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Sotheby’s held its 20th Century Design sale on March 6, 2014 with total sales of $2,356,940. Considering it was an additional, lesser quality sale than the usual extravaganzas of December and June, it had some excellent results, especially for the offerings of Tiffany Studios glass and lamps.
I didn’t care for the top lot of the sale, a Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, with a green ripple glass background. The dragonflies didn’t have jeweled eyes and I don’t like the examples with ripple glass backgrounds, but my opinion did not count one iota. It doubled its high estimate of $60,000, to realize $125,000 including buyer’s premium.
A huge, heavy, Tiffany Favrile paperweight vase, lot #2, sold above its high estimate of $24,000, to realize $32,500 including buyer’s premium. The decoration of millifiori and leaves was quite effective.
The biggest surprise for me was lot #8, a collection of 47 Tiffany Favrile tiles, each 3″ x 3″. They quadrupled their high estimate of $8,000, to realize $40,625 including buyer’s premium. I’ve always had difficulty selling individual tiles, but I guess a large group like this would be perfect for a custom fireplace surround, for example. Whatever the reason, two bidders fought furiously for them.
For the complete results of the sale, click here.
The NYC Pier Antique Show will be held in about two weeks, March 29-30, 2014. It’s always fun and exciting, so make your plans to come to the Big Apple. In the meantime, we’ll be on a European buying trip looking for more treasures to offer for sale. You know we’ll come back with some exciting items, which we’ll exhibit at the show.
Click here to view my new website and look around. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps