Tiffany puts the rest in the shade in $1.5m antique lamp and glass auction



2015-06-26 12:27:40

Tiffany puts the rest in the shade in $1.5m antique lamp and glass auction

A typically impressive sale by James D Julia showed that the decorative art markets are strong

If James D Julia's recent two-day auction event proved one thing, it was that quality goods that are fresh to the market and are conservatively estimated will typically fare well at a top tier auction. A palpable optimism is present in this marketplace.

The stunning and diverse mix of quality items in this sale in Maine, consisting of fine lamps, rare art glass, English and French cameo, paperweights, desk accessories, and contemporary art glass saw active bidding overall to a final tally of over $1.5m.

Once again, Tiffany proved to be unstoppable. Of the nearly 100 lamps in the sale, none stood out like the Tiffany Arrowroot table lamp. Combining stunning greens and yellows, its conical shade rests on an exceedingly rare and equally dazzling pond lily and cattail base.

The gorgeous bronze rendering of the natural world added even greater elegance to this brilliant lamp. It bloomed at $92,000 within a presale estimate of $80,000-100,000.

It was no surprise that a beautiful 18" Tiffany Peony leaded table lamp with rich red and pink flowers surrounding its bell shade also found favour.

It was accompanied by its desirable onion base that was decorated in a string of incised bulbs leading to a ribbed shaft. This lamp finished up at $94,875 against an $85,000-100,000 estimate.

Other Tiffany included a massive curtain border leaded floor lamp with a dome shade showing an elaborate geometric pattern below its original pigtail heat cap.

Tiffany lamp One of the 'high-lights' - the $74,750 Tiffany lamp

Resting on a decorated Senior floor base with a sequence of curlicues around the foot, this beautiful lamp exceeded its $50,000-70,000 estimate to sell for $74,750.

An unusual Tiffany Poppy lamp with a mottled mauve background, lovely orange flowers, and pierced metal overlay on the front and back likewise exceeded expectations, selling for $66,125 against a $30,000-40,000 estimate.

A most unusual Tiffany Studios geometric leaded table lamp with a semispherical parasol shaped shade was a rare opportunity. Pictured in Dr Egon Neustadt's renowned book "The Lamps of Tiffany", this piece surpassed its $30,000-50,000 estimate to finish up at $54,625.

The parade of lamps and lighting also included several "unleaded" examples such as a lovely Tiffany 12 light lily lamp. Its elaborate and naturalistic bronze base with gold dore finish featured an emerging shower of favrile glass lily shades.

It sold for $34,500 within a $32,500-40,000 estimate, and a pair of Tiffany wall sconces with gold favrile tulip shades and brass finished bronze hardware exceeded an estimate of $12,000-15,000 to bring $20,700.

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