|Title:||Tiffany Lily Lamp|
|Description:||Tiffany 7 light lily table lamp|
|Condition:||Dusty and dirty but the finish is original|
|Provenance:||Never been sold before. It was owned by family members for at least the last 50 years|
|Appraised By:||Marilyn Visakay|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello, Wow! what a great item to inherit. There are several examples of your table lamp that have sold at various auctions in the last three years as well as several books about Tiffany lamps. One major source for Tiffany lamps is Sotheby's Highly Important Tiffany Lamps from the Collection of John W. Mecom, Jr., Houston, Texas auction catalogue dated 1995. This book lists several examples of Tiffany's work along with measurements and signatures. Yours is the real thing. However, you do not mention if the shades are signed as well. Hopefully some are signed. (Not all the shades have to be or will be signed) Check on the rim of the shades or at the base of the shades for a Tiffany or LCT signature. This just enhances the value of your already valuable lamp. The base of your lamp is composed of cast bronze lily pads and buds surrounded by seven rod standards, each with a floriform socket and supporting opalescent lily shade. These lamps are extremely desirable in the current market which is interesting when you consider that during the 1940's his work was not as well regarded. Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) began his career as a painter and became a prominent figure in the field of decorative and fine arts. As a contemporary of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Tiffany became a leading component of the Art Nouveau style in America. Though Tiffany had many rivals, he is considered an artistic genius and achieved close to celebrity status in the eyes of collectors. Tiffany traveled extensively and began experimenting with glass around the age of thirty. In 1880, he founded Louis C. Tiffany and Company, to manufacture stained glass windows. Around 1880, Tiffany began producing the famous "Favrile" glass from the glasshouse in Brooklyn, NY, known as Heidt. The name favrile was patented in 1894 as a modification of the English word "fabrile" meaning hand-made. Because of the success of his windows, he thought of a new way to commercialize his favrile glass resulting in a mobile stained glass window-the Tiffany lamp. These lamps were an instant success and won many awards. Though Tiffany did not do the production work himself, the lamps were designed to be manufactured in multiples. He directed the design and manufacture of his lamps and was most influenced by themes from nature such as flowers, trees, insects, etc. Your lamp retails in antique shops in a New York market in the range of $40,000.00. In the last three years seven standard lamps identical to yours have sold in the range of $18,000.00. If you are going to insure the lamp, have a professional appraisal done to guarantee it's autenticity for your insurance company. If you are interested in selling the lamp down the road, I would advise you to contact Sotheby's NY office. They specialize in Tiffany and would probably get a great price for the lamp. Good Luck! M|
This online appraisal is an expert's opinion of the item(s) depicted above based solely on images and information supplied by our customer. Additional information, not shown on this certificate, may have been taken into account for this online Appraisal.
Please Note: Our service strives to include the best international authorities in their respective fields. While the appraiser may be an expert in rendering the valuation, please understand that they may not be completely fluent in English.
* Current Fair Market Value is the amount someone might receive when selling their item to a dealer or at auction. It is also the amount most government tax agencies (IRS, Revenue Canada, Inland Revenue, etc.) recognize as the tax deductible amount were the item donated to a charitable organization.
** Replacement Cost is the retail amount one might reasonably pay to purchase the item from a dealer, gallery, store, etc. It is also the amount for which one may want to insure an item.
For currency conversion go to http://www.xe.net/ucc/full.shtml