Early 20th-Century Duffner & Kimberly Shade
My dad was a general building contractor in San Francisco, and he was remodeling a home right after World War II. And this was headed for the dump. And he just couldn't see anything this beautiful going that direction, so he brought it home, and it hung in his corporation shed for, oh, probably 12, 15 years, and when he passed away, it was my job to clean it out.
And I found this and didn't know anything about it and took it to San Francisco to dealers to try and find out what it was worth, and everybody said, "Well, what do you want for it?" So I figured it had value, brought it home, put it in a box. When we built our home in Lake Tahoe in 1972, my wife finally got to see what was in the box, and it's hung over our dining room table ever since.
This is a Duffner and Kimberly shade. Duffner and Kimberly was an American firm, early 20th century, based in New York. They made these wonderful art glass, leaded shades. Now, they were very heavily influenced by the Tiffany shades. The leading on this is exceptional, and the quality of the glass is exceptional. Also, this is a nice, typical Duffner and Kimberly form with the turned-in edges and this pattern of floral arrangement. There are supports here, supports that you normally don't see on a leaded shade, because it hangs down. We've not seen one of these on the ROADSHOW. I would easily put an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000 on it for auction.
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