Published: August 5, 2008
A rare Wave Crest egg crate mold hinged box sold for $9,460 at the sale of the Brinkman collection conducted May 24′5 at the recently opened Aurelia Community Center. Over the course of many years, Mary Brinkman and her late husband Jim amassed a huge collection of European and American art glass, china, miniature kerosene lamps, vintage lamps, period furniture and more.
The sale was conducted by Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan. By the end of the event, more than 900 lots had changed hands. “We had nearly 400 registered bidders †including Internet, on-site and absentee †and that was very strong for us,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “We had around 200 people in the room Saturday and about half that many on Sunday. And 60 people sent in absentee bids. Overall, it was a great sale.”
The Wave Crest egg crate (signed, with banner mark, 6¾ by 7 inches) was the top lot of the art glass category. The piece had light blue tones, a portrait of a young lady, perfect gold stencil highlights and tapestry décor and original lining. The top lot of the sale overall was a three-piece walnut bedroom suite, circa 1880s, with wash stand, dresser with mirror and full-size bed; it drew a top bid of $13,200.
Additional highlights were a rare miniature 9-inch cut glass rainbow-colored oil lamp with tulip-shaped shade and crosscut diamond motif, which crossed the block at $9,130; an unmarked Wave Crest swirl mold hinged jewel box with salmon and blue colors and “Fish” scenic décor, which hit $8,800; and a 10-inch Mount Washington Royal Flemish vase, multicolored with gold highlights and griffin and dragon motif, which realized $6,160.
A 6-inch alexandrite Jack-in-the-pulpit rose bowl-shaped vase, with a diamond quilted design and perfect color, achieved $5,610; a signed Wave Crest (banner mark) glove box with embossed daisy mold, cobalt blue and light blue with large floral décor and perfect original lining, rose to $5,500; and a 7-inch signed Quezal Jack-in-the-pulpit-shaped vase with green pulled feather design reached $4,620.
Furniture sold at the Saturday session included a 70-by-45-inch Victorian walnut flat front library cabinet with burl walnut panels and three wooden shelves at $3,960; massive 75-by-55-inch oak bow front four-pillar china cabinet with leaded glass, mirror back and carved columns brought $4,180.
Two 16-inch sapphire blue art glass vases with enamel bird, branch and leaf décor hammered for $2,310; a 4½-by-6-inch signed Kelva crown mold pink mottled hinged jewel box with blue floral decor made $2,200.
A 15-inch cranberry Moser pedestal-handled ewer with extensive gold leaf and enamel insect décor and three-dimensional bird soared to $4,180.
A 10½-inch Mount Washington decorated Burmese vase with “Guba” duck and cattail motif changed hands for $3,850, while a 7½-by-7-inch signed Wave Crest (banner mark) egg crate mold hinged box (“Collars & Cuffs”) with a scene of a robin found a new owner at $3,630.
A 9¾-by-9¼-inch Webb Burmese double fairy lamp epergne with gilt metal frame holding two signed Clarke bases with Burmese stem and three vases rose to $3,080.
A 14½-inch gray figural porcelain miniature lamp with registry mark (“Beady-Eyed Bat”), standing on a floral base with blue satin melon rib shade, one of only three known to exist, was a bargain at $2,200.
A pair of 9-by-9½-inch blue sapphire Mary Gregory pedestal vases featuring a scene of a boy courting a girl were a good deal at $1,760 for the pair; a 6-inch English cameo biscuit jar with silver plate lid and bail and floral overlay topped out at $1,760; and a 17½-inch raisin-colored satin pedestal handled ewer, the finest Mary Gregory piece ever offered by Woody Auction, sold for $1,430.
Prices reported include ten percent buyer’s premium.
Woody Auction’s next big sale will be August 1′ at the St Charles Convention Center in St Charles, Mo. Offered will be the estate of Jim and Francis Miller, dedicated collectors of American brilliant-cut glass.
For information, 316-747-2694 or www.woodyauction.com .
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