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This Tiffany Studios enameled cigarette box in the Zodiac pattern has a rare all-over hand enameled Zodiac decoration with four Zodiac medallions to top of box and six around the sides. Signed "Tiffany Studios New York 1660". The box sold for $1,380 at auction.

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This handsome Tiffany Studios Paper Rack in the Byzantine pattern with turquoise jewels surrounded by white opalescent mini jewels, signed on the underside "Tiffany Studios New York 1006", sold for $4,140.

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by Mark Ford, CEO

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What's It Worth
Worth These Bookmark pattern bookends were absolutely one of the nicest pair of Tiffany desk pieces that we have had the privilege to offer. Each has a gold dore finish and is complimented by a painstakingly detailed polychrome decoration. The Bookmark pattern features the use of typographical marks of early printers and publishers using high and low relief as a nice contrast. The colors featured on these bookends run the gamut from earthen greens and browns to butterscotch and blues. Signed on the tongue "Tiffany Studios New York 1056", these pieces sold for $5,750 at auction.

If you have a rare lamp or glass item and want to know "What's it Worth," please take a picture and email it to us at lg@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

Tiffany Desk Sets By William R. Holland, Author of Tiffany Desk Sets
Why would anyone at auction pay $207,000 for a six piece desk set consisting of an inkwell, two blotter ends, a paper rack, a rocker blotter, a pen tray and a small calendar? Answer: Because the maker was Tiffany Studios. Louis Comfort Tiffany's famous company consisted of a number of interrelated shops. It is said that the Lamp Shop resulted from a need to use the glass remnants that were discarded from the Window Department. In this new age of electricity, lamps, with either leaded shades or blown glass Favrile shades from the Tiffany Glass Shop were all the rage.

Not content with just lighting the entire home, between 1900 and 1933, Tiffany set out to decorate every tabletop, display cabinet and desk. Witness the birth of the Fancy Goods Department. Desk items, candlesticks, ashtrays, assorted dinner serving pieces and more, all in brass, copper or bronze. And today, with a few exceptions, Tiffany Fancy Goods are an affordable collectible.

Of all the fancy goods produced, the bulk were desk accessories with well over 1,000 different items documented in the thirty year period that Tiffany Studios, later renamed Tiffany Furnaces, was in business. Some were silver or gold plated. Many were washed with now forbidden chemicals to produce patinations in rich mixtures of green, red, various shades of brown and even black. In all, 24 distinct desk set patterns were produced along with dozens of stand-alone inkwells, bookends, paperweights, picture frames and vanity items.

Many patterns were named for decorating to a specific era: The Ninth Century pattern pieces, which are highlighted with glass jewels. Byzantine pieces feature tiny geometric slivers of Tiffany glass. Other patterns presented a popular motif: The Zodiac pattern, of which there are about 100 different pieces, is an astrologer's dream. Nautical pieces have shells, anchors, sea horses in abundance. The third grouping consisted of patterns

with a characteristic construct: Etched Metal and Glass, commonly called Pine Needle and Grapevine, were assembled using Tiffany glass and filigree-etched brass. The Abalone pattern is fitted with circles of actual seashell. The $207,000 set was in the rare Pond Lily Pattern with lily pads, dragonflies and scarabs decorating the cast bronze.

Tiffany Studios Bookmark Cigar Box

Tiffany Studios "Bookmark" Cigar Box
Sold for $12,765

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

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