A hastily planned buying trip to Europe

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


The Divi Resort on St. Maarten before the hurricane

The Divi Resort post hurricane

Our vacation to St. Maarten in September was planned months in advance. Of course September is a risky month to plan a trip to the Caribbean, but the odds were with us that nothing would happen the exact week we planned. However, this is one of those times that we hit the unfortunate jackpot and so did the poor people of St. Maarten. The island was devastated by Hurricane Irma, forcing us to change plans. So we decided to change the trip to a business trip to Europe. There are worse places to visit than London and Paris.

Apparently travel to Europe in September is quite brisk. Makes sense. The summer crowds are gone and the weather is nearly perfect. It just makes for expensive tickets. We needed to start our trip in London, but the only way we could get there at a reasonable price was to fly to Orly in Paris, then take a bus to Charles De Gaulle Airport, then take a flight to Gatwick Airport outside of London, then take a train into London, then take an Uber to our hotel. So after 21½ hours of travel to London, we were wiped out. It would have taken less time to fly to Japan.

We found these incredible windows in Paris that we are considering purchasing

But we managed to buy well in London and then after a couple of days, we flew to Paris, where we spent a little more time and bought well there too. We sent photos from Europe to our best clients who bought quite a few things. Additionally we bought still more that will be shipped to us in time for our upcoming shows in Denver, Detroit and Winnetka.

My lovely wife, Lia, is shielding her eyes from the sun in the Marché Paul Bert

The flea markets in the north of Paris are a good place to find a large concentration of antique dealers. There isn’t any type of French antique that you can’t find there. Head to an area called St. Ouen (pronounced almost like San Juan) in the north of Paris. You can take the #4 Metro to the last station, Porte de Clignancourt, and then it’s a short walk. Weekends are the time to go.


October 20-22, 2017

Our next show will be in Denver, October 20-22, 2017. We’re giving Denver one last shot to prove it’s worthwhile traveling all the way from New York. If the show doesn’t go well, goodbye Denver. The following week we’ll be in Southfield, Michigan, for the Southfield Pavilion Antiques, Art, & Modernism Show. That’s another show that has to go well for us to return. Then we’ll be in Winnetka, Illinois, the following week for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show. That’s one show we don’t have to worry about. We have great clients in the greater Chicago area, so we really look forward to seeing our old friends.

Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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.

Here’s why Daum Nancy miniature vases are treasures worth owning

Sorry I wasn’t able to post a new blog on Monday. We were in Europe on a buying trip and just got back. I’ll start to list some of the new items in the next few days.

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


Daum scenic miniature Broken Egg

Daum Nancy French cameo glass is very much in favor and has been for many years, for good reason. The quality, workmanship and beauty are exceptional. There is no modern glass that rivals antique Daum. Aficionados worldwide, including the US, Europe, Australia, Japan, Brazil, and Canada have amassed impressive collections.

This lovely acid-etched, enameled, and gilded miniature tumbler, dated 1906, is available for under $1,000

Attention to detail is one of the enduring qualities of Daum glass. One might think that the detail would get lost on a miniature, but it’s the opposite. Daum miniatures are tiny works of art, under 2″ tall, with the same subject matter as the larger examples, including all varieties of flowers, forest and marine scenes, and birds. They also come in a wide variety of shapes, so it’s possible to find the same subject matter on different shapes. That makes for an interesting way to collect if one has a particular fondness for a certain decoration.

A rare Daum miniature Swan vase

Rarities include Blackbirds, Rain, and Swans, none of which I have to offer, unfortunately, as they really are rare and easy to sell.

Dutch Winter is a lovely decoration for a miniature vase

The quality of Daum miniatures has not changed over time, however prices have. The market has softened for them in the last few years by about 30%, while the rest of the Daum market has gone up. Seems like a great time to add to your collection or start a new one. Many models range in price from $750 to $2,000, with most in the $1,000-$1,500 range. Very rare examples still sell in the $2,000-$5,000 range.

All of the Daum Nancy miniature vases are presently available for sale

I’m assisting Art & Antiques Magazine with a feature article on Daum Nancy glass for an upcoming issue. It’s possible that the publicity will generate further interest and boost prices. That’s pure speculation on my part, but good publicity never hurts.


October 20-22, 2017

Our next show will be in Denver, October 20-22, 2017. We’re giving Denver one last shot to prove it’s worthwhile traveling all the way from New York. If the show doesn’t go well, goodbye Denver. The following week we’ll be in Southfield, Michigan, for the Southfield Pavilion Antiques, Art, & Modernism Show. That’s another show that has to go well for us to return. Then we’ll be in Winnetka, Illinois, the following week for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show. That’s one show we don’t have to worry about. We have great clients in the greater Chicago area, so we really look forward to seeing our old friends.

Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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.

Gallé blownout vases are treasures worth owning

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


Rare and exceptional Gallé Apple blownout vase

Emile Gallé never lived to see the innovations that took place at his factory after his death in 1904. In the 1920s compressed air was used to inject molten glass into molds (just like Lalique vases). These vases are referred to as blownout, mold-blown, or soufflé — all interchangeable terms.

Red Gallé Plum blownout vase

Blue-purple Gallé Plum blownout vase

Green and yellow Gallé Plum blownout vase

After the vase was formed in the mold, it was treated like other cameo vases. Layers of colored glass were applied to the molten vase, one on top of another. Upon cooling, artists used wax resists and hydrofluoric acid to etch the designs and reveal the colors below. This meant that the same model could be made in many color combinations.

A rare Gallé Elephant blownout vase

I estimate there are approximately 50 different models of Gallé blownout vases, with the Elephant and Rhododendron models the rarest and most valuable.

Prices vary over time and not always up. Prices for the more common models have softened in the last year, so it’s a really good time to add to your collection. It’s similar to the stock market. I add to my portfolio when a stock I like goes on sale. This is your opportunity. Today’s prices range from under $10,000 to over $200,000. Most models are under $20,000.


Our next show will be in Denver, October 20-22, 2017. We’re giving Denver one last shot to prove it’s worthwhile traveling all the way from New York. If the show doesn’t go well, goodbye Denver. The following week we’ll be in Southfield, Michigan, for the Southfield Pavilion Antiques, Art, & Modernism Show. That’s another show that has to go well for us to return. Then we’ll be in Winnetka, Illinois, the following week for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show. That’s one show we don’t have to worry about. We have great clients in the greater Chicago area, so we really look forward to seeing our old friends.

Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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 2017 Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair (video version)

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


There were quite a few people in our booth on Friday afternoon

I’m far from an expert on video editing, but I gave it my best shot. Click The 2017 Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair to view my video on YouTube. Hope you enjoy it.

The video took hours to prepare, so I will leave this post for the entire week. There will be no new post this coming Monday.


Our next show will be in Denver, October 20-22, 2017. We’re giving Denver one last shot to prove it’s worthwhile traveling all the way from New York. If the show doesn’t go well, goodbye Denver. The following week we’ll be in Southfield, Michigan, for the Southfield Pavilion Antiques, Art, & Modernism Show. That’s another show that has to go well for us to return. Then we’ll be in Winnetka, Illinois, the following week for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show. That’s one show we don’t have to worry about. We have great clients in the greater Chicago area, so we really look forward to seeing our old friends.

Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, August 24-27, 2017

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


There were quite a few people in our booth on Friday afternoon

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show finished its four day run yesterday, August 27, 2017. The show was smaller this year, but the attendance was good. Hopefully the show won’t continue to shrink as that could cause it to fail. I’ve got my fingers crossed that that won’t happen.

We sold this beautiful Tiffany Nasturtium lamp at the show

Personally our show went well. We ground out business by making several small sales every day. Then Sunday we had a good day, including the sale of a major Tiffany lamp. All that added up to a better show than last year. We sold across the board, including bronzes, paintings, art pottery, French cameo glass, Tiffany desk sets, American glass and lamps.

This rare and beautiful Daum Blackbird vase was one of several French cameo vases we sold at the show

In asking around, most dealers were pleased with their results. A few complained, especially West Coast dealers who had higher expenses because of the distance. I’ll be preparing a video blog of the show including interviews with quite a few dealers. It will be available for viewing with my Thursday blog this week, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Next year the show moves back to the Labor Day weekend. All I heard was complaining from the dealers. No one wants the show to return to that weekend, but the management, as usual, thinks they know better, so they won’t listen. Maybe they’ll listen if many of the dealers don’t return signed contracts. We’ve already signed ours, so we’ll do the show no matter the weekend, but we’re not happy about it.


Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show opens to the public this Thursday, August 24, 2017

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


A previous year in our booth

Time passes quickly. The much anticipated Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is arriving this week! It opens to the public this Thursday, August 24th at noon and continues until Sunday, August 27th at 6 PM. Tens of thousands of guests travel to visit one of the best shows of the year, some from great distances. Both exhibitors and attendees come from all over the world, including Europe, South America and Japan. So wherever you are, you don’t have a good excuse. Baltimore has great restaurants, the Inner Harbor, street performers, stores, the National Aquarium and of course the best antique show money can buy.

It’s not too late to make plans. Hotwire.com has a 4-star hotel for $85 a night that’s hard to beat. It’s located a short walk from the Baltimore Convention Center where the show is being held. If you haven’t yet visited, you should. It’s big, with some of the best national and international dealers, all under one roof. You’ll also enjoy Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

I’ll even offer you two free tickets to the show by clicking on the image above. It will redirect you to a form that you have to complete. You’ll receive one free ticket, good for two, to the show.

We’ll have this incredible Gallé Seagull vase at the show

We are bringing one of the best selections of French and American glass and lamps that we have ever brought. You will not be disappointed! Hope to see you there.

Monday’s post will have the results. Tune in again.


Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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.

Visit the Neue Galerie in New York City to see Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


The entrance to the Neue Galerie at Fifth Ave. and 85th St. in NYC

If you’ve seen the movie Woman in Gold, you know the fascinating story behind the Neue Galerie’s acquisition of Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. It used to be on exhibition at the Upper Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria. So after a visit there in 2013, I added a visit to the Neue Galerie in New York City to my bucket list. It took a while for our visit, but it was worth the wait.

The entrance to the museum

The museum is conveniently located in NYC’s Museum Mile, a stone’s throw from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s fairly small, but with a very high quality collection of German and Austrian art, including works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, and Egon Schiele. The Klimt display includes several wonderful portraits of Vienna’s society women, including two of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907 and 1912), and paintings of Gertha Loew (1902), Elisabeth Lederer (1914-15), and Ria Munk (1917). Of course, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is the stunning highlight. This great collection of masterworks is only on display until September 25, 2017, as several of them are on temporary loan.

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer on display in the museum

After your visit in New York City to the Neue Galerie, consider a trip to Vienna, Austria. If you love Klimt, as I do, you’ll want to visit the Upper Belvedere Museum in Vienna. They’ve got the world’s largest collection of Klimt’s work, 24 in all, including the most beautiful painting in the world, The Kiss. For my blog on our 2013 visit, click Wow! If you love Gustav Klimt, you must visit the Belvedere Palace & Museum in Vienna, Austria


Time passes quickly and the eagerly anticipated Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is less than two weeks away, August 24-27, 2017. It’s not too late to make plans. Hotwire.com has a 4-star hotel for $85 a night that’s hard to beat. The Baltimore Show is the best show of the summer and possibly the best of the year. People fly in from all over the world to attend, including Europe and Japan. If you haven’t yet visited, you should. It’s big, with some of the best national and international dealers. You’ll also enjoy Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

Click Philip Chasen Antiques to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so I suggest you click on the following link and take a look. Philip Chasen’s new items.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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 just sold the best Tiffany Favrile lamp

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


I just sold one of the best Tiffany Favrile lamps in existence. But don’t feel bad if you missed it, as I never advertised it publicly. I sold it privately to one of my best clients. You never had a chance.

The 10″ diameter Favrile shade was a magnificent intense blue-purple with an internal honeycomb decoration that showed well when lit. Four gorgeous insects were meticulously intaglio-carved into the shade. It’s one of the two or three best Favrile shades I’ve ever seen, bar none.

The base was a very rare telescopic example with inset green iridescent Turtleback tiles and a #10 patina. The lamp was in pristine condition and fully signed on the shade and base.

In my opinion, it was worth $60,000 – $65,000, but I didn’t sell it in that range. I would have asked it if I had exhibited it at a show or listed it on my website. The actual selling price will remain confidential.

Have anything similar you want to sell or trade? Let me now.


Our next show, the eagerly anticipated Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, is almost upon us, August 24-27, 2017. It’s the best show of the summer and possibly the best of the year. People fly in from all over the world to attend, including Europe and Japan. If you haven’t yet visited, you should. It’s big, with some of the best national and international dealers. You’ll also enjoy Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

Click Philip Chasen Antiques to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so I suggest you click on the following link and take a look. Philip Chasen’s new items.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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?

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


Gallé blownout Plum vases don’t get better than this example

There aren’t many shows in spring and summer, so it gives me an opportunity to spend my time searching for treasures. This year I’ve been especially successful in buying some of the finest examples of French and American glass and lamps. Following are a few examples, but there’s more. I just need the time to get it all listed on my site. I’ll have most of it on display in Baltimore in a few weeks, but the Internet business has been good recently, so I suspect some of the items will be sold before the show. If you see something you want, don’t wait for the show.

You can’t find finer Gallé glass than this Seagull example

As usual, French glass will be my strongest department. I’ve been able to purchase some of the best examples of Gallé, Daum, Burgun & Schverer, and R. Lalique glass.

Just got this stupendous Tiffany green Linenfold counterbalance desk lamp

I always strive to find the best examples of Tiffany glass and lamps. The green 8″ counterbalance Linenfold desk lamp pictured above is one of the best ever. The color is a fabulous green and the patina on the base is an “11”. You just couldn’t find a finer example.

I’ll be bringing a flock of Martin birds to the Baltimore show

The Martin Brothers will be well represented with several bird tobacco jars. The bird above is just one of several examples.

Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in buying any of the above. If you don’t see what you want, please ask. I’ve got lots more that isn’t displayed.

See you soon in Baltimore.


Our next show will be the eagerly anticipated Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, August 24-27, 2017. It’s the best show of the summer and possibly the best of the year. People fly in from all over the world to attend, including Europe and Japan. If you haven’t yet visited, you should. It’s big, with some of the best national and international dealers. You’ll also enjoy Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

Click Philip Chasen Antiques to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so I suggest you click on the following link and take a look. Philip Chasen’s new items.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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.

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC sold some very nice Daum Nancy glass, July 23, 2017

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


J. Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC, Phoenix, AZ held an online-only auction yesterday that included three fine Daum Nancy vases. I tried to buy all three but was unsuccessful.

Daum Nancy Weeping Willow vase, J. Levine lot # 2691

The first was a rare, fantastic, 9¼” scenic vase with weeping willow trees. It was especially fine because the artist who painted it was B.S., Daum’s best artist. Click here to read my blog about this artist. It sold as lot #2691, with a very low estimate in the hundreds. Bidders knew this wasn’t a $1,000 vase and pushed it to $9,750, including buyer’s premium. I really, really wanted to buy this vase, but the price was just too high for a dealer, so I was the underbidder. Congratulations to the buyer.

Daum scenic vase, J. Levine lot #2688

Lot #2688 was a very nice, but smaller (5¾”), scenic vase with excellent color and detail. It also carried a low estimate, but sold for $3,100 — a good price for a collector but a bit too much for a dealer.

Daum Winter scenic vase, J. Levine lot #2690

The last of the three Daum vases was a nice Winter scenic vase, 7½” tall. It sold for $3,500, which is in the wholesale range, but too much for me because I have a better example of this vase in the same size and shape. I would have bought a second example if the price were lower.


Our next show will be the eagerly anticipated Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, August 24-27, 2017. It’s the best show of the summer and possibly the best of the year. People fly in from all over the world to attend, including Europe and Japan. If you haven’t yet visited, you should. It’s big, with some of the best national and international dealers. You’ll also enjoy Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

Click Philip Chasen Antiques to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so I suggest you click on the following link and take a look. Philip Chasen’s new items.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. 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.