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Expensive Helaine and Joe:

I would like data on the 2 glass items pictured within the hooked up images. The jack-in the-pulpit vase is 17 1/four inches tall and the opposite vase is 17 inches tall. I imagine they had been each bought on the annual antiques truthful in Hillsville, Va. My sister and I’d vastly admire any data on these items, together with their worth.


J. B.

Expensive J. B.:

There are some necessary particulars unnoticed of this letter which can be important to figuring out the worth of the 2 items. One is the jack-in-the-pulpit vase seems to be signed “L. C. T.” within the heart of the pontil, and the second is the lighter coloured piece is signed “Tiffany Favrile” across the fringe of the bottom.

“Tiffany” is a magic phrase on the planet of gathering. When this title is hooked up to items of glass, pottery, jewellery, silver and different metalwares, values can skyrocket. Lewis Consolation Tiffany (1848-1933) was an artist, designer and entrepreneur who established a artistic enterprise, which produced quite a lot of luxurious items largely within the Artwork Nouveau and Aesthetics Motion types.

Tiffany was financially backed by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany, and through the years Lewis Consolation Tiffany established numerous companies, together with Louis C. Tiffany & Firm (1878-1885), Tiffany Glass Firm (1885-1892) and Tiffany Glass and Adorning Firm (1892-1900). Tiffany Studios got here alongside in 1902 together with Tiffany Furnaces, which grew to become Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces, Inc in 1920.

Sadly, none of those corporations created the 2 vases in right this moment’s query. They’re each fraudulently signed and had been in all probability made someday within the final quarter of the 20th century, actually no sooner than the late third quarter of that century, lengthy in any case Louis Comport Tiffany’s manufacturing amenities had closed.

The signatures are sloppy, amateurish and in no way just like the signatures discovered on actual Tiffany glass. The lighter coloured base is simply improper for Tiffany glass, and the fairly clumsy LCT within the pontil of the jack-in-the-pulpit is absolutely within the improper place.

We actually don’t care a lot for the second vase signed “Tiffany Favrile” (“Favrile” means “handmade”) and really feel it’s an instance of 1970s/’80s glass that was both by no means signed or had the unique signature floor off and changed. That is very easy to do, and patrons ought to by no means take a signature on glass or some other ornamental object at face worth. Signatures are straightforward to faux and simple to use with a diamond level stylus to any piece of glass.

The jack-in-the-pulpit is a bit completely different. It is vitally properly made and the trailing vine with crimson heart-shaped leaves is enticing. We predict it was probably made by James Lundberg or Orient and Flume.

Oh, and to double-check us and to be on the protected facet, contact the curator on the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Fla. Their Tiffany glass assortment is excellent.

Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson have written numerous books on antiques. Do you’ve an merchandise you’d wish to know extra about? Contact them at Joe Rosson, 2504 Seymour Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917, or e-mail them at treasures@knology.web. If you would like your query to be thought-about for his or her column, please embrace a high-resolution photograph of the topic, which have to be in focus, along with your inquiry.

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