Duffner & Kimberly Leaded Glass Table Lamp
Appraised Value: $15,000 - $20,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:18)
Asian Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Senior Appraiser-Fine & Decorative Arts
GUEST: Well, this lamp has been in my husband's family. And it belonged to his grandparents. In this photo, you can see the lamp in the background.
That was his grandparents' house in Erie, Pennsylvania.
APPRAISER: And when do you think the date of that photo was?
GUEST: It would have to be early 1900s, I guess.
APPRAISER: Have you ever had this appraised?
GUEST: I took it to a small antiques store about 20 years ago, and the guy there really didn't know a lot. He said, "Well, I think the globe is probably worth about $3,000," but he didn't know anything about the base or the manufacturer, which it has a little nameplate there on it.
APPRAISER: Okay, you didn't know what that mark was?
GUEST: Right, and I've never been able to, you know, I'm just clueless when it comes right down to it.
APPRAISER: Okay, all right, maybe I can just take the shade off. Of course we have a leaded glass shade, and it is sort of in the manner of Tiffany. So we have the factory mark here, and that is the mark for Duffner and Kimberly. New York Company. Duffner had worked with Bradley and Hubbard. Kimberly had worked with Tiffany. They first produced lamps in 1905, and then went bankrupt in 1911. So we can date the lamp pretty specifically.
APPRAISER: We have a gilt bronze base that some people say this is a spider web. Very nice neoclassical style. Duffner and Kimberly, as far as metalwork and glass, were comparable to Tiffany, and of course they were perceived as competitors at the time. So you have potentially a spider web detail here, some beautiful color palette. The lamp lights up very nicely. Do you use it yourself?
GUEST: Yes, we do. It's in a foyer I have sitting on a table.
APPRAISER: Okay, the market for Duffner and Kimberly lamps in the last couple of years has kind of risen. I would put an auction estimate on this of $15,000 to $20,000.
APPRAISER: So, it's a very pretty lamp, and it could actually benefit from a little cleaning, and that would brighten up the look quite a bit.
GUEST: My goodness, I'm stunned. And I brought it here in a shopping cart.
APPRAISER: In a shopping cart, yeah.
GUEST: Maybe I ought to reconsider how I'm taking it home.
APPRAISER: Maybe a little extra padding.
GUEST: That's right.
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