Dalpayrat Lamp with Katona Iron Mount

Value (2013) | $1,200 Auction$1,700 Auction

So you've been shopping.

I have.

What did you get?

A lamp at a thrift store.

And you bought it where?

Here in town about three months ago. It was eight dollars.

And why did you pick that lamp?

The glaze, the colors in it, I just thought it was interesting, the way it looked.

The glaze on it is gorgeous. The metalwork that is all around it is really unusual and could almost be custom-made for it, which is not something that one sees very often. So it's a beautiful balance. From the metalwork, I think that this is an Art Deco mount. The piece in the middle may or may not be that; it may perhaps be a little bit earlier. So what you have is a piece made by either the man or the studio of Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, and Dalpayrat lived until about 1910, and this is done during his lifetime. And I will show you his mark at the bottom. And you can see the impression, "Dalpayrat," and the maker of the mount, who is Louis Katona, and he was working in the '20s. Dalpayrat worked a lot with reds. He did a lot of ox blood glazes, and sometimes they were shiny and glossy, and sometimes they were completely dead matte. This is such a beautiful example. So it started as a vase and then it was turned into a lamp, and I know that because I unscrewed the bottom, and I needed to see if the little drilled hole was a factory hole, which it was not, and I also wanted to see, as I popped it up, what the top looked like, and it is a vase. You purchased this for about eight dollars, which is really good. I would put this at auction, in perfect condition, $2,000 to $3,000.

Oh, nice, great.

There is, however, as I'm seeing here, a hairline. I had not seen that before. I'm just seeing that now. So that would bring the price down.


I'm so sorry to say. Probably more like $1,200 to $1,700 because of the damage.

Appraisal Details

Rago Arts & Auction Center
Lambertville, NJ
Appraised value (2013)
$1,200 Auction$1,700 Auction
Boise, ID (June 29, 2013)

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