Tiffany Studios Favrile glass sold well at Morphy Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts sale, June 18-19, 2019

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Morphy Auctions, Denver, PA, held a two-day Fine & Decorative Arts auction June 18-19, 2019. Included in the sale was an important collection of Tiffany Favrile glass from a New Hampshire estate. It was high quality and fresh-to-the-market, so the results were superb. The estimate for the entire glass collection was $250,000 – $361,000. It soared past its estimates to realize $729,000. Kudos to Mike Fredericks, head of the Decorative Arts department, for landing the collection and putting together a superior sale.

Tiffany Favrile paperweight vase, Morphy lot #1251

The top lot of the selection of Tiffany Favrile glass was #1251, an 11″, colorful, paperweight vase with internal swirls. It flew past its pre-sale estimate of $6,000 – $8,000, realizing $42,000, including buyer’s premium. The sale included several paperweight vases, all of which easily exceeded their high estimates.

Tiffany floriform vase, Morphy lot #1267

Tiffany floriform vases haven’t been selling well for the last few years, but lot #1267 sold very well as it was special — 13¼” tall, with hand-carved white flower petals and green leaves and stems. It was the third best seller of the Tiffany Favrile glass collection. It realized $36,000, six times its pre-sale high estimate of $6,000.

Tiffany Favrile gooseneck vase, Morphy lot #1304

Lot #1304 was a gorgeous, deep blue, Tiffany Favrile, gooseneck vase with raised beehive decoration on the bulb of the vase and aqua blue pulled decoration on the neck of the vase. It sold for $21,600, many times its pre-sale high estimate of $3,000. A colleague of mine bought it for his private collection.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.

Clars Auction Gallery sold a special Morgan & Sons lamp at their Furniture, Fine Art, Jewelry and Timepieces, Asian Art auction, June 16, 2019

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Morgan & Sons leaded lamp, Clars lot #7101

Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, CA, held a 3-day Furniture, Fine Art, Jewelry and Timepieces, Asian Art auction, June 15-17, 2019. Included in the sale was a very fine leaded lamp by Morgan & Sons, Brooklyn, NY, 18″ diameter x 24″ tall. It sold for $19,680, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 – $15,000. I was interested in the lamp, but not willing to pay the price, so I declined to bid. The lamp also needed some attention as one of the flowers had come loose from the lamp and will have to be re-leaded.

A close-up of a hand-painted, bent glass rose panel from a Morgan & Sons lamp. Photo courtesy of James D. Julia, Inc.

Morgan & Sons used techniques in their leaded lamps that differed from their competitors like Tiffany Studios. First they bent the glass, which took a lot of time, effort and skill. Then they hand-painted the flowers on the individual tiles of glass and fired them in a kiln, making the decorations permanent. Ultimately the shade was leaded together in the manner of Tiffany, but only after 1903, when Tiffany’s patent on the technique expired. Then they coupled the shade with a complementary organic base, creating a unique and magnificent lamp.

Other similar examples of Morgan lamps were sold over the years at James D. Julia Auctions, ranging from $6,792 – $23,000. Click here for Julia’s results.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.

A rare Daum Nancy Rain cup and saucer sold well at a French auction, June 6, 2019

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Daum Nancy Rain cup and saucer

I tried to buy a small, beautiful Daum Nancy cup and saucer in the Rain pattern at a French auction on June 6, 2019, but it was not meant to be. Personally I’ve never seen the Rain pattern on a cup and saucer, so it was quite rare (and probably part of a larger set when new). It had strong color and contrast, with a lot of pink in the background. It sold for €7,296 ($8,225), including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of €700 – €1,200. That was a fine price for a collector, but not a dealer.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 results of Christie’s New York Design sale, June 4, 2019

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Christie’s New York held a Design sale on June 4, 2019 with total sales of $14,038,250. 77 of the 96 lots offered for sale sold, for an impressive average of $182,315. Included in the sale were several lamps by Tiffany Studios, the topic of today’s post.

Tiffany Studios Pond Lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #12

The selection of Tiffany lamps was small and decent quality, but not exceptional. The top lot of the group was #12, a 20″ diameter Pond Lily table lamp on a Twisted Vine base. It sold below its low estimate of $100,000, realizing $106,250, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp

The second highest price for a Tiffany lamp went to lot #15, a 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp on a rare matching Dragonfly base with mosaic tiles. It too sold below its low estimate of $100,000, realizing $100,000, including buyer’s premium. Even though the base was rare, the shade didn’t have much pizzazz.

Tiffany 10-light lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #17

After viewing the catalog, I really wanted to buy lot #17. The 10 green shades were quite rare and beautiful. My goal was to buy the lamp and put the shades on a patina 10-light lily base, which would have looked much better. However, after inspecting the lamp in person, I decided not to bid at all. The shades looked great in the photo, but they didn’t match very well in person and had some original flaws in workmanship I found objectionable. So without my participation, the lamp sold for $43,750, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 – $20,000. My participation really didn’t matter because I wouldn’t have paid that price.


For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 missed some very nice items at Bonham’s Modern Design | Art sale, April 24, 2019

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I’m so busy that I miss more than a few opportunities to buy good items at fair prices. Recently there have been several auctions where some really wonderful items sold for very good prices, but I missed many of them, including Bonham’s Modern Design | Art sale on April 24, 2019.

Duffner & Kimberly Poppy table lamp, Bonham’s lot #26

Lot #26 was a gorgeous, large, 24″ diameter, Duffner & Kimberly table lamp with intense red poppies, easily worth in the $15,000 – $20,000 range. It sold for $10,000, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000. It was incorrectly catalogued as a generic American table lamp.

Newcomb College plate, Bonham’s lot #5

Lot #5 was a high glaze Newcomb College ceramic plate with incised floral decoration, early, from 1913. It sold for $1,402, including buyer’s premium, below the pre-sale estimate of $1,500 – $2,000. I could have easily sold it for double, possibly more.

Grueby two-color vase, Bonham’s lot #7

I was also interested in a very nice Grueby 2-color vase, Bonham’s lot #7. I wouldn’t have been the buyer as it sold for $13,825, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $8,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 results of Sotheby’s New York Dreaming in Glass sale, May 23, 2019

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Sotheby’s New York held a Dreaming in Glass sale on May 23, 2019. The sale was small, 41 lots, but consisted entirely of important Tiffany Studios lamps and glass. Total sales were $4,088,250 for the 36 lots that sold.

Tiffany Fish and Waves table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #214

The cover lot, #214, a Tiffany Fish and Waves table lamp, the most important lot in the sale, did not sell, against an estimate of $1,000,000 — $1,500,000. I guess the estimate was a bit too aggressive.

Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony floor lamp, Sotheby’s lot #211

The top lot of the sale was #211, a Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony floor lamp, formerly in the collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. It sold for $692,000, including buyer’s premium, at the low end of the estimated range of $600,000 — $800,000.

Tiffany Studios Peacock box, Sotheby’s lot #206

Lot #206, a Tiffany Studios Peacock box, achieved an astonishing result, selling for $87,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 — $12,000. I loved the box, but didn’t even bother to bid because I knew I had no chance of buying it. It was very rare and very beautiful.

Click here for the complete results of the sale.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.

Rago Auctions sold a variety of Tiffany Studios glass and lamps at their Early 20th C. Design sale, May 18, 2019

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Rago Auctions held an Early 20th C. Design sale on May 18, 2019. Included in the sale was a varied selection of Tiffany Studios lamps, glass and desk accessories. The following post will cover only those items.

Tiffany Studios Harvard table lamp, Rago lot #1107

Lot #1107 was a rare Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Harvard table lamp. I thought it would sell for more than it did because it was rare and fresh-to-the-market. It did just okay, selling within its estimate of $30,000 – $40,000, realizing $36,250, including buyer’s premium. My feeling is that it was so specialized that there weren’t as many buyers as for a floral or dragonfly table lamp.

Tiffany Studios 12-light lily lamp, Rago lot #1100

Lot #1100, a Tiffany Studios 12-light lily lamp, sold fairly well. It realized $26,250, against an estimate of $15,000 – $20,000. The shades were nice, with some minor chips to fitters and some corrosion problems to the the base.

Tiffany Favrile Peacock Feather vase, Rago lot #1115

Rago Auction wasn’t sure of the authenticity of lot #1115, but I assured them prior to the sale that it was correct. It sold very well, realizing $21,250, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $4,500 – $6,500. It brought that strong price even with a serious condition problem as stated in their report: Tight, subtle, curving hairline from rim to shoulder, approx. 7 1/2″ in length. A few minor flecks to inner edge of rim.


Click here for the complete results of the sale.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.

There were some highs and lows at Heritage’s Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale, May 14, 2019

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It’s Memorial Day, but I’m not comfortable saying Happy Memorial Day, although many people do. It’s a time to honor the memory of those soldiers who lost their lives defending our liberty. So have a good holiday and remember those who came before us.

Between shows, travel and personal business, I lead a pretty busy life. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I miss more than a few opportunities to buy good items at fair prices. Heritage’s Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale, May 14, 2019, was a good example. I was interested in about 10 lots, but because we were in Chicago for a show, it totally slipped my mind.

Tiffany Linenfold floor lamp, Heritage lot #79016

Lot #79016 was a Tiffany Linenfold counterbalance floor lamp with a rare 4-legged base, estimated for a ridiculous $2,500 – $3,500. It was photographed poorly, too dark in the catalog, and with the shade in an awkward position. I would have paid in the range of $10,000, all in, but it sold for $7,500. I could have doubled my money at that price.

Pairpoint scenic table lamp, Pairpoint lot #79134

The Pairpoint lamp market has suffered for the last decade. Many lamps are selling today for less than when I started in the antiques business over 40 years ago. Take lot #79134, an 18″ diameter Pairpoint scenic table lamp, as an example. It sold for $500, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $800 – $1,200. This same lamp would have sold for approximately $1,500 in the 1970s, in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Le Verre Francais Poisson vase, Heritage lot #79192

Lot #79192, a rare Le Verre Francais Poissons vase, was another story. It carried a ridiculously low estimate of $500 – $700. At least two bidders noticed and bid it to a more realistic price of $6,875, including buyer’s premium.

Click here for the complete results of the sale. You will have to sign in (free) to see the realized prices.

No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 results of the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show, May 17-19, 2019

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There’s a gaggle of geese outside my booth and no one in my booth at the preview party

Thursday, 7 PM. If I have enough time, I write my blog directly from the floor of the show. It’s usually a bad sign, because I should be busy with clients. But the preview party is happening now and I’m in my usual preview-party-bad-mood. I don’t want to be here.

The crowd is 90% young women who seem to have no interest whatsoever in antiques. So why are we they here? I guess because it’s a nice social event. But why are we here? The $64,000 question. Certainly not to sell antiques.

Opening Day, Friday, 1 PM. The show has been open for two hours. Attendance is light, but there have been several serious inquiries. No sales as of this moment, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

We sold this lovely R. Lalique Chevreuse vase at the show

Friday, 7 PM. The first day is over and I’m disappointed. We made a few small sales, but are nowhere near making our expenses, let alone a profit. There’s lots of show left, so hopefully the weekend will be good.

Saturday, 1:45 PM. Attendance is light to moderate. There have been only a few inquiries. Some may be serious, but it’s hard to tell. One client is back from yesterday, so there might be a sale there.

There were a few people in my booth on Saturday afternoon

Saturday, 3:45 PM. Attendance is still light to moderate. The “be-back” from yesterday was full of hot air. We made one nice sale to one of our established clients. Still not out of the woods with respect to making our expenses. One of our best clients is due to arrive in a little while. We’ll see what happens.

Saturday, 7:00 PM. The day is over and it was a moderate success. Our late afternoon client made purchases that put us over the top, into the black. If we do some business on Sunday, it will be a good show.

Sunday, 1 PM. Attendance is again light to moderate. No sales yet, but we had some serious inquiries that I hope will turn into sales.

We sold this beautiful Tiffany 10-light lily lamp at the show

Sunday, 5 PM. The show is over and we’re satisfied. We only made one sale on Sunday, but it was a lovely Tiffany 10-light lily lamp. Overall, business was down about 15% from last year, but it was still a moderately successful show. Had some of our best clients attended, we probably would have had an even more successful show, but unfortunately they were indisposed.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show will open to the public this Friday, May 17, 2019

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The third edition of the resurrected Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show will open to the public this Friday, May 17th, at 11 AM, and continue until Sunday, May 19th, at 5 PM, with a preview party on Thursday night.

Last year in our booth

The show at the Merchandise Mart is select and elegant. The exhibitors and their displays will be extraordinary, in a fabulous venue. You will be hard pressed to find a finer show anywhere in the entire United States. There aren’t many antique shows left in the entire country and even fewer of this quality, so make your plans now to attend. You’ll thank me.

We just bought this intense blue Gallé clematis vase

As usual, we’re bringing a fabulous inventory of French and American glass and lamps. We just came back from a very successful buying trip to Europe, so we’re bringing our latest and greatest purchases. I know you’ll enjoy the show and my display in particular. Please stop into my booth and say hello.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.