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Jeffrey Evans & Associates to auction rare glassware Jan. 26

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:44

Rare Phoenix Glass Co. pitchers from a large collection of Phoenix wares. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Jan. 26 auction of 19th and 20th century glass includes the first installment from a selection of over 4,000 pieces from the late Richard “Dick” and Mary Ann Krauss of Clyde, Ohio. will provide Internet live bidding.

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.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to


Rare Phoenix Glass Co. pitchers from a large collection of Phoenix wares. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

 From a collection of Mount Washington Lava/Sicilian art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Fine Loetz Federzeichung ‘Octopus’ ewer and vase. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

From a fine selection of Findlay Floradine and Onyx in various colors. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

From an extensive collection of Imperial Free Hand and Lead Luster art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:08

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