Tiffany art glass vase, pastel white and green with calla lily decor, makes $60,000 at Woody Auction A museum-quality Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass vase, pastel white and green with finely engraved calla lily décor and beetle and spider highlights, soared to $60,000 at Woody Auction, March 20th.
News-Antique.com - Mar 31,2014 - WICHITA, Kan. – A museum-quality Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass vase, pastel white and green with finely engraved calla lily décor and numerous beetle and spider highlights, soared to $60,000 at Part 1 of a planned five-part series of auctions to sell the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and fine art glass gathered over 50 years by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin.
The vase – eight inches tall and signed by the maker (“LCT #X1175) – was the top lot of the March 20 auction that grossed $1.3 million and was described by auctioneer Jason Woody of Woody Auction (auction house for all five sales) as “by far the finest art glass auction ever held in Kansas,” adding, “Part 2 (scheduled for Thursday, May 29th) promises to be just as exciting.”
Exactly 400 lots came up for bid, at the Doubletree Airport Hilton in Wichita. More than 100 bidder numbers were issued to the in-person crowd, while another 955 people registered to bid online, via LiveAuctioneers.com. Also, 35 bidders participated via absentee bid. “It was a pleasure to be able to sell the first part of this collection for Mrs. Rieger. Now it’s on to Parts 2-5,” Mr. Woody said.
The Riegers were discerning, serious collectors, seeking out only the finest names in porcelain and glass, such as Tiffany, Galle, Meissen, Webb, Daum Nancy, KPM and others. The couple also collected period antique furniture, which they used and displayed in their Wichita home. The furniture will be sold in the later auctions. The May 29 event will be followed by a two-day auction, Aug. 1-2.
Following are additional highlights from the recent auction. All prices quoted are hammer. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.
The runner-up for top lot was a set of four Meissen pedestal handled ewers, all about 25 inches tall and representing earth, wind, fire and water. The set sold as one lot for $57,500. Each piece had the traditional Meissen blue crossed swords mark. Earth was Diana the huntress with Pan, wind was cherubs playing bagpipes, fire was a woman tending a flame and water was Neptune.
In third place, breezing to an impressive $44,000, was a 20-inch signed Tiffany art glass gladioli paperweight vase, boasting a green and lavender background with white blossom décor. It was signed “Louis C. Tiffany Favrile #3280P.” This very vase (or one identical to it) was pictured sitting on a mantel in the Tiffany home in Robert Koch’s book titled Louis C. Tiffany Art Glass.
While Tiffany dominated the day, other names did well, too. A signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass boudoir lamp in the highly desirable Rain Scene décor, 13 ½ inches tall, fetched $38,000, while a beautiful signed “Thomas Webb & Sons Gem Cameo” three-color vase (soft blue, pink and white) with finely detailed depictions of trees, flowers and birds, made $35,000.
An 8 ½ inch French art glass vase, signed (“Cristallerie de Emile Galle Nancy”), having a dark