English cameo glass was the star of the show at Woody Auction’s second dispersal from the collection of Dr Ernest and Karin Rieger held in Wichita, Kansas.
Topping the bill on May 29 at $260,000 (£161,490) was this fine
quality example from Thomas Webb and Sons engraved by George
Woodall, one of the factory's top artists in this medium. No
buyer's premium was charged.
The 9½in (24cm) high vase, decorated in white on claret with a
characteristic classically-derived scene of The Origin of
Painting was signed G Woodall 1887 and
by Webb. It also featured in one of the standard works on
the subject, English Cameo Glass by R. and L.
"We knew we had something special and we fully expected it to
reach and surpass $100,000, but when it climbed as high as it did
we were just astounded," said the auctioneers' Jason Woody. The
buyer was a collector from West Virginia.
A second Webb cameo vase by Woodall, 8½in (21cm) high and carved
in white on blue with a young woman and a bird, made the joint
second highest price of the sale at $45,000 (£27,950), along with a
17¼in (44cm) high signed Tiffany vase in red and iridescent
More English and Continental English glass from sales in London
and Salisbury features in this week's ATG printed newspaper.
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