American Brilliant Cut Glass Tray Hits $27,000 at Auction

Oval_tray_smallA rare American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) oval-shaped tray in the Coronet pattern by Hawkes sold for $27,000 at a multi-estate sale held Sept. 5 by Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan. The tray, 15 inches by 10 ½ inches, was featured in the book Rarities by Weiner & Lipkowitz (page 222).

The sale comprised several prominent lifetime collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass, which is hugely popular with collectors. The centerpiece was the collection of Allan Waldron, a member of the American Cut Glass Association, Lone Star Chapter. He specialized in Dorflinger pieces. Also featured were the collection of Roger and Barbra Larson, plus two important collections from Florida.

“The quality of the collections is what helped contribute to the strong prices realized at this sale,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. Around 140 people attended the event, while 87 bidders were registered online (through “One online bidder from England accounted for around $55,000. That’s a significant amount,” Mr. Woody said, adding about 20 absentee bids were successful.

The oval tray was the top lot of the sale. Additional highlights follow. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.

An ABCG round ice cream tray with twelve plates, boasting a deeply engraved fruit décor and the only known complete Hawkes “Fruit” set, soared to $23,000; a 13 inch by 15 inch signed Sinclaire ABCG punch bowl in the Intaglio & Brilliant pattern, with a delicate and attractive blank, hit $12,000; and a pair of 20-inch ABCG five-arm candelabra with Hobstar, Cane, Prism & Fan motif made $13,000.

An outstanding 6 inch by 13 inch ABCG two-part salad bowl in the Wheat pattern by J. Hoare, with terrific blown mold and flawless cutting, rose to $10,000; a 14 inch by 15 inch ABCG signed Sinclaire two-part punch bowl, Hobstar chain with Vintage panels and vine décor, breezed to $7,000; and a super 14 ¾-inch ABCG round tray in pattern #99 by Dorflinger found a new owner for $8,000.

A 16 ¼-inch by 13-¾ inch ABCG tall two-part punch bowl in the Anona pattern by Dorflinger, very rare, changed hands for $11,000; a 4 ½-inch ABCG gold to clear wine glass in the Parisian pattern by Dorflinger climbed to $4,000; and a pair of 7 ¼-inch ABCG Rhine wine glasses in the Wedgmere pattern by Libbey and featuring a superb peti-coat and pattern-cut bases earned a winning bid of $4,100.

An extremely scarce 5 ½-inch by 12 ½-inch signed Hawkes gravic glass ABCG two-part, eight-sided salad bowl and matching underplate, featuring deeply engraved fruit with a large Hobstar center, realized $9,000; a 4 ½-inch ABCG blue to clear wine glass in the Parisian pattern by Dorflinger reached $4,100; and a 5 inch by 10 inch signed Sinclaire ABCG deep bowl in the Assyrian pattern made $3,600.

A beautiful 7 ¼-inch green cut to clear decanter with matching stopper with a Rococo and Intaglio floral design and perfect handle commanded $3,800; an extra nice pair of 4 ¾-inch ABCG cranberry to clear wine glasses with Hobstar, Bar and Fan motif and colored Hobstar base hit $3,500; and a fine 8-inch ABCG ovoid shaped water pitcher in the Eulalia pattern by Libbey gaveled for $2,550.

A pair of 7 ½-inch ABCG tall Champagne glasses with Hobstar, Strawberry Diamond and Fan motif, featuring an apple core stem and scalloped Hobstar base, gaveled for $2,500. The set may be in the Linder pattern by Val St. Lambert; further research is needed. Also, an 8-inch signed ABCG oval-shaped mayonnaise set in the Brunswick pattern by Hawkes, bowl and matching underplate, hit $3,000.Rounding out the top lots: a pair of 4 ½ inch ABCG green to clear wine glasses in the Marlboro pattern by Dorflinger soared to $3,250; a 9-inch ABCG oval tray in the Devonshire pattern by Hawkes, featuring a clear blank, demanded $2,300; and a beautiful 7-½ inch by 12 inch signed Sinclaire ABCG pedestal eggnog bowl, featuring a Hobstar chain with large panels and feathered ridges, brought $2,500.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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