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Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX, held a Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale on April 29, 2021. Following is a review of several of the items.
There were only three Tiffany Studios lamps in the sale, all selling well. Lot #79038, a Nasturtium Lattice floor lamp sold best, realizing $150,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $80,000 – $120,000. In my opinion, this is not the way the lamp was originally sold by Tiffany. The shade was a chandelier that was adapted into a floor lamp.
There were quite a few Tiffany Favrile vases in the sale, many of them from the estate of Arthur Reichstadt of Dallas, TX. Lot #79027, a Jack-in-the-Pulpit model, was the highest priced. It sold for $15,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $2,000 – $3,000; a result that I have a lot of trouble understanding. The prices for Jack-in-the-Pulpit vases have been soft for quite a few years and this model is not the standard model, which in my opinion is much more desirable.
Rookwood Pottery has been in the gutter for decades. Personally I love it and don’t understand why, but prices have been steadily going down, so as a dealer I just can’t trade in it. But one decent vase, lot #79068, a large, 1903 standard glaze example with flowers, by Kataro Shirayamadani (in my opinion Rookwood’s best artist), did very well. It sold for $22,500, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $700 – $900. Again this is a result that makes no sense to me. There are way better examples of Shirayamadani’s works that sell for less. The strangest things happen at auctions. Congratulations to the consignor.For the complete results of the sale, click here. You will have to sign in for the prices (free).