. March 19, 2010

(ST. CHARLES, Mo.) – The outstanding single-owner lifetime collection of Dale Gabel – a dedicated collector of antiques in a wide range of categories – will be sold without reserve (everything goes, regardless of price) the weekend of April 9-10 in the junior ballroom of the St. Charles Convention Center. Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan., will conduct the auction.

Over 850 lots will cross the block over the course of the two days. Featured will be Daum Nancy, primitives, art glass, R.S. Prussia, lithographs, marbles, lamps, Royal Bayreuth, Flow Blue, Wave Crest, advertising items and more. Mr. Gabel’s collections are so massive a second auction will be held later in the year (time and date to be determined) to complete the liquidation.

“Mr. Gabel amassed his items over many decades of careful picking and choosing,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “Like many antiquers, he began to keep some of the better pieces for his own personal collection. In fact, he’s been attending our auctions for over 30 years. Now, it is my privilege to offer his collections at auction to the highest bidder, without reserve.”

Vases will be served up in abundance, and in a variety of types and styles. Examples include a rare 10-¾ inch marked Rookwood vase with a dark green blue glazed background with a white stork décor, dated 1921, artist marked and in excellent condition; and a Rookwood #562r 9-¼ inch scenic vase with dark brown tones and stork décor, dated 1893 and artist signed “Mad.”

Other vases expected to do well are a 7-½ inch signed Devez three-color cameo cut vase with a well-cut scene of a cottage, lake and woman watching geese; a 9-¾ inch signed Legras cameo cut vase, three colors (white, lavender and green), with deeply carved leaf design; and a 7 ¼ inch Daum Nancy cameo cut vase, five colors, with tulip shade and nice, long stemmed décor.

Lamps will feature a fine 25-inch marked Handel leaded and reverse painted Egyptian design lamp with three large full-figural sphinx lion base; a 23-inch signed Pairpoint lamp with colorful reverse painted garden scenic shade and base with three candle lights; and a 17-inch peg lamp with yellow satin swirl shade and matching font set on brass figural base with three geese.

Plates and plaques will include an unmarked Wave Crest pipe rack plaque with embossed scroll mold and an Indian Chief portrait décor, in excellent condition; a nice 10-½ inch Nippon embossed plaque with a scene of an Indian riding a horse while shooting a rifle; and a 9-½ inch signed Beehive scenic plate with cobalt blue border and gold highlight trim, signed “F. Hiebel.”

Fans of R.S. Prussia will be impressed with an extremely rare 11-½ inch pedestal covered urn with keyhole spring season portrait and iridescent bronze Tiffany background with great gold stenciled highlights. Also offered will be a 5-½ inch by 8 inch signed Nakara round hinged “Collars and Cuffs” box, in pink tones with blue floral décor, very nice and in wonderful shape.

Figural renderings will include a 7 inch by 6 inch Austrian bronze figural group of an Arab riding horseback with flintlock rifle, boasting excellent paint; a 17-½ inch figural bronze group with black marble base of a young girl and boy, Paris studio mark, artist signed Moreau; and a 12-inch Heubach bisque figurine of a baseball player in period clothing holding a bat.

Rare and attractive prints and lithographs are certain to get paddles wagging. A pair of lots to watch are a very rare 24 inch by 32 inch Currier & Ives historical railroad print, drawn by F.F. Palmer and titled Across the Continent, in great condition; and an original 23 inch by 28 inch Louis Icart lithograph, dated 1922 and depicting a scene of a woman reclining on a couch.

Rounding out the weekend’s expected top lots: an extra nice oak cased “Diamond Dyes” advertising cabinet, with original interior compartments all labeled; a 13 inch by 10 inch Victorian-era kaleidoscope with wooden pedestal holding a leather and brass scope (1873); and 13-inch Ward’s Orange Crush syrup dispenser featuring figural orange with embossed lettering.

The Friday session (Apr. 9) will begin at 5 p.m. The Saturday session (Apr. 10) will begin at 9 a.m. The St. Charles Convention Center is located off exit #229 of I-70 in St. Charles, Mo. For lodging, the Embassy Suites Hotel (636-946-5544) is connected directly to the convention center. The Fairfield Inn (636-946-1000) is located directly across the street.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid ( All Proxibid terms and conditions will apply. Absentee bids will be accepted with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid, and must be received no later than noon Thursday, Apr. 8. Absentee bids may be faxed (316-747-2145) or e-mailed (

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694. Or, you can e-mail them at

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