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Collecting Tiffany lamps, 10 things to know

The ‘Pond Lily’ lamp ( see photo below post) , for example, sold for $3,372,500 at Christie’s in New York in December 2018. Made by Tiffany Studios in the early 1900s, it was one of the costliest and rarest creations produced by the company, and retailed at $400. The lamp is one of only 14 thought to exist — five of which are in museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1- The origins of Tiffany Studios Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) — not to be confused with his father Charles Tiffany, who founded the renowned jewellery house Tiffany & Company — was an artist, decorator and designer.

2- Superior craftsmanship

3- All about the base It’s not just the shade that’s important — the base is also a key part of the design.

4- Can a lamp be rewired?

5- The 20th century’s most expensive Tiffany lamp at auction One of the most valuable Tiffany lamps ever sold reached $2.8 million at a Christie’s auction in 1998. ‘The “Pink Lotus” lamp is a very rare form and few survive today.

6- How important is condition?

7- Can restoration work affect value?

8- How to spot a fake

9- Do Tiffany lamps mix well?

10- What else did Tiffany Studios produce?

read complete article on Christie’s website

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