Presale bidding jumpstarts art glass auction to $1.2M

Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze Daffodil table lamp, circa 1915. Sold for $43,750. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – An impressive amount of pre-bidding activity preceded Heritage Auctions’ Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Auction Nov. 21 before sale architect and auctioneer Nick Dawes ever took to the podium. More than 1,250 bids were cast before the sale even started – a record amount for the 368-lot auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Tiffany Studios lamps took top lot honor, with a Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze Daffodil table lamp (above), circa 1915, bringing $43,750.

The auction included a select group of Art Deco and Art Nouveau items of interest to fine glass collectors. The Flowers, 1898, a set of four lithographs by famed Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, sold for $22,500 (below).

Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939), ‘The Flowers,’ set of four, 1898, lithographs in colors on paper, 40¾ x 17 1/8in. Sold for $22,500. Heritage Auctions image

Unique items commanded serious bidder interest, as a pair of rare Loetz Titania glass vases, circa 1905, brought $18,750.

Two Loetz Titania glass vases, circa 1905, the taller vase 7 1/8 x 3in. Sold for $18,750. Heritage Auctions image

Lalique objects took center stage as a graceful R. Lalique Source de la Fontaine Mélite clear and frosted glass statuette with a wood base, circa 1924, closed at $17,500 and a Lalique Champs-Élysées chromed metal and clear and frosted glass chandelier, post-1945, sold for $16,250.

R. Lalique ‘Source de la Fontaine Mélite’ glass statuette. Sold for $17,500. Heritage Auctions image

An extraordinary selection of nearly 50 automobile mascots on offer included a Gaston Rischmann Cobra, partial gilt and silver-plated bronze automobile mascot and thermometer, circa 1930, which sold for $7,812.

Gaston Rischmann cobra-form partial gilt and silver-plated bronze automobile mascot and thermometer. Sold for $7,812. Heritage Auctions image

Additional highlights include:

– R. Lalique Thaïs opalescent glass statuette on peacock bronze base, circa 1925: $13,750.

Isis, 1907, by Haig Patigian: $13,750.

– Loetz Titania Genre 6388 glass vase, circa 1909: $12,500.

– Tiffany Studios leaded glass transom window, circa 1922: $12,500.