Tiffany Studios Table Lamp, ca. 1910
Well, my great-grandfather was a surgeon in Kansas City, and this was his lamp.
Well, it is a Tiffany Studios lamp. Moorish pattern, probably dates from about 1910 or so, I'm not exactly sure. You brought us a photograph showing the lamp in the original interior of the house.
Which is really great to see.
What's nice about this particular example is that it has all its parts. I've never seen a lamp where all the prisms are there. They're reinforced in such a way that they don't fall off. Whereas the other prisms I've seen are usually hooked very flimsily on a little S-hook, and that explains why they're all gone. But that makes this pretty valuable. This particular lamp in the market today in a retail venue, could sell anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000.
Great. That's wonderful.
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