The Lyle collection of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and ABCG will be auctioned in Kansas, Sept. 7th-8th
The lifetime collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle – dedicated collectors of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and American Brilliant Cut Glass whose items have been featured in books, trade publications and museum exhibits – will be sold Sept. 7-8.
The Lyles, who hail from Washington state, began collecting glassware pieces decades ago, with their main focus being on items produced by the C.F. Monroe Company (Meriden Conn., 1882-1916). The Lyles loved the quality of the Wave Crest, cut glass and other items created by C.F. Monroe, and managed to assemble one of the foremost collections in the country that featured these lovely pieces.
"Without a doubt this is the finest Wave Crest collection to ever come to public auction," said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. "Don and the late Carrol Lyle were well-known collectors and beloved members of the Wave Crest and American Brilliant Cut Glass clubs, as well as the American Cut Glass Association. Now their one-of-a-kind collection will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserve."
Highlighting the two-day sale will be 350 lots of Wave Crest, Nakara and Kelva, plus over 300 lots of American Brilliant Cut Glass, which will play an equally significant role in the event. The Friday, September 7th session, starting at 5 pm Central time, will contain lots 1-250. The balance of the catalog (lots 251-670) will come up for bid in the Saturday, September 8th session, starting at 9:30 am.
Stars of the Wave Crest category include an elaborate handpainted panel featuring an early Venice, Italy scenic décor, signed "C.V.H." (for Carl V. Helmschmied)
The unmarked, 17 ½ inch tall Wave Crest vase (10 inches across handles), has a handpainted scenic décor showing two women near a bench and a reverse showing a chrysanthemum décor, with gilt metal feet and handles and a cobalt blue border, is outstanding;
A Wave Crest banner mark vase, 17 inches tall, deep emerald green, showing a classic courting scene, with Vermillion trim highlights, gilt metal feet and handles, is nearly identical to the vase shown on page 47 of Cohen's Wave Crest book. Also offered will be an unmarked Wave Crest wall plaque, 12 inches by 8 ½ inches, depicting a woman in a sheer pink dress, housed in an ornate gilt metal frame.
Additional Wave Crest lots of note include an unmarked wall plaque with cobalt blue border and scroll mold, depicting a woman in a sheer dress holding a wreath, in an ornate gilded frame measuring 16 inches by 12 inches; and a rare wall plaque marked C.F. Monroe, with a colorful floral branch décor, artist signed "S" (attributed to Gussie Stremlan) and mounted in a 27 ½ inch by 21 inch wooden frame.
American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) is enormously popular with collectors and the Lyles were no exception. Pieces in the auction will feature a high-quality punch bowl in the Sunburst pattern by C.F. Monroe with an exact pattern matched base and nine pattern-matched pedestal punch cups; and a decanter in the Croesus pattern by J. Hoare, 12 ½ inches tall, with a ray cut base and quality blank.
Also sold will be an ABCG table lamp, 19 ½ inches tall, signed Gundy and Clapperton, boasting a fabulous cutting of hobstar cluster and Millicent stripes, with a finely engraved scene of geese flying over cattails; and an ABCG vase, 14 inches tall, in the Odolet pattern by C.F. Monroe, with a hobstar base and heavy blank, exactly as featured in the Monroe catalog #11, page 42 (only this one is larger).
ABCG top lots continue with a three-part epergne in the Starlight pattern by C.F. Monroe, having a trumpet vase center section with a sterling fitting atop the center bowl, and a sterling silver rest engraved with "Connor New Year's Day 1907"; and a humidor in the Marlboro pattern by Dorflinger with an embossed floral wreath marked Dorflinger and a ray cut base, 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide.
Nakara pieces from the Lyle collection being sold include the following:
• A marked, 17 ½ inch tall vase showing a night scene of sailboats in a harbor, done in cobalt blue with pale blue and cream side panels, Vermillion blue highlights and gilt metal feet and handles.
• A humidor marked Nakara, measuring 5 ¾ inches by 4 inches, done in brown and rust tones, with a portrait of an Indian in full headdress and the word "Cigars" showing on the humidor lid.
Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694; or, you can e-mail them, at email@example.com. To learn more about Woody Auction and the auction on September 7th-8th, visit www.woodyauction.com.