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Perfume atomizers big draw at Whalen auction
By Barb Van Loo

NEAPOLIS, Ohio — For this two-day sale, John Whalen’s auction facility in Neapolis, Ohio, was filled with perfume atomizers, lamps, glassware, pottery, artwork, furniture and countless other fine items to attract the attention of the many attendees. The first day was primarily devoted to the perfume atomizers, glassware, lamps and pottery, while the furniture and artwork commanded attention on the second day.

A fine collection of atomizers and perfume lamps was the target of many on the first day of the auction. There were atomizers of every size and color, and most were produced by DeVilbiss.

The most desirable among these was a DeVilbiss Imperial atomizer and dauber with green opaque glass with gold trim with red rhinestones. This signed piece sold for $4,500.

Other DeVilbiss atomizers included one in cranberry glass with gold trim that sold for $550; one with a dauber and green frosted glass with gold hardware that earned $300; and one that had a mauve glass insert on a 10-inch mauve tray with a stainless steel Eagle pin tray that crossed the block for $425. A black glass DeVilbiss atomizer with a gold cut-back design earned $800; and a beaded atomizer earned a final bid of $555.

There were many, many fine pieces of artwork, many of which were signed; all were ready to be hung in that special spot on the wall.

At Anchor, an oil-on-board of Brittany Harbor by William Ward sold for $650; Ophelia in the Garden, an oil-on-canvas by Gemeinert and dated 1873 saw $800; and an oil-on-canvas of St. Mark’s Basin in Venice by Harold Walker crossed the block for $700.

There were two oils-on-canvas by Toledo artist Paul Bettinger, both of which were winterscapes, that sold for $500 and $900; and an original watercolor of the Columbian House in Waterville, Ohio, by Walt Chapman earned a final bid of $500.

An oil-on-canvas of a French villa by Benjamin Cratz sold for $450; an oil-on- canvas depicting a landscape and stream by G. Thompson Pritchardt saw $600; and a framed watercolor for the Libbey-Owens Glass Co. by Joseph Jicka earned $650.

There were several pieces of glassware to add to one’s collection or perhaps obtain for a gift. A 7-inch-diameter LCT Favrile bowl sold for $300; a three-stem cranberry epergne with applied glass décor saw $350; and a Durand iridescent vase was declared sold at $600.

Steuben pieces included a calcite compote that sold for $400; a set of six calcite sherbets and under-plates that also sold for $400; and a carved aurene urn that brought $700. A set of five bluerina or Alexandrite bowls and under-plates was highly desirable and crossed the block for $2,700. A pair of green mantel lusters with enamel decoration sold for $600; and a signed Moser cherub vase earned $500.

While there were several lamps presented, it is only possible to provide a few examples. A 14-inch parlor lamp in a jeweled form with a hobnail red/orange shade sold for $1,100; an 18-inch Jefferson reverse painted scenic table lamp saw $1,400; and a Czech lamp with a large brass body with brass nudes on the sides and an oval glass fruit basket on top earned a final bid of $1,050.

A signed Pairpoint lamp and shade, which had red roses, found many interested bidders, and the final bid was $3,250. Other lamps included a signed Handel 6567 floor lamp that sold for $750; a Hobbs finger lamp in cranberry with opalescent windows that saw $600; and a Hobbs kerosene lamp with a square blue font with a snowflake pattern that earned $400.

A Victorian parlor lamp with a clear etched shade with five cherubs, an Ansonia frame with a Daisy and Button pattern was complete and sold for $1,000.

A large variety of vases was available to pique everyone’s interest. An artist-signed Pickard vase sold for $500; a Charder vase with a red/orange cameo earned $900; and a very desirable Feroton Karnake red vase saw a final bid of $1,100. Among the Weller vases, a Lasa vase sold for $325 and a 21-inch vase with a floral pattern in yellows and browns earned $500. Among the Roseville vases, a pair of Ferella vases sold for $500, and a pair of Cherry Blossom vases earned $650.

A very nice Roseville Tourist jardinière and pedestal elicited spirited bidding and sold for $3,000. A covered urn by Duran with an applied string design was also highly desirable before the hammer fell at $1,000.

There were many beautiful furniture items – from a table or chair to fill that certain spot in a room to complete sets for the bedroom and/or dining room. For the new baby, there was a beautiful carved Victorian rocking cradle that sold for $1,100. To furnish an entire bedroom, there was a beautiful high quality walnut bedroom suite consisting of a bed and two dressers that crossed the block for $2,750.

Need more room in your wardrobe? Provide the extra room with a freestanding wardrobe such as the mahogany/rosewood one with an oak and bird’s-eye maple interior. This piece had shelving, a large drawer and beveled glass mirrored doors. The selling price was $1,300. If you prefer one without the mirrors, there was a walnut burl knockdown wardrobe with a drawer base that sold for $800.

Examples of the tables of many sizes, shapes and heights were an oval marble-top coffee table that sold for $550 and marble-top turtle tables that earned selling prices of $900 and $600.

An early bonnet-top maple chest on chest with eight drawers, Queen Anne legs and flame finials was eagerly sought after by several bidders and crossed the block for $1,500. A rosewood Victorian dresser with two banks of drawers and a marble top sold for $850; and a drop-front desk and chest with a secret drawer and possibly made by Biedenmeir sold for $500.

A very interesting piece of fretwork with a built-in platform for a plant or a lamp sold for $1,000; a pair of walnut Victorian Mr. & Mrs. chairs with upholstered seats and backs earned $2,100; and an oak highly carved bench with a lift-top seat (attributed to Horner) crossed the block for $700.

A beautiful walnut music cabinet with a hand-painted portrait saw $1,150 (what a beautiful piece for the musician to store his/her music); a rosewood and walnut tufted settee sold for $700; and walnut glass-door knockdown bookcase with two doors and two drawers with carved pulls earned $950. Furniture pieces cited are representative of the many beautiful pieces of furniture found at this auction.

Then, there were the many interesting and desirable items that always intrigue the attendee. A 19th century French tantalus with burl wood that ornately inlaid and had four blue cut to clear decanters with 16 matching stemware pieces sold for $700.

A two-piece cast bronze Zimmermann match holder, a horse head, crossed the block for $450; Apollo, a copper-clad statue, earned $525; and a barometer in a walnut case crossed the block for $550.

Leaded and stained glass windows, some two-piece items and some with jewels sold for $600 to $700; a cast iron penguin doorstop saw $475; and The Balky Mule, a windup boy by Lehmann, earned a final bid of $300.

There was a Favrile grapevine double-photo frame that sold for $550; a Jacot’s music box with an inlaid case with an 8-inch cylinder that crossed the block for $1,750; and a Monroe Nakara large dresser box that earned a final bid of $900.

A Noah’s Ark with a wooden fold-up box and complete with all its animals traveled to a new place after earning a final bid of $700; a Tiffany inkwell saw $525; and a pair of mahogany and oak doors with nickel-plated hinges with unique carved columns and drapery earned a final bid of $1,000.

This represents a very small percentage of the many alluring and enticing pieces found at this auction.

For additional information, contact the auction company at (419) 875-6317 or and visit the website at