Monday, November 28, 2011

Tiffany Studios Favrile Glass Vases

On December 17, Christie's New York will hold a sale of Magnificent Tiffany: Including Property from the Estate of Jeanne Laverne Dailey. Louis Comfort Tiffany's studios produced some of the most memorable art glass of the art nouveau era. For many years, when art nouveau was out of fashion, this incredible legacy of beautiful glass was neglected or nearly forgotten. Gradually, Tiffany glass came to be recognized for its exceptional design and brilliant decoration.When the Tiffany glass belonging to the restaurant Maxwell's Plum was offered for sale in early 1989, the prices realized were considered astronomical. Time has shown that this was not an aberration. Indeed, by today's standards, these prices would be considered bargains.

Here then is a selection of some exquisite vases now being offered. It's impossible to predict how rapidly prices will climb in the future, but one thing is sure: no more favrile glass is being made.

Sale 2503 
Works of Art from Tiffany Studios 

17 December 2011 
New York, Rockefeller Plaza 

TIFFANY STUDIOS A Red 'Tel-el-Amarna' Favrile Glass Vase, circa 1910
8 in. (20.3 cm.) high

engraved L.C. Tiffany - Favrile 5931E 

Lot 1


    $8,000 - $12,000
December 17, 2011 Price Realized: $ 18,750

Pre-Lot Text

Thomas F. Walker's ardor for Tiffany art glass is evident in the breadth and beauty of the collection he amassed over a period of twenty years. The stunning examples of vases and lamps illustrate the widely varying forms and types of glass produced by Tiffany Studios. Among the exquisite examples offered, the gourd form vase with its subtle golds and light purples swirled with oranges and greens and the early Agate vase with purple and green striations speak to Dr. Walker's sophisticated and diligent eye. Similarly the 'Snowball' leaded glass and bronze table lamp has complex gradations in color and luminosity, achieved by a particularly well selected array of Tiffany Studios glass.
Thomas Walker dedicated much of his life to helping others. An anesthesiologist by profession and a Captain in the United States Air Force, Dr. Walker was also deeply committed to 'Paul's Pantry,' his local Green Bay food pantry, and 'Smile Train,' an organization in the Philippines that helps children born with cleft palates to get the surgery they need. Among other charities he supported were 'Sisters of Notre Dame,' a home for retired nuns, and the Medical College of Wisconsin to help medical students with debt relief. Seeing the beautiful pieces of art glass that he collected over the years is a wonderful parallel to the beautiful life he led helping others. The majority of the sale proceeds from this collection will be given to charity.

A Decorated 'Cypriote' Favrile Glass Vase, circa 1920 

4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high 

engraved L.C. Tiffany - Favrile 3547P 

Lot 40


    $5,000 - $7,000
December 17, 2011 Price Realized: $ 7,500

A 'Jack-in-the-Pulpit' Favrile Glass Vase, circa 1905 
17 in. (43.2 cm.) high 

engraved L.C.T. Y4164 
Lot 44


    $15,000 - $20,000
December 17, 2011 Price Realized:  $ 15,000

A Decorated 'Cypriote' Favrile Glass Vase, circa 1900 

6 in. (15.2 cm.) high 

engraved L.C.T. N2815 
Lot 54


    $12,000 - $15,000
December 17, 2011 Price Realized:  $17,500 

A 'Gladiola' Favrile Glass Paperweight Vase, circa 1920 
14 3/8 in. (36.6 cm.) high 
engraved L.C. Tiffany - Inc. Favrile 6401N 
Lot 85


    $20,000 - $30,000
December 17, 2011 Price Realized:  $62,500 

A Blue 'Tel-el-Amarna' Favrile Glass Vase, circa 1910 

15¾ in. (40 cm.) high 

engraved Paris Salon L.C. Tiffany - Favrile 9140E and with original paper label 

Lot 105


    $30,000 - $50,000
December 17, 2011:  Unsold 

Note:  My most recent post about Tiffany art glass is here.


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