The Art Institute of Chicago has a magnificent new Tiffany window on permanent display

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Hartwell Memorial Window

The Art Institute of Chicago purchased a huge, magnificent Tiffany window in 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. They took three years to transport it to Chicago and restore it. It’s now on permanent display at the institute. Click this link to read the fascinating story.


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 recently sold a great Daum Nancy vase

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Of the thousands of Daum Nancy vases I’ve sold over the years, some are more memorable than others. The vase pictured above is one of them.

Personally, I think it’s gorgeous, with vivid, blue hydrangea flowers and a butterfly on the front and another insect on the reverse. The outline of the decoration was first acid-etched into the glass, then exquisitely hand-painted with enamel.


The cabochons were molten applied with clear glass on top of colored metal foil. When the vase cooled, an artist hand-carved the facets into them. The effect is to make the cabochons appear as if they are colored, but they are clear. The light from the foil is refracted, making the glass appear colored. (You can see there is no color around the top edge of both the red and green cabochons.)

The geometric decoration around the bottom and around the cabochons was acid-etched into the vase, then gilded. Finally the entire vase was fired, making all of the decoration permanent.

Now that you know all of the work involved in creating this vase, you can truly appreciate its sophistication and beauty.

Do you have any good Daum, A. Walter or Argy-Rousseau glass that you want to sell? Please offer it to me.


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 should have bought a rare Tiffany Favrile goblet that was sold on eBay August 13, 2021

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Tiffany Favrile goblet

Yesterday I wanted to buy a rare Tiffany Favrile goblet on eBay, but at the time I thought the price was a little too high for me at $1,035. That’s a good price, even for a dealer, but I still didn’t buy it because I thought the color was blah. Now that I’m writing this blog, I realize I made a big mistake.

Only while writing this blog did I look closely at the signature, which includes the words “Special Exhibition”. That’s why it was unique. Ugh! Big mistake! I could have tripled my money.

It had a dark, pulled impurity in the stem, original to the making, but it wouldn’t have had any effect on its saleability.

Oh well. This isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last time I make a mistake. I just need to make fewer of them.

To view the goblet on eBay, 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.

Milestone Auctions sold Tiffany lamps at their August 7, 2021 auction

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Milestone Auctions, Willoughby, OH, held a diverse auction on August 7, 2021. Included in the sale was a single-owner collection of lamps, including several by Tiffany Studios. I only had interest in the Tiffany lamps, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to buy any of them.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Herringbone table lamp, Milestone lot #586

Lot #586 was a Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Herringbone table lamp on a rare reticulated base that was too good for the shade. Most collectors or dealers would use the base for a better shade, like a floral one, and put the Herringbone shade on a simpler base. To me it was a shade and a base, not a complete lamp. It sold for $19,550, against an estimate of $10,000 – $20,000. Too much for me.

Duffner & Kimberly 22″ diameter Peacock table lamp, Milestone lot #588

Duffner & Kimberly Peacock table lamps are rare and desirable. This huge, 22″ diameter example, lot #588, was expected to sell for $10,000 – $20,000, but realized $31,050.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp, Milestone lot #591
Tiffany Studios Diver’s lamp, Milestone lot #594

The lamp I really wanted most was lot #591, a Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp. The flowers had strong, beautiful colors and the background had marvelous blue striated glass. It sold for $42,500, against an estimate of $20,000 – $40,000. Outbid again.

The last Tiffany lamp in the sale was lot #594, a Diver’s lamp with turtleback tiles (named I suppose because it looks like an old-fashioned diver’s helmet). Again I was outbid as it sold for $27,025, against an estimate of $10,000 – $20,000.


Another review of recent sales

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If you follow my blog, it will not surprise you to know the Tiffany lamp market is still strong. Following is a review of some recent sales, including two Tiffany Studios lamps.

Tiffany Studios 18″ diameter Oak Leaf & Acorn table lamp

The quality of Tiffany Oak Leaf & Acorn lamps varies from unimpressive to outstanding. The difference is the choice of glass. The example above is outstanding with beautiful acorns and a heavily mottled green glass background. The very desirable Cushion base has a fabulous original patina.

Tiffany 19″ diameter Linenfold table lamp

Linenfold table lamps are great because they work with almost any decor from 18th century to modern. The example above is special because it has gorgeous green glass, in fabulous original condition, with a super base and a super original patina.

Argy-Rousseau Fans & Masks vase

Pâte-de-verre by Walter and especially Argy-Rousseau is selling very well. The Argy-Rousseau Fans & Masks vase above is fairly rare with really good color.

I’m interested in buying good pâte-de-verre glass by Walter and Argy-Rousseau. Please email your offers.


A few results from Bonham’s LA Modern Design | Art sale, July 13, 2021

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Bonham’s LA held a Modern Design | Art sale on July 13, 2021 with total sales of $1,319,871. It was the first auction with in-room bidding to take place at a Bonham’s US saleroom in over a year. Included in the sale were some examples of works by Tiffany Studios, Argy-Rousseau and Daum. Following are a few of the more interesting results.

Tiffany Studios Scarab desk lamp, Bonham’s lot #2

I really liked lot #2, a Tiffany Studios Scarab desk lamp, but so did a lot of other people. I wanted to buy it, but it sold for $19,062, including buyer’s premium. It left me no room to make a profit, so I wasn’t the buyer.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Acorn table lamp, Bonham’s lot #60

Lot #60 presented an interesting dilemma for me. The base was too good for an average 16″ Acorn shade, so as a dealer, I looked at it as two parts, a shade and a base. The shade belongs with a simpler base, like a stick base, but I don’t have any stick bases. Then the ribbed library base could be used for a floral shade, but I already have this exact library base in inventory, so I didn’t need it. I wasn’t the buyer at the final price of $14,025, including buyer’s premium.

But I do need some simple bases for both 16″ and 18″ diameter shades. Do you have one that you would sell to me? Please send me an email with a photo if you do.
Daum Nancy Violets bowl, Bonham’s lot #42.

The sale included 5 lots by Daum Nancy. Lot #42, a small footed bowl with violets, did the best of the group, even though it appears that the pulled tip on the right has been ground smaller. It sold for $4,845, including buyer’s premium.


A review of some recent sales


The market in all things by Tiffany Studios continues to be strong. Following is a review of three Tiffany Studios items I’ve recently sold.

Recently I was able to buy a few Tiffany Studios table lamps at auction due to hard work and good luck. Tiffany lamps are difficult to photograph well, so sometimes a lamp that doesn’t look good in photos may look better in person. (I’ve also seen the opposite where photos make a lamp look better than it really is.) I drove all day to visit an auction because in person I can authenticate a lamp and examine it closely for repairs, patina, color, condition, etc. Most of the time a condition report from the “experts” at the auction are insufficient for me. Two lamps at this auction looked better in person, so I set my sights on them and got lucky. I was able to buy them at reasonable prices and make a profit. After they pass through my hands, I give a permanent guarantee of condition and authenticity that you do not get when you buy at auction. That alone should make you want to buy from a reputable dealer.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Belted Dogwood table lamp

I just sold this lovely 20″ diameter Belted Dogwood table lamp. Sotheby’s recently sold a similar lamp, with much worse color in the shade, for $52,920. Mine had beautiful pink blossoms and was a bargain in comparison.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter white Tulip table lamp

The Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp pictured above looked like a dog in the photos from the auction house. What a difference in person! The white tulips were beautiful and different from each other, including some mottled ones. They contrasted splendidly against a background with lots of fracture (confetti) glass. You couldn’t tell from the photos, but the lamp was a beauty!

Tiffany Favrile green decorated vase

I loved the killer Tiffany Favrile green decorated vase pictured above. It had so much going for it, including strong green coloration and a gold iridescent zipper pattern on a raised, 3-dimensional beehive pattern. It was gorgeous and will now look great in the collector’s cabinet. We shipped it a couple of weeks ago.



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 Baltimore Antique, Art & Jewelry Show is postponed until October, 2022


The pandemic has done a job on antique shows. All shows were canceled starting in March, 2020. They’re starting to come back very slowly with our first show in a year and a half scheduled for Winnetka, IL, November 5-7, 2021.

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

The Baltimore Antique, Art & Jewelry Show, originally scheduled for August, 2020 was rescheduled to August, 2021 and then to November, 2021. Now the 2021 show has been canceled and rescheduled to October 20-23, 2022. That means the Baltimore Summer Antiques show is no longer a summer show, but rather a fall show. That will be interesting, and I think an improvement.

Our booth at the last Baltimore show in 2019
Click here for the full announcement.

Sotheby’s sold Tiffany Studios lamps and glass at their Important Design: from Noguchi to Lalanne sale, May 25, 2021


Sotheby’s offered 30 Tiffany Studios objects, including 14 lamps, 12 Tiffany Favrile vases and 4 miscellaneous objects in their Important Design: from Noguchi to Lalanne sale on May 25, 2021. Following are a few of the more interesting results.

Tiffany Studios Fruit lamp, Sotheby’s lot #14

The top result of the lamps was achieved by lot #14, a rare Fruit lamp on an equally rare Turtleback base. It sold near its high estimate of $500,000, realizing $564,500, including buyer’s premium. This base also comes in a variation with mosaic tiles in the grooves. If it had had mosaic tiles, it certainly would have achieved a higher price, possibly hundreds of thousands more.

Tiffany Favrile Peacock Feather vase, Sotheby’s lot #9

The top lot of the Tiffany Favrile glass went to #9, a rare, huge, 18¾”, Peacock Feather vase. It sold well above its high estimate of $18,000, realizing $30,240, including buyer’s premium. Had it sold for a lower price, I still wouldn’t have been the buyer, as I have difficulty selling tall, slender vases.

Tiffany Studios River of Life window, Sotheby’s lot #13

Sotheby’s offered one Tiffany window in the sale, lot #13, a beautiful River of Life example, 48¾” x 28¾”. It sold for $226,800, against an estimate of $150,000 – $200,000, in keeping with the recent strong results for windows.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


Tiffany Studios windows lead the way at Christie’s Tiffany sale, May 26, 2021


Christie’s New York held a Tiffany sale on May 26, 2021, including windows, lamps and accessories, with gross sales of $3,903,975. The windows led the charge with outstanding results. Following are three of them.

Tiffany Studios scenic window with flowers, Christie’s lot #114

Lot #114 was a magnificent, signed, 27″ x 48″ scenic window from 1915, when Tiffany Studios was at the height of its prowess. Estimated to sell for $600,000 – $800,000, it realized $1,470,000, including buyer’s premium. I spoke to the underbidder who was kicking himself that he hadn’t bid more. Another window, lot #126, also greatly exceeded its estimate of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $281,250, including buyer’s premium. They were the top two lots of the sale.

Tiffany Studios Pond Lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #104

The top lamp of the sale was lot #104, a lovely 20″ diameter Pond Lily model on a Twisted Vine base. It exceeded its high estimate of $150,000, realizing $200,000, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany chandelier on the left, Christie’s lot #122

The fourth best lot in the sale, #122, was a chandelier. It sold for almost double its high estimate of $80,000, realizing $150,000, including buyer’s premium. What the buyer may not have been aware of was the missing parts (shown above on the right).

For the complete results of the sale, click here.