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Auction # 35

Auction Ended: Wednesday - June 1st, 2016 at 10:00 PM EDT

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2 7/8"h., rich deep wine color, footed bowl, deep circular bowl with narrow flaring folded rim and curving at bottom to applied sloping circular crimped foot; lily pad type 1 on bowl, pontil scar; South Jersey type; probably early 19th century, c. 1838-1850, possibly made at a Philadelphia Pa. bottle factory like Dyottville where Historical Flasks in the identical color were produced; exceptional condition.
Pictured on Plate 17 in American Glass, by George McKearin, no.2; McKearin stated that, "The little wine colored bowl, no. 2, is the only piece in this color which we have ever seen with the Lily Pad decoration."
The bowl surfaced in 1940, in the collection of Frederick Gatson, published by Parke Bernett, lot 405. Helen McKearin cataloged the collection for Parke Bernett and described the piece as follows: "Unique Small Lily Pad Footed Bowl, of rich wine colored glass similar in color to some of the rare historical flasks, beautifully formed hand-blown piece, said to have been blown in one of the South Jersey bottle factories."
Sold in 1993 at Garths Auction, "The Alberta Patterson Collection" lot 141; presently in the private collection of a gentleman, where it has been cherished these past thirty three years or so.
This is the only piece of early American free blown glass made from exotic claret wine colored bottle glass. When the bowl is exposed to direct light it explodes into a jewel- like ruby claret, it is amazing!! (See Photo.) Best possible form, proportions, color & condition; one of the rarest colored lily pad pieces known, this is a masterpiece of American bottle Glass.
13 $ 15,000
9 1/2" h., sapphire blue, clear with gray tint, lead glass, compressed globular font, applied hourglass pedestal with spool type wafer, lower conical shape base drawn from the pedestal into a tooled circular foot with flattened doughnut shape top, pontil ; probably early Pittsburgh, Pa., c.1800-1830, mint condition. One of the finest free-blown lamps we've seen. Beautiful rich sapphire blue, with a tinted gray font, separates this lamp from the status quo, not to mention this brilliant form; unequaled, one of the best looking Freeblown lamps there is; we know of no other, unique!
33 $ 7,500
10" h., clear deep blue, lead glass, wide conical shaped body patterned with eight heavy ribs or "pillars", applied horizontal ring below neck, pinched pour spout , heavy applied handle, polished pontil: found in Western Pennsylvania, c. 1840-50, attributed to Pittsburgh, Pa., possibly Louisville Kentucky, stunning attic mint condition. Rare size and color, this is one of the largest and most beautiful examples of the conical pillar molded pitcher. The fins are extremely pronounced at the base of the pillars, similar to some of the finest decanters. The glass itself is alivewith both clarity and character ,so no matter when you look at it or where you look at it , you can't takes your eyes away from it; one of the finest pillar molded pitchers known.
26 $ 13,000
5 1/2"h., deep amethyst, eastern variety, Connecticut -Keene type, half-post method, about a half pint, 32 ribs swirled to the right, sheared lip, pontil scar; probably Keene, N.H., c.1817-1824, flake on lip, otherwise overall excellent condition. On page 437 in American glass, the McKearin's write: "several years ago we saw a Pitkin of the typical Eastern variety in a very deep amethyst, appearing almost black in reflected light. We believe it may have been made at Keen because Masonic flasks with the initials "I P" which are attributed to the Keene Marlboro Street Glass Works are occasionally encountered in a very similar amethyst color." The form of this flask is very distinctive, easily discernible as New England when compared with MidAtlantic or Midwestern style Pitkin's. The individual gaffer that made this bottle no doubt made it for presentation using the same batch of amethyst reserved for a handful of special order Masonic's; we have not seen another example like this one found in olive green or, olive amber; It's not just the color, it's the bottle, certainly one of the rarest Pitkin bottles known to exist, ex. Charles B Gardner Collection.
18 $ 7,500
8" h., clear flint gl ass, with red, white and blue marbrie decoration, classic Pittsburgh style short trumpet shaped vase with superimposed gather at base called “the pearl” folded over at the top in the form of a horizontal ring, hand scalloped or tooled rim w ith applied ruby glass rim, applied clear hour glass shaped pedestal, pontil sca r; Pittsburgh, Pa, c. 1845-1876, perfect condition. One of the finest examples w e’ve seen, rare with applied ruby glass rim; ex. Mikalonis collection.
20 $ 3,250
4 7/8" h., aquamarine bubbly bottle glass, three piece construction, starting with a bulbous font flattened on top with small hole for whale oil, slightly conical at base, applied double elongated knop or sausage turned pedestal, applied conical feet; c. 1790-1840, MidAtlantic States, mint condition. Somewhat crude, this diminutive set of lamps is probably one of the earliest pair of bottle glass lamps we have seen. Corning Museum has a pair of aqua candle sticks that they are calling eighteenth century with stylistic similarities. Both lamps and sticks have that plain conical foot with no folded rim, as well as the "sausage" turned knops. The shapes of the fonts slightly differ from one another, one example is more flattened, the other more spherical, but they are absolutely an original pair; very rare and very early!
22 $ 3,000
4 1/2" h., deep brown amber with reddish highlights, bottle glass, bell shaped bowl with drawn "knop" pedestal, applied circular foot with eight crimps, blow pipe pontil; attributed to Stoddard N.H., c. 1853-1864 period, mint condition; the crimped foot is identical to the large reddish amber lily pad jug pictured in 200 years of American blown glass, plate 109, also with eight crimps; the jug is attributed to Stoddard and the hand of Matt Johnson. The style and character of the wine glass reflect a little bit of Redford, as does the Johnson jug. In regard to the rarity and importance of American bottle house stemware the only other example we have seen in color is pictured in 200 years of American blown Glass, plate 59, no.1, olive amber wine glass with crimped foot, attributed to Lancaster NY. Bottle glass drinking vessels, especially those made in the New England states, are some of the greatest rarities in American glass. They are individual and easily discernible as Americana, with few known, rarely offered for sale. This example is from the famous William Mitchell Van Winkle sale in the early 1930's, and was originally attributed to Stoddard by Van Winkle.
17 $ 2,500
6 7/8"h., clear olive amber, non-lead bubbly bottle glass, heavy gather, footless straight sided body tapering outward and rounded at shoulder, with tapering neck decorated with two applied heavy horizontal bands, with crude applied bar type collar and applied ring underneath, blow pipe pontil; probably blown at Mt. Vernon Glass Works, N.Y., c. 1815-25, sparkling mint condition. This little bottle- glass decanter is one of the rarest decanters you will find in American bottle glass. One of two known, this being the smaller of the two, no other examples in olive amber bottle glass have been reported. Made in the Anglo- Irish tradition this example is both stunning and extremely rare, as decanters of this style were mostly produced in clear flint glass made from Boston, to Philadelphia, to Pittsburgh. They are seldom found in aquamarine or green, let alone nay dark bottle glass. The metal is classic New York/ New England bottle glass at its finest with beautiful color and character, not to mentions the swirls, striations, and bubbles throughout the bottle; a seriously rare Mt.Vernon bottle, don't miss out!
18 $ 3,500
8 3/4" h., olive amber, bottle glass, tiny seed bubbles throughout, bell shaped bowl on applied hollow pedestal with double sausage turned knops, applied sculpted dome foot with heavy out-folded rim; probably Stoddard, possibly Keene, c. 1846-1858, mint condition. This amazing off- hand chalice defines American bottle house glass without limitation. The "Grail" like presentation links this piece to two known American blown glass vessels, a wine glass in the same seedy olive amber glass, and a goblet in amber glass, plate 73, no.9 & no. 11, American Glass, Mck. All three examples are somewhat ecclesiastical in design, in fact McKearin suggests that the Goblet, no. 11, could have been made for a local church, adding that the wine, no.9 is "perhaps the finest drinking vessel in American bottle glass", it too has that "Grail" or "Camelot" look to it. Complex three- piece construction with an outrageous tooled foot, the craftsmanship is wonderful, yet crude. Like the two pieces we've mentioned in American Glass, all have a signature "heavy fold" at the foot, this one has the over-fold, and all three have a variation of the "dome" foot; one of the more important forms to be found in American bottle glass drinking vessels, incredibly rare in olive amber.
15 $ 4,250
5 1/2" h., light yellow green, bubbles throughout, chestnut shape Freeblown body with earlier style MidAtlantic applied collar, pontil scars; probably Pitkin, c. 1784-1800, mint condition. Nice example, one of the earlier Connecticut chestnuts!
10 $ 180
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