Good results at Sotheby’s Important Tiffany auction, December 15, 2012

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Sotheby’s New York held its Important Tiffany auction on December 15, 2012, immediately following its Masterworks by Tiffany Studios from the Geyer Family Collection auction. The sale did well, grossing $2,950,500. Results were a little stronger in this sale than the Geyer Collection sale. The quality was high in both sales, so I can only speculate that the more conservative estimates in the various owner sale achieved better results.

Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, Sotheby's lot #331

Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #331

The top lot of the sale was a Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, with the same form as a Wisteria lamp, but with a rarer flower. It flew past its pre-sale estimate of $400,000 – 600,000, to sell for $914,500, including buyer’s premium.

Good Tiffany Studios Peacock table lamp, Sotheby's lot #332

Good Tiffany Studios Peacock table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #332

A fine Tiffany Peacock table lamp, with matching Favrile glass base, was the second best lot of the sale. Estimated to sell for $140,000 – $180,000, it handily exceeded its high estimate to sell for $242,500, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany 7-inch diameter Favrile blue counterbalance table lamp, Sotheby's lot 333

Tiffany 7-inch diameter Favrile blue counterbalance table lamp, Sotheby’s lot 333

The prize winner for the most bizarre price paid at the sale goes to lot #333, a 7″ diameter blue Favrile counterbalance table lamp. The shade had decent color with the lamp off and weak color with the lamp on. For that reason, I decided not to bid, regardless of how low the price would be. Instead, it was one of the most competitive lots of the sale. Its final price of $46,875 was approximately five times the low estimate. The estimate of $8,000 – $12,000 was appropriate, so what happened? Easy. Two wealthy, but unknowledgeable bidders, butted heads. Each had more cents than sense (pun intended). The consignor hit a home run and the underbidder should thank his lucky stars that he was outbid.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Important 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 Tel-El-Amarna vase, just in

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red Tel-El-Amarna 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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