More good results at recent auctions

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Green R. Lalique Sauterelles vase, Grogan lot #192

Green R. Lalique Sauterelles vase, Grogan lot #192

Grogan & Company, Boston, MA, held The September Auction on Sep 27, 2015. Included in the sale was lot #192: an R. Lalique Sauterelles vase in green. The low estimate of $3,000 – $5,000 made it seem like there was a chance I could buy it. Occasionally something falls through the cracks, and I’ll be there to catch it. Not this time! The vase sold for $15,860, including buyer’s premium.

Daum Fall scenic vase, Fontaine lot #1

Daum Fall scenic vase, Fontaine lot #1

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery held a nice general sale this past Saturday, October 3, 2015. We drove all the way to Pittsfield, MA, just to preview the sale as there were quite a few lots I wanted to purchase. In general, the results were strong, so we wound up buying very few items. All the best ones sold for more than we were willing to pay, starting with lot #1, a beautiful, but small (6″), Daum Nancy scenic vase, decorated by Daum’s best artist, “B.S.”. Estimated to sell for $800 – $1,200, it realized $8,470, including buyer’s premium — too much for a dealer, but not a collector.

Tiffany Favrile red decorated vase, Fontaine lot #43

Tiffany Favrile red decorated vase, Fontaine lot #43

I also wanted to buy a small (3¼”), but very nice, decorated red Tiffany Favrile vase, Fontaine lot #43. It also went too high for me, but not a collector — $6,957.50, against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000 – $6,000.

Rare Tiffany red decorated Favrile perfume bottle, Fontaine lot #67

Rare Tiffany red decorated Favrile perfume bottle, Fontaine lot #67

Lot #67 generated even more excitement. It was a very rare Tiffany Favrile red decorated perfume bottle, 6½” tall. Tiffany didn’t make many perfume bottles, let alone decorated red. The problem for me was that it only had a Tiffany paper label, with no signature on the glass. Most of my clients insist on a signature on the glass, so I took a pass on this lot. Well guess what? Fontaine’s didn’t need me. It sold for $16,940, against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000 – $6,000.

For the complete catalog of the Fontaine sale, click here.


winnetka-10-2015Our next show will be at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, November 6-8, 2015. We used to exhibit at shows in the greater Chicago area 4-6 times yearly. Most of them have disappeared, so we now only exhibit in Chicago twice a year, once in the fall in Winnetka and once in the spring in Glencoe at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Too bad, because we like Chicago and have lots of friends and clients. We’re really looking forward to seeing you at the show, so please put the dates in your calendar.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

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