Some interesting results at Rago Auctions’ Early 20th C. Design sale, January 19, 2019

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Rago Auctions held an Early 20th C. Design sale on January 19, 2019. Included in the sale was a nice selection of Martin Brothers stoneware, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and glass.

Martin Brothers 16″ stoneware bird, Rago lot #1

The top lot of the sale was a tall (16″) Martin Brothers stoneware bird tobacco jar. Estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000, it realized the low estimate of $40,000 + buyer’s premium = $50,000. My opinion is that it would have sold for more if it had had more character.

George Ohr vase, Rago lot #48

A George Ohr vase, lot #48, took second place with an attractive double-sectioned vase, 6¼” tall. It sold for many times its high estimate of $9,000, realizing $46,875, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios lantern, Rago lot #391

The selection of Tiffany Studios lamps and glass was limited. Lot #391, a Turtleback hall lantern, performed best among this group. It sold slightly above its high estimate of $20,000, realizing $26,250, including buyer’s premium. Personally I thought it was awful and wouldn’t have bought it at any price, but the bidders did not ask me first. How’s that possible?

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC, February 15-17, 2019

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There was a big line just before opening on Friday

What a difference a year makes. By the end of the first day last year we had big smiles on our faces. This year we had frowns. A lot of the key players were missing this year, for one reason or another, so the first day was a downer. We made a couple of sales, but nothing important.

There were lots of folks in our booth on Friday

Saturday was a lot like last year. The attendees were a lot less knowledgeable than on Friday, so many of the questions were naive. We answered them as patiently as we could.

One woman purchased her first ever Daum Nancy vase without even knowing the first thing about French cameo glass or Daum or me. She just liked it. That was brave of her and a lovely surprise for me. I’m happy to say she chose well and will be very happy with her purchase.

Sunday wasn’t any better. We made one small sale in the morning. Two of our very good clients who usually show up on Sunday didn’t come this year. Amazingly every one of our good clients did not show up to the show. The stars were not aligned. We went from our best Grove Park show last year to our worst this year. It’s the first show in a very long time where we didn’t even meet our expenses. Sometimes you’re the dog and sometimes you’re the hydrant. :>(


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn will open this Friday, February 15, 2019

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The 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, will open to the public this Friday, February 15th, at 1 PM, and continue until Sunday, February 17th, at 4 PM.

I wish all antique shows had the vibe of this one. It’s warm and inviting, with enthusiastic buyers, most of whom travel from afar. It’s all contained in the Grove Park Inn itself, a wonderful 1913 masterpiece of a hotel. Picture a line of rocking chairs, in front of a gigantic boulder fireplace, with wood crackling in the fire, in a cavernous Arts & Crafts lobby, guests rocking leisurely, chatting, with a glass of wine. Lovely, no?

Tiffany Studios Tyler Scroll table lamp

We sold many lamps in Miami Beach, so we restocked for Grove Park. Mainly we added several Tiffany Studios geometric table lamps. Arts & Crafts collectors prefer geometric designs over floral designs to complement their interiors. We’ll have two Acorns, one Lemon Leaf and one Tyler Scroll, in addition to several florals.

If you’ve never visited the Grove Park Inn, you’ll want to come during this show. I promise you’ll thank me!


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, January 26-29, 2019

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We are on vacation next week, so no new post for the week of February 4, 2019.


The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show ended yesterday after a 4-day run that started this past Saturday. I, for one, am extremely pleased.

We sold this rare Tiffany Studios lamp at the show

After selling six Tiffany lamps on Sunday, I sold another Tiffany lamp and a Handel lamp on Monday, for a total of eight lamps. I’m pretty sure that’s a personal record. And we didn’t just sell lamps. We sold glass, bronze, porcelain and etchings. Amazingly, most of the sales were to new buyers, including some who weren’t senior citizens. That was quite refreshing.

The newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center

The return to the Miami Beach Convention Center was well received. Attendance was excellent every day (except Tuesday, the last day), after very slow starts each morning (except opening day). We made no sales on Tuesday, but still finished with a superb show.

We’re looking forward to next year’s show, but are concerned about the effects of the very early dates in January. Right now, the show is scheduled to open on Sunday, January 5, 2020, with a possible opening on Saturday, January 4, at 3 PM. It would be a huge mistake not to open for a full day on Saturday, so I hope management will come to their senses and realize the importance.


Now we’re off for a couple of weeks of R&R before we head to Asheville, NC for our favorite show of the year, The 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, February 15-17, 2019. If you’ve never been to this show, make plans NOW. 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.

An interim report on the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, January 26-27, 2019

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There were three lines of guests at the opening of the show on Saturday with approximately 500 attendees

The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show opened to the public this past Saturday at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center. Opening day, Saturday, was a good day with excellent attendance and interest and with commensurate sales. What a difference a week makes.

We sold this important Daum Nancy vase with applied and wheel-carved daisies at the show

Sunday started very slowly. There’s never a good reason to open at 11 AM on a Sunday, but most promoters think they know better. As the day went by, attendance picked up considerably, as well as interest and sales, including French glass and especially Tiffany lamps. We sold six Tiffany lamps in one day. Wowza!

One of six Tiffany Studios lamps we sold on Sunday

The show is already a success with only two days of business. Hopefully we can do some business on Monday and Tuesday, as well. Ordinarily I post once a week on Monday, but I will post again this Wednesday with the final results of the show. So tune in on Wednesday.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, January 18-20, 2019

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There were about 75 people on line at the opening of the show on Friday morning

When a show is slow, it gives me time to write a contemporaneous account of the activity. Unfortunately, the show is very slow, allowing me the time to write this blog.

Friday, 1 PM. There were about 75 people on line at the opening, but they quickly dissolved into the show space. I had a few serious questions about a bronze and a Tiffany & Co. clock, but no sales as of the moment.

We sold this lovely Gallé blue floral box at the show

Friday, 7 PM. The show was dreadfully slow today, but we did manage to make one sale of a lovely Gallé box. I spent most of the day sending photographs of items in the show to my best clients. At least I was successful making sales there.

Saturday, 1 PM. The show has been just as slow today as yesterday. No serious inquiries and no sales as of this moment.

There were a few stragglers by my booth on Saturday afternoon

Saturday, 7 PM. The day has been fairly tortuous. Very few people and no sales. What a difference from last year, when attendance, interest and sales were significantly better. Just hope that Sunday will be better or this show will end up a disaster.

Sunday, 1 PM. Why the show opened at 11 AM is beyond me. No one comes to a show on Sunday morning. You could have bowled in the aisles it was so empty.

I did have one serious inquiry recently. Got my fingers crossed it will lead to a sale.

Important, museum-quality Tiffany Studios Aquamarine vase with water lily decoration

Sunday, 6 PM. The show is closed. Our serious inquiry led to a sale, so we had only two sales for the entire show. Since one was an important Tiffany Studios Aquamarine vase, the show was a financial success, but it certainly felt like a failure. It’s no fun sitting at a show for three days, open 23 hours to the public, and twiddling my thumbs most of the time because so few people attended.

Next year the Miami show schedule will be turned on its head. The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will be held January 5-9, 2020, Sunday-Thursday, with a possible opening at 3 PM on Saturday. Personally I think that’s terrible. We would need a full day open to the public on Saturday, the same as this year. The show is also going back to five days, from four presently.

The Miami Airport Show is scheduled for three weeks later. That means that we have to set up the Miami Beach show just after New Year’s and then wait around for three weeks until the Airport show. That will be very difficult. I’ll keep you posted if anything changes.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show opens to the public this Friday, January 18, 2019

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By the time you read this blog, we’ll be traveling to warm, sunny Miami for the opening of the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show this Friday, January 18, 2019. It opens at 11 AM and closes on Sunday at 5 PM. The weather is predicted to be in the 70s for the next 10 days (except January 21 in the 60s). The show will feature over 200 premier exhibitors from the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America, offering the finest antiques and decorative arts. It’s a very high quality show that is worth a trip from anywhere in the world (and clients do fly in from as far as Japan).

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Herringbone table lamp

We’ve had a few months to add some really great items to our already extensive inventory. You’ll be able to get first crack at them before the big, important Original Miami Beach Antiques Show the following week.

We’ll have this killer Daum Nancy vase with applied and wheel-carved berries in our booth

The show isn’t very big, but it is very high quality. The dealers who choose to exhibit at this show are dealers of distinction, with inventories to prove it. Try to make it to this show and also enjoy the great weather and the great food in some of the best restaurants in the country. You’ll be able to visit two shows for the price of one airline ticket.

Please stop by my booth and say hi!


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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?

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We haven’t exhibited at a show since early November, when we were in Winnetka for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show. That’s given us plenty of time to search high and low for some truly great items to bring to our upcoming two shows in Miami, FL and one show in Asheville, NC. Following is a preview of several items, all of which are for sale.

Rare and desirable Daum Swan vase

Good Daum Nancy glass is difficult to find, but I’ve been able to buy 15-20 of the finest Daum Nancy vases and lamps available. The large Swan example above is just one of the outstanding examples.

Tiffany Favrile Nasturtium cameo glass vase

Tiffany Studios glass and lamps is another area where I’ve made a concerted effort to find the best available. I’ve been quite successful. The Nasturtium cameo glass vase above is wheel-carved and internally decorated. It’s a museum-quality, exceptional example.

Rare Tiffany Studios Herringbone table lamp

The Tiffany Studios Herringbone table lamp pictured above is one of several very fine lamps that I’ve recently acquired. It’s a model that I’ve never owned before (and I’ve owned many).

24″ tall Daum Nancy floral table lamp

I bought the Daum Nancy table lamp pictured above from the son of an 83-year-old woman who asked him to sell it for her. His grandmother received the lamp as a wedding gift in February, 1929 in Sarre Union, France. Is that great provenance, or what? It’s a wonderful, colorful, big (24″ tall) lamp.

Tiffany Studios Pine Needle double card box

I bought several Tiffany Studios desk sets in both Pine Needle and Grapevine, so I have many different items for sale. There was a time a few months ago where I sold out of Pine Needle and had very few Grapevine items left.

The few items mentioned here are just a taste of all the new merchandise I have for sale. Email or call if there’s something you like or something you’re looking for.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.

Phillips New York sold some important Martin Brothers stoneware in their Design sale, December 13, 2018

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First I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. May 2019 be a year of Peace and Prosperity!

Phillips New York held two Design sales on December 13, 2018. Included in the evening sale were four important items by R.W. Martin & Brothers. Only two of the four items sold, but they brought strong prices.

R.W. Martin & Brothers Crab creature, Phillips lot #29

The highest price of the four lots was realized by #29, a very rare, huge (18″ long), stoneware Crab creature. This early work from June, 1880, sold near its low estimate of $250,000, realizing $275,000, including buyer’s premium. What should have seemed like a good result didn’t look quite as good because of the aggressive estimate.

R.W. Martin & Brothers bird, Phillips lot #28

Lot #28 was a large, 15″ bird, meant to be a caricature of Sir Edward George Clarke. It was signed and dated February, 1898. It, too, sold near its low estimate of $150,000, realizing $175,000, including buyer’s premium.

Lot #26, a huge (28½” tall) mantel clock case and lot #27, a 21″ bird, did not sell. They were estimated at $30,000 – $50,000 and $100,000 – $150,000 respectively.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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 market for Tiffany Studios lamps and glass is alive and well, part II (Christie’s New York)

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Christie’s New York held a Design sale on December 13, 2018, with total sales of $8,493,125. Approximately 40% of that total was for the sale of one single Tiffany Studios lamp.

Tiffany Studios Pond Lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #9

Lot #9 was a rare and important 1903 Pond Lily table lamp. It had previously been sold at Christie’s New York on December 9, 1989, for what was then the world auction record price for a Tiffany lamp, $550,000, including buyer’s premium. Once again it attained the new world record auction price for a Tiffany lamp. It realized $3,372,500, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $1,800,000 – $2,500,000. Its rarity was partially due to its steep price of $400 in 1903. (That is not a misprint.) There are only 13 examples known to exist, with 5 in museums and 8 in private hands.

Tiffany Studios Laburnum table lamp, Christie’s lot #10

The second best result for Tiffany lamps was a magnificent Laburnum table lamp on a killer Bird Skeleton lamp base. It sold near its low estimate, realizing $468,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $400,000 – $600,000 .

The six Tiffany lamps in the sale sold for a combined total of $4,134,750 – almost 50% of the total for the entire sale of sixty-three lots. For the complete results of the sale, click https://www.christies.com/design-27820.aspx?lid=1&dt=231220181137&saletitle=


No shows until the Labor Day weekend, when we’ll exhibit at the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the best shows of the year. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business. Please email or call to buy, sell or trade.

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.