The results of Christie’s New York Design sale, June 4, 2019

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Christie’s New York held a Design sale on June 4, 2019 with total sales of $14,038,250. 77 of the 96 lots offered for sale sold, for an impressive average of $182,315. Included in the sale were several lamps by Tiffany Studios, the topic of today’s post.

Tiffany Studios Pond Lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #12

The selection of Tiffany lamps was small and decent quality, but not exceptional. The top lot of the group was #12, a 20″ diameter Pond Lily table lamp on a Twisted Vine base. It sold below its low estimate of $100,000, realizing $106,250, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp

The second highest price for a Tiffany lamp went to lot #15, a 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp on a rare matching Dragonfly base with mosaic tiles. It too sold below its low estimate of $100,000, realizing $100,000, including buyer’s premium. Even though the base was rare, the shade didn’t have much pizzazz.

Tiffany 10-light lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #17

After viewing the catalog, I really wanted to buy lot #17. The 10 green shades were quite rare and beautiful. My goal was to buy the lamp and put the shades on a patina 10-light lily base, which would have looked much better. However, after inspecting the lamp in person, I decided not to bid at all. The shades looked great in the photo, but they didn’t match very well in person and had some original flaws in workmanship I found objectionable. So without my participation, the lamp sold for $43,750, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 – $20,000. My participation really didn’t matter because I wouldn’t have paid that price.


For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Our next show, Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, is almost upon us. We’ll be at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, from November 8-10, 2019. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business so please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

I missed some very nice items at Bonham’s Modern Design | Art sale, April 24, 2019

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I’m so busy that I miss more than a few opportunities to buy good items at fair prices. Recently there have been several auctions where some really wonderful items sold for very good prices, but I missed many of them, including Bonham’s Modern Design | Art sale on April 24, 2019.

Duffner & Kimberly Poppy table lamp, Bonham’s lot #26

Lot #26 was a gorgeous, large, 24″ diameter, Duffner & Kimberly table lamp with intense red poppies, easily worth in the $15,000 – $20,000 range. It sold for $10,000, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000. It was incorrectly catalogued as a generic American table lamp.

Newcomb College plate, Bonham’s lot #5

Lot #5 was a high glaze Newcomb College ceramic plate with incised floral decoration, early, from 1913. It sold for $1,402, including buyer’s premium, below the pre-sale estimate of $1,500 – $2,000. I could have easily sold it for double, possibly more.

Grueby two-color vase, Bonham’s lot #7

I was also interested in a very nice Grueby 2-color vase, Bonham’s lot #7. I wouldn’t have been the buyer as it sold for $13,825, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $8,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Our next show, Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, is almost upon us. We’ll be at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, from November 8-10, 2019. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business so please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

The results of Sotheby’s New York Dreaming in Glass sale, May 23, 2019

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Sotheby’s New York held a Dreaming in Glass sale on May 23, 2019. The sale was small, 41 lots, but consisted entirely of important Tiffany Studios lamps and glass. Total sales were $4,088,250 for the 36 lots that sold.

Tiffany Fish and Waves table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #214

The cover lot, #214, a Tiffany Fish and Waves table lamp, the most important lot in the sale, did not sell, against an estimate of $1,000,000 — $1,500,000. I guess the estimate was a bit too aggressive.

Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony floor lamp, Sotheby’s lot #211

The top lot of the sale was #211, a Tiffany Studios Elaborate Peony floor lamp, formerly in the collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. It sold for $692,000, including buyer’s premium, at the low end of the estimated range of $600,000 — $800,000.

Tiffany Studios Peacock box, Sotheby’s lot #206

Lot #206, a Tiffany Studios Peacock box, achieved an astonishing result, selling for $87,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 — $12,000. I loved the box, but didn’t even bother to bid because I knew I had no chance of buying it. It was very rare and very beautiful.

Click here for the complete results of the sale.

Our next show, Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, is almost upon us. We’ll be at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, from November 8-10, 2019. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business so please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Rago Auctions sold a variety of Tiffany Studios glass and lamps at their Early 20th C. Design sale, May 18, 2019

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Rago Auctions held an Early 20th C. Design sale on May 18, 2019. Included in the sale was a varied selection of Tiffany Studios lamps, glass and desk accessories. The following post will cover only those items.

Tiffany Studios Harvard table lamp, Rago lot #1107

Lot #1107 was a rare Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Harvard table lamp. I thought it would sell for more than it did because it was rare and fresh-to-the-market. It did just okay, selling within its estimate of $30,000 – $40,000, realizing $36,250, including buyer’s premium. My feeling is that it was so specialized that there weren’t as many buyers as for a floral or dragonfly table lamp.

Tiffany Studios 12-light lily lamp, Rago lot #1100

Lot #1100, a Tiffany Studios 12-light lily lamp, sold fairly well. It realized $26,250, against an estimate of $15,000 – $20,000. The shades were nice, with some minor chips to fitters and some corrosion problems to the the base.

Tiffany Favrile Peacock Feather vase, Rago lot #1115

Rago Auction wasn’t sure of the authenticity of lot #1115, but I assured them prior to the sale that it was correct. It sold very well, realizing $21,250, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $4,500 – $6,500. It brought that strong price even with a serious condition problem as stated in their report: Tight, subtle, curving hairline from rim to shoulder, approx. 7 1/2″ in length. A few minor flecks to inner edge of rim.


Click here for the complete results of the sale.

Our next show, Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, is almost upon us. We’ll be at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, from November 8-10, 2019. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business so please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.