I tried to buy some Tiffany lamps, but…

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William Smith Auctions, Plainfield, NH, held a Fabulous Pre-Thanksgiving Auction on November 20, 2021. It was a diverse sale with a few items that interested me. I tried to buy them, but was outbid on all of them; some by a lot.

Tiffany Studios 12″ diameter Acorn floor lamp, Smith lot #303

First up lot #303, a nice, but not fantastic, Tiffany Studios 12″ diameter Acorn floor lamp. Estimated to sell for $5,000 – $7,000, it realized $17,700, including buyer’s premium. I usually sell this model in the range of $18,000 – $22,000, so there was no way I could pay the price.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter geometric shade, Smith lot #305

Then I tried to buy lot #305, a Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter green geometric hanging shade with 10 scattered hairline cracks. It’s possible this was originally a hanging shade, but more likely it was part of a table lamp. I have the correct base to convert it to a table lamp, so I was anxious to buy the shade. I figured after I added the cost of a base (about $5,000), I could sell the lamp for about $20,000+. So I bid $11,800, including the buyer’s premium. That would have put me into the lamp for about $16,800, leaving a little room for a profit. Amazingly, the shade sold for $23,600, including buyer’s premium. Nuts!

Handel 24″ square table lamp, Smith lot #309

I even tried to buy a huge, pretty, 24″ square Handel leaded lamp at the sale, lot #309. I figured Tiffany lamps are so difficult to buy nowadays that I would try for a Handel. It was estimated to sell for $3,000 – $5,000 and realized $12,980. No way could I buy it at that price and make a buck.

So I would up buying nothing at the sale, which seems to be a common theme nowadays. The market is strong, so I have to try harder, which of course I will do.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

Strong results at Cowan’s Early 20th Century Design sale, November 17, 2021

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Cowan’s Auction (now a Hindman Company), Cincinnati, OH, held an Early 20th Century Design sale on November 17, 2021 with superb results. I tried to buy more than a few items, but was outbid on everything. Sad that I didn’t get anything, but happy that the market is strong.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Bellflower table lamp, Hindman lot #94

One of the top lots of the sale was a Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Bellflower table lamp. The photo doesn’t do it justice; it was actually redder and prettier in person. But the result of $50,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $15,000 – $20,000 shows the strength of the market. That’s about double what the lamp would bring ordinarily.

Tiffany Studios Mermaid table lamp, Hindman lot #91

Lot #91 was a lovely example of Tiffany Studios’ Mermaid table lamp, with a gorgeous original patina, from a sculpture by Louis Gudebrod. This model comes two ways; either with a natural nautilus shell or a leaded glass, shell-shaped shade. Of course the leaded example is more valuable. This example had a damaged shell. It’s possible to replace the shell and sell a perfect lamp with a new shell. I think Mr. Tiffany would approve of such an action. It sold well above its estimate of $5,000 – $7,000, realizing $25,000, including buyer’s premium. Impressive!

Gallé carved and enameled vase, Hindman lot #35
Detail of the signature

Even more impressive was the very strong result obtained by lot #35, an important, hand-carved and enameled vase by Emile Gallé. The vase was engraved underneath La Limnée de nos étangs mé conseillé la forme de ce vase Emile Gallé fecit Nancy, along with Gallé’s initials EG, the Cross of Lorraine, and a tiny image of a snail. It roughly translates to The snail from our ponds suggested the shape of this vase made by Émile Gallé. The marking fecit, from Latin, means that Gallé himself created the vase, but probably did not actually make it. It soared above its estimate of $4,000 – $5,000 realizing an impressive $46,875, including buyer’s premium. Apparently there were at least two bidders who knew the importance of the vase.

Cowan’s got strong results across the board, including Art Nouveau furniture, Tiffany glass and French glass. Jennifer Howe, the department head, deserves credit for putting together a great sale. To see all the results, click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

I had to change my email address

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Spam is the scourge of the Internet. Bots find emails from websites and then bombard them with spam emails. I tried to figure out a way to filter out the spams, which have accelerated to about 1000 or more per day, but I couldn’t, so I am changing my email address to philchasen2 symbol gmail.com. I can’t even write my email address properly in this blog, because a bot will copy it, so you have to substitute the @ symbol for the word symbol to know my real email address. Please start to use this new email address immediately and do not use my previous gmail address. I have no idea how long it will take me to update the thousands of people and businesses that have my previous email address, but I’ll give it the old college try.

Ransomware arrest in the Ukraine
I believe government agencies are trying to combat the problem, but most of the servers that send out the spam are in foreign countries, so as you can imagine, it’s very difficult to stop or prosecute the perpetrators. I know it can be done if enough resources are thrown at it. Here’s a link to a recent article in The Verge about the arrest of a cybercriminal who perpetrated ransomware attacks. And here’s another link from The Hacker News about the same arrest. Undoubtedly ransomware attacks are more important than spam emails, so the government has prioritized them over spam emails. But maybe there’s hope the problem will be addressed sooner than later.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

What’s new at Philip Chasen Antiques? Mostly Tiffany lamps!

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Inertia is powerful. I’ve been meaning to update the listings on my website for months now, but I just couldn’t overcome it until today. I’m about to list a slew of Tiffany lamps that I have for sale. Tiffany lamps have been flying out the door so this is my first update in a long time.

Tiffany Studios 18″ diameter Belted Dogwood table lamp

First up is a really lovely 18″ diameter Belted Dogwood table lamp with beautiful color and mottling. The Cushion base is quite desirable, with a superb original patina, original sockets and cap. It’s a sweet example, ready to decorate your home.

Tiffany Studios 14″ diameter Belted Dogwood table lamp

Belted Dogwood table lamps come in three different diameters, 14″, 16″ and 18″. The example pictured above is 14″ diameter, with superior color and condition.

Tiffany 14″ diameter Daffodil table lamp

If a full floral lamp is your cup of tea, then take a look at the beautiful 14″ diameter Daffodil lamp pictured above. It’s got lovely color in the shade and comes on a rare base with a killer original patina.

Tiffany 7″ diameter Favrile harp lamp

If Favrile lamps are to your liking, go no farther than the example pictured above. The rare, desirable decoration is raised, so it lights up beautifully. The finish on the base is in great original condition.

I’ve got another half a dozen Tiffany lamps that I haven’t listed yet, mostly Favrile and Linenfold table and floor models, both counterbalance and harp. I hope to list them soon.

If any of these is for you, please let me know quickly. I promise you there will competition. Those who have the fastest trigger fingers will win. Email or call now!


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

Strong results at Heritage Auctions Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale, October 28, 2021

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Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX, held a Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale on October 28, 2021 with total sales of $1,815,577. Prices were strong, especially for Tiffany Studios lamps and glass.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Heritage lot #79019

A nice Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp went on the auction block with an estimate of $70,000 – $90,000. It sold well above its high estimate, realizing $150,000, including buyer’s premium. In my opinion, it was a good example, but not exceptional. The eyes of the dragonflies were not jeweled and the color of the entire lamp was just okay. The Four Virtues base was nice. Congratulations to the consignor.

Tiffany Studios 18″ diameter Oriental Poppy table lamp, Heritage lot #79016

Lot #79016, an 18″ diameter Oriental Poppy table lamp was the second best performing lot of the sale. It sold below its low estimate of $100,000, realizing $118,750, including buyer’s premium. In my opinion, the estimate was too strong. I think a better estimate would have been $70,000 – $90,000, instead of $100,000 – $150,000. I also don’t understand the bidders; the results for these two lamps should have been reversed. The Oriental Poppy was a stronger example, with exceptional red flowers.

Gallé Crocus marquetry vase, Heritage lot #79100

A Gallé Crocus marquetry vase, Heritage lot #79100, sold well above its estimate of $10,000 – $15,000, realizing $26,250, including buyer’s premium.

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

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

A review of some recent sales

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I made some very nice sales recently of French glass, especially good pâte-de-verre by Argy-Rousseau and Amalric Walter.

Amalric Walter Turtle pendant

The pâte-de-verre Turtle pendant by Amalric Walter, pictured above, is quite rare and equally beautiful. I’d never seen one before. I bought it from a client who bought most of his pâte-de-verre from Minna Rosenblatt in the 1980s. Minna was an important NYC Madison Ave. dealer. I sold it to the first person I offered it to.

Gallé Beetle and Oak Leaves vase

The Gallé vase pictured above is desirable because of the rare subject matter of a beetle. It went to a collector in Belgium.

Pair of Tiffany Studios candlesticks

Tiffany Studios lamps, glass and miscellaneous items have been selling well. The candlesticks pictured above are not that rare, but their condition is exemplary. They have amazing original patinas, which unfortunately don’t show well in the photo. Take my word for it. They’re great.

I’m actively buying good pâte-de-verre by Argy-Rousseau and Walter. I’d love it if you would offer me something.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

I tried to buy a Tiffany Poppy table lamp, but…

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Tiffany 17″ diameter Poppy table lamp, Fairfield lot #14

Fairfield Auctions, Monroe, CT, held a general auction on September 29, 2021. Included in the sale was a beautiful, but badly damaged, 17″ diameter Tiffany Studios Poppy table lamp. Interestingly, the lamp was discovered by a cleanout crew whose job was to dispose of the contents of a house. It had been treated very poorly on the mistaken belief that it had no value.

Besides the missing glass in one section and several missing tiles in the border, there were multiple severely damaged tiles that needed replacement. I counted at least 35-40 damaged or missing tiles. That’s quite a lot of damage.

I wanted to buy the lamp because the undamaged parts of the lamp were really beautiful. If properly restored, the lamp would be gorgeous. I guessed the restoration would cost about $15,000 and the lamp would be worth approximately $60,000 after restoration. But besides the cost of the restoration, the lamp needed a better base. The simple stick base it came with was good for a geometric shade like an Acorn, but not for an important Poppy shade. So I figured the upgrade in the base would cost another $7,500 – $10,000. Then the lamp would be worth $70,000 – $80,000 in my estimation.

Prior to the auction, I figured I could pay up to $20,000, including the buyer’s premium. That way my total cost for the lamp after paying for the restoration and upgrading the base would be approximately $45,000, leaving some room for a profit. I don’t know who bought it, but it wasn’t me. It sold for $40,800, including buyer’s premium. Doesn’t make sense to me. Only a collector or dealer with knowledge of how and where to restore this lamp would have any interest in it. And that means the total cost of the restored lamp would be approximately $65,000. Sounds nuts to me.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.

A few results from Fontaine’s Fine & Decorative Arts sale, September 25, 2021

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Fontaine’s Auction, Pittsfield, MA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts sale on September 25, 2021. Following are a few of the results that I found most interesting.

Loetz black bottom vase, Fontaine’s lot #26

As the glass and lamps expert for several major auction houses, including Fontaine’s, I get called on to authenticate and evaluate many items. Lot #26 was particularly amusing. It was presented to me as possibly Tiffany, since it had a Tiffany signature. It was obvious, without looking at the signature, that it was an important piece of Austrian glass by Loetz, commonly referred to as a black bottom vase. Frequently authentic Loetz vases were unsigned (as opposed to Tiffany who signed almost everything). So what almost surely happened, probably sometime within the last 50 years, is that some unscrupulous dummy thought a Tiffany signature would enhance its value and saleability. So Fontaine’s sold it as they found it; an authentic Loetz vase with a spurious signature. That didn’t stop the buyers. It sold for $11,495, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $3,000 – $5,000.

Tiffany 20″ diameter geometric table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #51

I don’t buy many Tiffany geometric table lamps, as there are fewer buyers for them than for floral table lamps. But lot #51, a 20″ diameter geometric table lamp, was an exception. It was clean as a whistle, just like the day it was bought. The condition was remarkable; only one hairline crack, a gorgeous patina on the shade and base, original sockets, original cap. The owners took fantastic care of this lamp over the last century or so. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was boxed for decades. Not only that, but the lamp had great glass; a rich apple green with heavy mottling. It was estimated to sell for $10,000 – $15,000, but realized $21,780, including buyer’s premium. I bid strongly, but couldn’t compete with the retail buyers.

Tiffany window, Gabriel Blowing His Horn, Fontaine’s lot #103

I’ve never personally dealt in Tiffany windows as they’re too difficult to handle, display, transport, ship, etc. But I do follow the market. Rule #1, don’t buy religious windows. They’re very difficult to sell. Rule #2, don’t buy religious windows. You get the point. However, the quality of many of them is amazing, so there is a market for them, including lot #103, Gabriel Blowing His Horn. It measured 51½” x 49″, including the frame, and was signed and dated Tiffany Studios, New York, 1916. The glass was fantastic; drapery glass in Gabriel’s robe, fracture glass in the leaves (especially in the upper left and upper right), mottled glass, striated glass, the works. It was really a great window. It sold near the high end of its estimate of $70,000 – $90,000, realizing $102,850, including buyer’s premium. It might have brought $500,000 if it weren’t religious.

There were lots of other interesting results in the sale, but only time to write about a few. For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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 Rago’s Early 20th Century Design sale, September 23, 2021

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Rago Auctions, Lambertville, NJ, held an Early 20th Century Design sale on September 23, 2021 with mostly art pottery, a few lots by Tiffany Studios, some Arts & Crafts furniture and a few miscellaneous lots. Following are a few of the results that I found most interesting.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Daffodil table lamp, Rago lot #235

Lot #235, a blue 20″ diameter Daffodil, performed best of the Tiffany lamps. Estimated to sell for $60,000 – $75,000, it realized $91,000, including buyer’s premium. I just wonder if the buyer will be happy when the lamp arrives. The difference between the photo and the lamp in person was vast. I visited Rago in person and wasn’t even sure I was looking at the same lamp. Whoever photoshopped the image invented a lamp that didn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. It was a very nice lamp that didn’t look anything like the photos.

Tiffany Studios 12-light lily floor lamp, Rago lot #229

I tried to buy lot #229, a Tiffany 12-light lily floor lamp. It wasn’t the best example that I’d ever seen, but it was quite nice. A better example would have had a patina finish, not the statuary bronze doré finish on this example. The shades were nice, but not the best match possible. It sold for $52,500, near the high estimate of $50,000. I think that was a very fair price for a collector, but right at the cusp of too much for a dealer.

Adelaide Robineau night lamp, Rago lot #167

I don’t deal much with art pottery anymore, but I thought I should note that lot #167, a rare Adelaide Robineau night lamp, set a world record for the artist. It sold for $137,500, against an estimate of $40,000 – $60,000, including buyer’s premium. Unfortunately I don’t know enough about Robineau to understand the importance of the lamp.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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 Art Institute of Chicago has a magnificent new Tiffany window on permanent display

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Hartwell Memorial Window

The Art Institute of Chicago purchased a huge, magnificent Tiffany window in 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. They took three years to transport it to Chicago and restore it. It’s now on permanent display at the institute. Click this link to read the fascinating story.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

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.