Tiffany Studios lamps soar at Christie’s New York 20th Century Decorative Arts auction

To say the least, the results of the December 8, 2009 Christie’s Magnificent Tiffany auction were interesting. There was real strength in the high end of the market and apathy in the low end. The best examples brought extraordinary prices, while the lower end results were tepid.

Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony table lamp, Christie's lot #11, December 8, 2009

Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony table lamp, Christie's lot #11, December 8, 2009

The high-water mark of the auction was achieved with the sale of lot 11, a Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony table lamp. It was estimated to sell between $600,000 and $900,000, and soared to $1,538,500, including buyer’s premium. That should make the purchaser of the Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony lamp from the Skinner’s auction of the Richard Wright collection ecstatic. That one sold for $435,000 just a few weeks ago, and it was no slouch.

Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, Christie's lot #35, December 8, 2009

Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, Christie's lot #35, December 8, 2009

Strong prices continued with the sale of a Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp. It is the same size, shape and basic design as the Wisteria lamp, but with the rarer Trumpet Creeper decoration. It exceeded the high estimate of $500,000 reaching $794,500, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, Christie's lot #17, December 8, 2009

Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, Christie's lot #17, December 8, 2009

Dragonflies are always crowd-pleasers and lot #17 filled the bill. It was a beautiful example with a rare matching mosaic-tile base. It sold for $602,500, including buyer’s premium, equaling the high estimate.

Other outstanding results were achieved with a Tiffany Studios Bamboo floor lamp, $506,500, a Peony chandelier, $314,500, a drop-head Dragonfly lamp, $314,500 and a turtleback tile chandelier, $266,500. For complete results, click on this link. Christie’s Magnificent Tiffany results.

I’m taking a lot of time to add new items to my website. I’ve already listed new items under Gallé glass (including a blownout vase), Daum Nancy glass and Tiffany Studios glass. Soon I’ll be adding many Tiffany Studios desk pieces. Many are priced right for great holiday gift-giving. Who wouldn’t like to receive a genuine Tiffany desk set accessory as a Christmas or Chanukah gift? I’ll soon be starting a big sale on Icart etchings. Please take a look, as every day I’m adding more. Click on this link chasenantiques.com.

Please send me your suggestions or questions about art glass, lamps, Louis Icart, shows, auctions, etc. If it’s interesting, I’ll answer your question in a future blog entry.

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