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
Washington pieces will include a 12-inch decorated Burmese bowling pin-shaped vase showing owls perched on branches, front and back; a 7 ¾ inch decorated Burmese tall pitcher having a rose décor with four-line stanza by Thomas Hood and applied glossy handle; and a 13 ½ inch Royal Flemish handled ewer with multi-colored background with a lion graphic.
Also slated to cross the auction block will be a 17-inch signed DeVez French cameo art glass vase with pink background and dragon décor; an 18 ½ inch signed Muller Fres Luneville French cameo art glass with large poppy décor, in outstanding condition; and a rare 12 ½ inch Loetz “Fedezeichnung” mother-of-pearl art glass vase, transparent brown with opaque white.
“This collection was more than just a hobby for my husband and me,” Mrs. Rieger reflected. “It was a source of tremendous interest and something we took great pride in, plus it was something we could do and enjoy together, and for different reasons. I liked the aesthetic appeal of the pieces, how they looked. He was a man of science and liked how they were made.”
The furniture collection actually pre-dated the porcelain and glass by a couple of years, as the Riegers wanted to outfit their large Wichita home with interesting and unusual pieces. In the mid-1960s, a tornado ravaged the residence and when they rebuilt, they were careful to install ten large illuminated cabinets in their basement, to house and protect their glass and porcelain.
The Double Tree Airport Hilton is located at 2098 Airport Road in Wichita, Kan. The hotel has blocked room rates of $99 per night; the deadline to receive this special rate is March 5th. Other area lodging is also available. Previews will be held Wednesday, Mar. 19, from 6-8 p.m., and Mar, 20, auction day, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For those unable to attend, internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Absentee bids will also be accepted for this auction.
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