The 2021 Original Miami Beach Antiques Show has been postponed

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The newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center

Covid has played havoc with the scheduling of antique shows. The latest to announce a schedule change is U.S. Antique Shows. They are the promoters of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Originally scheduled for late January, 2021,the show has been postponed to mid-March, 2021. Following is the email from the promoter.

As you have already heard, in light of continued concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel restrictions both domestically and internationally, as well as ongoing restrictions on large group gatherings, we’ve made the decision to postpone the annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show (OMBAS) to March of 2021. Originally slated to take place in late January, the new show dates are Friday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 16, allowing for a show that runs over the course of a full weekend.

As we move forward with our new dates, we have developed options for the funds invested in the January 2021 event. We’ve created a webform allowing you to rollover your exhibitor funds invested in Original Miami Beach Antique Show to March 2021.

Our booth last year in Miami Beach

My wife and I have decided not to exhibit at the show in 2021 as it is unlikely that things will have returned to normal even if the public were starting to be vaccinated. Our plans are to exhibit in Miami again in 2022. I am, however, very curious to know how the show will fare. How many exhibitors will be there? How many people will attend? Tune in in late winter for the answer.

My best guess is that the next show where we’ll exhibit will be in Baltimore in August, 2021. It’s really hard to say at this point.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

An important difference among Tiffany lamps is the glass

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Tiffany Studios made many lamps of the same design with different glass. Following are four examples of 16″ diameter Colonial table lamps.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Colonial table lamp example 1

The example above was built with striated (streaked) glass. The color is flat and unattractive. I would rate it a 5 on a scale of 1-10.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Colonial table lamp example 2

Example 2 has dichroic (two-color) glass, which is one color unlit and another color lit. The unlit color is awful, a 3. Since I don’t have a photo of it lit, I have no way to determine how nice it might be, but it’s sure to be nicer.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Colonial table lamp example 3

Example 3 is less common, as it’s green. The glass is very nice, with extensive mottling. I would rate it a 9.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Colonial table lamp example 4

The example above has fiery rust and orange mottled glass. It’s a spectacular example that I would rate a 9.8.

If you’re in the market for a Tiffany lamp, check the glass. Sometimes a great example of the same lamp can sell for 2-3 times or more of the value of a lesser example. It isn’t the only criterion you should look at, but it’s certainly important. Buy what you can afford but always stretch for the better examples.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

I tried to buy a Tiffany lamp in Italy, but…

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that the Tiffany lamp market is strong. Accordingly I cast a wide net looking to buy more. My search took me to the auction house of Aste Boetto in Genoa, Italy. They held an auction on September 29, 2020, which included a Tiffany 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp. The problem was that it was very difficult to establish authenticity on a lamp 4,000 miles away.

“Tiffany Studios” 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp, Aste Boetto lot #697

I did try. I asked for additional photographs and I established a FaceTime connection to ask a few additional questions. Try as I did, I couldn’t say for sure if it was authentic or not, so I didn’t bid. The auction house didn’t have confidence that it was authentic, so they put an estimate that reflected their skepticism, €1,500 – 1,700. It if were authentic, that was ridiculously low. It sold for €5,400, not including buyer’s premium, or approximately $8,000, including buyer’s premium. What a score that would have been if it were authentic! If I could have held it in my hands, there would have been no question.

What do you think?

Another view of the unlit shade
Another view of the lit shade

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Tiffany lamps are hot

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If you haven’t noticed, the Tiffany lamp market is hot. I’m talking both about auction and private sales. Here are a few examples.

We just sold this lovely Tiffany 15″ diameter Spider table lamp

I can’t keep Tiffany lamps in inventory. I’m almost sold out of leaded lamps and trying to buy more has been futile recently. I had two serious inquiries on the same day for my Tiffany 15″ Spider table lamp. One client said he’s seriously interested and requested a few more pictures, which I agreed to. 10 minutes later another client said she’ll take the lamp, without requiring additional photos. I had to let the first client know it was sold. If I were him, I would have been suspicious, but strange things like that happen every once in a while (especially when the market is hot). There was absolutely no monkey business, just coincidence.

This past Saturday, I tried to buy a couple of Tiffany lamps at Cottone Auctions, Geneseo, NY. They held a Fine Art & Antiques sale, including several Tiffany lamps.

Tiffany 22″ diameter Peony table lamp, Cottone lot #38

Lot #38 was a Tiffany 22″ diameter Peony table lamp. The colors were strong, but to my taste garish. I had no interest in the lamp. Regardless, it sold for $120,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $60,000 – $80,000.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Jewel and Feather table lamp, Cottone lot #41

I did try to buy lot #41, a strong example of the Jewel and Feather model, with superior color, mottling and condition. I figured I could sell the lamp in the $15,000 – $18,000 price range, so I bid accordingly. Estimated to sell for $7,000 – $10,000, it realized $21,600, including buyer’s premium. I can only assume a retail bidder was the final purchaser.

For the complete results of the sale click here.

Tiffany 18″ diameter Oak Leaf & Acorn table lamp

I do have a fabulous Tiffany 18″ diameter Oak Leaf & Acorn table lamp for sale, as well as a fine Tiffany 16″ diameter Crocus table lamp and a 19″ diameter Linenfold lamp. If you’re interested in any of them, please let me know. I suspect they won’t last long.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Good results at Rago’s Early 20th Century Design auction, September 11, 2020

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Rago Auctions, Lambertville, NJ, held an Early 20th Century Design auction on September 11, 2020 with mostly good results. Following are three of the more notable ones.

Tiffany Studios 14″ diameter Tulip table lamp, Rago lot #334

The top lot of the sale was #334, a Tiffany Studios 14″ diameter Tulip table lamp with superb color. It sold well above its high estimate of $30,000, realizing $56,250, including buyer’s premium. Unfortunately the seller took a major loss as she had bought it for considerably more in the shop of a NYC dealer. I tried to buy it for resale, but the price was too high for a dealer.

Tiffany Favrile Aquamarine vase, Rago lot #336

The second highest glass lot of the sale was #336, a rare Tiffany Favrile Aquamarine vase. Tiffany Aquamarine vases are solid glass with internal decoration of aquatic plants or fish. This example had a cup affixed to the top. What were they thinking when they produced this shape? It was so goofy that I wouldn’t have bid on it at any price. And the result showed. It sold below its estimate of $15,000–20,000, realizing only $12,500, including buyer’s premium. If the shape had been more traditional, it certainly would have sold for more.

Gallé Marquetry vase, Rago lot #361

The top lot of the French cameo glass went to #361, a small, 8″ Gallé Marquetry vase. Marquetry is the technique of inserting pieces of hot glass into molten glass and then marvering them (pressing them into the surface on a metal table), creating an inlaid effect. The technique is more commonly done with wood. The vase sold slightly below its estimate of $10,000–15,000, realizing $10,400, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Excellent results for Tiffany Studios lamps at Fontaine’s Fine & Decorative Arts auction, September 12, 2020

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Fontaine’s Auctions, Pittsfield, MA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts auction on September 12, 2020. Included in the sale was a nice collection of Tiffany lamps. Following are the results of the top three lots.

Tiffany Studios Oriental Poppy chandelier, Fontaine’s lot #100

John Fontaine likes to sell the star lot of each sale as #100. The amazing Tiffany Studios Oriental Poppy chandelier with six lily shades did not disappoint. It sold for $665,500, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $400,000 – $600,000. Interestingly the lamp had been sitting in the consignor’s closet for years before John was called in to sell it. Very few people have both the space to hang and the means to buy such an impressive chandelier. Most of the seriously interested bidders were dealers who were going to convert the shade back into a floor lamp. That would have left them with 6 lily shades and lamp parts — a very good position for a dealer. The buyer, however, was not a dealer and would have none of it. He will hang it in his house as Tiffany created it. (My wife absolutely approves!)

She and I drove to Pittsfield to view the sale in person. We hoped to buy a few items but wound up buying nothing. Auctions in general have been quite strong since the pandemic began and John’s sale was no exception. Prices were too high for a dealer to earn a decent profit.

Tiffany Studios Elizabethan table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #150

I loved the second highest lot of the sale, #150, a rare Tiffany Studios Elizabethan table lamp on a twisted vine base. The colors were vivid and the condition superb. It sold within its estimated range of $60,000 – $80,000, realizing $90,750, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios Curtain Border floor lamp, Fontaine’s lot #173

The third best performing lot of the sale was lot #173, a blah example of a Tiffany Studios Curtain Border floor lamp. I would rate the color a 5-6 on a scale of 1-10. Regardless, it sold above its estimated range of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $63,525, including buyer’s premium.

Fontaine’s next important sale will be held in January, 2021. However, he will be holding monthly sales in the meantime with less important items.

For the complete results of the sale click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. 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 2020 Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show has been rescheduled to 2021

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In a not unexpected move, the 2020 Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show has been rescheduled to 2021. It was the only thing the promoters could do to insure the safety of both the exhibitors and attendees. Even if they had held the show, it would have been a failure because many exhibitors would have dropped out and very few people would have attended.

Our booth last year at the Winnetka show

Following is the email with the news.

Dear Winnetka Exhibitor:

Many of you have contacted us in recent weeks asking about the status of this year’s Winnetka Antiques & Modernism Show.

It is with much disappointment that we must officially announce today that this year’s show, which was to have been held November 5-8 will not take place.

This decision was by no means an easy one to arrive at and it came about only this past week after several months of much deliberation and discussion by both the Winnetka Woman’s Board as well as the Show Committee.  The overriding considerations throughout that process: ensuring the wellbeing and safety of both our dealers as well as show attendees; along with the ability to mount a successful show.

It should also be noted that a couple of alternatives to having the live show were also discussed. The first of these being to present a “virtual” on-line show similar to others some of you may have already recently seen taking place or have perhaps even participated in.   However, after reviewing the widely mixed bag of results for these other virtual shows as well as contacting potential corporate sponsors for underwriting, the committee and Board felt that this would not be the way to go this year.

A second alternative was to possibly reschedule forward the actual date of the show to take place sometime in the spring of 2021. Once again however, it was felt that the uncertainty of where we will be in terms of adequately addressing the Covid situation even at that future time would make the planning and holding of this event simply too impractical.

So the bottom line is that the show will take a hiatus for one year.  However, we are happy to tell you that the present plan is to hold it next year in the fall at its usual date on the calendar.

For those of you who have already sent in your $500 deposits for this year’s show, that money will be refunded to all of you in full within the next 14 days.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly either by email or phone.

Please stay safe everyone.

Kaye Gregg & Marty Shapiro

Antiques Council Liaisons

Look for more cancellations and rescheduled shows. I predict the big events of the winter season in Florida will suffer the same fate. A vaccine is our only hope and that will be months and months away and possibly ineffective. An article in the New York Times on August 17, 2020, talked about a new, more contagious strain of the virus that the vaccine may not be able to stop. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. 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 best Burgun & Schverer vase in the world

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Burgun, Schverer & Cie (B&S) started business in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, along the German border, in 1711. Germany annexed the area after defeating the French in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, but it was returned to France in 1919 after Germany’s defeat in WWI. So technically B&S glass made in the 1890s is German, but that’s only a technicality. Everyone regards it as some of the best French Art Nouveau cameo glass ever made.

Burgun & Schverer Caterpillar vase

There is no rarer or more beautiful example of B&S than the example pictured above with an internal caterpillar. Until I saw this example, I had no idea such a thing existed. It just takes my breath away. The subject, the workmanship, the color, the extensive detail is fabulous. It’s amazing!

The best examples were internally decorated, accomplished through a complicated, difficult process. The process started with hand-blowing the glass to form the vase. After cooling, the floral decoration was hand-painted on the outside surface with glass enamel paint. Swirls were sometimes added. The vase was then reheated and covered with a layer of clear glass. This important step left the decoration inside the layers, hence the term internally decorated. After cooling, the vase was acid-etched to form the icicle border rim and the outlines of the flowers. Then it was time for hand-engraving, a technique called wheel or intaglio-carving, which increased the realism of the flowers. Splashes of martelé texture were also wheel-carved into the background. Finally, the gilded details were hand-painted. These included the veining in the leaves and stems and the gilded rim. The final step was to fire the vase to convert the painted gilding into shiny gold.

The reverse of the vase

Many laborious steps were necessary to finish an internally decorated vase. My best guess is that it took two weeks to produce a single vase from start to finish.

The caterpillar is internal with wheel-carved details on the outer layer

B&S isn’t as well known as Gallé or Daum, except among the cognoscenti. I assume the scarcity of their work is largely responsible for that. Most good vases are priced in the $5,000 – $25,000 price range, when available, which isn’t often. The caterpillar vase sold well above that range, as you can imagine.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. 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 40th Annual Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show has been rescheduled to 2021

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Our booth last year at the Baltimore show

As I predicted, the Palm Beach Show Group had to cancel the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show this year. It had already been rescheduled to November from its usual time in August because of the pandemic. Until there is a safe and effective vaccine, the pandemic will continue to be a major problem. After that we can talk about going back to shows. I also have little hope for the Miami shows this winter. I think most exhibitors and attendees will not risk traveling, which will cause the show promoters to postpone or cancel their shows this year. Personally we will not exhibit until we’ve been vaccinated.

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is held in the Baltimore Convention Center

Following is the email I received from the Palm Beach Group addressing the rescheduling of the show.

“The 2020 Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, postponed from August to November, is officially rescheduled to 2021. Recent updates from Government officials regarding the use of the Baltimore Convention Center will prevent the show from taking place throughout the remainder of 2020.  

In April, the Baltimore Convention Center was transitioned into a field hospital to help elevate the abundance of COVID-19 cases. Although they have seen light use of the medical facilities, the hospital will remain open at the convention center through December 2020 as a precaution.

Over the past few months, the Palm Beach Show Group team has been planning for a safe, socially distanced show working diligently on procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of clients, collectors, partners and staff. Despite these efforts, it is not possible to host The Baltimore Show this year.”


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

I tried to buy another lovely Tiffany lamp, but…

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This post may sound like a post from August 15, 2020, but it’s not. This time I really thought I had a chance to sneak up on a very nice Tiffany lamp at a reasonable price.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Poppy table lamp, Malone lot #398

Donny Malone Auctions held a TIFFANY LAMP – ART – UNIQUE TREASURES sale on August 3, 2020, with one good Tiffany Studios lamp, a 17″ diameter Poppy. So I spent a day with my wife driving up to the auction house in Saugerties, NY, a 3-hour drive, to view it in person. The estimate was $10 – $1,000, meaning there was no reserve. It was going to sell for whatever it brought. That’s always a plus.

Since it was the only good lamp in a country auction, there was a possibility I could buy it at a reasonable price. But I couldn’t risk buying the lamp without seeing it in person. The lamp could have been a fake, or repaired, or with extensive damage. The only way to know for sure was to hold the lamp in my hands. Sure enough it turned out to be authentic, with minimal damage of 2-3 hairline cracks. It was a very hot day, but I didn’t go inside to a dark corner to see the true color because of the pandemic, so I had to do my best in bright sunlight. I rated the color a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10. Certainly not the best example I’d ever seen, but nice enough. There was money to be made if I could buy it at the right price.

The auction was being held the following week on a Monday night. Lot #398 was three lots from the end, so it wasn’t going to sell until after 10 PM. So while watching TV, I also kept a constant eye watching the sale on my mobile phone. My goal was to buy the lamp for $35,000 or under, hammer price, or $43,750, including buyer’s premium. I thought I had a pretty good chance, but come auction night, another buyer had the same idea. It was just the two of us, back and forth. I bid beyond my maximum, to $37,000 ($46,250 with buyer’s premium), but had to stop at $38,000 ($47,500 with buyer’s premium). I thought I could sell the lamp in the $55,000 – $65,000 price range, but it was too close for comfort. Oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’ve had my share of good deals over the years, but not that night.

Alfred Jacob Miller painting, Malone lot #400

Every single item in the sale was estimated at $10 – $1,000, so it was all there to be sold, with commensurate results. The last lot of the sale, #400, a 19th century painting of American Indians by Alfred Jacob Miller, was also the top lot. It sold for $102,500, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale click here.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.