A review of Skinner’s Lighting & Design sale, January 21, 2022

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Skinner’s, Boston, MA, held a 10-day, online-only, Lighting & Design sale on January 21, 2022. The sale included lamps by many different companies, including Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint and others, as well as glassware by both European and American companies. I tried to buy many items, but was successful on only a few.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Skinner lot #1003

First and foremost, I wanted to buy a lovely Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, lot #1003. I bid strongly and thought I had it, when another bidder or bidders jumped in at the last minute and got it. It sold for an impressive $87,500, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $20,000 – $40,000. The photo above didn’t do it justice. It had much more blue in the background. Congrats to the buyer; too bad for me.

Pairpoint Orange Tree puffy table lamp, Skinner lot #1013

The market for Handel and Pairpoint lamps is weak. Prices are down 50% or more from the peak of the market a couple of decades ago. One lamp that did reasonably well at the sale was a rare Pairpoint puffy Orange Tree table lamp, lot #1013. It sold for $25,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $15,000 – $20,000. Some of the Pairpoint lamps in the sale sold for as little as 33 cents on the dollar.

Reproduction Gallé vase, Skinner lot #1112

I informed Skinner’s that lot #1112, which was listed as a Gallé vase, was a reproduction. They subsequently amended their listing to Gallé-style vase. It still sold for $2,000, including buyer’s premium. It should have sold for a tenth of that.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.
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