Morphy’s concludes stellar year with $1.9M Fine & Decorative Arts auction

Superior-quality Tiffany Studios Nasturtium lamp leads stellar lineup, selling for $123,000


DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions set the stage for a beautiful Christmas season with its $1.9 million Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held December 19-20 at the company’s spacious Pennsylvania gallery. Collectors, tastemakers and holiday shoppers vied for superior jewels and watches, paintings, art pottery, silver, and more than two dozen dazzling Tiffany Studios lamps – a festive way to wrap a year of memorable, high-profile sales.


“The lamp selection was especially fine, with three particular Tiffany designs attracting the lion’s share of attention at the preview,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. At the center of the Tiffany winners circle was a signed and numbered Nasturtium lamp with a leaded-glass shade profusely decorated with multicolored confetti glass tiles and a bevy of richly-hued flowers. Resting on a telescoping Tiffany-stamped cat’s-paw base and in excellent condition, the scene-stealing lamp sold within estimate for $123,000.


A Tiffany Studios Peony leaded-glass table lamp displaying a lively medley of red and pink blooms against a verdant ground sold well above estimate for $79,950, while a rarely seen Tiffany Studios double candlestick with blown-out Favrile glass and a decorative patinated bronze lily pad base met its pre-sale expectations, selling for $20,910.


The sale featured a first-rate selection of European decorative art, including a very rare and appealing Loetz 10-inch triple-lobe glass vase. With purple-blue iridescent accents against a gold background and further enhanced by delicately detailed lotus leaves, this distinctive vase is prominently featured in a Loetz reference book. It sold for $33,210 against a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.


An absolutely amazing Amphora Gres-Bijou vase, 17 inches tall with a motif of applied leaves, blackberries, and three-dimensional feline heads, presented in mint condition with an 8179 Amphora Crown mark. The epitome of unapologetic Continental grandeur, this extravagant ceramic confection surpassed its estimate to settle at $11,685.


Another piece that called upon the animal world for inspiration was a luminous pate-de-verre crab-motif bowl by A Walter, Nancy. Measuring 9½ inches in diameter, its frosted blue and cream-colored glass suggested a marine setting for the three-dimensional orange, yellow and mauve crustacean at its center. Signed and in excellent condition, it sold for an above-estimate price of $10,455.


A Paul Dachsel monumental Pinecone vase was reminiscent of decorative styles seen in both Vreeland’s book Monsters and Maidens: Collector’s Edition and Scott’s The House of Amphora. Standing 17 inches high with a ribbed composition, applied enameled pinecones, and stunning green, red and beige glazing, the marked (PD 12/2086) vessel reached the upper end of its estimate range, selling for $8,610.


The auction’s 329-lot Jewelry, Watches & Coins section included 20 sought-after wristwatches, 96 pocket watches, rare coins and currency; and luxe jewels. Not surprisingly, the Rolex brand commanded the spotlight.


A steel and 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph Chronometer, Ref. No. 116503, featuring a 40mm case and handsome black dial with luminous markers, could not have been more complete. It came with all of its links, the original outer box, inner box with watch holder, warranty card, booklets and both original hang tags. It was bid beyond its high estimate to $34,440.


Nicknamed the “Batman” model because of its black dial with ceramic black and blue bezel, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II stainless steel wristwatch was also well documented, retaining its factory international guarantee card with an original purchase date of 04/15/2019. Unpolished and near mint, it sold for $14,760.


Weighing in at 229.0 grams (gross), a 14K white gold Cuban link necklace glittered with 1,543 round, brilliant-cut diamonds having a total carat weight of 26.00 carats. The 22-inch-long statement piece changed hands for a within-estimate price of $20,910.


Unquestionably, the most unusual lot in the auction was the very rare 18th-century set of hair “painted” buttons housed in a glass-topped wood box. Many of the 15 buttons depicted nautical or fishing scenes, and all exhibited a remarkable degree of expertise and creative artistry. Offered with paperwork documenting and describing the contents, the buttons sold at the midpoint of their estimate range, for $34,400.


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All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of buyer’s premium.


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1122 –

14K white gold Cuban-link necklace with 26.00 carats of (1,543) round, brilliant-cut diamonds. Gross weight: 229.0g. Sold within estimate for $20,910


1138 –

Extremely rare 18th-century set of 15 hair ‘painted’ buttons, many depicting nautical or fishing scenes, with paperwork. Displayed in wood box under glass. Sold within estimate for $34,440


1239 –

Men’s steel and gold Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Chronometer Ref. 116503, black dial with luminous markets. Complete with all links, box, papers, tags. Sold above high estimate for $34,440


1240 –

Rolex GMT Master II Batman Ref. 116710BLNR with card. Sold for $14,760


1274 –

Tiffany Studios blown-out double candlestick on patinated bronze lily pad base. Sold within estimate for $20,910


1276 –

Tiffany Studios Nasturtium leaded-glass table lamp on telescoping cat’s-paw base. Sold within estimate for $123,000


1285 –

Tiffany Studios Peony leaded-glass table lamp in vibrant color scheme dominated by red and pink blooms with yellow centers. Sold above high estimate for $79,950


1377 –

Rare Loetz Lotus Leaf vase with iridescent gold and purple-blue glass. Book example. Sold for $33,210, more than twice the high estimate


1411 –

Luminous A. Walter, Nancy, pate-de-verre Hermit Crab bowl. Signed and in excellent condition. Sold for above-estimate price of $10,455


1528 –

Paul Dachsel monumental Pinecone vase, 17in tall. Sold at upper end of estimate range, for $8,610


1531 –

Rare Amphora monumental Gres-Bijou cat vase, 8179 Amphora Crown mark. Sold above high estimate for $11,685


2176 –

1795 Bust Dollar, two leaves, VF20, PCGS. Sold for $9,225 against a $6,000-$7,000 estimate