I tried to buy a lovely Tiffany lamp, but…


Andrew Jones Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, held a very diverse sale on July 26, 2020 entitled Design For The Home and Garden. There were a few lots that I tried to buy and others that I would have liked to bid on, but didn’t because of condition problems.

The sale went amazingly well, with many items selling for well above their high estimates. The quality was good throughout and the response was commensurate.

Tiffany 7″ diameter green Favrile harp table lamp, Jones lot #111

Lot #111 was first on my hit list. It was a high quality, Tiffany Favrile, fully wheel-carved 7″ diameter desk lamp. For whatever reason, the auction house listed it incorrectly as follows. Condition: Shade unmarked. Associated and of a later date. Not Tiffany. Good condition overall. Base with a nice verdigris patina. General marks, scratches, some spotting and wear commensurate with age and use. Re-wired. Wiring should be checked by a qualified electrician prior to use.

I have no idea what led them to that conclusion, but it was quite obvious to me that it was authentic and very fine quality. I hoped to steal it, but unfortunately other bidders knew better than the auctioneer. It sold for $8,750, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $1,500 – $2,000. It was a good price for a collector, but not a dealer. I was the underbidder.


Daum Nancy wheel-carved floral vase, Jones lot #107

I wanted to buy lot #107, a very fine Daum Nancy wheel-carved trumpet vase, but never bid because of the condition problems explained below. Regardless, it sold for $2,750, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $400 – $600. That’s really good, considering its condition.

Condition: Appears to have been restored where the base of the vase joins the socle. This area, as well as a section of the spreading foot fluoresces under UV light. The area has a high sheen polish. Roughness to the edge of the foot rim. A few scattered pinpricks overall. Some patches of sticker residue. Some staining to the interior.

KPM porcelain plaque, Jones lot #212

Lastly I tried to buy lot #212, a beautiful, large, 15½” x 13½”, KPM plaque of a young maiden with flowers accompanied by Cupid, signed C. Mlt. The estimate was low at $2,000 – $3,000, so I thought I had a chance of buying it, but that wasn’t to be the case. It sold for $7,500, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


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