Morphy Auctions, Denver, PA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts sale, December 8-10, 2020. The first day was devoted to American and European ceramics, glass and lamps. Many items performed very well, especially Tiffany lamps, which are on a tear.
The first hundred or so lots were Amphora pottery from a prestigious New York City collection. The top lot of the collection, #1032, was a rare, 21½” tall, Spitting Coin Dragon vase. It sold for $54,120, including buyer’s premium — approximately double its high estimate of $24,000.
The top lot of the Tiffany lamps went to #1352, a not-very-attractive 22″ diameter Drop Head Dragonfly table lamp on a tree trunk base. Personally I wouldn’t have bid on this lot for half the realized price of $116,850, including buyer’s premium. The brown mottled background just didn’t do it for me.
A rare Tiffany 16″ diameter Bamboo table lamp sold near its high estimate of $75,000, realizing $89,175, including buyer’s premium. Most of the Tiffany lamps in the sale sold at or above their high estimates.
You’ll want to read my blog for the next couple of weeks, where I’ll report on the results of the December Sotheby’s and Christie’s Tiffany Studios sales. Tiffany lamp prices were nuts!