Optic Flute, Imperial

A seldom seen pattern--only a few have sold at live auction in the last 15 years. They include these three examples. Upper left: A stemmed spittoon-shaped compote in marigold that brought $165 in 2003 (photo courtesy of Mickey Reichel). Upper right: A spittoon shaped vase in marigold that sold for $30 in 2010 (photo courtesy of Wroda Auctions). Directly above: A purple 7-inch bowl that brought $65 in 2010. Note that this variant bowl does not have the usual fluted sides (photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions).

In 2013, a stemmed spittoon-shaped compote in marigold sold for $60 and a 7-inch bowl in purple brought $40.

In 2014, marigold compotes brought $5 and $30, while a spitton shaped compote in marigold sold for $75. A purple ruffled compote brought $45.