BRIDE’S BASKET BOASTING A STRONG CRANBERRY GLASS BOWL SET ATOP A SIMPSON HALL & MILLER FIGURAL STAND MAKES $16,000 AT WOODY AUCTION

. May 6, 2011 . 0 Comments

The piece was the top lot in a sale of the collection of Bill and Sue Frick of Missouri, April 30.

(ST. CHARLES, Mo.) – A beautiful bride’s basket boasting a strong cranberry glass bowl with dentil style edge, set atop a fabulous Simpson Hall & Miller figural stand with a Kate Greenway-style cherub holding an umbrella and standing near a dog, sold for $16,000 at the sale of the single-owner lifetime collection of Bill and Sue Frick of Missouri, dedicated collectors.

The bride’s basket, measuring 14 ¼ inches by 8 ½ inches, was the top lot of the more than 500 pieces of art glass and other items that changed hands. The auction was conducted by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan., in the junior ballroom of the St. Charles Convention Center. About 130 people attended the sale. Online bidding was facilitated by Proxibid.com.

“We had some determined bidders at this sale who engaged in a battle of wills over many of the lots, and that helped drive hammer prices to nice, healthy levels,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “We were expecting gross sales to total $160,000 or $170,000, but when the final gavel came down we tallied over $240,000. It was quite the event. The Fricks were happy.”

Of the 130 or so people in the room, about 70 had bidder numbers. Another 170 people registered to bid online, while between 30 and 35 absentee bids were registered. Another factor contributing to the sale’s success was the fact that it was an absolute auction. Everything sold, regardless of price.

That, and the desirable styles and colors of art glass the Fricks collected.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.

Only one other lot topped the $10,000 mark. It was an extremely rare four-piece signed Daum Nancy tab-handle Four Seasons salt dip set that soared to $10,500. The miniature set, one of the finest and rarest ever offered by Woody Auction, came in the original “Mon Guerre, F. Duplomb Sucseur, Dijon” display box. Each salt dip, 1 ¾ inches tall, showed a seasonal scene.

Two items brought identical prices of $9,500. One was a rare 11 ½ inch pickle castor condiment set – a deep cranberry coinspot insert with cranberry coinspot ball-shaped salt and pepper shakers, set on an elaborate aurora silverplate frame. The other was a mother of pearl bride’s bowl centerpiece with blue satin diamond quilted deeply ribbed bowl and berry decor.

A rare, 14-inch signed Louis C. Tiffany Favrile decorated desk lamp with “Arabian” design, green with gold iridescent highlights, in great condition and with a shade signed L.C.T., gaveled for $6,100. A surprise hit of the sale was a 4 ¼ inch art glass Moser salt shaker, with embossed fish, cattail design and enamel highlights. It flew past the high estimate to earn $900.

A pair of lots hit $5,000 each. One was a 7-inch cranberry art glass sweetmeat set on an Empire silverplate figural base with bird décor. The other was a 10 ½ inch pickle castor – an Amberina coinspot insert with enamel floral décor set on a Tufts silverplate frame. Also, a 9 ¾ inch pickle castor with Hobbs Brockunier floral peachblow insert on a Reed & Barton frame hit $3,500.

An outstanding 10 inch by 14 inch bride’s basket, consisting of a pink cased melon ribbed bowl with large enamel floral decor set on a Meriden base, topped out at $2,800. Also, a 13 ½ inch pickle castor with pink satin insert and enamel floral décor, set on an ornate Pliton silverplate frame, breezed to $2,600.

Two extra nice items finished at $2,500 each. The first was a 15 inch by 9 inch Mt. Washington decorated bride’s bowl centerpiece set on a figural derby silverplate cherub stand. The other was a 12 inch by 10 ½ inch bride’s basket with a Loetz-style bowl with a green oil spot and iridescent red border, set on a Middletown silverplate frame.

A 10 ½ inch pickle castor having a pink satin mother of pearl coinspot insert and enamel floral décor set on a Homan silverplate frame went to a determined bidder for $2,400, while a 17 ½ inch by 11 inch bride’s bowl centerpiece comprising a cream bowl with cased pink interior, amber ruffled rim and gold enameled floral décor, set on an Egyptian-themed base made $2,200.

A Moorish, ball-shaped, 8 inch by 7 ½ inch signed Durand crackle vase with pink, white and gold coloring fetched $2,100; a rare 10 inch pink agata glass Morgan vase set on an amber resin griffin base, showing good amber highlights, went for $2,100; and a 7 ¾ inch Mt. Washington decorated Burmese gourd-shaped stick vase with enamel tapestry floral décor rose to $1,900.

Three lots finished at $1,800. They were a 9 ¼ inch by 7 ½ inch signed Quezal art glass vase with green and gold pulled feather design and iridescent gold interior; a 13 ½ inch signed Daum Nancy three-color cameo cut vase with mountain, lake and forest scenic décor; and a 10 ¾ inch signed Quezal bowling pin-shaped vase in fine condition, with an iridescent gold interior.

Woody Auction has two major auctions planned for May and June, both in the junior ballroom of the St. Charles Convention Center. The first is slated for Saturday, May 28, starting at 9:30 a.m. It will be a combination of four collections from around the country and will feature over 400 lots of art glass, lamps, R.S. Prussia, Royal Bayreuth, Wave Crest, cut glass and more.
Then, on Saturday, June 4, also at 9:30 a.m., Woody Auction will conduct an American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) and European glass auction, featuring the collection of Gerry and Jean LeCroix of Massachusetts, plus three small private collections. Lodging for either of these auctions will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel (636-946-5544) and Fairfield Inn (636-946-1000).

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 info@woodyauction.com.

To learn more about Woody Auction and the upcoming calendar of events, to include the May 28 and June 4 auctions, please log on to www.WoodyAuction.com.

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