Posted at 12:45 am , on October 20, 2011
When my children were small this Tiffany lamp sat on the dinning room table! I thought I’d share my photos so you could see close-up. I remember turning off all the lights except this amazing lamp. Oh, how it lit up the room in its vast arrays of colors! In my mind I imagined who owned it before, where it came from? Who was the rich person who ordered it and where it sat in their home? Nothing compares to a Real Tiffany! Thanks for reading my blog!
A ‘SPIDER’ LEADED GLASS AND GILT-BRONZE TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1910
Tiffany Lamps Make a Comeback
By RITA REIF Published: August 06, 1989
On the wane five years ago, the 35-year revival in collecting Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained-glass lamps has come alive with renewed vigor. The resurgence of interest is being seen in several museum exhibitions and escalating prices at auctions Such a development must seem remarkable to anyone who watched this market in 1984, when collectors were selling, not buying, Tiffany. The prices paid until December of that year for the color-pulsing glass-shaded bronze lamps of this American Art Nouveau designer were well below the record levels achieved in 1979 and 1980.
Sales of Tiffany lamps and other early 20th century decorative arts had weakened in late 1980, at the beginning of the recession in the art market. Problems deepened a year later when New York auction houses and dealers experienced difficulties – either the goods did not sell or prices plummeted. Many of those involved in this market feared that further declines might spell the end of Tiffany lamps as a collectible.
The turnaround, although decisive, was not recognized as such immediately. In December 1984, Christie’s auctioned the Tiffany collection of David Geffen, a theatrical producer and recording executive. His finest lamp, a dome-shaped, magnolia-patterned floor model, brought $528,000, which easily eclipsed the previous auction record for a Tiffany, the $360,000 paid at Christie’s in 1980 for a spider-web lamp. Photo of an early 20th century spider-web lamp from the Tiffany Studios, 28 1/2 inches high and 19 inches in diameter;
** Note you can read this article in its entirety below! So interesting!!
Posted at 9:48 pm , on October 19, 2011
Tiffany by Design is an exhibition of lamps and related materials made by Tiffany Studios from the permanent collection of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Long Island City, NY. Curated by Nina Gray for the Neustadt Collection, the show explores the construction and design of Tiffany lamps made between 1900 and 1918.
Also works by Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Extraordinaire.
Last day of exhibit is January 6th, 2008
Allentown Art Museum
31 North 5th Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Posted at 12:52 am , on October 12, 2011
This glass toasting cup decorated with colored enamel and gilding is 11 inches high. It sold for $2,300 at a 2011 Stein Auction Co. sale in Schaumburg, Ill.
According to the legend, Kunigunde, a noble mistress in the town of Nuremberg, fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith and wanted to marry him instead of the many rich and titled suitors who already had asked for her hand. Kunigunde’s father, a powerful and wealthy man, was enraged and had the young man thrown into the darkest dungeon. However, this did not end his daughter’s love, and she became weak and pale as a result of the separation from her true love. The father reluctantly made a deal with his daughter: If the goldsmith could make a chalice from which two people could drink at the same time without spilling a single drop, her lover would be freed and the couple could marry. Inspired by his love for Kunigunde, the goldsmith created a masterpiece. He fashioned a chalice in the shape of his true love with a hollow skirt that served as a cup, and upraised arms that held a bucket from which a second drinker could sip. With the challenge met, the nobleman freed the young man and allowed the couple to marry.
from Stephanie Stokes blog, thanks Stephanie! Read more at the link!
Posted at 6:19 pm , on October 11, 2011
Today at Westilicht Photographica Auctions a Leica 0-Serie
Nr.107 (1923) camera sold for 1.3 million EUR (1.9 million USD).
The opening bid was 200,000 EUR with an estimated price
of 350,000-450,000 EUR. AP reports that the camera went to a
“private Asian collector after a nailbiting, 20-minute bidding
process“. This is the camera description:
This is the 7th camera of the Leica 0-series. Only approximately 25 of these
cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the
commercial introduction of the Leica A. It is the only camera known with
“Germany” engraving on the top plate. The factory record indicates
delivery to New York for patent applies. This means that this camera is
not only one of the major existing rarities, it is also the first Leica
being exported. It is the unique chance to buy the most important
collectible Leica camera.
Posted at 11:25 pm , on October 3, 2011
This cut tin jack-o’-lantern with
remnants of orange paint and a candleholder sold for $9440 (est.
$500/800). Kellogg collection.
jack-o-lantern with traces of the original orange painted finish, late
Nineteenth Century, 9½ inches high, sold for over ten times the high
estimate at $9,440.
Posted at 9:25 pm , on October 3, 2011
*Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark……. (yesterday’s forturne cookie).
Archibald Thorburn (British, 1860-1935 Peacock and Peacock Butterfly
‘of all his pictures…the most daring was a gigantic one…of a peacock in
full display in front of a red rhododendron in full bloom; a gorgeous
sunset and woodland as the background and, in the bottom lefthand
corner, a peacock butterfly.
It has been said Archibald Thorburn had nightmares about endlessly painting the “eyes” on the peacock tail feathers!
sold recently Bonhams July 13 2011 for $402,770.