Lamps with leaded glass shades, which Louis Comfort Tiffany, the world famous glassmaker and son of the founder of Tiffany & Co., started producing in 1899 to make use of the small pieces of glass left over from his stained glass windows and mosaic paintings, almost always trump other 20th-century offerings at auction.
That was the case at James D. Julia’s Lamp & Glass auction last month when a Tiffany Venetian table lamp with a $60,000-$80,000 estimate sold for $103,500, followed by a Tiffany nasturtium floor lamp that brought $69,000 — the two highest prices.
The top-selling four vases were by the famous French art glass makers, Galle and Daum Nancy and by the Mount Washington Glass Works, which was in operation from 1837-94, first in South Boston and later in New Bedford. A Mount Washington Burmese monkey vase sold for $28,750, a Mount Washington Burmese vase with a rare owl pattern for $27,600, a Galle marquetry floral vase for $25,875, and a Daum Nancy cameo vase for $23,000.
A Tiffany 18-karat yellow gold bear pin with ruby eyes was the top-selling jewelry from the Polly Bergen collection, bringing $4,140 against a $1,000-
$1,500 estimate, followed by an 18-karat gold Cartier necklace ($3,967 against a $300-$500 estimate) and an 18-karat yellow gold woman’s Rolex watch ($3,565 against $3,000-$5,000).
The nearly 100 glass paperweights in the sale were topped by the $6,900 paid for a botanical weight by Attleboro-born Paul Stankard (1943-), now of New Jersey, who is considered the father of the modern glass paperweight.
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A Tiffany poppy table lamp with a $30,000-$40,000 estimate headlines Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at its Boston gallery.
The 770-lot auction spans the century with offerings ranging from an Art Nouveau four-panel screen ($20,000-
$25,000) by the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) to a late 1900s glass cube sculpture ($1,500-$2,500) by the Rhode Island glass artist Steven Weinberg (1954-), whose works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian, the Louvre, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The more than 70 lots of silver being offered include two dozen lots by the late German-American silversmith Henry Petzal (1907-2002), whose works are represented in several museums including the Museum of Fine Arts. The pieces in the sale range from a champagne bucket ($3,000-$4,000) to a baby spoon and pusher ($125-$150).
Furniture choices include such items as an Arts & Crafts bookcase by Gustav Stickley ($4,000-$6,000), an Art Deco-style desk and chair ($1,600-$1,800), a pair of 1960s Peacock chairs by the Danish Modern designer Hans Wegner ($4,000-$6,000) and a circa 1965 walnut free-form coffee table by George Nakashima.
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Four rare Tiffany leaded lamps with six-figure estimates highlight Sotheby’s Important 20th Century Design Auction Saturday in New York.
A circa 1915 Magnolia floor lamp has a $650,000-$800,000 estimate, a circa 1902-06 Trumpet Creeper table lamp a $400,000-$600,000 estimate, a circa 1905 Peacock table lamp a $140,000-$180,000 estimate, and a circa 1900-10 Tulip Tree table lamp an $80,000-$120,000 estimate.
Other auction highlights include the circa 1913 “Roses” vase ($600,000-
$800,000) by the French glass designer René Lalique and the only known smaller-scale version of Demetre Chiparus’s five-figure “Les Girls” sculpture ($300,000-$500,000) inspired by the chorus lines in the Paris music halls of the 1920s.
French furniture designs from the 1930s and ’40s include several pieces by the designer Paul Dupre-Lafon , highlighted by a limed oak console table, its top covered with red Hermès panels ($400,000-$600,000).
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Two pairs of Muhammad Ali’s fight-worn gloves each sold for $385,848 in SCP’s November Auction, setting a world auction price for any boxing memorabilia.
The gloves from Ali’s (then known as Cassius Clay) Feb. 25, 1964, bout with Sonny Liston and from the Nov. 8, 1971, bout with Joe Frazier were among the more than 100 lots of boxing memorabilia assembled by the late Angelo Dundee during his career as trainer for Ali and other champions. Dundee died in February at 90 in Tampa.
The collection brought more than $1.3 million, a portion of which will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Foundation. Another portion will fund care for Dundee’s daughter, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Other top prices included the $519,202 paid for the 13 Golden Glove Awards presented to Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and the $250,642 for the only known Babe Ruth circa 1922 New York Yankees team sweater.
The 13 lots of memorabilia from the basketball career of Boston Celtics Hall-of-Famer Sam Jones, including rings, wristwatches, and awards, brought a total of $310,118 or more than six times the opening bids. The highest price for a single item was the $66,734 paid for his 1958-59 NBA Championship ring.
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An iconic Hollywood prop, the piano from the Academy Award-winning 1942 film “Casablanca,” will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on Friday with an $800,000-$1.2 million estimate.
The 58-key piano on which Sam (Dooley Wilson) played “As Time Goes By” was the prop for the romantic flashback scene at the Paris bistro La Belle Aurore, where the star-crossed lovers Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), holding champagne glasses, lean against the piano and he toasts her with the now immortal line: “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
The piano has been consigned by the Japanese collector who purchased it at a 1988 Sotheby’s auction for $154,000, one of the highest prices paid at that time for movie memorabilia. The current auction record is the $5.52 million paid last year in Los Angeles for Marilyn Monroe’s so-called “subway” dress from the scene in the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” when her dress billowed around her as she stood over a grate.