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Bidding War for Dorflinger American Brilliant Cut Glass Bowl Soars to $65,000

by WorthPoint Staff (04/13/12).

This American Brilliant Cut Glass three-color, cut-to-clear bowl in the Montrose pattern by Dorflinger spurred a three-way bidding war that finally ended with a winning bid of $65,000 at an auction held March 10 by Woody Auction.

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A stunning American Brilliant Cut Glass three-color, cut-to-clear bowl by Dorflinger, in the Montrose pattern and in outstanding condition, sold for $65,000 at a cut glass auction held March 10 by Woody Auction.

“What made this bowl so exceptional was the fact that one-third of it was green cut to clear, one-third was cranberry cut to clear and one-third was amethyst cut to clear. You rarely if ever see that,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “I expected it to bring $10,000-$20,000, but when bidding topped the $50,000, my heart began to pound a little.”

The winning bidder was a dedicated cut glass collector from Texas who requested anonymity. He had been in a fierce bidding war with two other contenders, one of whom was acting on behalf of the Dorflinger Museum. That person stayed in the fight to the bitter end. The third party was active in the early going, but threw in the towel when bidding reached $25,000.

“I do believe the bowl was one of the 10 rarest items I’ve ever sold,” Woody said. It was by far the top lot of the March 10 sale and another event held March 24 by the firm. That auction featured four fine collections comprising more than 500 quality lots of art glass, Royal Bayreuth, furniture pieces and more. Everything was sold without reserve.

“Like with most auctions, certain items surprised us in how well they did, while other lots we fully expected to bring high dollars ended up being soft,” said Woody. “But overall, both auctions were well attended and bidding was great.” Online bidding was active on Proxibid.

Following are additional highlights from the March 10 auction (all prices are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction):

This signed Libbey American Brilliant Cut Glass bowl in the Morello pattern, 4 inches by 9 inches, realized $5,500.

• An exceptionally fine Libbey American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) bowl in the Morello pattern, 4 inches by 9 inches and signed, changed hands for $5,500; an ABCG aqua green cut-to-clear wine glass in the Russian pattern with star-cut buttons and scalloped base made $4,500; and a gorgeous signed Sinclaire ABCG oval bowl in the Snowflake and Holly pattern rose to $2,600.

• A 4-inch-by-9-inch ABCG cranberry cut-to-clear bowl featuring a hobstar center with nailed diamond, prism and long thumbprint highlights (circa 1898) brought $3,300; a rare 4½-inch-tall ABCG cranberry cut-to-clear wine glass in the Eleanor pattern by J. Hoare hit $2,500; and a 4¾-inch ABCG gold cut-to-clear wine glass in a unique Strauss pattern realized $2,300.

• Rounding out the day’s top lots, a scarce 13-inch-tall ABCG bell-shaped quart decanter in the Somerset pattern by Libbey, with a pattern cut stopper and exactly as shown in a Libbey catalog reprint, breezed to $2,100; and a pair of 4½-inch signed Sinclaire ABCG cut glass perfume bottles—rock crystal with engraved rococo, shell and floral motif—garnered $1,500.

Following are highlights from the March 24 auction:

• A 9-inch-by-15-inch bride’s basket, a star-crimped, melon-ribbed, apricot satin diamond-quilted bowl with pink interior and gold and enamel floral décor, set on a Meriden silverplate rampant lion frame, made $8,000; and an 11-inch pickle castor, a tortoise shell swirl coinspot art glass insert with enamel décor set on a figural “Lily Pad” silverplate Meriden frame hit $1,400.

This outstanding bride’s basket—one of many in the auction—boasting a star-crimped, melon-ribbed apricot satin diamond-quilted bowl gaveled for $8,000.

• A six-piece ivory portrait set, with each hand-painted portrait signed “David 1810” and each 17-inch frame containing three portraits (of figures such as Napoleon, Josephine, Madame Tallien and Duchess D’abrantes) reached $6,900; and a Pairpoint four-piece condiment set (two melon-ribbed Burmese cruets and two shakers on a marked silver plate frame) fetched $1,200.

• A 42-inch-by-12-inch marble and brass Sevres-style pedestal featuring a cobalt blue column with extensive gold leaf highlights with crown and “N” monogram, plus a beautiful full portrait of Queen Josephine (artist signed “Rochette”), in outstanding condition, topped out at $5,000; and a 6½-inch Findlay onyx syrup pitcher, also in super condition, commanded $950.

• Two lots reached identical prices of $3,000. One was a wonderful 20-inch-by-11½-inch bride’s basket—a cream satin ruffled bowl (trefoil shaped), with enamel floral décor interior and exterior and Pairpoint #2693 silverplate stand. The other was also a bride’s basket—a pink satin melon-ribbed bowl with enamel floral décor and green interior, set on a Wilcox silverplate base.

• Still another bride’s basket—a beautiful cranberry opalescent nailsea star-crimped bowl with blossom and branch enamel décor, set on a perfectly fitting Toronto silverplate base—sold for $1,900. Also, a gorgeous 106-piece set of “Medici” pattern Gorham sterling silver flatware, all contained in a handsome, three-drawer, 35-inch-by-25-inch wooden silver chest, made $4,500.

Fpor more information about this auction, call 316.747.2694, e-mail to or visit the Woody Auction website.


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