Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Peony Border Bronze Floor Lamp (Details). Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
DALLAS – A rare selection of Tiffany Studios lighting took pride of place at Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event held in Dallas recently. Taking the top lot honor is a Peony Border Bronze Floor Lamp which sold for $131,000. A beautiful Turtleback Tile Bronze Floor Lamp, also by Tiffany sold for $106,250.
Nearly 1,800 items were presented at the Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event . The auction included fine art, furniture, ceramics, glass, silver and lighting, plus art nouveau and deco rarities. The lot auction recorded high sell-through rates, helping Heritage Auctions achieve more $2.37 million in sales.
One of the star lot of the decorative art section of the auction is a monumental Apulian volute-krater, from the 4th century BC. From the Estate of Bonell Silverman, the front side of the krater has the image of a nude youth and horse within an Ionic naiskos. In the hand of the boy is a spear. Attributed to the Group of Cogenhagen 4233, this highly decorative piece sold for $45,000, well above its pre-auction estimate.
Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event showed collectors vigorous interest in tiffany and co lamp designs. In addition to two Tiffany Studios floor lamps, several other table lamps by tiffany & co fetched impressive auction prices. A Tiffany Studios Roman Table Lamp on a Gilt Bronze Stick Base, circa 1910, sold for $32,500. Often considered tiffany jewelry, the lamp more than doubled its estimated price.
A superb Tiffany Studios Apple Blossom Table Lamp also made great showing at the Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event. The three-light lamp with a leaded glass Apple Blossom shade resting on three prongs issued from a reeded standard sold for $20,000. Additionally, a stunning pair of Tiffany Studios Bronze and Favrille Glass Six-Light Lily Lamps, from a private Kansas collector, surpassed its $5,000 estimate to sell for $20,000.
Besides the Tiffany Studios lamps and decorative art pieces, furniture also did well at the Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event, fetching record prices. Leading a selection of distinctive furniture is a Louis XV Amaranth, Tulipwood, Mahogany And Gilt Bronze Commode, from Paris. Dating from about 1775, the furniture sold for $71,875. A Dutch Walnut and Oak Bonnet Secretary Bookcase, circa 1800, also sold for $12,500, while a Louis Majorelle Mahogany and Marquetry Writing Desk, circa 1900, sold for $8,125.
Highlighting the auction’s diverse selection of fine art paintings, prints and sculpture was Floral, 1987, by Clarice Smith. The oil on canvas was previously exhibited at the University of Maryland and was sold for $17,500 from the Estate of Ruth Carter Stevenson to benefit the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Confederate Soldier with Captured Union Mount, 1865, after John Elder, made more than 10 times its estimated price selling for $16,250. Louis Ashton Knight oil on canvas panting titled A Bend in the Stream, also surpassed its $5,000 pre-auction estimate. Measuring 18-1/4 x 32-1/4 inches (46.4 x 81.9 cm), the landscape painting of a stream meandering through a forest sold for $13,125.
Commenting on the auction, Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director at Heritage Auctions explained that “Bidders were excited to see this auction’s selection of lighting and fine art as well as choice collections of art glass and an emphasis on art deco and art nouveau objects. The result of that excitement, Beardsley concludes: “All three sessions enjoyed strong bidding, which resulted in hundreds of lots surpassing expectations.”
The excitement at the Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event shows the passion of collectors for fine and decorative art. As expected, Tiffany lamps and designs did very well. Just like Tiffany jewelry, the Tiffany Studios standing lightings sold at the auction, showed high aesthetics and craftsmanship that have come to be associated with tiffany and co.
Additional highlights of the auction includes :
1. Untitled, 1979, a Modern and Contemporary work by Kazuko Inoue. Estimate : $1,500 Realized: $12,500
2. A collection of French poster art featured Divan Japonais, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Estimate: $4,000 . Realized: $11,875
3. Julius, a striking bronze bust by Raymond Barthe. Estimate: $4,000. Realized: $11,875.
4. Woman Reaching for a Vase, 1904, by Victor Brenner. Estimate: $400. Realized: $10,625.
5. The room was enamored by a large Black Forest Carved Wood and Ivory Mantle Clock. Price Realized: $23,750.
6. A stunning Porcelain Figural Compote with Gilt Bronze Mounts, circa 1880. Price Realized: $10,000.