Fontaine’s Auction, Pittsfield, MA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts auction on January 23, 2021. Included in the sale were several Tiffany Studios lamps. Following are a few of the results.
The top lot of the Tiffany lamps was shared by both #100 and #118. #100 was a beautiful 17″ diameter Dragonfly, with a blue and green ripple glass background and a rare, bulbous Pepper base. It sold near its high estimate of $80,000, realizing $87,725, including buyer’s premium. I tried to buy this lamp, but it was too much for a dealer, but not for a collector.
Lot #118 brought the same price as #100, but this time the price was closer to its low estimate of $70,000. In person, the lamp displayed poorly with too much brown in the background and little pizzazz in the flowers. Personally I had no interest.
Lot #50, a Tiffany 20″ diameter Dogwood table lamp was another beauty. This one was more impressive in person than the photo. The background was all fracture glass, with more blue than the photo. It needed some restoration to the leadwork in the geometric upper rows, but that was minor. It sold for $66,550, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $50,000 – $75,000. Unfortunately I was the underbidder.
Lot #125 was a decent, but not exceptional, example of a 15″ diameter Tiffany Spider table lamp. It sold near its high estimate of $40,000, realizing $45,980, including buyer’s premium.