DENVER, Pa. – A dazzling array of Tiffany Studios art-glass lamps, including an extremely rare Nasturtium Trellis chandelier, will headline the opening session of Morphy Auctions’ May 29-31 Spring Sale of general antiques.
“The lamps were sourced from three brand new consignors,” said Morphy, “and there are some very rare and exceptional designs in the group, like the Nasturtium Trellis chandelier.”
(Left) This 15¼-inch-tall cast-iron doorstop depicts a bear holding honey between his paws and licking his lips. With superb original brown and black accent paint, the rare design could possibly realize $2,000-$3,000 at auction.
(Right) This Roover Bros. antique coin-operated machine features beloved storybook character “Puss,” who turns and nods his head, retrieves a fortune card, opens a basket to his side with his wand, then deposits the fortune card into it. The card slides down a chute to the patron who has deposited the coin.
Morphy referred to the profusely decorated 26-inch conically shaped shade as “a killer … It’s not a standard Nasturtium pattern; there are blossoms and leaves all over striated Favrile sunset glass. Three different experts who inspected the lamp said it’s exquisite, that the glass is topnotch and very special. It has been in one family’s home, untouched, since the mid-20th century, so it’s completely fresh to the market. Collectors are going to love this one. We think it will bring $125,000-$150,000.”
Another stunner consigned to the sale is a Tiffany Studios leaded-glass and bronze floor lamp executed in a sophisticated, Impressionistic botanical pattern. When illuminated, the 24-inch early Favrile-glass shade of blue and emerald tones introduces a rainbow of color from selenium to orange. The lamp is illustrated in Alistair Duncan’s book Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany and is offered with provenance that includes prior sale through Christie’s New York. The Morphy Auctions estimate is $90,000-$140,000.
Glass will be followed by 70 lots of art pottery, most notably a nicely varied selection of Rookwood and a fine offering of George Ohr designs.
Several coveted entries are among the coin-operated machines in the sale. A Mills Owl strength tester with a figural owl at its top could soar as high as $10,000-$15,000; while an 1895 Matthewson Try Your Grip strength machine may fare even better, with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. From the early 1900s, an extremely desirable Roover Bros. Puss ‘n’ Boots fortune teller is sure to attract the attention of many collectors, carrying a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.
One of many silver figural napkin rings to be auctioned in Morphy’s May 29-31 Spring Antiques Auction, this example depicts a hunter balancing a barrel on his shoulder, accompanied by his dog. Marked Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., #08. Estimate: $2,200-$3,500.
As always, there will be toys in Morphy’s Spring Sale, including more than 50 Japanese tin toys, 150 tin and cast-iron toys, and 50 robots and space toys from the Randy Maultasch collection. The Friday session will conclude with more than 70 Fisher-Price toy lots.
For more information, call 717-335-3435 or go online to www.morphyauctions.com.