Milestone Auctions sold Tiffany lamps at their August 7, 2021 auction

I will try to publish a new blog every Monday, but I may miss some during the summer.

Milestone Auctions, Willoughby, OH, held a diverse auction on August 7, 2021. Included in the sale was a single-owner collection of lamps, including several by Tiffany Studios. I only had interest in the Tiffany lamps, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to buy any of them.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Herringbone table lamp, Milestone lot #586

Lot #586 was a Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Herringbone table lamp on a rare reticulated base that was too good for the shade. Most collectors or dealers would use the base for a better shade, like a floral one, and put the Herringbone shade on a simpler base. To me it was a shade and a base, not a complete lamp. It sold for $19,550, against an estimate of $10,000 – $20,000. Too much for me.

Duffner & Kimberly 22″ diameter Peacock table lamp, Milestone lot #588

Duffner & Kimberly Peacock table lamps are rare and desirable. This huge, 22″ diameter example, lot #588, was expected to sell for $10,000 – $20,000, but realized $31,050.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp, Milestone lot #591
Tiffany Studios Diver’s lamp, Milestone lot #594

The lamp I really wanted most was lot #591, a Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp. The flowers had strong, beautiful colors and the background had marvelous blue striated glass. It sold for $42,500, against an estimate of $20,000 – $40,000. Outbid again.

The last Tiffany lamp in the sale was lot #594, a Diver’s lamp with turtleback tiles (named I suppose because it looks like an old-fashioned diver’s helmet). Again I was outbid as it sold for $27,025, against an estimate of $10,000 – $20,000.


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