Inside the Archives: Tiffany Lamp Prices (From Invaluable.com)

Inside the Archives: Tiffany Lamp Prices (From Invaluable.com)

Inside the Archives: Tiffany Lamp Prices
                                               Lot 15, Tiffany Studios “Red Poppies” lamp, estimate: €45,000 – €70,000, Tajan (March 31, 2016)When Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, strayed from the family business, he began to masterfully produce stylized lamps for an affluent group of customers in the early 1890s.His orientalist designs drew inspiration from near and far Eastern as well as Venetian sources. They contained coiled bronze wire and blown favrile glass that “reflected the cultural fascination with the exotic,” says Tim Andreadis, Freeman’s specialist in 20th-century design.In the late 1890s through 1930s, Tiffany Studios crafted pieced, mosaic glass shades that often featured floral designs and colors that aligned with the Art Nouveau movement of the era. The talented artisans and designers who created these iconic leaded-glass lamps, says Andreadis, “established an oeuvre of lighting design unmatched in the modern era.”Original Tiffany Studios fixtures are highly sought after today and the market remains competitive for investment-quality works. Lamps can be worth anywhere from $4,000 to over $1 million; the highest price ever paid for a Tiffany lamp was $2.8 million at a Christie’s auction in 1997.Below is a list of recent realized prices for Tiffany lamps from the Invaluable price database, ranging from valuable shade motifs like the Dragonfly, Nautilus, and Peacock to more accessible styles.

Popular Motifs

“The very best Tiffany lamps have harmoniously composed shades from a mosaic of hundreds of individually selected glass pieces,” says Andreadis. ” A very good example can be acquired on today’s market in the $100,000-150,000 price range.”

Some of the most popular designs range from the more orientalist types like the Poppy lamp, to the dream-like, flowing floral designs like the Daffodil and Wisteria. The Dragonfly and Peacock designs, says Andreadis, are among the most desirable of the “blue chip” Tiffany lamps – those that would have been much more expensive at the date of their creation and still tend to hold six-figure price estimates.

1: Tiffany Studios Maple Leaf Floor Lamp

Lot 100, Cottone Auctions (March 2009)
Estimated Price: $75,000 – $125,000
Realized Price: $103,500

2: Tiffany Studios Peacock Table Lamp

Lot 2295, James D. Julia (November 2013)
Estimated Price: $80,000 – $100,000
Realized Price: $82,950

3: Tiffany Studios Lamp

Lot 1020, Robert Slawinski Auctioneers (September 2013)
Estimated Price: $40,000 – $60,000
Realized Price: $80,000

4: Tiffany Studios Table Lamp With Dragonfly Leaded Glass Shade

Lot 461, Treadway Toomey Auctions (September 2014)
Estimated Price: $55,000 – $75,000
Realized Price: $73,200

5: Tiffany Studios Poppy Lamp

Lot 502, Cottone Auctions (September 2014)
Estimated Price: $60,000 – $80,000
Realized Price: $60,000

6: Tiffany Studios Daffodil Lamp

Lot 248, Cottone Auctions (March 2014)
Estimated Price: $35,000 – $45,000
Realized Price: $49,500

7: Tiffany Studios Nautilus Lamp

Lot 596, Cottone Auctions (March 2011)
Estimated Price: $4,000 – $6,000
Realized Price: $8,100


Appealingly Accessible

Alongside their more intricate glass masterpieces, Tiffany Studios also produced student and library lamps with geometric or favrile glass shades. Seeking these out, as well as less popular motifs and original parts of Tiffany lamps allow for buyers to “acquire Tiffany quality at a fraction of the price of the more elaborate leaded lamps,” says Andreadis.

Another slightly more accessible option for those seeking Tiffany Studios lamps is the bronze base. While less breathtaking than their lampshade counterparts, original bases are valued by collectors.

8: Tiffany Studios Adjustable Bronze Floor Lamp Base

Lot 377, Cottone Auctions (September 2015)
Estimated Price: $2,000 – $3,000
Realized Price: $3,450

9: Tiffany Studios Pair of Seven Light Lily Lamps

Lot 202, Constantine & Pletcher (June 2015)
Estimated Price: $8,000 – $12,000
Realized Price: $8,000

10: Tiffany Studios Table Lamp

Lot 511, Cottone Auctions (September 2014)
Estimated Price: $4,000 – $6,000
Realized Price: $5,800

11: Tiffany Studios Leaded Pomegranate Lamp

Lot 13, Concept Art Gallery (June 2013)
Estimated Price: $5,000 – $8,000
Realized Price: $3,000

12: Tiffany Studios Desk Lamp Base

Lot 389, Treadway Toomey Auctions (June 2014)
Estimated Price: $800 – $1,100
Realized Price: $1,037

13: Tiffany Double Student Lamp

Lot 94, Kodner Galleries (April 2014)
Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000
Realized Price: $8,500

14: Tiffany Studios Bronze Mushroom Lamp Base

Lot 384, Cottone Auctions (September 2015)
Estimated Price: $8,000 – $12,000
Realized Price: $4,600