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
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;
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