A marked, 25-inch Handel leaded and reverse painted lamp with an Egyptian design and large 20-inch square shade lit up the room for $16,000 at a sale of the single-owner lifetime collection of Dale Gabel, held Apr. 9-10 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The auction was conducted by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan.
Gabel was a dedicated collector of antiques in a wide range of categories. More than 850 lots crossed the block, to include Daum Nancy, primitives, art glass, R.S. Prussia, lithographs, marbles, lamps, Royal Bayreuth, Flow Blue, Wave Crest, advertising items and more. His collection was so massive that a Part 2 sale has been scheduled for later on this year (Sept. 11).
The Handel lamp was the top lot of the sale. The piece was in excellent condition and boasted a spectacular shade with a scene of an Egyptian queen surrounded by blue, green, red, amber, cream and multi-colored slag swirl leaded panels. At the base were three large, full figural Sphinx lions. The example even had the original four light sockets and pulls.
About 200 people came to the sale, of which around 120 were active bidders.
“This was a well attended auction, with lots of bidders from all over the country,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “As for prices, they were strong for some items, a little flat for others. But that’s what makes for a good and interesting auction.” He said absentee bidding was very active.