Mediocre results at Christie’s Magnificent Tiffany auction on December 14, 2012

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Christie’s New York held its Magnificent Tiffany auction on December 14, 2012, with total sales of $1,124,625. Most prices were unexceptional, so smart buyers had a rare opportunity to buy some nice items at good prices.

Tiffany Favrile reddish floriform vase, Christie's lot #10

Tiffany Favrile reddish floriform vase, Christie’s lot #10

The top lot of the sale was a rare, but boring, Tiffany Favrile reddish floriform vase. Sold as lot #10, it realized $134,500 — below the pre-sale low estimate, including buyer’s premium. The vase was not exciting, so the estimate of $120,000 – $180,000 seemed far too aggressive. The consignor was lucky to have sold the vase.

Tiffany Studios Rose table lamp, Christie's lot #3

Tiffany Studios Rose table lamp, Christie’s lot #3

Two Tiffany Studios lamps tied for second place, both selling for $86,500, against identical estimates of $70,000 – $90,000. One was lot #3, a very nice 25″ diameter Rose table lamp and the other was lot #8, a 20″ diameter Daffodil.

Tiffany Studios 18-light lily table lamp, Christie's lot #31

Tiffany Studios 18-light lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #31

A few bargains were had by sharp buyers, including a Tiffany Studios 18-light lily table lamp. 18-light lily lamps are much rarer than 7, 10 or 12-lily lamps and usually sell for $100K and up. This example sold for $56,250, against a pre-sale estimate of $45,000 – $55,000. Kudos to the buyer.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Christie’s Magnificent Tiffany results.

I will be posting videos on YouTube of my lecture on French Cameo Glass to the Metropolitan Glass Club. I need some time to edit the videos. When they’re ready, I’ll put the link on my website and here in my blog.

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red decorated paperweight vase, just in

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red decorated paperweight vase, just in

Click this link to view some of the new objects I recently purchased and listed. Tiffany glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

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 etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

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