This tour de force of the Victorian glass craftsman’s art was the highlight of Bonhams’ mixed-owner British and European glass sale.
The 17in (43.5cm) diameter cameo glass
plaque featuring a diaphanously clad maiden surprised by two putti
is titled The Attack. It was made by Thomas and George
Woodall, masters of this particular form of glass cutting, and was
a companion to another plaque featuring a similar subject titled
Both were produced for the Chicago
Exhibition of 1893 (although The Attack wasn't in
fact completed till 1896) and both passed into the collection of
H.C. Ash at some point. The Intruders is now in the
Chrysler Museum of Art but The Attack passed down by
descent from Ash to the family of the vendor who offered it at
It ended up selling for £140,000 on May 1,
well over its £70,000-100,000 estimate, setting a new high for
English cameo glass in the process, beating the £94,000 paid for a
Woodall vase at Sotheby's in 2002.
The Attack will now be joining
The Intruders as it was knocked down in the room to the US
dealer Leo Kaplan who was bidding on behalf of the Chrysler
The buyer's premium was 25/20/12%
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