The best Burgun & Schverer vase in the world

The best Burgun & Schverer vase in the world

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Burgun, Schverer & Cie (B&S) started business in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, along the German border, in 1711. Germany annexed the area after defeating the French in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, but it was returned to France in 1919 after Germany’s defeat in WWI. So technically B&S glass made in the 1890s is German, but that’s only a technicality. Everyone regards it as some of the best French Art Nouveau cameo glass ever made.

Burgun & Schverer Caterpillar vase

There is no rarer or more beautiful example of B&S than the example pictured above with an internal caterpillar. Until I saw this example, I had no idea such a thing existed. It just takes my breath away. The subject, the workmanship, the color, the extensive detail is fabulous. It’s amazing!

The best examples were internally decorated, accomplished through a complicated, difficult process. The process started with hand-blowing the glass to form the vase. After cooling, the floral decoration was hand-painted on the outside surface with glass enamel paint. Swirls were sometimes added. The vase was then reheated and covered with a layer of clear glass. This important step left the decoration inside the layers, hence the term internally decorated. After cooling, the vase was acid-etched to form the icicle border rim and the outlines of the flowers. Then it was time for hand-engraving, a technique called wheel or intaglio-carving, which increased the realism of the flowers. Splashes of martelé texture were also wheel-carved into the background. Finally, the gilded details were hand-painted. These included the veining in the leaves and stems and the gilded rim. The final step was to fire the vase to convert the painted gilding into shiny gold.

The reverse of the vase

Many laborious steps were necessary to finish an internally decorated vase. My best guess is that it took two weeks to produce a single vase from start to finish.

The caterpillar is internal with wheel-carved details on the outer layer

B&S isn’t as well known as Gallé or Daum, except among the cognoscenti. I assume the scarcity of their work is largely responsible for that. Most good vases are priced in the $5,000 – $25,000 price range, when available, which isn’t often. The caterpillar vase sold well above that range, as you can imagine.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 07 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The 40th Annual Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show has been rescheduled to 2021

The 40th Annual Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show has been rescheduled to 2021

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Our booth last year at the Baltimore show

As I predicted, the Palm Beach Show Group had to cancel the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show this year. It had already been rescheduled to November from its usual time in August because of the pandemic. Until there is a safe and effective vaccine, the pandemic will continue to be a major problem. After that we can talk about going back to shows. I also have little hope for the Miami shows this winter. I think most exhibitors and attendees will not risk traveling, which will cause the show promoters to postpone or cancel their shows this year. Personally we will not exhibit until we’ve been vaccinated.

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is held in the Baltimore Convention Center

Following is the email I received from the Palm Beach Group addressing the rescheduling of the show.

“The 2020 Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, postponed from August to November, is officially rescheduled to 2021. Recent updates from Government officials regarding the use of the Baltimore Convention Center will prevent the show from taking place throughout the remainder of 2020.  

In April, the Baltimore Convention Center was transitioned into a field hospital to help elevate the abundance of COVID-19 cases. Although they have seen light use of the medical facilities, the hospital will remain open at the convention center through December 2020 as a precaution.

Over the past few months, the Palm Beach Show Group team has been planning for a safe, socially distanced show working diligently on procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of clients, collectors, partners and staff. Despite these efforts, it is not possible to host The Baltimore Show this year.”


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 31 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

I tried to buy another lovely Tiffany lamp, but…

I tried to buy another lovely Tiffany lamp, but…

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This post may sound like a post from August 15, 2020, but it’s not. This time I really thought I had a chance to sneak up on a very nice Tiffany lamp at a reasonable price.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Poppy table lamp, Malone lot #398

Donny Malone Auctions held a TIFFANY LAMP – ART – UNIQUE TREASURES sale on August 3, 2020, with one good Tiffany Studios lamp, a 17″ diameter Poppy. So I spent a day with my wife driving up to the auction house in Saugerties, NY, a 3-hour drive, to view it in person. The estimate was $10 – $1,000, meaning there was no reserve. It was going to sell for whatever it brought. That’s always a plus.

Since it was the only good lamp in a country auction, there was a possibility I could buy it at a reasonable price. But I couldn’t risk buying the lamp without seeing it in person. The lamp could have been a fake, or repaired, or with extensive damage. The only way to know for sure was to hold the lamp in my hands. Sure enough it turned out to be authentic, with minimal damage of 2-3 hairline cracks. It was a very hot day, but I didn’t go inside to a dark corner to see the true color because of the pandemic, so I had to do my best in bright sunlight. I rated the color a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10. Certainly not the best example I’d ever seen, but nice enough. There was money to be made if I could buy it at the right price.

The auction was being held the following week on a Monday night. Lot #398 was three lots from the end, so it wasn’t going to sell until after 10 PM. So while watching TV, I also kept a constant eye watching the sale on my mobile phone. My goal was to buy the lamp for $35,000 or under, hammer price, or $43,750, including buyer’s premium. I thought I had a pretty good chance, but come auction night, another buyer had the same idea. It was just the two of us, back and forth. I bid beyond my maximum, to $37,000 ($46,250 with buyer’s premium), but had to stop at $38,000 ($47,500 with buyer’s premium). I thought I could sell the lamp in the $55,000 – $65,000 price range, but it was too close for comfort. Oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’ve had my share of good deals over the years, but not that night.

Alfred Jacob Miller painting, Malone lot #400

Every single item in the sale was estimated at $10 – $1,000, so it was all there to be sold, with commensurate results. The last lot of the sale, #400, a 19th century painting of American Indians by Alfred Jacob Miller, was also the top lot. It sold for $102,500, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale click here. You will have to log in (free) to see the prices.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:00:26 +0000

Kolkata Customs makes biggest seizure of antiques in recent times; 25 idols valued over Rs 35 crore seized

By Ananya Das

In a major breakthrough, Kolkata Customs, the Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) made the biggest seizure of antiques in recent times. The agency seized as many as 25 antique idols valued at Rs 35.3 crore.

On August 23 night, officials of the Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive), West Bengal intercepted a truck at South Dinajpur district en route Bangladesh through Kaliyaganj border. Officials found antique idols carefully concealed in paddy and hidden inside the truck. 

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New antique store in Noblesville replaces old one

By Betsy Reason

An employee of the former Noblesville Antique Mall has opened her own antique store in the same space in downtown Noblesville.
New store owner Jill Janusiewicz, who was the Noblesville Antique Mall manager for three years, attributed a supportive and encouraging community to her re-opening of the space.
Noblesville Antiques on the Square, which she opened on Aug. 1, had its ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Saturday.

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I tried to buy a lovely Tiffany lamp, but…

I tried to buy a lovely Tiffany lamp, but…

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Andrew Jones Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, held a very diverse sale on July 26, 2020 entitled Design For The Home and Garden. There were a few lots that I tried to buy and others that I would have liked to bid on, but didn’t because of condition problems.

The sale went amazingly well, with many items selling for well above their high estimates. The quality was good throughout and the response was commensurate.

Tiffany 7″ diameter green Favrile harp table lamp, Jones lot #111

Lot #111 was first on my hit list. It was a high quality, Tiffany Favrile, fully wheel-carved 7″ diameter desk lamp. For whatever reason, the auction house listed it incorrectly as follows. Condition: Shade unmarked. Associated and of a later date. Not Tiffany. Good condition overall. Base with a nice verdigris patina. General marks, scratches, some spotting and wear commensurate with age and use. Re-wired. Wiring should be checked by a qualified electrician prior to use.

I have no idea what led them to that conclusion, but it was quite obvious to me that it was authentic and very fine quality. I hoped to steal it, but unfortunately other bidders knew better than the auctioneer. It sold for $8,750, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $1,500 – $2,000. It was a good price for a collector, but not a dealer. I was the underbidder.


Daum Nancy wheel-carved floral vase, Jones lot #107

I wanted to buy lot #107, a very fine Daum Nancy wheel-carved trumpet vase, but never bid because of the condition problems explained below. Regardless, it sold for $2,750, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $400 – $600. That’s really good, considering its condition.

Condition: Appears to have been restored where the base of the vase joins the socle. This area, as well as a section of the spreading foot fluoresces under UV light. The area has a high sheen polish. Roughness to the edge of the foot rim. A few scattered pinpricks overall. Some patches of sticker residue. Some staining to the interior.

KPM porcelain plaque, Jones lot #212

Lastly I tried to buy lot #212, a beautiful, large, 15½” x 13½”, KPM plaque of a young maiden with flowers accompanied by Cupid, signed C. Mlt. The estimate was low at $2,000 – $3,000, so I thought I had a chance of buying it, but that wasn’t to be the case. It sold for $7,500, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 17 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Business is good. Here are some recent sales.

Business is good. Here are some recent sales.

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I guess I have to admit that I didn’t think business would be good during a pandemic, but I was wrong. Surprisingly my online business has been quite good and auctions have been through the roof. People have not lost faith in the economy, so they’ve redirected their energies online.

Following are a few of my recent sales, including Tiffany lamps, French cameo glass and bronze.

Incredible Tiffany 10″ diameter red decorated Favrile glass floor lamp

I’ve only had the pleasure of owning a Tiffany 10″ red Favrile lamp two or three times over almost 50 years of business. Recently I bought and sold one of the best I’ve ever had. The heavily ribbed shade had truly fabulous color. The base was a special example with accessories for a magazine and a drink. You won’t see anything of this quality or rarity for another 20 years. I never advertised it, but sold it immediately to one of my best clients.

Daum Nancy Marriage cup, circa 1895

Daum Nancy sometimes did on-demand custom work, such as Marriage cups. Sometimes they were individual with the intertwined initials of the bride and groom. Sometimes they were pairs, with each cup having an individual initial. The example pictured above has intertwined initials. The color, detail and workmanship are just fantastic and the condition is amazing, with virtually no wear to the extensive gilding.

Leo Laporte Blairsy bronze Peacock lamp

Leo Laporte-Blairsy, (1865-1923), is one of my favorite French sculptors. Sometimes he worked together with Daum Nancy to produce bronze lamps with a Daum shade. They’re all spectacular, including the large, 29″, Peacock lamp pictured above. The eyes of the feathers are glass and light up when the lamp is turned on. It’s a sight to behold.

Burgun & Schverer Iris vase

It’s debatable who was the best maker of French cameo glass, but Burgun & Schverer certainly was one of them. Their internally decorated vases are ultra-sophisticated because so many techniques were used to make them. And they’re SO… beautiful. We recently sold this gorgeous example with yellow irises.

Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.


I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Solid results for Tiffany Studios lamps and one shocker at Sotheby’s Important Design sale, July 30, 2020

Solid results for Tiffany Studios lamps and one shocker at Sotheby’s Important Design sale, July 30, 2020

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Sotheby’s New York held an Important Design sale on July 30, 2020, beginning with 20 Tiffany Studios lots, mostly lamps. The timing of the sale was quite unusual, at the end of July, but nothing should be surprising in this time of pandemic. Regardless, the results were solid, with 17 of the 20 lots selling. Sales totaled $20,153,000 for the entire sale with 114 of the total of 146 lots offered selling. Four lots by François-Xavier Lalanne sold for multiples of their high estimates realizing from $1,700,000 to $3,980,000, including buyer’s premium.


Tiffany Studios Wisteria table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #13

It was no surprise that lot #13, a vividly colored Wisteria table lamp, was the top lot of the Tiffany group. Estimated to sell for $450,000 – $600,000, it realized $716,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $450,000 – $600,000.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Tulip table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #19

I loved lot #19, a 22″ diameter, fiery red Tulip table lamp. It sold for $162,500, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $100,000 – $150,000. I thought it would sell for considerably more. I had just the right table in my living room, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Tiffany Studios Favrile 8″ diameter blue Damascene counterbalance desk lamp. Sotheby’s lot #14

I wanted to buy lot #14, an attractive Tiffany Favrile 8″ diameter blue Damascene counterbalance desk lamp. It was a nice example, but not great, because the blue faded considerably when the light was turned on. Additionally, the base was nothing exceptional. I hoped to buy it for $10,000 or so, all in. Guess what? It sold for $35,000, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $8,000 – $12,000. I love it when that happens, because it’s great for my considerable Tiffany Favrile lamp business.

Grueby vase, Sotheby’s lot #28

In possibly the single biggest shocker of my career, lot #28, a 6¾” tall Grueby oat-colored vase, from the private collection of Robert Kaplan of Maplewood, NJ, sold for an astonishing $431,250, against a realistic estimate of $7,000 – $9,000. The bidding was fierce between two determined phone bidders who would not quit for 45 minutes of bidding. The usual increments of $10,000 or more were thrown out the window by the auctioneer who allowed the two bidders to bid in increments of $2,000 up to $200,000. After that the increments increased to $5,000. I have never, ever, ever seen anything like it among the thousands of auctions I’ve participated in over the years. I’m at a loss for words!!

For the complete results of the sale click here.


Let me know what interests you, even if you don’t see it on my website. I’ve got lots of items that I haven’t listed yet and I know how to locate what you desire.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000

A few notable results from Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts sale of July 14-15, 2020

A few notable results from Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts sale of July 14-15, 2020

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Morphy Auctions, Denver, PA, held a Fine & Decorative Arts sale on July 14-15, 2020. Day 1 was a general auction with watches, silver, paintings and orientalia. Day 2 was more interesting for me with art glass and lamps, among other items. Following are a few of the more interesting results from Day 2. Sales totaled over $3.3 million for the entire sale.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Morphy lot #2159

An attractive, but not killer, Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table sold for $44,100, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $20,000 – $30,000, a nice result. I tried to buy it, but it was just out of range for a dealer, but not for a collector.

Handel 18″ diameter Poppy table lamp, Morphy lot #2165

Morphy offered a very nice selection of Handel reverse-painted table lamps. The top lot of the group, #2165, a Poppy, multi-floral lamp sold for $30,750, at the low end of the $25,000 – $40,000 estimate. Unfortunately the Handel market peaked decades ago, with values today at about 35-50% of the peak. They’re just as beautiful today as they were then, just not as valuable.

Tiffany Favrile paperweight vase, Morphy lot #2104

There was a dearth of good French cameo glass at the sale, so not much to report there. In the American glass category, a very nice Tiffany Favrile paperweight vase sold just below its low estimate of $10,000, realizing $10,455, including buyer’s premium.

Webb English cameo Falcon perfume bottle, Morphy lot #2012

Morphy sold quite a few English cameo glass perfume bottles. The star of this section of the sale was lot #2012, a Webb laydown bottle in the form of a falcon. It sold well above its high estimate of $4,000, realizing $7,380, including buyer’s premium.

Amphora Dragon vase, Morphy lot #2392

Included in the sale was a large, high-quality collection of Amphora pottery. The top lot of this section of the sale went to #2392, an important Dragon vase. It sold for almost 5 times its high estimate of $8,000, realizing $40,590, including buyer’s premium. That had to put a smile on the consignor’s face.

For the complete results of the sale click here.


I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 27 Jul 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The results of the sale of the John Atzbach Collection of automobiles and memorabilia including the 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype

The results of the sale of the John Atzbach Collection of automobiles and memorabilia including the 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype


The John Atzbach Collection of historic automobiles and memorabilia was sold by Mecum Auctions on July 10-18, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN.

1965 competition Shelby GT350 R-Model

As expected, the highlight of the entire auction was the sale of the 1965 competition Shelby GT350 R-Model. It was anticipated that it would sell for upwards of $2 million and it did not disappoint. The final price of $3.85 million, including buyer’s premium, set the record for the most valuable Mustang in history.

1966 Shelby GT350 convertible

The second highest price of the sale was achieved by a 1966 Shelby GT350, one of only 4 convertibles built that year. It realized $1,100,000, including buyer’s premium.

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

The top Lamborghini of the sale went to a 1967 400 GT 2+2, unrestored with 28,000 original miles. It sold for $363,000, including buyer’s premium. To put that in perspective, five Shelbys sold for more.

The top lot of the 1,300 lots of memorabilia went to an enormous, 138″ x 90″, early 1960s, COBRA POWERED BY FORD banner, hand-signed by Carroll Shelby. It realized $53,100, including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here. You won’t be able to see a thing until you sign in (free).


I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:00:00 +0000