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Morphy’s lavish June 8-10 auction led by rare Tiffany lamp of extraordinary quality

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Tiffany Studios table lamp with 20in conical leaded-glass shade in ‘Poppy’ motif exhibiting the very highest standards of Tiffany artistry. Astounding colorway and complex composition. Exceptionally rare base with 16 iridescent Favrile-glass balls as supports for the telescoping stem. Tiffany stamps to both shade and base. Estimate $350,000-$450,000

DENVER, Pa. – A fine and decorative arts selection of incomparable quality awaits bidders at Morphy Auctions on June 8, 9 and 10. The gallery is at its shining best, with rare and beautiful objects at every turn, including 75 leaded and stained-glass lamps, 100 pieces of art glass, 100+ paintings, 50 figural bronzes, 50 lots of silver, and 30 pieces of coveted Amphora pottery. Additionally, there are 30 cylinder and disc music boxes, 15 bird boxes, and long-held private collections containing 100 figural napkin rings, 80 antique, hand-blown colored-glass wedding bells; 50 figural and mechanical gadget canes; and the acclaimed Don and Mary Ann Livingston collection of antique sleigh bells. On day three, Morphy’s will unveil a sumptuous array of fine jewelry plus 30 pocket and wristwatches. Those who are not able to attend in person are invited to absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

Other highlights: fresh-to-market paintings, art glass including 75 lamps, bronzes, silver, cylinder & disc music boxes; collections of antique sleigh bells, figural & mechanical canes, napkin rings, wedding bells

Expertly curated, the 1,308-lot auction of fresh-to-market art and antiques is for those who appreciate the very best of any given category. That includes Tiffany Studios, the name that set the standard for excellence in American art glass over a century ago. The June event includes not only 25 exquisite Tiffany lamps but also 50 pieces of Tiffany decorative glass and metalwork. Towering over the list of entries is a lamp many Tiffany collectors are already watching with anticipation: a highly important and unusual Poppy leaded-glass table lamp.

“It’s from a longtime Florida collection and is unquestionably the finest Tiffany lamp Morphy’s has ever handled. We expect it to sell well above the $400,000 mark,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “We’ve sold other Poppy lamps in the $70,000-$125,000 range, but this one is different. Only Tiffany’s most highly skilled artisans could have produced an example like this one, carefully laying out the design piece by piece and using intense cobalt blue glass that is rarely seen in art-glass lamps. Ever since posting pictures of the lamp on social media, we’ve had nonstop compliments and enquiries. Seasoned collectors know when they’re looking at something that’s above and beyond even Tiffany’s uncompromising standards.”

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Closeup of Tiffany Studios special-commission Poppy lamp’s base with 16 Favrile glass balls

The 20-inch conical shade is a complex masterpiece with a colorway that incorporates ruby-red poppies with streaked multicolor accents against a ground of rich purples, greens, browns. It is deserving of no less a counterpart than its stunning and exceptionally rare bronze base, whose 16 iridescent Favrile-glass balls support the telescoping stem. With Tiffany stamps to both the shade and base, this once-in-a-lifetime showpiece is offered with a $350,000-$450,000 estimate.

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Rare and exquisite Eduard Stellmacher horned-dragon vase, 29in tall, marked with raised medallion, Stellmacher monogram, red Stellmacher mark. An example of this vase is seen in ‘Monsters and Maidens: Collectors Edition’ (Vreeland), ‘The House of Amphora’ (Scott), and the 1905 Stellmacher catalog. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Over the years, Morphy Auctions has handled many important pieces of Amphora and other European pottery, securing world-record prices for many forms. The June 9 session not only meets but exceeds the levels of rarity and quality seen in past offerings, with 40 lots of exotic Amphora designs. A top entry is a 29-inch-tall Eduard Stellmacher horned-dragon vase of a type illustrated in the references Monsters and Maidens: Collectors Edition (Vreeland) and The House of Amphora (Scott), as well as the 1905 Stellmacher catalog. It has all of the requisite markings collectors look for: a raised medallion, Stellmacher monogram, red Stellmacher mark. Further, its base is incised 13, 2, Stellmacher, Teplitz. The pre-sale estimate is $20,000-$30,000.

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Large Galle vase of frosted yellow glass with blow-out soft red hyacinth flowers, 12½in tall, signed ‘Galle’ to body. Estimate $7,000-$10,000

Masterful creations by Galle, including several “blown-out” designs, figure prominently in the art glass selection. One such piece, standing just over a foot tall, features soft red hyacinth flowers against a frosted yellow ground. In excellent condition, free of chips or cracks, this lovely Galle-signed vessel is expected to make $7,000-$10,000.

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Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947), ‘Civa,’ cold-painted and parcel-gilt bronze on illuminated onyx base, signed and stamped, French, circa 1928, 21¼in high x 14½in wide by 9½in deep. Illustrated in ‘Chiparus: Master of Art Deco’ by Shayo, 1993. Estimate $100,000-$150,000

One of the unquestionable stars of the decorative arts category is a Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) cold-painted and parcel-gilt bronze figure on an illuminated onyx base. Sized 21¼ inches high by 14½ inches wide by 9½ inches deep, it is titled Civa. The circa-1928 bronze is signed “Chiparus” and bears a partial “MADE IN FRANCE” imprint. It is pictured in Alberto Shayo’s 1993 reference Chiparus: Master of Art Deco. Estimate $100,000-$150,000

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From an extensive private collection of napkin rings, the only known ‘triple’ Kate Greenaway, made by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., #047. Kate Greenaway girl with stick in hand teaches boy and girl their ABCs. Estimate $2,000-$2,500

A wonderful private collection of 100 figural napkin rings offers the opportunity for collectors to acquire some the most elusive and sought-after examples. Themes include animals, athletes, fictional characters and children, including some that were created by Victorian children’s book author Kate Greenaway (1846-1901). An especially rare “triple” Kate Greenaway napkin ring by Simpson, Hall, Miller depicts a girl teaching two younger children their ABCs. Estimate $2,000-$2,500

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Wai Ming (Chinese, b. 1938-), ‘Fish Girl,’ oil-on-canvas, 18in x 24in (sight), signed and dated 1979. Comes with COA and gallery evaluation. Estimate $10,000-$30,000

Many genres are represented in the selection of American, European, Latin American, and Asian paintings. The pleasing variety includes a late-19th/early 20th-century George Gardner Symons (American, 1861-1930) oil-on-canvas titled Winter Landscape, $20,000-$30,000; and Wai Ming’s (Chinese, b. 1938-) photorealistic oil-on-canvas titled Fish Girl, $10,000-$30,000. A beautiful Guy Carleton Wiggins (American, 1883-1962) oil-on-panel painting of a steamboat crossing New York Harbor comes to auction with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate.

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George Gardner Symons (American, 1861-1930), ‘Winter Landscape,’ late 19th/early 20th century, 19 5/8in x 25 5/8in (sight). Accompanied by paperwork. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

“One of a kind” and “historically significant” would accurately describe an original photograph from the 14th Annual Chicago Architects Convention of 1901. The group photo depicts prominent architects of the day, including Frank Lloyd Wright – who sits at the center of the photo – and Marion Mahony, one of the world’s first licensed female architects. Because women architects were not an accepted concept at the time, Mahony kept a low profile for the photo by pulling back her hair and wearing a men’s suit. Unpublished and fresh to the market, this only known example of the photo is offered with a $20,000-$35,000 estimate.

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Unpublished, fresh-to-market original photograph from 1901 14th Annual Chicago Architects Convention depicting prominent architects including Frank Lloyd Wright (at dead center of photo) and Marion Mahony, America’s first woman architect, dressed in a men’s suit and with hair pulled back. She appears at far right, directly behind the man seated in a chair. Only known example of this photo. Measures 16¼in x 10¾ in. Estimate $20,000-$35,000

The grouping of antique cylinder and disc music boxes offers a glimpse into how the wealthiest individuals of the 19th and early 20th century might have spent their evenings at home. Extravagantly decorative and boasting the most sophisticated technology of the day, the elegant entertainers were marketed by a number of companies, many of them French or American. One of the top choices in Morphy’s sale is a Paillard Longue Marche interchangeable cylinder music box of inlaid burled walnut with six 19-inch cylinders and matching table for cylinder storage. It could hit a high note in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.

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Paillard Longue Marche interchangeable cylinder music box with six 19-inch cylinders and matching table for cylinder storage. Inlaid burled walnut. Estimate $10,000-$20,000

One of the fastest-growing departments at Morphy’s is Fine Jewelry & Watches. The Friday, June 10 session glitters with estate diamonds and gemstones set in high-karat gold or platinum. A classic pair of circa-1920s signed and numbered Cartier Art Deco platinum and diamond drop earrings, with a total diamond weight of approximately 4.68 carats, retains the original Cartier display-case box. The earrings originally belonged to Eleanor McCormick Collier of the McCormick agricultural machinery company. The earrings are in excellent to near-mint condition and estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

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Stunning circa-1920s Cartier Art Deco platinum and diamond drop earrings in original display-case box, total diamond weight approximately 4.68 carats. Each earring signed ‘Cartier’ and numbered ‘638.’ Excellent to near-mint condition. Provenance: Eleanor McCormick Collier. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

A prized men’s steel and 18K gold Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Chronometer Ref. 116523 with a 40mm case comes with its original boxes, papers and two additional links. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

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Men’s steel and 18K gold Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Chronometer Ref. 116523 with 40mm case. Includes original outer and inner box with watch holder, warranty card and 2 removed links. Excellent condition. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Two very special collections highlighted in the sale are the Don and Mary Ann Livingston collection of antique sleigh bells, and a private collection of figural and mechanical gadget canes. Capturing the essence of early Americana, the Livingstons’ remarkable collection includes fine-condition single, double and combination-style sleigh bells, each an endearing artwork and equine collectible. Estimates range from $200 to $3,000, depending on rarity.

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From the unrivaled Don and Mary Ann Livingston collection of antique sleigh bells, a double-row equine belly strap measuring 97½ in long. Estimate $800-$1,800

The 50-lot cane collection includes opulent examples of gold, silver and other precious materials, some with fabulous carving and ingenious features that enable them to double as a timepiece, sword, drinking flask or even a receptacle to house a rosary. Perhaps the most unusual of them all is the 1893 doctor’s baby-delivery presentation cane engraved as a gift from a Presbyterian church in New Richmond, Ohio. Its custom-crafted handle functions as a baby scale, and the cane’s interior provides storage for the various instruments a physician would use to deliver a baby. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

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From a collection of 50 antique canes, a doctor’s baby-delivery presentation cane engraved as gift from Presbyterian Church in New Richmond, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1893. Custom-made handle incorporates baby scale. Tapered metal shaft has simulated woodgrain finish. Interior of cane secures instruments used to deliver a baby. Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Morphy’s Wed./Thurs./Fri., June 8, 9 and 10, 2022 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on all three days. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 877-968-8880 or email info@morphyauctions.com.

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