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.

The results of the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, January 4-8, 2020

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5 minutes before the opening on Saturday

Saturday, 8:45 PM. The show opened today at the unusually late time of 2 PM and will close at 10 PM. There was a decent crowd, but not much action. The show floor is dead now, so it’s fairly torturous staying so late. Tomorrow the hours return to the normal starting time of 11 AM.

Today’s results were disappointing, with only a couple of small sales. But I’m far from throwing in the towel. There were several serious clients today who I hope will return and make purchases.

We sold this fine Tiffany Favrile vase with wheel-carved grapes on Sunday

Sunday, 6:20 PM. The day is almost finished. We had a decent, but unexciting day. There wasn’t much energy in the crowd. As of this minute, we’re having a lackluster show, but we’ll keep chipping away.

Monday, 6:30 PM. Today’s show is almost finished and it was a bad day. There weren’t many people and only a few inquiries. No sales. Doesn’t look like this show is going to be a winner, but anything can happen in the next two days. I need a drink.

We sold this important Tiffany red and yellow carved vase on Tuesday

Tuesday, 5:40 PM. Oh my, the show is slow and boring. From what I heard, the NFL rented the convention center for an entire month prior to the Super Bowl, so the antiques show was bumped to its earlier date this year. And it really shows. There are fewer people, less interest and fewer sales. We made one good sale today from a client who saw a beautiful Tiffany vase a few days ago and called today to make the purchase.

We sold this beautiful Tiffany 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp on Wednesday

Wednesday, 4:00 PM. The show is over and I’m happy to report that we ended on a high note. I was prepared not to sell a thing today, the last day, but a new client came to the show and purchased two Tiffany lamps. :>)

This was a very strange show for us. The totals were close to last year’s excellent show, but it didn’t feel like a good show. Traffic was down, as well as interest. We answered fewer questions and made fewer sales. Many of our good clients never showed up. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In listening, a few dealers said they did better than last year, but not the majority. Thankfully the show returns to the normal late January dates next year.

Since this blog is being posted on Thursday, January 9th, there will be no new post on Monday, January 13th. My next post will be on Monday, January 20th.

Tiffany 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp

P.S. Thursday. We sold the superb Tiffany 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, pictured above, the day after the show closed to a client who saw it at the show. That means we had a great show, better than last year’s excellent show.


Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is approximately one month 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.

We’re bringing THE BEST ITEMS EVER to the Original Miami Beach Antiques show show this coming weekend, January 4-8, 2020

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First I want to wish a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of my readers, friends and associates. It’s going to be 2020 in a couple of days. Sure looks and sounds funny, but we’ll get used to it soon enough.

The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show opens to the public this coming Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the strange time of 2 PM and continues until Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4 PM. It’s not too late to make your plans to come to the show. I just checked hotels on Hotwire. 3 to 4 star hotels are available for $85 – $150/night. Can’t beat that. Come to Miami, enjoy the warm weather, great food and visit the best show of the year.

I know I always tout the items I bring to an important show, but this year is really special. I’ve got some items that I rarely ever see, let alone all together at the same show. Following are a few examples. You’ll just have to come to the show in person to see the rest. I promise you won’t regret it!

Incredible, monumental, 30″ tall, Gallé Chrysanthemum table lamp

The first item is a truly killer Gallé lamp. It’s one of the top two best and largest Gallé lamps I’ve owned in 50 years of doing business. It’s gorgeous, with intense, beautiful, blue and purple flowers on a deep yellow to gold background. The chrysanthemum flowers are all windowpane, meaning the yellow glass layer on the interior of the shade, behind each of the flowers, is etched away. It keeps the color of the flowers pure. Otherwise the yellow and blue layers would combine to show green flowers. The bonus decoration is two beautiful butterflies on the top of shade — a real rarity. Gallé lamps do not get better than this!

Monumental Daum Nancy Blackbird vase

If there’s one Daum Nancy Blackbird vase in the world that is the best, it has to be the one pictured above. Because of it’s monumental size at 28″ tall, there’s lots of canvas for the artist to paint details that can’t be done on a small vase. Most examples have tiny little blackbirds with no discernible detail. This example has large, realistically painted birds, with superb detail in the trees and snow. It’s the best there is!

The above are only two examples of the phenomenal collection of French glass we’re bringing to the show (including two rare Daum Nancy miniature Blackbird vases and a Swan covered egg).

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp

We’re bringing an extraordinary collection of over 25 Tiffany Studios lamps. The beautiful 20″ diameter Dragonfly example pictured above is one of two 20″ Dragonflies. We’ll have over 15 leaded Tiffany lamps, several Favrile glass table and floor lamps, as well as several gold and green Linenfold table and floor lamps.

Since the show ends on Wednesday, I won’t publish next week until Thursday, January 9th, with the results of the show. Make sure you tune in. (More people read my blog every year on the day after the end of the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show than any other day of the year.) Consequently, there will not be a new post on Monday, January 13. Instead the following post will be published on Monday, January 20.


Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is about a month 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.

A few results from Bonham’s New York Modern Decorative Art + Design sale, December 13, 2019

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Bonham’s New York held a Modern Decorative Art + Design sale on December 13, 2019. Included in the sale were a handful of items by Daum, Gallé and Tiffany Studios. Following are a few of those results.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Bonham’s lot #13

Four of the seven Tiffany Studios lamps offered for sale sold. Of those that sold, lot #13, a 20″ diameter Dragonfly, brought the highest price. It sold for $68,825, including buyer’s premium, within its pre-sale estimate of $50,000 – $70,000. Personally I didn’t care for it because of the strange combination of shade and base. Apparently my opinion had no bearing on its sale. :>(

Gallé pitcher, Bonham’s lot #7

Only three pieces of cameo glass were offered for sale. Lot #7, an unusual Gallé pitcher with seashell applications, sold for $25,075, including buyer’s premium. That was well below the pre-sale estimate of $40,000 – $60,000. The estimate certainly turned me off. Had it been estimated at $15,000 – $20,000, I would have bid. My guess is that it probably would have sold for more than it actually did.

Tiffany Studios 18″ Alamander table lamp, Bonham’s lot #12

Another Tiffany Studios lamp, lot #12, an attractive 18″ diameter Alamander table lamp, sold within its pre-sale estimate of $35,000 – $45,000, realizing $43,825, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show is less than two weeks away. If you haven’t made your plans yet, there’s still time. You don’t want to miss the best antiques show of the year.

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 Heritage Auctions Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale, November 21, 2019

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Heritage Auctions held a Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass sale on November 21, 2019. Following are some of the more interesting results.

Tiffany 20″ Daffodil table lamp, Heritage lot #79006

The top lot of the sale, #79006, was a Tiffany 20″ Daffodil table lamp. It sold for its low estimate of $35,000, which equates to $43,750 after including the buyer’s premium.

Two Loetz Titania vases, Heritage lot #79176

Loetz glass sold exceptionally well at the sale. Lot #79176, two Loetz Titania vases, sold for many times their pre-sale estimate of $800 – $1,200, realizing $18,750, including buyer’s premium. Another Loetz Titania vase, lot #79178, also did well, selling over its high estimate of $7,000, realizing $12,500, including buyer’s premium. It was a lucky day for the consignor because in my opinion the vases weren’t worth the prices paid.

Daum Nancy Rain box, Heritage lot #79087

Lot #79087 was a lovely Daum Nancy Rain box. It sold within its pre-sale estimate of $6,000 – $8,000, realizing $9,375, including buyer’s premium.

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

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.

Woolley & Wallis sold a collection of Martinware, November 27, 2019

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Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, England, held a British Pottery sale on November 27, 2019. Included in the sale was a nice selection of Martinware from two major collections. Following are some of the results.

Martin Brothers bird tobacco jar, Woolley & Wallis lot #6

The top lot of the Martinware selection was #6, an attractive, 10½” tall, bird tobacco jar. It sold below its pre-sale low estimate of £30,000, realizing £36,400 ($47,056), including buyer’s premium. I suggest that the estimate of £30,000 – £50,000 was a bit too aggressive.

Martin Brothers Birdman tobacco jar, Woolley & Wallis lot #5

The second highest lot of the Martinware grouping was #5, a rare 9¼” tall Birdman tobacco jar. It sold within its pre-sale estimate of £25,000 – £30,000, realizing £33,800 ($43,695), including buyer’s premium.

Martin Brothers aquatic jar, Woolley & Wallis lot #4

Lot # 4 was a very fine, 8″ tall, aquatic covered jar. It exceeded its high estimate of £10,000, realizing £15,600 ($20,167), including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

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 Bonham’s L.A. Modern Design | Art sale, October 27, 2019

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Bonham’s Los Angeles held a Modern Design | Art sale on October 27, 2019. Included in the sale were many lots that I know little about and a few where I have expertise. Following are a few of the results.

Sido and Francois Thevenin Crypto 10 Armchair, Bonham’s lot #200

The top lot of the sale was #200, a 1985 bronze armchair by Sido and Francois Thevenin entitled Crypto 10 Armchair. It flew past its pre-sale estimate of $20,000 – $30,000, realizing $80,075, including buyer’s premium. I couldn’t even begin to explain the significance of this result.

Daum Nancy Thistle vase, Bonham’s lot #42

Onto my area of expertise. Lot #42 was a 20¼” Daum Nancy vase with colorful thistle decoration, extensively wheel-carved with martelé texture. It sold near its low estimate of $10,000, realizing $12,575, including buyer’s premium. Even though the quality was very good, I wasn’t interested in the vase, as monumental vases are difficult to pack, transport, display and sell.

Loetz vase, Bonham’s lot #40

Lot #40 was a nice Loetz Austria vase with applied and pulled tendrils, 9¼” tall. It sold for $4,075, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $2,000 – $3,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

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.

Interesting results at Rago Auctions Masterworks of American Craft sale, November 22, 2019

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On November 22, 2019 Rago Auctions held a small 43-item sale of exceptional items entitled Masterworks of American Craft. Following are a few results.

Peter Voulkos sculpture Snake River, Rago lot #26

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about modern crafts, including the top lot of the sale, #26, a 1959, 40½” tall, Peter Voulkos glazed stoneware sculpture entitled Snake River. It soared past its pre-sale estimate of $50,000 – $70,000, realizing $250,000, including buyer’s premium. It could have sold for $250 and I wouldn’t have known the difference. Another example of knowledge is power.

Tiffany Studios enamel on copper crab and lobster box, Rago lot #1

I do know about Tiffany Studios items, so I wasn’t surprised by the strong result for lot #1, a 6″ long crab and lobster box. All Tiffany Studios enamel on copper items are rarities and this box was no exception. It easily swam past its pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $87,500, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios Acorn table lamp with Grueby base, Rago lot #6

Tiffany Studios occasionally worked with the Grueby Faience Pottery to make lovely Arts & Crafts lamps. The example pictured above, lot #6, combines a Tiffany 16″ diameter Acorn shade with an important Kendrick-designed Grueby base. It sold for its low estimate of $30,000 ($40,000 including buyer’s premium).

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

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 Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show, November 8-10, 2019

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No new post this week as we’re on vacation. Look for a new post next Monday.


Following is a contemporaneous account of the show.

Our booth just before the opening of the preview party on Thursday night

Thursday, 9:30 PM. Thank goodness the preview party is over. They’re so awful. The dealers are wallpaper for a crowd that has no interest in buying anything. The attendees are there for the food, drink and a good time. We almost never sell anything at a preview party and this time was no different. On the flip side, the food was quite tasty and the drinks were good, so it wasn’t as torturous as usual.

We sold this rare, gorgeous Daum Wheat vase on Friday

Friday, 4:30 PM. It’s been an interesting day thus far. Attendance has been fairly light, but some of our good clients showed up. We had quite a few serious inquiries but only a couple of sales to this point. It’s a good start. We’re expecting good clients to show before the show closes today.

Friday, 7:00 PM. Opening day is over and we’re pleased. Our good clients showed up toward the end of the day and bought a few items, including a Tiffany Studios double student Linenfold table lamp.

There was a small flurry of activity on Saturday afternoon

Saturday, 12:30 PM. The day is off to a slow start after opening at 10 AM. There was almost no one through the door for the first hour. One of our good clients showed up, but no sales yet. We’re expecting our best clients later in the day.

We sold this Tiffany miniature vase on Saturday

Saturday, 5:00 PM. The show is closed today and we’re still optimistic. We made a couple of small sales, but our best clients decided to stay overnight and see us tomorrow. Got my fingers crossed it will go well.

Tiffany Studios 24″ diameter Peony Border floor lamp

Sunday, 1:30 PM. Our good clients came back to the show and made major purchases, including a Tiffany Peony Border floor lamp. Needless to say, we’re quite pleased. And we have another couple who has been back to the booth several times interested in Tiffany lamps. Hope something happens there.

Sunday, 4:00 PM. Whew! The show is over and it was a big success. The worst part was the high pressure waiting for clients to make up their minds. Our couple from the early afternoon decided to go home and think about a purchase. That usually, but not always, means no. Our established clients were the white knights, with no new blood this time. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining, just explaining. We had a fabulous show and look forward to next year.


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.