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.

The results of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (video version)

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


I’ve been working hard on the video version of my post from last Monday about the results of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show. I’ve been using a software program from Serif called MoviePlus X6 Digital Edition. Some programs have steeper learning curves than others and this one has been a challenge. Anyway I was able to create a beginner’s video. It’s got lots of mistakes and is far from polished, but it will give you a lot more insight into the show than my normal blogs. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Hope you enjoy it.

Please let me know if you’d like to see more videos and I’ll try to create them. (This is not a generic question. I really need to get some feedback and this means you!) I’m sure as time goes by, they’ll get a little more professional.

I want to publicize this first video, so I will leave this post for the entire week. There will be no new post this Thursday.


winnetka-2016Our next show will be in Winnetka, Illinois, November 4-6, 2016. We always look forward to exhibiting in the greater Chicago area. We have lots of friends and clients. Put it in your calendar. It’s a lovely show!

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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 25-28, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


There were approximately 300 people on line at the opening on Thursday morning

There were approximately 300 people on line at the opening on Thursday morning

The 2016 edition of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is now history. It’s changed somewhat from the recent past. First and foremost is that the show was smaller. I heard reports that there were 100 fewer dealers. Attrition is a big problem in the antiques business as both the dealers and the public are aging. Not sure why so many dealers dropped out, but I could speculate retirement, health, death, disappointment with previous shows, etc. The show was still outstanding with really fabulous merchandise from an international group of dealers. I don’t think any of the buying public was disappointed, except possibly the smaller size.

There were times when our booth was quite busy

There were times when our booth was quite busy

I spoke to several dealers about their results and recorded them on video. I just bought a new software program to edit video (Serif MoviePlus 6) and I’m learning, but it definitely has a learning curve. If you’re an expert, please contact me as I have a few questions. I hope to have a reasonable video of the show with firsthand interviews with several dealers for my Thursday blog. You won’t want to miss my first attempt at video, so tune in Thursday. (UPDATE – MONDAY)

One of the fine Daum vases we sold at the show

One of the fine Daum vases we sold at the show

For those who want a quick summary, here goes. Most dealers I spoke to did fairly well. Personally we had a good show, but not great. It was 20% off from last year, but 50% ahead of the year before. Attendance was fairly good most days. If you want specifics, visit my blog on Thursday. (UPDATE – MONDAY)


winnetka-2016Our next show will be in Winnetka, Illinois, November 4-6, 2016. We always look forward to exhibiting in the greater Chicago area. We have lots of friends and clients. Put it in your calendar. It’s a lovely show!

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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 today, August 25, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Part of the extensive display of Tiffany, Handel and Pairpoint lamps in our booth

Part of the extensive display of Tiffany, Handel and Pairpoint lamps in our booth

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show begins today, August 25, 2016, as you read this post. Setup went smoothly and the booth looks great.

Butler & Butler are one of the fine dealers at the show

Butler & Butler are one of the fine dealers at the show

All dealers walk around the show floor during the two days of setup buying from each other. I was able to purchase several wonderful Daum, Gallé and Argy-Rousseau vases during setup, which I’ll have at the show. Early buying is one of the advantages of being an exhibitor, which sometimes works out very well.

Some of the wonderful Daum Nancy vases that I bought at the show

Some of the wonderful Daum Nancy vases that I bought at the show

I brought one of the best collections of French and American glass and lamps to the show. Here’s hoping the show will go well. Tune in Monday for the results.

baltimore-8-2016(3)Click on the image above to obtain two free tickets to the show. 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 don’t have a show scheduled for quite some time. We probably won’t exhibit at the NYC Pier Antiques Show, now that it’s become a very expensive version of the old show. The original show folded and was replaced by a show from the Palm Beach Show Group, who were forced to move after being shut out of the NY Armory.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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 this Thursday, August 25, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


A previous year in our booth

A previous year in our booth

The much anticipated Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has arrived! It opens to the public this Thursday at noon and continues until Sunday at 6 PM. It’s probably the best show of the year, especially now that the Miami shows will be in a tumult this coming winter. 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, and the National Aquarium.

baltimore-8-2016(2)There’s still plenty of time to make arrangements to visit the show. I like to use Hotwire for the best deals on hotels. I just checked a 3-day stay in the Baltimore Inner Harbor area (walking distance to the show), starting on Thursday and departing on Sunday and found two 4-star hotels for $102 and $103/night, respectively. That’s a pretty great deal.

baltimore-8-2016(3)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 be exhibiting his 10½-inch spectacular Daum scenic vase at the show

We’ll be exhibiting his 10½-inch spectacular Daum scenic 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.

Thursday’s post will be from the floor of the show and Monday’s will have the results. Tune in again.


We don’t have a show scheduled for quite some time. We probably won’t exhibit at the NYC Pier Antiques Show, now that it’s become a very expensive version of the old show. The original show folded and was replaced by a show from the Palm Beach Show Group, who were forced to move after being shut out of the NY Armory.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Killer Tiffany Favrile red Tel el Amarna vase

Killer Tiffany Favrile red Tel el Amarna vase

Spring is an unusual time for my business because of various opposing forces. First the weather gets nice and summer vacation approaches. People spend less time indoors, so they spend less time at their computers searching for antiques and more time planning for the summer. Opposing that is the glut of merchandise that comes onto the market in June. Every auction house, major and minor, in the US and in Europe, has a June Decorative Arts sale.

Wonderful Daum Nancy vitrified floral vase

Wonderful Daum Nancy vitrified floral vase

Then there is the business of antique shows. Historically there have been very few shows in the spring. The result is lots of merchandise to buy and very few people to sell it to. Dealers with the deepest pockets have the easiest time smoothing out spring’s rough ride. Business gets better in the summer, with a couple of antique shows (there used to be more), including the important Baltimore Summer Antiques Show at the end of August (which I always eagerly look forward to).

Superb mini Daum Nancy Fall scenic vase

Superb mini Daum Nancy Fall scenic vase

What does it all mean? I’ve been buying like crazy, all over the world, both at auction and privately. The new merchandise is mostly fine French cameo glass by Daum Nancy, Gallé, A. Walter and Argy-Rousseau, but also includes Tiffany Favrile glass and several fine lamps by Tiffany, Handel and Pairpoint. The new items have all been hand-selected by me and meet my high standards. You know you can buy from me with confidence.

Rare Gallé blownout Fig vase

Rare Gallé blownout Fig vase

I’m trying to list many new items but it’s been difficult because we’re packing for our Denver show (where it will all be on display). I did list a few items and will continue to list more as time permits. Please check my site often or email me with your requests.


Denver, July 15-17, 2016

Denver, July 15-17, 2016

The Denver World Wide Antique Show is close at hand, July 15-17, 2016. If you’re in the area, please make the time to come and visit. In the meantime, we’re very much in business, so call or email me with your wants or items for sale. If you have what I’m looking for, I’m paying the highest prices. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email it to me.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.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 20-23, 2015

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


There was a pretty good crowd at the opening on Thursday

There was a pretty good crowd at the opening on Thursday

It’s Saturday night as I begin to write this blog. The show has gone very well to this point. We did solid business each of the first three days of the show and are hoping to end with a bang, not a whimper. French glass and American lamps sold best.

Sunday afternoon in my booth

Sunday afternoon in my booth

Saturday morning I gave a PowerPoint presentation on French cameo glass to the Open Salt Collectors of the Atlantic Region (OSCAR) and Central Atlantic Salt Collectors (CASC), which I think was well received.

We sold this beautiful Gallé blownout Fuchsia vase at the show

We sold this beautiful Gallé blownout Fuchsia vase at the show

Attendance at the show has been steady and interest has been terrific. Lots of questions and lots of be-backs. Sales in our booth are well ahead of last year, but behind two years ago. 🙂

Update, Sunday 6 PM. The show has closed and Sunday was a bore. Attendance was off and interest was way down. We did make a couple of small sales to add to our fine show, so we’re more than pleased, but we did end with a whimper. 🙁

I asked around and got the following comments from fellow dealers. David Kozloff and Mark Meaders, general line dealers from Pittsburgh, PA, said “We’re satisfied, but it’s not like the old days.” Joe DelGuidice, general line dealer from Royal Oak, MI, told me “Not very well. Not like the usual. No retail, just dealer business.” Bizarre Bazaar of New York City commented “It was good. We’re happy we came back to exhibit. We haven’t been here for years. We’ll be back next year.” Matt Baer of Marvin Baer’s Ivory Tower, dealers in Asian antiques, Ridgewood, NJ, were pleased. “Sales were good. Traffic was steady throughout the show except Sunday. We did about the same as last year. The buyers were knowledgeable and interested. We thought the gate was up.” George Sorensen, French cameo glass dealer, Ham Lake, MN, was happy. “It was a good show. I did better than last year.” Steve Morrow, art glass dealer, Hedrick, IA, told me “It was another nice show. I did well with a knowledgeable crowd.” Ron and Robin Greenwald, decorative arts dealers, Cleveland, OH, said “We did fine. We were surprised that some things we thought would sell didn’t, but others we thought wouldn’t did.” Jack and Thea Ophir, Ophir Antiques, Tiffany dealers, Englewood, NJ, were disappointed. “We had a fair show. We sold a Majorelle salon set, a Tiffany lamp and a few Tiffany perfume bottles, but we didn’t do as well as last year.” John Atzbach, Russian arts dealer, Redmond, WA, commented “We did well, better than last year”. Finally three dealers who didn’t do well declined to comment, rather than have their names associated with negative comments.


nyc-big-flea-9-2015Our next show will be The Big Flea Market at Pier 94 in New York City, September 26-27. Last year was the first time for this show and it was good. The attendees were completely different than the established Pier Antique Show that takes place in November and March each year, making it a totally different experience.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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 bought a great collection of French cameo glass

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Last Thursday I flew out of town to purchase a collection of French cameo glass that I helped assemble in the 1980s and 1990s. There were some really great items, so I was very pleased to repurchase them.

Rare and beautiful Daum vase with applied snails and grapes

Rare and beautiful Daum vase with applied snails and grapes

It’s hard to put them in order of importance, but I’ll try. First would have to be a 10¼” Daum vase with two applied snails and eight applied grapes. What can I say about this vase except that it’s really great and important!

Rare Daum Nancy Weeping Willow vase

Rare Daum Nancy Weeping Willow vase

Second place is probably a multiple tie, but I sure like a Daum scenic vase with willow trees, a canoe and a mallard. It’s not only extremely rare, but gorgeous too, with incredible color and detail. I’ve only seen the tri-lobed shape a few times ever, making it equally rare to the decoration. Nice size at 5½” tall x 5″ diameter.

Rare Daum Wheat vase

Rare Daum Wheat vase

Wheat is one of Daum’s rarest and most desirable decorations. What’s especially nice and unusual is that the wheat sheaves were gilded first and then the detail was hand-painted on top — a real rarity. Most of the time gilding was used for fine detail, as well as decoration on the bases and rims of vases. This 11″ vase also has highly intricate gilded decoration on the foot.

There’s more, including a Daum Farm vase, a monumental Daum vase with wild orchids and four bees, a super rare early Gallé Crystallerie box with original sterling silver fitted tray, etc. By the time you read this, some of the vases may already be sold, so they won’t even make it to my website, but others will, so please take a look.


baltimore-8-2015The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is just around the corner. It opens to the public on Thursday, August 20th, at noon and continues until Sunday, August 23 at 6 PM. If you haven’t made plans yet, there’s still time. I just checked hotwire.com and unbelievably there are 4½-star rooms in the Inner Harbor available for $85/night. Wow! The show is the best summer antique show in the entire United States, so it’s worth a trip from anywhere. Hope to see you there!

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Important Daum Nancy Impressionist vase

Important Daum Nancy Impressionist vase

We haven’t exhibited at any shows since the Chicago Botanic Garden in mid-April, so I’ve directed a lot of my energy to buying for the summer shows, the Denver World Wide Antique Show, July 24-26, 2015, and the Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair, August 20-23, 2015. We were successful both in France and in the US, so here are a few of the newest and most interesting purchases. I’ll be spending time this week and next adding as many new items to my website as possible. Keep checking back.

Fine, rare Tiffany Favrile red vase

Fine, rare Tiffany Favrile red vase

I bought a pair of rare and very desirable 7″ Tiffany red vases. I’ve known where they were for the last couple of years, but the dealer who owned them couldn’t sell them, because he insisted on selling them as a pair. The Tiffany numbers are very close to each other, indicating they were probably made on the same day. I have no problem selling them individually or as a pair. It’s not like a pair of candlesticks that were meant to stay together. On any given day, Tiffany produced a run of consecutively numbered vases that were meant to be sold individually. These red vases are no different.

Fantastic Austrian bronze novelty lamp

Fantastic Austrian bronze novelty lamp

I just bought this incredible Austrian bronze novelty lamp, 11½” tall. It was probably designed by Bergman, because this is the quality he created. The condition is superb, with original colored glass windows. Haven’t had anything this wonderful in Austrian bronze in quite some time.

Fine Daum Nancy Peacock Feather vase

Fine Daum Nancy Peacock Feather vase

Daum Peacock Feather vases are deceptively sophisticated. Most of the work on the vase is standard acid-etching, but not the centers of the feathers. The light blue and dark blue glass was applied when the glass was molten, then pressed into the vase on the marver. The process is called padding, which makes for special vases. I get one or two Peacock Feather vases yearly and they sell very quickly. This example is almost 12″ tall. (The vase is not in yet, so please excuse the quality of the photo. I’ll post a better one after the vase has arrived).

There’s lots more coming in in the next couple of weeks, including two important Daum Nancy Blackbird vases, two large Tiffany Favrile Jack-in-the-Pulpit vases, two Gallé Magnolia vases and lots more. Keep checking my site, as I will be updating it daily.


Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. 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.

Setting up at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair, August 19-20, 2014

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

We can drive right up to our booths in Baltimore

We can drive right up to our booths in Baltimore

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair will be open today, Thursday, August 21, as you read my blog. We’ve spent the last couple of days setting up the show. It was hard work, but worth the effort — the booth looks great. It’s filled with lots of new goodies that we’ve been buying both from private homes and other dealers. During setup, all the dealers shop from each other, including me. I was able to buy some lovely items.

The show is fabulous. Just like in the winter for Miami Beach, dealers save their best items to bring to this show. It’s worth the effort because many of the attendees travel great distances to attend. Only motivated people are willing to do that, so the crowd includes serious buyers. People travel to this show from all over the world, not just the USA. They come to see the dealers who exhibit at very few shows and the vast assortment of great merchandise.

What other city offers this? Jimmy John's is next door to the Convention Center

What other city offers this? Jimmy John’s is next door to the Convention Center


You’ll not only enjoy the fabulous show, but also Baltimore. It’s changed greatly since we started exhibiting there over 30 years ago, all for the better. Entire neighborhoods have been transformed, which include really great restaurants. If you’re a foodie, like I am, you’ll love the choice. Then take advantage of the Inner Harbor and its activities, including a world-class aquarium.

See you at the show! We’re in the extreme right-hand corner as you enter the show, in booth #2100. Come and say hello!! The show runs until this Sunday, August 24th, at 6 PM. Then tune in on Monday for the results of the show.

Click here to view our new website and look around. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps.