Sotheby’s New York held their “Important Tiffany” auction on December 17, 2009, with good results. 30 of the 39 lots sold, for total sales of $3,038,250.
The top lot of the sale was #434, a Tiffany Studios Laburnum table lamp with a fantastic organic root base. It carried a pre-sale estimate of $350-500,000 and realized $422,500, including buyer’s premium.
Lot #428 was a rare Tiffany Studios Salamander table lamp that realized the second highest price of the sale. It sold for $362,500, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $3-500,000. It’s a stylized geometric decoration that is not my taste, but all that was needed was one buyer and the reserve, and that appeared to be the case.
A wonderful and rare Tiffany Studios blue Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase sold for $86,500, including buyer’s premium, near the high end of the $50-80,000 pre-sale estimate. I bought almost this exact vase about 30 years ago in a home for about $5,000. Wish I had that one back. It would have looked nice on my shelf all these years.
The Ninth Century pattern in Tiffany Studios desk sets is quite attractive with blue and green jewels. A large set with a few rare items, including a thermometer and a scale, was sold as lot #409. It doubled its pre-sale estimate of $10-15,000, selling for $37,500, including buyer’s premium. Excuse me, Mister Buyer (or anyone else), I’ve got lots of additional items in the Ninth Century pattern for sale. Please contact me.
For complete results, click this link. Sotheby’s Important Tiffany results.
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Mr. Chassen – I am trying to help a customer sell a Tiffany Studios desk set “Zodiac “pattern. I have done some research – it is in excellent condition – with the gold dore finish. It includes – large desk blotter frame, mini box, letter opener, covered desk pad with original paper, desk calender frame with orig inserts, inkwell and 3 section letter holder.
She is downsizing – this was in her fathers office as long as she can recall. We specialize in jewelry -but as a courtesy – I am just trying to find the best way for her to sell it. Your articles seemed the most knowledgeable and professional on the subject. I can send photos also.
We are located in Bryn Mawr just outside of Phildelphia, PA
Please advise, many thanks
The Zodiac pattern in Tiffany is the most common and difficult to sell, especially in the gold doré finish. I suggest placing the set at auction. Best of luck. Philip
I see the Laburnum table lamp and I am curious if the exact shade on the round tree base would be considered more or less valuable and/or rare than the root base (if the condition of the shade is the same). Thank you, in advance, for your consideration in this matter.
Cameron, the Tiffany Studios root base is very rare and beautiful. The lamp would be worth more, in my opinion, on a root base, rather than the usual tree trunk base.