Some good results at Toomey & Co.’s Tradition & Innovation auction, December 2, 2018

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Toomey & Co. held its Tradition & Innovation auction on December 2, 2018. Following are the results for some interesting lots by Grueby and Tiffany Studios.

Grueby vase, Toomey lot #13

Lot #13 was a rare Grueby 9″ x 9″, yellow, melon-shaped vase. I liked it and hoped to buy it, but it wasn’t meant to be. It sold for $18,750, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000. I knew it was nice, nonetheless I was surprised by the result.

Tiffany Studios Saxifrage candlestick, Toomey lot #17

Usually collectors want Tiffany Studios’ candlesticks in pairs, but not when it comes to Saxifrage. It’s rare and highly desirable, so single candlesticks sell well. This example, lot #17, sold for $23,750, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 – $12,000

Tiffany Studios/Grueby lamp, Toomey lot #19

The other Tiffany Studios lot in the sale, lot #19, a combined lamp with a pottery base by Grueby, also did reasonably well. It sold within its estimate of $15,000 – $20,000, realizing $22,500, including buyer’s premium. This was one of those unusual examples where the base of the lamp was more valuable than the shade, as the base was two-color, with full flowers. (Most Grueby vases are one color.)  

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


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