Louis Comfort Tiffany Pottery Favrile Vase, ca. 1905

Value (2010) | $5,000 Retail$7,000 Retail

I went to one of my local thrift stores like I normally do and it was on the shelf. I picked it up, put it back down, picked it up again and I saw the "LCT" on the bottom, which... I knew "Louis Comfort Tiffany." And the price was 99 cents, so at 99 cents, I couldn't lose.

Did somebody else pick it up before you?

Yes. Somebody else picked it up and...Somebody had picked it up, looked at it and actually put it back down. And so I just snatched it.

Well, it is Tiffany pottery. And if we can show the marks, it's a little difficult to see, because there's some glaze right over the "LCT" for Louis Comfort Tiffany. But then also on the bottom, I don't know whether you noticed, it says "LC Tiffany, Favrile," and it has a number on it. It is a beautiful little piece. A lot of Tiffany pottery is unglazed. Some of it is glazed like this one. This has beautiful green and red tones on it. You said it's a peapod.

Six-inch peapod vase.

Tiffany introduced his pottery around 1904 and made it for about 15 years. It's relatively rare and very collectible. People are really excited to find it, even a small piece like this. You've looked a little, trying to determine value.

But I couldn't find any real value for it.

Well, I talked to some colleagues. We feel like a retail value on this piece is $5,000 to $7,000.



Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Humler & Nolan
Cincinnati, OH
Appraised value (2010)
$5,000 Retail$7,000 Retail
Miami Beach, FL (July 10, 2010)

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