Exceptional Daum Nancy table lamp sells at EJ’s Auction & Consignment, April 30, 2016

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Daum Nancy scenic table lamp, EJ's lot #1100

Daum Nancy scenic table lamp, EJ’s lot #1100

EJ’s Auction & Consignment, Glendale, Arizona, held its Biltmore Estate Auction Ring 1 this past Saturday, April 30, 2016. Included in the sale was a wonderful Daum Nancy table lamp, lot #1100.

daum-scenic-lamp-ejs-2The lamp was special, mainly because it was painted by Daum’s best artist, B.S. (See my post dated July 6, 2015 for more on this artist.) At 19″ tall, with a 9½” diameter shade, it was one of the larger Daum Nancy table lamps.

I really wanted to buy this lamp, so I set up telephone bidding. The bidding opened at $11,000, picked up steam, and finally settled at $22,000, for a final price of $25,960, including buyer’s premium. I was left in the dust, and unfortunately not the buyer. $25,960 was a fair price for a retail client, but not a dealer. Kudos to the buyer of this exceptional lamp.


Denver, July 15-17, 2016

Denver, July 15-17, 2016

No shows until July, when we’ll be in Denver for the Denver World Wide Antique Show, July 15-17, 2016. In the meantime, we’re very much in business, so call or email me with your wants or items for sale. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Identifying the newest Tiffany Favrile reproductions

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Several years ago I bought a Tiffany Favrile vase that bothered me somewhat. The vase looked contemporary, but the signature was perfect, so I thought my instincts were wrong. I showed it to another dealer who thought the vase was modern, but I still didn’t listen. After all, I’m an expert on Tiffany signatures and this was perfect.

Reproduction Tiffany Favrile vase

Reproduction Tiffany Favrile vase

Fast forward to today. I now know for a fact the vase was a reproduction. Apparently someone is signing new vases with picture-perfect signatures. It’s like looking at a forged copy of your own signature that’s so good, you’re not sure if you didn’t sign it yourself.

tiffany-reproduction-2Let’s take a good look at the example above. To those who are knowledgeable, the vase is an obvious reproduction. Everything about it is wrong, including the decoration and color, but especially the iridescence. Then look at the signature. It’s perfect, and includes the notation “A. Coll.”, meaning it was in the personal collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Poor Louis is so unhappy, he’s turning in his grave.

What’s the lesson here? You cannot tell an authentic vase, of any kind, from the signature alone. The shape, the decoration, the workmanship, the wear, the age AND the signature all have to say the same thing — I am authentic.


Denver, July 15-17, 2016

Denver, July 15-17, 2016

No shows until July, when we’ll be in Denver for the Denver World Wide Antique Show, July 15-17, 2016. In the meantime, we’re very much in business, so call or email me with your wants or items for sale. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Some French cameo glass treasures I’ve owned (and sold) in 2016

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The market in French cameo glass continues to be strong, so I am continually buying and selling. Here are a few of the best items I sold since the beginning of 2016.

Daum Nancy Bleeding Hearts lamp

Daum Nancy Bleeding Hearts lamp

Most Daum lamps are acid-etched only, so any Daum lamp with both acid-etching and enameling is a desirable item. In my experience, floral lamps are rarer than scenic lamps, so when I had the opportunity to purchase this rare, colorful, beautiful Bleeding Hearts lamp, I jumped at it.

Burgun & Schverer Orchids vase

Burgun & Schverer Orchids vase

All Burgun & Schverer (B&S) internally decorated vases are the cat’s meow, but some are more special than others. This example, with gorgeous orchids and fine gilded detail, on a lavender-purple background, was one of the best.

A. Walter Lizard pâte-de-verre tray

A. Walter Lizard pâte-de-verre tray

I’ve always been partial to Almaric Walter pâte-de-verre figural objects, especially with lizards or chameleons. This example had beautiful form and color.

Daum Swallows vase

Daum Swallows vase

Swallows are rare subject matter for Daum. This example had extraordinary color and detail, gilded rays of sun, and a beautiful form — all the makings of a special vase!


Denver, July 15-17, 2016

Denver, July 15-17, 2016

No shows until July, when we’ll be in Denver for the Denver World Wide Antique Show, July 15-17, 2016. In the meantime, we’re very much in business, so call or email me with your wants or items for sale. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

A Computer Paints A Rembrandt, And It Looks Just Like The Real Thing

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A computer-generated

A computer-generated “Rembrandt” painting

Advances in computer science and 3-D printing have led to the creation of a new painting that Rembrandt could have painted. For the complete story, click here. Then make sure you click here to watch the impressive video.


Denver, July 15-17, 2016

Denver, July 15-17, 2016

No shows until July, when we’ll be in Denver for the Denver World Wide Antique Show, July 15-17, 2016. In the meantime, we’re very much in business, so call or email me with your wants or items for sale. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The results of the Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair, April 15-17, 2016

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One of the delicious food stations at the preview party

One of the delicious food stations at the preview party

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m not a fan of preview parties. I still haven’t figured out who gains by having them, but certainly not most of the dealers and specifically not me. I can’t remember the last time I made a sale at any preview party, including this one. At least if I have to suffer through one, let it be like this. The party was classy, with unlimited wine, alcohol and delicious food. All the dealers and guests were treated the same, unlike some preview parties where the dealers are treated like second-class citizens. Kudos to the planners and the chefs.

Our booth was busy on Friday morning

Our booth was busy on Friday morning

The show started off strongly with good attendance and good sales on Friday morning. Things slowed down after that, with an occasional sale. Attendance was good on Saturday, but sales were non-existent until one of our loyal, best clients showed up. Sunday was decent with a couple of sales. French glass, and Daum in particular, sold best. Overall our results were off from last year (which was exceptional), partly because our best clients couldn’t attend.

We sold this gorgeous piece of internally decorated Burgun & Schverer glass at the show

We sold this gorgeous piece of internally decorated Burgun & Schverer glass at the show

In asking around, I received the following comments from fellow dealers. Zane Moss, Zane Moss Antiques, Sharon, CT, dealers in period English furniture, told me “Very good. We sold seven pieces of furniture and did better than last year.” Robin and Ron Greenwald, Greenwald Antiques, Cleveland, OH, decorative arts dealers, were a little disappointed, as were others I spoke to. “There was a terrific crowd, sometimes 3-4 deep. Business was a little down from last year. Jewelry sales were good.” Virgil Rogers, Only Authentics, New York, NY, vintage handbags dealer, had a similar opinion. “We had a fair to medium show. Business was a little down from last year.” Still another dealer had a similar opinion. Marty Shapiro and Kay Gregg, Finnegan Gallery, Chicago, IL, period garden and architectural antiques dealers, told me “We did fair, not as well as last year, but last year was stellar.” Finally, neighbors from Oyster Bay, NY, T.J. Antorino, T.J. Antorino Antiques & Design, decorative objects and jewelry dealers, shared a similar fate. “We had a mediocre show at best, especially compared to years past.”


Denver, July 15-17, 2016

Denver, July 15-17, 2016

No shows until July, when we’ll be in Denver for the Denver World Wide Antique Show, July 15-17, 2016. In the meantime, we’re very much in business, so call or email me with your wants or items for sale. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Setting up at The Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair, April 12-14, 2016

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Click on the image above to buy tickets

Click on the image above to buy tickets

Setup for the Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair started this past Tuesday, April 12, 2016, and continues today until the preview party tonight. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Our booth is large enough that we weren’t stepping all over each other. Now that it’s finished, it looks great.

Lia and Bill were hard at work

Lia and Bill were hard at work

We’re in one of the permanent buildings, while a huge tent has been set up for many of the other antiques dealers. The show is classy, with seriously fine dealers displaying quality merchandise. This is no flea market. The show opens to the public tomorrow, Friday, at 10 AM, and continues until Sunday, at 5 PM. It’s a fun show you’ll be glad you attended, with a great variety of plants, garden items and antiques. The forecast for all three days is sunny, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. You couldn’t ask for nicer weather for a day at the show.

We have a fabulous display of bronzes by Kauba, Barrias and Boucher

We have a fabulous display of bronzes by Kauba, Barrias, Boucher, and others

We’re displaying some of our best antiques ever, with great French and American glass and lamps and many more bronzes than we usually have. We’ll have everything for sale at the show, including Daum, Gallé and Tiffany glass; many nice Tiffany lamps, including a rare Nasturtium and lots of other items, too numerous to mention.

Village Braider, Plymouth, MA has a beautiful display

Village Braider, Plymouth, MA has a beautiful display

If you’re in the greater Chicago area, this is one show that’s worth the trip. Please stop in, say hi, and take a look at our great items, all for sale!

Make sure you tune in on Monday for the results of the show.


If you’re selling, please let me know. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair opens this Friday, April 15, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Click on the image above to buy tickets

Click on the image above to buy tickets

The Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair in Glencoe opens this Friday, April 15, 2016, at 10 AM, and continues until Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 5 PM. It’s a fun show you’ll be glad you attended, with a great variety of plants, garden items and antiques. The forecast for this coming weekend is sunny, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s — perfect for a day at the show.

We'll have this fantastic  Daum Nancy Bleeding Hearts lamp at the show

We’ll have this fantastic Daum Nancy Bleeding Hearts lamp at the show

We’re loaded for bear with some great French and American glass and lamps and many more bronzes than we usually have. We’ll have everything for sale at the show, including Daum, Gallé and Tiffany glass; many nice Tiffany lamps, a really rare and desirable Daum lamp and lots of other items, too numerous to mention.

The aisles were packed last year in front of our booth

The aisles were packed last year in front of our booth

Last year we had a fabulous show, which will be hard to top this year. Our best clients won’t be there because they’re taking a trip to Japan. Hopefully a good percentage of our many clients in the greater Chicago area will attend. After all, we’ve been exhibiting there for over 30 years. We’re in one of the permanent buildings, in a large booth, so we have plenty of room to display our fabulous inventory. If you’re in the greater Chicago area, this is one show that’s worth the trip. Please stop in, say hi, and take a look at our great items, all for sale!

A look at the garden section of the show

A look at the garden section of the show

Make sure you tune into this Thursday’s blog, direct from the Botanic Garden. Next Monday I’ll post the results of the show.


If you’re selling, please let me know. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Freeman’s Auction sold three Martin Bros. birds at their Art + Design auction, March 20, 2016

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Three Martin Brothers bird tobacco jars came up for sale at Freeman’s Art + Design auction on March 20, 2016. Two of the birds sold well, near or exceeding their high estimates.

Martin Brothers bird tobacco jar, Freeman's lot #98

Martin Brothers bird tobacco jar, Freeman’s lot #98

Lot #98 was the top lot of the three birds. With its big beak, great personality and nice size of 11½”, it sold for $46,875, against an estimate of $20,000 – $30,000.

Martin Brothers bird tobacco jar, lot #97

Martin Brothers bird tobacco jar, lot #97

Lot #97 also did well. It sold near its high estimate of $25,000, realizing $27,500, including buyer’s premium. It was slightly smaller than lot #98, but also had plenty of personality.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


Click on this image to buy tickets

Click on this image to buy tickets

Our next show is less than two weeks away. We’ll be in Glencoe, IL, for the Garden, Antique & Design Show, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, starting April 15th. It’s a beautiful show, with both antiques and gardening, that you’ll absolutely enjoy. We only have two remaining shows in the greater Chicago area, so come and say hi!

If you’re selling, please let me know. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Cottone Auctions offered Tiffany Studios lamps for sale on March 19, 2016

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Cottone Auctions held a 30 Year Anniversary Fine Art & Antique Auction on Mar 19, 2016. Included in the sale were four Tiffany Studios leaded lamps.

Tiffany geometric and ball table lamp, Cottone lot #265

Tiffany geometric and ball table lamp, Cottone lot #265

Top lot of the group was #265, a rare 22″ diameter geometric and ball lamp. It sold within its estimated range of $50,000 – $75,000, realizing $72,450, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios 20" diameter Daffodil table lamp, Cottone lot #260

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Daffodil table lamp, Cottone lot #260

The second best result was a 20″ diameter Daffodil table lamp. It sold toward the lower end of its estimated range of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $35,650, including buyer’s premium.

Lot #271 was a 16″ Acorn table lamp with a few condition problems, described as “Shade slightly out of round and several cracked panels. Base has original patina, some wear, small dent.” It also sold at the low end of its estimate of $7,000 – $10,000, realizing $8,625, including buyer’s premium. Lot #267 was a 24″ diameter Curtain Border floor lamp. It failed to sell with an estimate of $50,000 – $75,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


Click on this image to buy tickets

Click on this image to buy tickets

Our next show is only two weeks away. We’ll be in Glencoe, IL, for the Garden, Antique & Design Show, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, starting April 15th. It’s a beautiful show, with both antiques and gardening, that you’ll absolutely enjoy. We only have two remaining shows in the greater Chicago area, so come and say hi!

If you’re selling, please let me know. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

French cameo glass sells well at Brunk Auctions, March 18, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Brunk Auctions, Asheville, NC, held a diverse auction on March 18-19, 2016. Included in the sale were eight lots of French cameo glass.

Two Daum Nancy vases, Brunk lot #139

Two Daum Nancy vases, Brunk lot #139

Lot #139 included two small, but very nice, 4″ Daum Nancy vases. They soared past their pre-sale estimate of $1,000 – $2,000, realizing $8,850, including buyer’s premium.

Brunk lot #144 consisted of two Daum vases

Brunk lot #144 consisted of two Daum vases

Two Daum vases were sold together as lot #144. The vase on the left was very nice, with dandelions, gilding, and a verse in French (called Verrerie Parlante or Talking Glass). They sold above their high estimate of $1,200, realizing $2,360, including buyer’s premium.

Gallé Crystallerie vase and Daum Nancy vase, Brunk lot #145

Gallé Crystallerie vase and Daum Nancy vase, Brunk lot #145

Brunk combined an early Gallé vase and a Daum vase together for lot #145. The very low estimate of $1,200 – $1,800 was easily exceeded with a final price of $7,080, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here and Search by Date for the March 18-19, 2016 sale and click submit.


Click on this image to buy tickets

Click on this image to buy tickets

Our next show is approaching quickly. We’ll be in Glencoe, IL, for the Garden, Antique & Design Show, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, starting April 15th. It’s a beautiful show, with both antiques and gardening, that you’ll absolutely enjoy. We only have two remaining shows in the greater Chicago area, so come and say hi!

If you’re selling, please let me know. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.