Glorious L.C. Tiffany museum collection earns $4 million

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Michaan’s Auctions reports making more than $4 million in sales in just under three hours Nov. 17, 2012, during the firm’s Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Japan Auction, which reflects interest for Tiffany items of extraordinary caliber remaining strong in all markets.

$324,500. Tiffany Studios Parakeets and Goldfish Bowl tea screen. Manufactured by the Jewelry Department at Tiffany & Co., the tea screen serves as a compendium of enamelling techniques which required several trips to the firing kiln to achieve the different degrees of translucency in the enamel, from the opacity of the parakeets and cherry blossoms to the clarity of the water in the fish bowl. Photo courtesy Michaan’s Auctions

The top lot of the day proved to be a parakeet and goldfish bowl ornamented tea screen held by an 18 karat gold frame that earned $324,500.

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A powerful force of the auction was found in the selection of flower form vases. One such vase was seen in lot 090; with a final selling price of $236,000, the vase features a broad undulating mouth and fine vein work. Two additional flower form vases followed suit in producing sales success, as lots 094 and 110 both sold for more than two times their projected high values, at $64,900 and $38,350 respectively.

Rounding out the top figures of the day was an alamander chandelier of abundant lemon yellow blooms against a background of mottled confetti glass (lot 023, $212,400) and a magnificent window depicting a flowering magnolia tree in a serene landscape at sunset (lot 093, $177,000).

Complete results for the Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Japan Auction is available online at Michaan’s Auctions‘ website.

Michaan’s follow-up sale of additional Tiffany selections from the Garden Museum Collection, along with consigned lots from other sources, is scheduled to be auctioned on May 11, 2013.

For general information, contact Michaan’s Auctions at 510-740-0220, ext. 0 or email

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