I tried to buy some Tiffany lamps, but…

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William Smith Auctions, Plainfield, NH, held a Fabulous Pre-Thanksgiving Auction on November 20, 2021. It was a diverse sale with a few items that interested me. I tried to buy them, but was outbid on all of them; some by a lot.

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Tiffany Studios 12″ diameter Acorn floor lamp, Smith lot #303

First up lot #303, a nice, but not fantastic, Tiffany Studios 12″ diameter Acorn floor lamp. Estimated to sell for $5,000 – $7,000, it realized $17,700, including buyer’s premium. I usually sell this model in the range of $18,000 – $22,000, so there was no way I could pay the price.

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Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter geometric shade, Smith lot #305

Then I tried to buy lot #305, a Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter green geometric hanging shade with 10 scattered hairline cracks. It’s possible this was originally a hanging shade, but more likely it was part of a table lamp. I have the correct base to convert it to a table lamp, so I was anxious to buy the shade. I figured after I added the cost of a base (about $5,000), I could sell the lamp for about $20,000+. So I bid $11,800, including the buyer’s premium. That would have put me into the lamp for about $16,800, leaving a little room for a profit. Amazingly, the shade sold for $23,600, including buyer’s premium. Nuts!

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Handel 24″ square table lamp, Smith lot #309

I even tried to buy a huge, pretty, 24″ square Handel leaded lamp at the sale, lot #309. I figured Tiffany lamps are so difficult to buy nowadays that I would try for a Handel. It was estimated to sell for $3,000 – $5,000 and realized $12,980. No way could I buy it at that price and make a buck.

So I would up buying nothing at the sale, which seems to be a common theme nowadays. The market is strong, so I have to try harder, which of course I will do.

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.

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