A few results from Bonham’s LA Modern Design | Art sale, July 13, 2021

I will do my best to publish every Monday, but in the summer that’s difficult. Thank you for your understanding.

Bonham’s LA held a Modern Design | Art sale on July 13, 2021 with total sales of $1,319,871. It was the first auction with in-room bidding to take place at a Bonham’s US saleroom in over a year. Included in the sale were some examples of works by Tiffany Studios, Argy-Rousseau and Daum. Following are a few of the more interesting results.

Tiffany Studios Scarab desk lamp, Bonham’s lot #2

I really liked lot #2, a Tiffany Studios Scarab desk lamp, but so did a lot of other people. I wanted to buy it, but it sold for $19,062, including buyer’s premium. It left me no room to make a profit, so I wasn’t the buyer.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Acorn table lamp, Bonham’s lot #60

Lot #60 presented an interesting dilemma for me. The base was too good for an average 16″ Acorn shade, so as a dealer, I looked at it as two parts, a shade and a base. The shade belongs with a simpler base, like a stick base, but I don’t have any stick bases. Then the ribbed library base could be used for a floral shade, but I already have this exact library base in inventory, so I didn’t need it. I wasn’t the buyer at the final price of $14,025, including buyer’s premium.

But I do need some simple bases for both 16″ and 18″ diameter shades. Do you have one that you would sell to me? Please send me an email with a photo if you do.
Daum Nancy Violets bowl, Bonham’s lot #42.

The sale included 5 lots by Daum Nancy. Lot #42, a small footed bowl with violets, did the best of the group, even though it appears that the pulled tip on the right has been ground smaller. It sold for $4,845, including buyer’s premium.


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