Cottone Auctions, Geneseo, NY, held an Art & Antiques sale November 13-14, 2020. Included in the Saturday portion of the sale was a nice selection of Tiffany Studios and other lamps. Personally I didn’t participate because I spent a lot of time participating in their previous sale and bought nothing. I assumed they would get good results and I would waste my time again. But this time their results were softer and I might have been able to buy something. Oh well. It’s water under the bridge now.
The top lot of the Tiffany lamps was #348, a beautiful 22″ diameter Maple Leaf floor lamp. This is a model that I’ve always loved. Estimated to sell for $50,000 – $80,000, it realized $63,000, or $75,600 including the buyer’s premium. In my opinion, this was a fair price on which a dealer could make a profit.
Lot #349 was another beauty — a Tiffany Studios 17″ tuck under Poppy with red flowers and a pale blue background, on a very rare reticulated base. It sold for its low estimate of $40,000, or $48,000 with the buyer’s premium. I could easily have made money on this exceptional lamp.
A rare two-tone example of the Jewel Feather model, lot #351, sold weakly, in my opinion. It brought $9,250, or $11,100 including the buyer’s premium. That was about half of what Cottone sold a similar example for in their previous sale. Again, I could have easily sold it for a profit.
Cottone also sold several Handel lamps at depressed prices, including a beautiful Jungle Bird boudoir lamp, lot #343, for $2,280, including buyer’s premium. That’s less than half of its value at the peak of the market a decade or more ago.For the complete results of the sale click here. You will have to sign in (free) for the prices.