Fake Tiffany Vase & Paperweight
Appraised Value: $180 - $230 (1998)
$180 - $230 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:02)
Decorative Arts, Glass
APPRAISER: You mentioned when you first came to my table that you bought these items at auction and that you're an auction buyer. Can you tell me a little bit about the happening when you bought these pieces?
GUEST: I just bought them at an auction out in the country where he sells things from a dollar to $1,000, $2,000 depending on what it is.
APPRAISER: And were they cataloged?
GUEST: No, you're on your own. You know, if you decide it's worth something, it's up to you to, you know, bid how much you want to.
APPRAISER: Great. Well, when I saw you taking these out of your bag today, I realized what they were trying to be. They're trying to be glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany made at the turn of the century. In fact, they're not.
GUEST: They're not.
APPRAISER: The shape, the iridescence, the quality of the glass, they're really much, much too heavy and not lyrical enough, not fanciful enough, to be Tiffany. Now, in fact, both these pieces are signed.
APPRAISER: And if you've seen the show before, you've heard me say you never look at a signature.
GUEST: Right, right.
APPRAISER: This piece of glass is in fact signed "L.C. Tiffany Favrile," which is the way it should be signed if it were by Tiffany. This is again signed "L.C. Tiffany Favrile." Could you tell me how much you paid for these?
GUEST: I think I paid about $600 for the vase and maybe about $120 for the paperweight.
APPRAISER: They are worth considerably less than you paid for them.
APPRAISER: They are worth about $30 for this paperweight...
APPRAISER: ...which Tiffany would not have produced anything quite like this. And this floriform vase is worth probably $150 to $200.
APPRAISER: But you can enjoy them.
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