Is it an Original Tiffany Lamp?
An original Tiffany lamp is one that was created and designed by Tiffany Studios. As an historical fact, Louis Comfort Tiffany never actually made any of the lamps himself, but just oversaw their production and design. Tiffany personally guided the lamps through all stages of their creation at his studio between 1899-1920. This not only included the shades, but the handmade bronze bases as well.
How can a buyer know that a lamp is an original Tiffany? According to Alistair Duncan, Tiffany expert and author of the book Louis Comfort Tiffany, the glass is the identifying characteristic.
"A lamp's style or signature isn't the only criteria from which to judge it," she said. "Some models only had the base signed, some the shades. But provenance, or a history of its owners, is probably more important. Though some lamps may come onto the market from someone's attic and, therefore, not have a provenance. The first thing I try to establish is a provenance."
It's important to note that much of the genuine work of Louis Tiffany and Tiffany Studios was NOT marked or signed in any way. However, it's easy to forge Tiffany signatures on similar-looking period or reproduction items.
Many genuine Tiffany pieces that weren't signed originally have probably had forged signatures added to them to increase their worth and make them easier to sell.
Price range for Tiffany reproductions is usually between $500 to $5000.
"Tiffany style" lamp is a lamp made by the same original technique used by Tiffany studios, but totally new designs crafted by different artists. Often they will resemble a Tiffany design, but have subtle differences.
"Tiffany style" lamps will begin at the price of about $100 and can reach as much as $5000 depending on their quality, demand, creativity and size.
Tiffany Style also refers to stained glass works inspired by the original masterpieces of Art Nouveau artists, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mackintosh, and Gustav Stickley among others.
What Is The Cost Of A Real Tiffany?
Today, original Tiffany Stained Glass Lamps now easily bring $30,000 to $40,000 each when one occasionally comes on the market.
Christie's Auction House has sold an original lamp for $2.8 mill. The highest price paid for an original stained glass window at a Christie's Auction was $1.9 mill in 2000.
Christie's, that has a Tiffany sale each year, said the demand for these items is strong and growing.
The City of Duluth, Minnesota, has a 115 year old, 12-foot tall Tiffany stained glass window – "The Face of Princess Minnehaha, standing in front of Minneapolis' Minnehaha Falls". It was appraised at close to $3 million.
The Tiffany style table and floor lamps that you buy today are interpretations or reproductions of the original Tiffany lamps.
These beautiful art works of stained glass includes Tiffany stained glass pattern windows, Tiffany style sconces, stained glass fireplace screens, Tiffany style ceiling lamps, as well as Tiffany floor lamps and Tiffany lamps.
These pattern pieces are recognized by the many pieces of stained glass held together by the world famous copperfoil construction (pdf) developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Many of Louis Tiffany patterns such as, Peacock Feather, Dragonfly, Cherry Blossom, Colonial Tulip, and Fishscale are available at Smashing Stained Glass.
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