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John Moran held an Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California on March 6, 2012. Included in the sale were a few outstanding lots of French cameo glass.
Lot 1058 was a medium-sized Gallé lamp with red prunus blossoms on a yellow background, 14″ tall. The color, quality and condition were all excellent. Expected to sell for only $2,000 – $3,000, it roared past the estimate to sell for $13,100, including buyer’s premium. The estimate was very low, letting everyone know the lamp was there to be sold. Smart auctioneers put low estimates because they generate better interest and results.
The next lot was a very rare and desirable Daum Nancy vase with Prairie decoration. Prairie vases are beautiful and very difficult to find. This example had excellent color and workmanship, but was a little small at 4¾”. Also for some inexplicable reason, it was unsigned. Daum signed almost everything, so it’s hard to explain why this one was unsigned. With a realistic pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $7,000, it sold for $12,000, including buyer’s premium — double the low estimate. I was interested in purchasing it, but couldn’t pay more without a signature. My guess is that it probably would have sold for over $15,000 if it had been signed.I’m not sure why a small Daum Nancy creamer was estimated at $6,000 – $9,000. It had outstanding decoration and color but should only have been estimated for $2,000 – $3,000. By my standards it did very well, selling for $6,000, including the buyer’s premium. By their estimation, it didn’t do very well, selling below the low estimate. (Remember the estimate is without the buyer’s premium.)
For the complete listing of the auction, click on the following link. John Moran auction listings. My guess is they’ll have the results listed in a few days.
Our next show is coming very soon — the Pier Show in New York City on the weekend of March 17th and 18th. You don’t have a lot of time, so plan your trip now. Make it a business/pleasure trip and have a great time in the Big Apple!
In the meantime, we’re still in business, so don’t be bashful. Call or write!
Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and Louis Icart etchings. Here’s the link. chasenantiques.com