Part 2 auction of the Rieger collection of porcelain and fine art glass to be held May 29 in Wichita The second of five auctions to liquidate the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and fine art glass gathered over five decades by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin will be held May 29.
News-Antique.com - Apr 14,2014 - WICHITA, Kan. – Fresh from the first of a planned five-part series of auctions to liquidate the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and fine art glass gathered over the course of five decades by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin, Woody Auction will now turn its attention to the Part 2 sale, to be held Thursday, May 29th, at the Double Tree (Airport Hilton) in Wichita.
Part 1 was a huge success, as 400 lots came up for bid in an auction that grossed $1.3 million – and that only represented a fraction of the Riegers’ collection overall (plus the couple’s period antique furniture items, which were displayed in their Wichita home and will be sold at Parts 3 Aug. 1-2) and 4 (date to be determined). Part 2, starting at 1 p.m. (CST), will feature 432 lots.
“Part 2 will be equal to Part 1 in terms of quality of merchandise,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “We literally pulled items for Part 1 from the left side of the Riegers’ many display cabinets, and the items for Part 2 will come from the right side of the cabinets. Part 3 will feature what still remains in the cabinets, plus the cabinets themselves.”
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. “This is by far the finest antique collection we’ve ever offered, and it might be the finest ever offered in the state of Kansas,” Mr. Woody said. “All items will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserve.”
Thomas Webb & Sons was founded in England in 1842 by Mr. Webb. It was known for the high quality of its cameo glass. Examples in the sale will include a finely carved cameo art glass vase, signed “G. Woodall 1887”; a cameo art glass vase also signed by G. Woodall, showing a young woman and a bird; and a 21-inch gem cameo vase signed by Tiffany & Co., and Thomas Webb.
Emile Galle (1846-1904) was a founder of the French Art Nouveau movement and a master glass designer. Galle pieces in the auction will feature an 18-inch signed French cameo art glass vase, dark green, with a forest and insect décor and a Victor Hugo quote around the base; and a signed French cameo appliqué and marquetry two-handled bowl having a clear and amber background.
The name Tiffany will be chanted throughout the day, especially Favrile, the metallic iridescent art glass produced by the firm. Examples will include a bulbous 4-inch signed red paperweight vase; an 11 ½ inch signed art glass pedestal vase with green body and Egyptian design around the neck and foot; and a 7-inch signed art glass wide shoulder vase with blue translucent body.
Additional Tiffany Favrile pieces will include a 7-inch signed decorated art glass vase with an iridescent red body and gold iridescent design; a 13 ½