Sotheby’s New York held its early summer 20th Century Design sale on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The sale began with 22 lots by Tiffany Studios, including several important lamps. The results continue a trend that has lasted decades — good Tiffany Studios items are still hot, and getting hotter yearly.
The top lot of the sale was #4, a 17″ blue Dragonfly table lamp — a stunning example on a killer matching Dragonfly mosaic base. Estimated to sell for $300-500,000, it brought $554,500, near the high estimate.
The second highest price of the sale went to lot #3, a fine Tiffany Studios 24″ Peony Border floor lamp, with exceptionally nice color. It was estimated to sell for $200-300,000, and sold for over twice the low estimate, bringing a total of $530,500.
The sale began with lot #1, a rare and beautiful Tiffany Studios 26″ variation of the more common Poinsettia decoration. Estimated at only $120-180,000, it quickly set the tone for the rest of the Tiffany items, as it more than tripled the low estimate, bringing a total of $458,500 (see photo below).
For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Sotheby’s 20th Century results.
Christie’s New York is holding their 20th Century Design sale on Thursday, June 17, 2010, the day after Sotheby’s. And James D. Julia is holding their Important Lamps and Glass auction in Fairfield, Maine, next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22-23. I’ll be reporting the Christie’s results on Monday and the Julia’s results next Thursday or Friday.
I just added over 10 Galle vases to my website, 7 Tiffany lamps and 1 Newcomb vase. I’m spending a lot of time this spring adding new items. Please take a look. Click on this link chasenantiques.com.
Please send me your comments or questions about art glass, lamps, Louis Icart, shows, auctions, etc. If it’s interesting, I’ll answer you in a future blog.
I was left a dragon fly lamp.Shade stamped tiffany studios.The base has in the casting the number 21. What dose 21 mean? Thankyou in advance. Wes
Sorry, but not enough information. I have no idea what the 21 means.
It’s probably the model number of the base. I guess you chose your glass shade and then you chose your base depending on your budget.
2 girls on Antiques Roadshow discovered that. Their mother bought a lamp from an old woman. The old woman tried to sell it to an antique shops and the dealers told her it wasn’t a real Tiffany lamp because they didn’t make that kind of base. Watch this clip. You’ll see a beautiful lamp and it’ll bring a tear to your eye. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/4/tampa-fl/appraisals/tiffany-lamp-ca-1905–/
It’s an authentic lamp.