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June is Decorative Arts month at the nation’s auction houses. Every major and many not-so-major auction house holds one in June. I’ll cover many of them in the next few weeks, each Monday and Thursday. Today, it’s Sotheby’s turn. They held their New York Important 20th Century Design sale on June 13, 2012.
Tiffany Studios table lamps and glass were the sale’s top sellers, with only one lot, a 1960s aluminum chair by Gerrit Rietveld, selling for more. 100% of the Tiffany lamps sold, with many exceeding their high estimates.
The top Tiffany Studios lot of the sale was #14, a Pony Wisteria lamp, which sold for $254,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 – $180,000. The top Tiffany Studios Favrile glass lot of the sale was #6, a beautiful paperweight vase with morning glory decoration. It sold for approximately double its low estimate, to reach $98,500. Total sales for the auction were $4,486,125, approximately half their December figures, as the December sales are usually larger and more important.
For the complete results of the Sotheby’s sale, click on the following link. Sotheby’s 20th Century results.
Still to come up are James D. Julia’s Important Lamp and Glass auction, this Wednesday and Thursday, as well as Skinner’s 20th Century Design sale this Saturday. After that we can expect a calmer July.
Our next show won’t be until July, but we’re still very much in business. Don’t hesitate to call or write, and let me know what you’d like to buy, sell, or trade.
Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and Louis Icart etchings. Here’s the link. chasenantiques.com