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Douglass, KS, USA, February 12, 2022 -- A two-day American Brilliant Cut Glass (“ABCG”) auction featuring a pair of outstanding single-owner collections will be held Friday and Saturday, March 4th and 5th, by Woody Auction, online and live in the Woody Auction auction hall at 130 East 3rd Street in Douglass. The start times are 5 pm Central for March 4th (lots 1-150) and 9:30 am Central for March 5th (lots 151-508).
The collections are those of Ila and the late Joe Lemon, who gathered fine examples of colored stems and great patterns; and Rich and Sandy Encelewski, who insisted that all the pieces in their collection be in outstanding condition. Some smaller collections have also been added, pushing the lot total to more than 500. All the lots will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserves. Mark your calendars.
“Cut glass auctions are always a thing of beauty, and when long time collections come together and are combined, the splendor can be overwhelming,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, which has been hosting cut glass auctions featuring fine lifetime collections for years. “The Lemon and Encelewski collections rank among the best. The fact that both are being offered in one sale is just remarkable.”
Lots to watch include a bowl in the Wedding Ring pattern by J. Hoare, 9 ¾ inches in diameter, having an exquisite blank; a round tray in the Expanding Star pattern by Elite, 14 inches in diameter, also with a superb blank; a vase signed Clark in the Othello pattern, 17 inches tall, with hobstar base and step cut neck; an ice cream set (tray and six matching plates) in the Star pattern by Meriden; and an oil lamp in the Persian pattern, 13 ½ inches tall, with no chimney, removable oil font and a mounted metal base.
Brilliant Period Cut Glass decanters and sets will feature a red cut to clear set in the Cane pattern fluorescing under a black light to indicate it’s American, with a pattern cut stopper and selling with ten matching wine stems; and a handled apricot cut to clear decanter, 11 inches tall, with a beautiful embossed floral sterling silver lidded spout marked Theodore B. Starr and a scalloped pattern cut foot.
Also offered will be a BPCG Moser pedestal decanter, 15 ¾ inches tall, with flawless engraved cutting featuring a courting man and woman near a fountain and lake with swan and tree highlights, artist marked “RS”; and a set of six BPCG cranberry cut to clear wine stems, 5 ¼ inches tall, each having interlocking rings with hobstar and cane highlights, a diamond cut border and colored six-petal foot.
Woody Auction stresses that if a piece is labeled as "ABCG", it means Woody Auction is confident the piece is 100 percent American Brilliant Cut Glass. If a piece is labeled as "BPCG”, Woody Auction is certain the piece is Brilliant Period Cut Glass but it may (or may not) be American. And if a piece is labeled simply as "Cut Glass", Woody Auction makes no guarantee as to the age or maker of the item.
Glass has been around for 3,500 years, and cut glass about half that long (dating to ancient Egypt). But for one glorious moment in time – the “Brilliant Period”, spanning less than a half-century, from 1876 to the start of World War I – fewer than ten cut glass manufacturers in the United States produced the majority of the marvelous ABCG examples that had no equal anywhere in the world and are coveted today.
People can register and bid online now, at www.liveauctioneers.com/woody-auction-llc. Bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance. There is no buyer’s premium for bidders who attend in person and pay by cash or check. Online bidders will be charged a 20 percent buyer’s premium (or, they can pay by cash or check for a 15 percent buyer’s premium).
Absentee bids will be accepted, with a written statement indicating the lot number and amount of the bid. The deadline to submit an absentee bid is 12 noon on Wednesday, March 2nd. All absentee bids will be charged a buyer’s premium of 15 percent of the selling price (or 10 percent if paying by cash or check). Absentee bids can be sent by fax, to 316-746-2145; or via email, to email@example.com.
Phone bidding will be available for lots with a low estimate of $750 or greater (low estimates are found on LiveAuctioneers.com). Email your phone bid list to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 o’clock noon on Tuesday, March 1st, and please include your name, full address, a primary phone number and a backup/secondary phone number. You will receive a phone call to confirm receipt of your phone bids.
For lodging, there are three hotels in the area that are convenient to the venue: The Comfort Inn, in Augusta, Kansas (316-260-3006) (mention Woody Auction for a single queen or king room rate of $79); the Holiday Inn Express, in Andover, Kansas (316-733-8833); and the Hampton Inn, in Derby, Kansas (316-425-7900). All are within a 15-20-minute drive from the Woody Auction auction hall.
To learn more about Woody Auction and the two-day American Brilliant Cut Glass (“ABCG”) auction planned for Friday and Saturday, March 4th and 5th, please visit www.woodyauction.com. Updates are posted often.
About Woody Auction:
Woody Auction’s 5,000-square-foot auction hall is located at 130 East 3rd Street in Douglass, Kan. – south and east of Wichita, not far from I-35 and Hwy. 54/Kellogg Road. The firm has many more sales lined up for spring, including an Antique Auction on Saturday, March 19th, and an Antique Auction on Saturday, April 2nd. Both will be held online and live in the gallery, starting at 9:30 am Central for both. Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or collection, please call (316) 747-2694; or, you can e-mail them, at email@example.com. To learn more about Woody Auction, please visit www.woodyauction.com. Updates are posted often.