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Featuring two dozen dazzling Tiffany Studios lamps, the Fine & Decorative Arts Auction realized $1.9 million in sales at Morphy Auctions December 19-20.

Taking center stage at the event was a signed and numbered Tiffany Nasturtium lamp with a leaded-glass shade profusely decorated with multicolored confetti glass tiles and a bevy of richly-hued flowers. Resting on a telescoping Tiffany-stamped cat’s-paw base and in excellent condition, the scene-stealing lamp sold for $123,000.

Tiffany Nasturtium lamp

A Tiffany Nasturtium lamp with a leaded-glass shade sold for $123,000 at Morphy Auctions.

“The lamp selection was especially fine, with three particular Tiffany designs attracting the lion’s share of attention at the preview,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. 

A Tiffany Studios Peony leaded-glass table lamp displaying a lively medley of red and pink blooms against a verdant ground sold well above estimate for $79,950, while a rarely seen Tiffany Studios double candlestick with blown-out Favrile glass and a decorative patinated bronze lily pad base met its pre-sale expectations, selling for $20,910.

Tiffany Studios Peony leaded-glass table lamp

Tiffany Studios Peony leaded-glass table lamp in vibrant color scheme dominated by red and pink blooms with yellow centers sold for $79,950.

The sale featured a first-rate selection of European decorative art, including a very rare and appealing Loetz Lotus Leaf ten-inch triple-lobe glass vase. With purple-blue iridescent accents against a gold background and further enhanced by delicately detailed lotus leaves, this distinctive vase is prominently featured in a Loetz reference book sold for $33,210 against a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.

Loetz Lotus Leaf Vase

A rare Loetz Lotus Leaf vase sold for $33,210.

An absolutely amazing Amphora Gres-Bijou vase, 17 inches tall with a motif of applied leaves, blackberries, and three-dimensional feline heads, presented in mint condition with an 8179 Amphora Crown mark. The epitome of unapologetic Continental grandeur, this extravagant ceramic confection surpassed its estimate to settle at $11,685.

Amphora Gres-Bijou cat vase

Amphora Gres-Bijou vase, 17 inches tall with a motif of applied leaves, blackberries, and three-dimensional feline heads, sold for $11,685.

A Paul Dachsel monumental Pinecone vase was reminiscent of decorative styles seen in both Vreeland’s book Monsters and Maidens: Collector’s Edition and Scott’s The House of Amphora. Standing 17 inches high with a ribbed composition, applied enameled pinecones, and stunning green, red and beige glazing, the marked (PD 12/2086) vessel reached the upper end of its estimate range, selling for $8,610.

Paul Dachsel pinecone vase

A Paul Dachsel monumental Pinecone vase sold for $8,610.

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