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Rago Auctions, Lambertville, NJ, held an Early 20th Century Design sale on September 23, 2021 with mostly art pottery, a few lots by Tiffany Studios, some Arts & Crafts furniture and a few miscellaneous lots. Following are a few of the results that I found most interesting.
Lot #235, a blue 20″ diameter Daffodil, performed best of the Tiffany lamps. Estimated to sell for $60,000 – $75,000, it realized $91,000, including buyer’s premium. I just wonder if the buyer will be happy when the lamp arrives. The difference between the photo and the lamp in person was vast. I visited Rago in person and wasn’t even sure I was looking at the same lamp. Whoever photoshopped the image invented a lamp that didn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. It was a very nice lamp that didn’t look anything like the photos.
I tried to buy lot #229, a Tiffany 12-light lily floor lamp. It wasn’t the best example that I’d ever seen, but it was quite nice. A better example would have had a patina finish, not the statuary bronze doré finish on this example. The shades were nice, but not the best match possible. It sold for $52,500, near the high estimate of $50,000. I think that was a very fair price for a collector, but right at the cusp of too much for a dealer.
I don’t deal much with art pottery anymore, but I thought I should note that lot #167, a rare Adelaide Robineau night lamp, set a world record for the artist. It sold for $137,500, against an estimate of $40,000 – $60,000, including buyer’s premium. Unfortunately I don’t know enough about Robineau to understand the importance of the lamp.
For the complete results of the sale, click here.
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