A bit of news about Antique Shows

A bit of news about Antique Shows

I will do my best to publish every Monday.


The Grove Park Inn

We haven’t exhibited at any antique shows since late February, 2020, when we were in Asheville, NC, for the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn. At the time we were beginning to hear about the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, but it was far away and their problem. Certainly not ours! We were the happy idiots.

Then in March, when I heard that the virus was in the United States, I told our family that we would not visit them, nor permit them into our home. At first we were met with incredulity, as I was a week or two ahead of the general warnings. It didn’t take long for our family, and the country at large, to realize the gravity of the situation.

I informed various show promoters that we wouldn’t exhibit at their shows for the foreseeable future. They still had hopes they could pull off their shows. After all, they had commitments, contracts and a lot at stake. It took the promoters longer to realize there would be no shows during the pandemic, despite their valiant efforts. Eventually they were forced to cancel their shows, one after another.

The Chicago Merchandise Mart

Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m tentatively planning. Miami is out. At first the show was postponed from January to March and ultimately canceled. The National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn this month was turned into a virtual show this year. So the next possibility on our schedule would be the Chicago Merchandise Mart Show in May. But that just seems too soon to me. Even if both my wife and I have had our shots, most of those people around us wouldn’t have had theirs, so we will not exhibit in Chicago this May.

Our booth at the last Baltimore show

That leaves us with our next possibility, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, at the end of August. As of now, I don’t even see dates for the show listed on their website, so I hope it actually happens. My assumption is by then, a majority of Americans will have been vaccinated, and life will have begun to return to normal. So our plan, of course subject to change, is to exhibit there as our first show in a year and a half. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the virus can be subdued, but the new variants put that plan in jeopardy. Stay posted!

In the meantime, business has been good, so I continue to stay optimistic.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Fontaine’s Auction sold several Tiffany Studios lamps at their Fine & Decorative Arts sale, January 23, 2021

Fontaine’s Auction sold several Tiffany Studios lamps at their Fine & Decorative Arts sale, January 23, 2021

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Fontaine’s Auction, Pittsfield, MA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts auction on January 23, 2021. Included in the sale were several Tiffany Studios lamps. Following are a few of the results.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #100

The top lot of the Tiffany lamps was shared by both #100 and #118. #100 was a beautiful 17″ diameter Dragonfly, with a blue and green ripple glass background and a rare, bulbous Pepper base. It sold near its high estimate of $80,000, realizing $87,725, including buyer’s premium. I tried to buy this lamp, but it was too much for a dealer, but not for a collector.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Peony floor lamp, Fontaine’s lot #118

Lot #118 brought the same price as #100, but this time the price was closer to its low estimate of $70,000. In person, the lamp displayed poorly with too much brown in the background and little pizzazz in the flowers. Personally I had no interest.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Dogwood table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #50

Lot #50, a Tiffany 20″ diameter Dogwood table lamp was another beauty. This one was more impressive in person than the photo. The background was all fracture glass, with more blue than the photo. It needed some restoration to the leadwork in the geometric upper rows, but that was minor. It sold for $66,550, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $50,000 – $75,000. Unfortunately I was the underbidder.

Tiffany Studios 15″ diameter Spider table lamp, Fontaine’s lot #125

Lot #125 was a decent, but not exceptional, example of a 15″ diameter Tiffany Spider table lamp. It sold near its high estimate of $40,000, realizing $45,980, including buyer’s premium.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 01 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000

A few results from Rago Arts and Auctions Early 20th Century Design sale, January 21, 2021

A few results from Rago Arts and Auctions Early 20th Century Design sale, January 21, 2021

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Rago Arts and Auction, Lambertville, NJ, held an Early 20th Century Design sale on January 21, 2021, including art pottery, furniture, lamps, glass and ceramics. Following are a few of the results.

George Ohr vase, Rago lot #105

George Ohr was well represented in the sale with 38 lots. The top lot of these vases was #105, a beautiful, blue, highly ruffled, 6½” tall example. It approximately doubled its high estimate of $35,000, realizing $81,250, including buyer’s premium. 19 of the 38 lots sold for $10,000 or more.

Grueby Tulip vase, Rago lot #204

I really liked lot #204, a floral decorated Grueby vase. Unfortunately, it had been overfired at the factory, causing the glaze to slip down about 1/2″. What a shame. I would have bid strongly for this vase if it hadn’t had problems. Regardless, it sold for $11,875, including buyer’s premium, against a $6,000 – $9,000 estimate.

Tiffany 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Rago lot #243

Lot #243, a 17″ Dragonfly on a rare Favrile glass base, sold best among the dozen or so Tiffany lamps in the sale. It realized $96,000, including buyer’s premium — near its high estimate of $80,000.

For the complete results of the sale click here.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000

What’s new at Philip Chasen Antiques?

What’s new at Philip Chasen Antiques?

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Business has been really good except for the usual slowdown in December. I suppose what I sell is a bit too expensive for Christmas gifts. But it’s January of a new and hopefully better year, so let’s get the party started.

Here are a few of the new items I have for sale.

Gallé blownout Water Lily vase

Gallé produced many models of blownout vases after WWI, some more interesting than others. The Water Lily model is one of the best – the flower is so showy and beautiful. It comes in a variety of colors. This example has exquisite white flowers with green and brown leaves on a sky blue background. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Crocus table lamp

Tiffany lamps have been flying off the shelves. I just got this gorgeous 16″ diameter Crocus lamp with very special mottled glass. It’s dash-numbered 9, indicating it was part of a limited run of lamps, usually 10 or fewer, where the glass was carefully chosen. It’s a superb lamp with a ribbed library base and a fabulous original patina.

Austrian coupe of Diana the Huntress and her dogs

I just got this amazing Austrian coupe of Diana the Huntress holding her dogs on a leash. It’s agate with a chiseled vermeil frame and circular guilloche base with enameled patterns of oak leaves and acorns. The two handles are paved with peridots, each surmounted by a dog whose body is covered with small rubies. The rim of the cup is decorated with water pearls and a leaf, circa 1900. Amazingly it has its original fitted box. It’s petite, but special.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 11 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000

A review of some recent sales

A review of some recent sales

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Business has been pretty good the last few months, contrary to what I had originally thought when the Covid pandemic began. All of the in-person action from antique shows has moved online. Hopefully in-person business will start to resume as the vaccinations get rolling.

Most of my best recent sales have been French glass. Following are a few of the best.

Daum Nancy Penguin vase

Penguins are one of Daum Nancy’s rarest decorations. The example above is a beauty. The shape is not perfectly round, but a slightly oblong variation.

A. Walter pâte-de-verre Lizard inkwell

The two best makers of French pâte-de-verre glass were Argy-Rousseau and A. Walter. Argy-Rousseau produced mostly vases, while Walter produced more 3-dimensional objects, including many variations with lizards. The inkwell above is a rare, gorgeous example.

Daum Nancy free-form vase

Daum Nancy made many vases with wild orchids and spider webs, as it’s beautiful subject matter. Sometimes the form is what make one example more special than another. The example above is killer. It also has a bee in the decoration that adds to its rarity and desirability. The Art Nouveau metalwork around the foot is a nice touch that you don’t often see.

Daum Nancy Cranes pitcher

Cranes are great subject matter for Daum Nancy. The example above is special for a few reasons. First, the subject matter is rare. Second, it’s on a shaded orange background, whereas the typical example is on a green or frosted background. Third, it’s exceptionally crisp. Fourth, it’s got beautiful gilded accents on the flowers, the rim and the handle. Last, it’s not a vase, but a pitcher with an applied handle. Just wonderful!


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 18 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000

New research on the dating of Emile Gallé glassware

New research on the dating of Emile Gallé glassware

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Samuel Provost is an Associate Professor in Archeology and Art History of Late Antiquity at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France. He has done exhaustive research on the dating of Gallé glassware based on the various signatures, as per the chart below. This research updates some of the assumptions from the previous work of others.

Click here for Mr. Provost’s complete article entitled The Gallé signatures on glass after 1904 : a tentative chronology (part I, 1904-1920).


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 04 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Knock-your-socks-off results at Christie’s New York Important Tiffany from the Collection of Mary M. and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. sale, December 11, 2020

Knock-your-socks-off results at Christie’s New York Important Tiffany from the Collection of Mary M. and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. sale, December 11, 2020

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Christie’s New York held an Important Tiffany from the Collection of Mary M. and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. sale on December 11, 2020, with spectacular results. Sales totaled $3,966,250 for the 34 lots, with 100% selling, for an average of $116,654.

Tiffany Studios Pebble lamp, Christie’s lot #307

The second best result of the sale went to lot #307, a rare Pebble lamp. (The top lot of the sale was a Moorish chandelier, lot #322, which sold for $550,000, including buyer’s premium.) Instead of glass, the lamp is composed of pebbles supposedly gathered from the beach by Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall estate between Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. The lamp sold for approximately three times its high estimate of $150,000, realizing $537,500, including buyer’s premium. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of this model, and I wouldn’t have bid even within its estimate. But alas, no one bothered to ask me.

Tiffany 10-light Lily table lamp, Christie’s lot #327

In one of the more bizarre results of the sale, a Tiffany 10-light Lily table lamp, lot #327, with an estimate of $15,000 – $20,000, sold for an astounding $112,500, including buyer’s premium. It’s not like the lamp was especially rare. I sell 4-6 lily lamps per year of different sizes, so if there’s anyone familiar with the pricing, it’s me. I sell this lamp in the range of $25,000 – $40,000, depending on the quality. And two other smaller lily lamps in the sale also sold for outrageously high prices. Wowza!

Tiffany Laburnum table lamp, Christie’s lot #

A few stunning lamps sold within or below their estimates. I could not even begin to explain why. However, I will compliment the astute buyers. For example lot #328, a beautiful Laburnum table lamp, sold below its low estimate of $200,000, realizing $212,500, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale click here.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000

Great results at Sotheby’s Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany Studios sale, December 10, 2020

Great results at Sotheby’s Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany Studios sale, December 10, 2020

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Sotheby’s New York held a Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany Studios sale, December 10, 2020, with total sales of $4,108,254 for the 40 lots offered, for an average of $111,034 per sold lot. 3 lots did not sell, mostly because their estimates were too high. Many lots sold above their high estimates, indicating the continuing strength of the Tiffany Studios market.

Tiffany Studios Wisteria table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #513

The top lot of the lamps was #513, a fine Wisteria example. It sold at the lower end of its estimate of $400,000 – $600,000, realizing $485,100, including buyer’s premium. I think the problem was that there were only a limited number of Wisteria buyers because of the price range and most of them already own at least one example.

A miniature Wisteria table lamp, lot #530, called a Pony Wisteria, did much better. It sold for $302,400, against an estimate of $200,000 – $300,000.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Butterfly table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #514

Lot #514 was a rare and beautiful 16″ diameter Butterfly table lamp. It sold well above its high estimate of $120,000, realizing $226,800, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Favrile Morning Glory paperweight vase, Sotheby’s lot #515

There were six Tiffany Favrile glass lots offered for sale, all of which sold, except for one. Of the five that sold, lot #515, a vivid Morning Glory paperweight vase, fared best. It sold for $56,700, against an estimate of $40,000 – $60,000.

For the complete results of the sale click here.

Make sure you tune in next week for my post on Christie’s Tiffany sale. You won’t believe some of the results!


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 21 Dec 2020 16:40:21 +0000

Tiffany lamps sell well at Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts sale, December 8, 2020

Tiffany lamps sell well at Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts sale, December 8, 2020

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Morphy Auctions, Denver, PA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts sale, December 8-10, 2020. The first day was devoted to American and European ceramics, glass and lamps. Many items performed very well, especially Tiffany lamps, which are on a tear.

Amphora Spitting Coin Dragon vase, Morphy lot #1032

The first hundred or so lots were Amphora pottery from a prestigious New York City collection. The top lot of the collection, #1032, was a rare, 21½” tall, Spitting Coin Dragon vase. It sold for $54,120, including buyer’s premium — approximately double its high estimate of $24,000.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Drop Head Dragonfly table lamp, Morphy lot #1352

The top lot of the Tiffany lamps went to #1352, a not-very-attractive 22″ diameter Drop Head Dragonfly table lamp on a tree trunk base. Personally I wouldn’t have bid on this lot for half the realized price of $116,850, including buyer’s premium. The brown mottled background just didn’t do it for me.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Bamboo table lamp, Morphy’s lot #1298

A rare Tiffany 16″ diameter Bamboo table lamp sold near its high estimate of $75,000, realizing $89,175, including buyer’s premium. Most of the Tiffany lamps in the sale sold at or above their high estimates.

For the complete results of the sale click here.

You’ll want to read my blog for the next couple of weeks, where I’ll report on the results of the December Sotheby’s and Christie’s Tiffany Studios sales. Tiffany lamp prices were nuts!


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 14 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000

New acquisitions at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL

New acquisitions at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL

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Tiffany Studios fireplace hood, circa 1883. Photo courtesy of Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

This week’s post is a link to artfixdaily.com. Click here to read the
interesting article about some newly acquired items that will be added to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art’s extensive collection. I’ve written about the museum before. It’s located in Winter Park, FL, and is a great place to visit when you’re in the Orlando area.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. 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.

Published at Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000