumulated over 50 years by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin will be held Mar. 20
inch signed art glass boudoir lamp in the highly desirable Rain Scene décor, and an 11-inch signed art glass pedestal vase in the Spring Season Lake décor. Both are gorgeous.
The name Tiffany will be chanted frequently throughout the day. Top lots will include a signed gold iridescent Lava pattern vase with green iridescent interior; another Lava vase, having a Cypriot background with gold iridescent leaf-shaped decorated petals; and a signed Favrile decorated art glass vase with a soft blue iridescent body and a rim with Tel-El-Amarna décor.
Other Tiffany pieces will feature a decorated red art glass vase set on a signed Tiffany bronze base, with green border featuring an iridescent gold band décor; an 8-inch signed art glass vase, pastel white and green with engraved Calla Lily décor and beetle and spider highlights; and an 8 ¼ inch Favrile pedestal decorated art glass vase having a bronze body with gold shoulders.
“In the early 20th century, Louis Comfort Tiffany was very much inspired by what was discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen,” Mrs. Rieger explained. “In many of his designs of the 1920s he was trying to imitate some of the glass that was dug up at the site. He was very keen on that and he dedicated part of his heritage to approximating King Tut’s look and design.”
The Riegers’ appreciation for English cameo glass came into full bloom in 1968, while on a trip to England. “We went into this little antique shop, and the lady there put us in touch with a Mr. Benjamin Nyman, whose house we visited,” she said. “What a place! It was more a museum than a residence, with wonderful English cameo glass on several floors. It was just breathtaking.” Mr. Nyman wrote two books on English cameo glass, and some of the pieces shown in one of those books will be sold in the auction.
Webb English cameo glass pieces in the Mar. 20 auction will include a superb 5 ½ inch figural lay down perfume bottle, white over amber, having a swan’s beak with silver hallmark monogrammed cap; an 8 ½ inch signed Webb Ivory Cameo art glass vase engraved with detailed floral panels; and a 6 ¾ inch three-color vase (pink, blue and white) with trees, flowers and birds.
Fans of Meissen, the renowned German porcelain manufacturer, will not be disappointed. Lot number 250 is a museum-quality set of four pedestal-handled ewers (or narrow-necked jugs with bulbous bodies) from the Elemental Series, representing Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. All four are approximately 25 inches tall and have the traditional Meissen blue crossed swords mark.
Also from Meissen is a magnificent 30-inch two-handled covered urn, showing a man and a woman seated at a game table with floral décor and cherub highlights. Also from Germany is a remarkable pair of 15 ½ inch marked KPM porcelain plaques. One is of Rembrandt’s Mother and the other of Rembrandt’s Father. Both are signed and housed in gilt wood frames.