The Krauss collection, assembled over several decades, includes includes American art glass rarities by the Mount Washington Glass Co., Imperial Glass Co. and Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Co. of Findlay, Ohio.
The Mount Washington Glass Co. introduced its glass in 1878, when company agent Frederick Shirley was granted three patents for the production and design of so-called Sicilian ware. The patent specifically called for lava or volcanic ash to be added to the glass batch as a flux. This glass was produced in small quantities only from 1878-1880. Modern collectors refer to this Sicilian ware as Lava glass. Most examples of Lava ware feature a black ground; however, an extremely rare vase of a rose-color ground is included in this auction.
Additionally, the Krauss collection boasts a collection of Findlay (Ohio) Floradine and Onyx glass in various colors as well as 50 pieces of Amberette/Klondike.
The Krauss collection also includes an outstanding 60-piece collection of the Imperial Glass Co.’s Free Hand and Lead Luster lines of art glass, produced during the 1920s. Imperial employed five Swedish immigrant glassmakers to produce this glass. Imperial’s ads boasted “Why go to Europe, to by your fancy glassware, when a short trip to our factory will enable you to secure a better variety with a smaller investment?” The company was located in Bellaire, Ohio, and flourished during the heyday of the pre-Depression flapper.
The Evans auction also includes a few great examples of Phoenix glass from the Priscilla McBride collection. McBride lives in New York State and had assembled a collection of rare Phoenix pitchers.
A group of European and American art glass from a variety of consignors includes two rare examples of Loetz Federzeichung “Octupus” glass. This type of glassware typically includes large, organic flowing pearly white satin-textured lines in abstract patterns on a background of opaline soft reds, oranges; browns or burnt-yellows with gilt vermicelli highlights.
The sale rounds out with collections of Victorian opalescent glass; celery vases of all types; early American pattern glass; children’s toy glass; American cut glass and studio glass.
The auction starts at 9:30 a.m. EST Jan. 26 and goes until each lot has been sold.
For further information about this auction, call 540-434-3939. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.
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