Signed Thomas Webb & Sons finely carved English cameo glass vase, $260,000.
An English cameo art glass vase by Thomas Webb, 9½" tall, signed “G. Woodall 1887,” brought $260,000 (no buyer’s premium charged) at part two of the sale of the collection of the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife, Karin. The presale estimate was $50,000/100,000.
The auction was held on May 29 in Wichita, Kansas, and was conducted by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kansas. The price was the highest ever paid for a single item at a Woody Auction sale.
The sale grossed $1.8 million, helped along by the Thomas Webb vase. “We knew we had something special, and we fully expected it to reach and surpass $100,000, but when it climbed as high as it did, we were just astounded,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “But it truly is a remarkable vase.” The vase is pictured in the book English Cameo Glass by Ray and Lee Grover. Woodall’s figural depiction was titled “The Origin of Painting.” The vase was signed by both Webb and Woodall. The buyer was a serious collector from West Virginia.
Another Thomas Webb & Sons English cameo art glass vase, signed “G. Woodall,” 8½" high, with a blue background with carved white opal overlay featuring a young woman and a bird, brought $45,000. A 17¼" tall signed Tiffany vase with a red body and green iridescent decorated neck also sold for $45,000.
A 13¾" high signed Tiffany Favrile decorated vase with a red iridescent body and a Tel-El-Amarna Egyptian-motif decorated foot and neck brought $44,000, and a Thomas Webb unmarked 8¼" high gem cameo art glass English cameo vase with a Woodall scene titled “Mischief” went for $41,000.
Sold for $38,000 was a 37½" high signed Moser two-part pedestal vase with a yellow opaque background and extensive multicolor leaf and applied acorn decoration. A 25½" x 20" marked KPM porcelain plaque with a scene featuring the sacrifice of Jephthah’s daughter, set in a gilt wooden frame, sold for $15,000.
A rare Tiffany Favrile red paperweight vase, 4" high and signed, bulbous in shape and identical to an example featured in Art Glass Nouveau by the Grovers, sold for $36,000, and a 14¼" high signed Tiffany Favrile paperweight art glass vase with a clear background and orange blossom and green floral stem décor (also as seen in Art Glass Nouveau) rose to $25,000.
A signed Tiffany Favrile footed vase with a red body and foot and decorative iridescent band around the neck made $31,000, and a 9¾" tall signed Tiffany vase with a yellow-green background with iridescent gold and green leaf and vine décor earned $32,000.
Another signed “Thomas Webb & Sons Gem Cameo” English cameo vase, 21" high, also signed “Tiffany & Company” and “Paris Exposition 1889,” with a cranberry background, made $31,000. An 18" high signed Gallé French cameo vase, deep green with a brown cameo carved overlay and forest and insect décor, brought $6000.
A rare 12½" high Mount Washington decorated Burmese “Monkey” vase with a hard-to-find monkey and ape decoration with bamboo background sold for $18,000. That was also the price for a 9¾" high signed Daum Nancy French cameo glass vase with autumnal décor.
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Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest