Off-duty police discover stolen Roman statue in Belgian antiques shop

By Hada Messia

Italian police recovered a stolen Roman statue after off-duty officers noticed it in a Belgian antique shop almost a decade after it was looted from an archeological site, according to authorities.

The headless marble statue of a “Togatus,” from the 1st century BC, was stolen by unknown robbers about 10 years ago from Roman archeological site Villa Marini Dettina Park, according to Italy’s Heritage Tutelage Carabinieri Unit.

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Chocolate Gifted by Queen Victoria in 1900 Found in Attic

By ANTIQUE TRADER STAFF

Chocolate commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1900 was recently discovered tucked inside of a war helmet in an attic at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, England.

The 121-year-old chocolate bar, still in its original wrapper and tin, was in the helmet belonging to the 8th Baronet, Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld, who fought in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). It was found last week by National Trust conservators, who had been cataloging the belongings of his daughter, Frances Greathead, who died last year at age 100. 

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Walla Walla’s Tag Lady Estate to sell Hotel Moro historic antiques

By the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Tag Lady Estate in Walla Walla will sell antiques, furniture, kitchenwares and collections April 23-25 at a historic hotel in Moro, Oregon.

Hotel Moro (est. 1921) is located at 101 Main St., and the property now includes more than 30 rooms filled with various items.

Tag Lady Estate has been hired to liquidate the contents as the new property owners, Travis and Mandy West, planning to turn it into a boutique hotel and coffee shop.

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Cottone Auctions sold Tiffany lamps at their Fine Art & Antiques auction, March 27, 2021

Cottone Auctions sold Tiffany lamps at their Fine Art & Antiques auction, March 27, 2021

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Cottone Auctions, Geneseo, NY, held a Fine Art & Antiques auction on March 27, 2021. Included in the sale was a nice collection of Tiffany Studios lamps and objects. Following is a review of a few of the lamps.

Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Pond Lily table lamp, Cottone’s lot #77

Lot #77, a beautiful 20″ diameter Tiffany Studios Pond Lily table lamp sold for $138,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $60,000 – $80,000. It was rare and gorgeous, so I wasn’t surprised by the result. It was the top lot of the Tiffany lamps.

Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Daffodil table lamp, Cottone’s lot #78
Tiffany Studios 14″ diameter Tulip table lamp, Cottone’s lot #79

Strangely, in my opinion, the next lot, #78, sold for more than the following lot, #79. I thought the results should have been reversed. But alas, the bidders did not listen to me. (What is wrong with them??) Lot #78, a 16″ diameter Daffodil, sold for $61,200, including buyer’s premium, while lot #79, a beautiful 14″ diameter Tulip sold for $42,000, both including buyer’s premium. They each started with identical estimates of $30,000 – $50,000. I wanted to buy lot #79, but the price was too high for me to make a profit.

For the complete results of the sale, click here. You will have to sign in (free) to see the prices.


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, 29 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000

A review of some recent sales

A review of some recent sales

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Business has been surprisingly good during the pandemic, as I’ve been saying for the last year or so. Following is a review of some recent sales.

I traded a beautiful Handel Jungle Bird lamp from my personal collection for a rare Tiffany Studios Turtleback candlestick/lamp.

Handel Jungle Bird table lamp

Then I sold the candlestick. It was a good trade because everyone involved was pleased.

Rare Tiffany Studios Turtleback candlestick

I’ve been selling a lot of pâte-de-verre items by Argy-Rousseau and Walter, including a very rare Argy-Rousseau veilleuse (night light) called Fleurs et Bourgeons (Flowers and Buds), pictured below.

Argy-Rousseau pâte-de-verre night light Fleurs et Bourgeons (Flowers and Buds)

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got some good Tiffany Studios items, especially lamps, that you’re looking to sell or trade. I’m also on the hunt for good pâte-de-verre by Argy-Rousseau and A. Walter and French cameo glass by Daum Nancy and Gallé. Please email me with your offers. I don’t want your item on consignment. I’ll write you a check and buy it outright.


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, 22 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000

A bit of news about Antique Shows

A bit of news about Antique Shows

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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