Some good results from Cottone Auctions’ Fine Art & Antiques auction, March 28, 2020

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Cottone Auctions, Geneseo, NY, held a Fine Art & Antiques auction on March 28, 2020. Included in the sale were a substantial number of lamps by Tiffany Studios and the Handel Lamp Co., as well as some nice art glass. The better lamps had solid results. Following are some of them.

24″ diameter Tiffany Studios Rose table lamp, Cottone lot #156

The top three highest prices of the sale were all realized by Tiffany Studios lamps. Lot #156, a 24″ diameter helmet Rose table lamp achieved the highest price, but only slightly above its low estimate of $75,000, realizing $91,450, including buyer’s premium. Personally it wasn’t a favorite of mine as I didn’t much care for the shape of the shade.

20″ diameter Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, Cottone lot #157

The next two lots, #s 157 and 158 achieved the same results, each realizing $70,800, including buyer’s premium. Lot #157 was an attractive 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp with an estimate of $40,000 – $60,000, while #158 was an 18-light Lily table lamp with an estimate of $30,000 – $50,000.

Handel 18″ diameter Peacock table lamp, Cottone lot #186

A rare and desirable Handel acid-etched and iridized Peacock table lamp on an equally rare Peacock base sold well above its estimate of $10,000 – $15,000, realizing $26,550, including buyer’s premium. While that’s a pretty good result, it probably would have sold for 50% – 100% more at the peak of the market, a decade or more ago.

For the complete results of the sale, click here. You will have to sign in (free) to see the prices realized.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Treadway Gallery sold the June and Larry Greenwald Collection at auction, March 22, 2020

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Treadway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, sold the June and Larry Greenwald Collection at auction, March 22, 2020. Included in the sale were several fine Tiffany lamps and vases, the first significant test of strength after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June and Larry Greenwald

I’ve been friends with the Greenwald parents (June and Larry) and children (Robin and Ron) for many years as we exhibited at the same shows many times. After the parents both passed away, the children decided to sell their parents’ entire collection at auction. Don Treadway was the lucky auctioneer to get the collection. The results were quite good, especially considering the sale was held in the middle of a pandemic.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Peony table lamp, Treadway lot #121

As expected, the top lot of the sale was #121, a magnificent Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Peony table lamp, with exceptional color and a rare bamboo base. It sold for $276,000, including buyer’s premium, slightly below the high estimate of $250,000, not including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios miniature Wisteria table lamp, Treadway lot #49.

The second highest lot of the sale was #49, a Tiffany Studios miniature (pony) Wisteria lamp. It sold within its estimate of $100,000 – $150,000, realizing $144,000, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios Favrile Nasturtium paperweight vase, Treadway lot #1

The top Tiffany Favrile glass lot of the sale was #1, a fine Nasturtium paperweight vase. Tiffany produced some of these vases intentionally with holes in the bottom. I assume this was to prevent people from filling them with water and damaging the interiors of the vases. Tiffany solved this problem by including a glass liner for water. Most of them were lost over the years, but this example retained its original liner. The vase sold just below its high estimate of $15,000, realizing $16,800, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here. You will have to sign in (free) to get the prices.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

So what now? Coronavirus part II

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There have been many developments this week regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), so here are a few from my prospective.

The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show has been postponed until the fall. I was in contact with Rosemary Krieger, the promoter of the show, advising her that we will not be exhibiting this year. I also advised her not to run the show until the following year. She decided to go ahead with the show, but was forced to cancel because the venue, the Chicago Merchandise Mart, canceled all spring shows. Only time will tell if the spread of the virus will have abated enough to have a fall show, but I’m not optimistic. The only real solution will be a vaccine.

In other news, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has revealed that 68 percent of Democrats are worried that someone in their family could catch the virus, while just 40 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents share that concern. That’s an astonishing fact to me. How can something as scientific and factual as a virus become politicized? Facts used to be facts. Doesn’t seem that way anymore. I love my new tee shirt that says Science doesn’t care what you believe!

On the light side, click on this link to see how some Italians are dealing with the quarantine. (Scroll down to the videos and turn up the volume!)
I’ll soon have this beautiful Tiffany 7″ diameter Favrile glass counterbalance desk lamp listed on my website.

I imagine that people will be at their computers a lot more than usual especially as older folks heed the advice to socially distance themselves. That sounds like an opportunity for me to list more items on my website and do some business. I will soon be unpacking lots of new items and listing them for sale on my site. Please take a look and let me know what interests you!

In the meantime, stay well!!


I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

My thoughts on the coronavirus outbreak

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It’s amazing how fast the world has changed in a few months. There was no way I could have predicted a pandemic. It was totally off my radar screen. I made lots of plans, but now it seems I have to change them all.

The coronavirus is bad and getting worse. There are a few hundred confirmed cases in the United States, but that means there are thousands more because many people have not been tested. Young people may have the virus with slight or no symptoms and unknowingly spread it to others. Older people are the most vulnerable.

The situation is bad in many parts of the world. All of northern Italy is on lockdown. In Iran, some top leaders have already died of the virus, including a close aide to Khamenei, the Supreme Leader. I think there is no way to stop the spread of the virus in the United States. The Surgeon General said we’ve gone beyond containment to the next phase, mitigation. We have to hope that scientists will find effective treatments for now and hope that a vaccine comes sooner than later.

So what will happen to organized events, like antique shows? Many important events have already been canceled, like SXSW in Austin, TX. There’s talk of no spectators at the Summer Olympics in Japan. It’s up to the show promoters to decide, but I suggest they err on the side of caution. Even if the events are held, it’s likely there will be far fewer exhibitors and attendees.

Got my fingers crossed that the problem can be resolved quickly. I wish you all well.

The results of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, February 21-23, 2020

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A long line of approximately 200 people wrapped around the bend just before the opening on Friday

The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, ended yesterday. We had a decent show, but nothing to write home about. We were breaking even by the end of Saturday and then made a few sales on Sunday to come out a little bit ahead.

There was quite of bit of activity in our booth on Friday
We sold this rare Marblehead vase with herons on Sunday

We didn’t sell anything major, but we sold enough other objects, including Tiffany glass, a superb Gallé Cristallerie pitcher and several good pottery vases.

The National Arts & Crafts Conference is one of our most pleasant shows of the year. Dedicated, knowledgeable, friendly buyers fly and drive in from all over the country. We look forward to next year’s show.


No shows until May when we’ll exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It’s a beautiful show in a wonderful venue. The dates are May 14-17, 2020. So put it on your calendar and make plans to visit. You’ll thank me.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The results of the Palm Beach Show, February 14-18, 2020

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There was a nice crowd minutes before the opening of the preview party on Thursday night

Thursday, 5:45 PM. The preview party started about 45 minutes ago. There were 75-100 people on line a few minutes before the opening. I generally hate preview parties because I never make a sale, but I have a feeling this is going to be the one where it might happen. I’m probably kidding myself, but we’ll see shortly enough.

Thursday, 10:00 PM. Silly me! The preview party is over and it was a bust, as usual. Attendance was reasonably good and there were a few serious inquiries, but no sales. Some of my clients said they’ll be back during the show, so there’s hope.

Friday, 4:20 PM. The show opened at 11 AM. Attendance has only been moderate. I remember when we exhibited a few years ago at this show the aisles were jammed. Not this time. There was some interest and a few seemingly serious clients, but no sales.

We’re jammed into our small booth, about 20% of the size of our booth in Miami Beach. If sales go well, we’ll keep bringing out more merchandise from under the table. We couldn’t put it all out in this tiny space. It’s a calculated gamble that if we lower our costs, we’ll come out with a net profit. Even with a small booth our costs are considerably higher than they were in Miami Beach.

Friday, 7:00 PM. Opening day is over with no sales. Hard to imagine. At this rate, the Palm Beach Show will never see us again. I hope to change my tune by the time the show ends.

2:50 PM on Saturday outside our booth

Saturday, 3:00 PM. The show has been open for about 4 hours. Attendance is moderate and interest has been slight. No sales. Astonishing! I’m looking at the crowd and no one, absolutely no one, is carrying a package with a purchase. So we’re not the only ones who aren’t doing well.

Saturday, 7:00 PM. You know it’s a bad day when all you do is give out business cards. The more cards you give out, the worse the show is going and we’ve given out many. We once met a dealer years ago who said he didn’t have business cards. When we asked him why, he told us that people who ask for cards are not customers. Grumpy, but wise old guy!

Sunday, 2:45 PM The show has been open for almost four hours. We finally made the first sale of the show, a pretty Ernst Wahliss Art Nouveau sculpture of a maiden. A small sale but at least we broke the ice.

Thomas Kail and Michelle Williams (photo credit Pip Hurley, courtesy of People Magazine)

The lovely Michelle Williams and her fiancé Thomas Kail visited our booth several times to admire a few Tiffany lamps, but unfortunately they didn’t make a purchase. Hopefully they’ll be back before the show ends.

Attendance is the strongest today since the show began. Let’s see if that translates into additional sales.

Sunday, 7:00 PM The third day of the show is over. We made an additional sale, but we are nowhere close to meeting our expenses, let alone a profit.

Tune in on Wednesday for the final results of the show. I’ll be shocked if they’re good.

We sold this lovely oil painting on Monday

Monday, 7:00 PM Two clients have shown serious interest in purchasing our Tiffany 17″ Poppy table lamp. The way the show’s been going, I’m pessimistic it will be sold, but hope springs eternal. In the meantime, it’s very difficult and depressing sitting for hours with nothing to do (except play spider solitaire and write my blog). We did make one small sale, but that was just a spit in the bucket. We have to sell something major to come out successful.

Tuesday, 7:00 PM Our disastrous show in Palm Beach is over. Now we have to race to Asheville, NC, for the National Arts & Crafts Conference. We’ll miss the first day of setup tomorrow as Asheville is 11 hours away by truck. We should be able to finish the setup in a day and a half on Thursday and Friday morning. The show opens to the public precisely at 1 PM on Friday.

I believe the Palm Beach Show was a bust for the following reasons. First the local buying public is getting really old. Most of them are past their collecting days. Second the show draws mainly from the local population and as I just stated, they’re not buying much. Some shows, like The Original Miami Beach Show, draw clients from around the world. Anyone who takes the time and effort to fly in, or drive from a distance, is a serious customer. Lastly the show promoters give away thousands of free tickets. If you live in the area and are bored, it’s a great way to spend the day. The show is as beautiful as any museum, so why not? Most attendees who come on free tickets are not buyers.

We haven’t exhibited at the show for the last four years. I had hoped we would do better this time in a smaller booth. Unfortunately we didn’t, so we will not be back. That’s too bad as it’s a lovely show in a great area, but we’re not in the business of losing money.


No shows until May when we’ll exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It’s a beautiful show in a wonderful venue. The dates are May 14-17, 2020. So put it on your calendar and make plans to visit. You’ll thank me.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The Palm Beach Show opens to the public this Friday, February 14, 2020

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The Palm Beach Show will open to the public this Friday, February 14, 2020, at 11 AM and close on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 6 PM. A preview party will be held on the evening of February 13th to begin the festivities.

A billboard in West Palm Beach advertising the show

We haven’t exhibited at the show since 2016, but decided we would try again this year in a small booth. It’s expensive for exhibitors to display there, so maybe the trick to make it work this time is to lower our expenses. You’ll find out if our strategy was successful by continuing to read my blog. (There will be an interim update on Monday, February 17th and a final update on Wednesday, February 19th.)

This fabulous Tiffany Studios Poppy table lamp is one of the many Tiffany lamps we’ll have at the show

We’re bringing great merchandise to the show including a fabulous selection of Tiffany glass, lamps, and desk sets. On the French side, we’re bringing a truly outstanding group of Daum and Gallé cameo glass, as well as a nice selection of pate-de-verre glass by Walter and Argy-Rousseau.

You can get two free tickets to the show by clicking here. Now that you have no excuses, I hope to see you at the show!


No shows until May when we’ll exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It’s a beautiful show in a wonderful venue. The dates are May 14-17, 2020. So put it on your calendar and make plans to visit. You’ll thank me.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Fontaine’s Auction held an Antiques, Clocks & Fine Art auction on January 18, 2020

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Fontaine’s Auction, Pittsfield, MA, held an Antiques, Clocks & Fine Art auction on January 18, 2020. Included in the sale were Tiffany lamps and the Edward Malakoff collection of Pairpoint lamps. Malakoff was the author of the book Pairpoint Lamps.

Pairpoint Owl puffy table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #1

The top lot of the Pairpoint lamps was #1, a very rare puffy Owl on the matching owl base. There are fewer than 10 known examples in the world. The final price realized was $65,000, against a pre-sale estimate of $25,000 – $40,000.

Pairpoint puffy Orange Tree table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #51

The second best lot of the Pairpoint lamps was #51, a rare Orange Tree puffy on a tree trunk base. It sold well above its estimate of $15,000 – $20,000, realizing $28,000.

The Pairpoint lamp market has been in a prolonged slump prices for decades, so it was nice to see some strong prices. There also were some good bargains on many on the more common lamps.

Tiffany Peony Border floor lamp, Fontaine’s lot #100

The top Tiffany lamp of the sale also wasn’t a surprise. Fontaine’s always saves lot #100 for the star of the sale. This time it was a Tiffany 24″ diameter Peony Border floor lamp on an unusual base. It sold for $125,000, against the estimate of $125,000-$175,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.
Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is only 10 days away. You can get two free tickets to the show by clicking here. It will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 13-18, 2020. We haven’t exhibited there in a few years, but decided to give it another try this year in a smaller booth.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The results of Skinner’s 20th Century Design sale, December 13, 2019

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Skinner Auction, Boston, MA, held a 20th Century Design sale on December 13, 2019. The sale included a diverse selection of French and American glass and lamps, and a sizable collection of Le Verre Francais vases.

Bigelow & Kennard Rose Blossom table lamp, Skinner lot #159

The top lot of the sale, #159, was a Bigelow & Kennard Rose Blossom table lamp. It was beautiful and large (21½” diameter), but the final price of $24,600, against a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000, was a surprise. Bigelow & Kennard was a Boston company and the sale was in Boston, so there seemed to be a nice symbiosis.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Daffodil table lamp, Skinner lot #30

The Bigelow & Kennard lamp sold for more than the second highest lot of the sale, a Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Daffodil table lamp, lot #30. It sold below it’s estimate of $20,000 – $30,000, realizing $22,140, including buyer’s premium. It was a fairly standard, somewhat boring example, so the result shouldn’t have been unexpected. Regardless, it was a good buy.

Daum Nancy Rain vase, Skinner lot #36

The third best result of the sale was a beautiful, 22″ tall, Daum Nancy Rain vase, lot #36. It sold for $19,680, against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $7,000. The estimate was quite conservative, so the competition was strong. Rain is a very desirable subject matter for Daum Nancy. Personally I wasn’t interested in buying the vase because of its monumental size. Huge vases are difficult to pack, transport, display and sell.

Le Verre Francais Lobelias vase, Skinner lot #256

The top lot of the group of Le Verre Francais vases was #256, a rare and colorful Lobelias vase. It sold for $7,995, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of only $500 – $700.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.
Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is only two weeks away. You can get two free tickets to the show by clicking here. It will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 13-18, 2020. We haven’t exhibited there in a few years, but decided to give it another try this year in a smaller booth.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Sotheby’s New York sold Tiffany Studios lamps and glass at their Dreaming in Glass sale, December 12, 2019

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Sotheby’s New York held a Dreaming in Glass sale on December 12, 2019, devoted to the lamps and glass of Tiffany Studios. 43 of the 49 lots offered for sale sold, for a total of $5,292,500, including buyer’s premium. That averaged $123,081 per sold lot. Of the 6 lots that did not sell, most were chandeliers. Following are some of the more interesting results.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #411

The top lot of the sale was #411, a fabulous, 22″ diameter, blue-purple, heavily mottled, Drop Head Dragonfly table lamp. It sold just above its high estimate of $700,000, realizing $884,000, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Favrile Lava glass vase, Sotheby’s lot #406

The top lot of the Tiffany Favrile selection of glass was #406, a rare and very desirable Lava vase that was exhibited at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition world’s fair, held on the grounds of the University of Washington in Seattle in 1909. It sold for $162,500, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $80,000 – $120,000.

Tiffany Studios Turtleback inkstand, Sotheby’s lot #423

I’ve always loved the Tiffany Favrile rotating inkstand that was sold as lot #423. The same model has occasionally come up for sale at various auction houses over the years. The model has a band of iridescent turtleback tiles around its circumference and three wells at the top, with turtleback lids, in green, blue and red. It sold very well, achieving $60,000, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $25,000 – $35,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.
Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is only three weeks away. You can get two free tickets to the show by clicking here. It will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 13-18, 2020. We haven’t exhibited there in a few years, but decided to give it another try this year in a smaller booth.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.