Published: June 19, 2017
FAIRFIELD, MAINE — A rare Tiffany Studios floor lamp with all over dogwood design and an unusual irregular floral lower border led the day as James D. Julia presented its rare lamps, glass and jewelry auction on June 16. It reached $406,600, including premium, blowing through its pre-auction estimate of $100/150,000.
It was standing room only in the auction hall for the auction, another record breaker. The day was an incredible success, with a total of more than $4.1 million in gross sales, setting a new division record for the second auction in a row. Tiffany Studios ruled the day, with many of the firm’s clients saying it was the best Tiffany auction in the last 25 years.
An exhausted but pleased Mike Fredericks, head of the division, said that calls over the weekend following the sale and inquiring about unsold lots will undoubtedly push the total higher. “The last record we set was $3.4 million in November 2016 and this sale absolutely blew that away.”
A spectacular Tiffany Studios Wisteria leaded glass window also shattered its pre-auction estimate and sold for $257,850. The exceptional window featured multi-colored purple and blue glass forming the overall wisteria patterns. The window’s great depth of color came from each blue wisteria panel being plated on the back side with various panels of confetti and striated glass forming the individual petals of the wisteria flower. The 31-by-47¾-inch window housed in a wooden frame was primarily about the profuse wisteria, which dramatically frames a scenic design of a tree and pond.
Another Tiffany highlight was a dragonfly chandelier that was estimated at $100/150,000, which brought $228,100.
Watch for a complete review of this sale in an upcoming issue.
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