Prices were on fire at Toomey & Co.’s sale of The Ira Simon Collection, April 27, 2022

Prices were on fire at Toomey & Co.’s sale of The Ira Simon Collection, April 27, 2022

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Toomey & Co., Oak Park, IL, held a sale of The Ira Simon Collection on April 27, 2022, with outstanding results. Included in the sale were some very fine examples of Tiffany lamps, and a multitude of unique Art Nouveau and Art Deco items. Following is a review of a few interesting lots by Tiffany Studios. There were other categories and makers that also sold fabulously well. You can check them all out by clicking here.

Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Toomey lot #1

The sale started off with a bang. Lot #1, a lovely Tiffany Studios 22″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp was the top lot of the sale. It almost doubled its high estimate of $250,000, realizing $545,000, including buyer’s premium. Wow! Shows you the market is hot.

Tiffany Studios 12″ diameter Apple Blossom table lamp, Toomey lot #2

I really wanted to buy lot #2, a charming Tiffany Studios 12″ diameter Apple Blossom table lamp on a rare Fern base. I figured it had a retail price in the range of $40,000 – $50,000. Boy, was I wrong. It sold for $112,500, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $15,000 – $25,000. Wowza! That’s two home runs in a row to start the sale. It set the tone for aggressive bidding throughout the sale.

Tiffany 16″ diameter Daffodil lamp, Toomey lot #3

The sale was so strong that even a so-so example of a Tiffany Studios 16″ diameter Daffodil table lamp sold for $62,500, including buyer’s premium; approximately double its high estimate of $30,000. The lamp was a marriage, as the shade had an original gold finish and the base had an original patina. If it were me, I would separate the parts and try to find a nice gold base for the shade and an appropriate patina shade for the desirable tree trunk base.

Tiffany Studios oak and Turtleback inkwell, Toomey lot #7

Lot #7 was a Tiffany Studios wood and Turtleback inkwell. Tiffany used wood in very few items, making this inkwell very rare and very cool. It was made of oak, with brass corners and a glass Turtleback lid. I just loved it. I thought I had a chance to buy it because I was willing to pay about $7,500 and the estimate was only $1,000 – $2,000. No luck at this sale. It sold for $22,500, including buyer’s premium. Another wowza!

Congrats to John Walcher and the entire team at Toomey & Co. for a job well done.


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