Laurelton Hall Louis Comfort Tiffany Relics
Appraised Value: $80,000 - $100,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:34)
GUEST: I had a job as a carpenter working in the servant's quarters, or what was left of the servant's quarters of the Louis C. Tiffany mansion.
APPRAISER: What do you mean by what was left?
GUEST: Well, a fire had occurred in 1957, and had ruined the majority of the estate. And these were strewn about in an attic that we were tearing down. And I just, over the years, tried to get them into a position where they're restorable.
APPRAISER: Looking at some of these, we see some of the glass tiles that we commonly see were in fireplace surrounds and some jewels that were used in other architectural units. These are interesting because these are pottery. This piece I had never seen before. Can you tell me a little bit more about it?
GUEST: Yes; it's what's left of a wallpaper roller. And, as you can see, it's hand carved, and the pieces of metal have been put into the recesses of the wood and it's made to rotate and produce a border on a piece of wallpaper.
APPRAISER: You know, what lot of people don't realize about Louis Comfort Tiffany, is that he was an interior decorator or designer, and also did wallpapers and other ceiling moldings and a lot of other things. You told me a little bit about this drawing.
GUEST: This drawing is a drawing of one of Mr. Tiffany's dining rooms. And as you can see, he signed it down here. It's basically a working drawing of an interior of a dining room. And there are various comments that describe improvements and modifications to either dimensions or various molding pieces, etcetera.
APPRAISER: Didn't you tell me that you found several of these?
GUEST: I have probably about 20 of these.
GUEST: Yes. None of them are, say beautiful architectural renderings. They're all working drawings. Uh, which means that they would be used by the contracting crew after they were approved by the architect to actually build the building.
APPRAISER: Mm-hmm. The majority of the pieces that came from Laurelton Hall when the place burned down, have been transferred to the Morse Museum down in Florida. Basically, what the Morse Museum was built on.
APPRAISER: It's hard to place a value on objects like this because they're basically one of a kind-- with the exceptions of the tiles. Um, I think, due to the significance of where they came from, the home that they were in, if they were to come up at auction, I would think conservatively the collection would bring $80,00 to $100,000.
APPRAISER: You never know. It all depends on who's there that day.
APPRAISER: There might be a museum that might be interested or a private collector who just wants to have very personal things that were Louis Comfort Tiffany's.
GUEST: Yes, and due to the fact that Laurelton Hall has been demolished completely...
GUEST: There's nothing left of it.
APPRAISER: There's nothing left. Nobody's going to go back and find any other pieces.
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