Q: Enclosed is a picture of my brace-back Windsor chair; it is in excellent condition. It is marked "Wallace Nutting" and "326." It also has a label listing the other furniture that he made. Please provide information and price.
A: Wallace Nutting made reproductions of American Colonial furniture. This represents the finest example of its kind. It was probably made about 1910 to 1920 and would sell for $700 to $800.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a teapot. It is fine porcelain and decorated with pink and yellow roses trimmed with gold. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about its origin, vintage and value.
A: Your teapot was made between 1910 and 1920 by the Carl Thieme porcelain factory in Potschappel, Germany. It would sell in an antique shop for about $50 to $60.
The first point of confusion to clear up is the separation of Tiffany Co. (the Fifth Avenue jewelry store in New York) and Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for his stained-glass lamps).
The latter's work was variously marked "Tiffany Favrile Glass," "Tiffany Furnaces," "Tiffany Glass Co.," "Tiffany Studios," "Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co." and the monogram "LCT." He had shops in New York City and Corona, N.Y.
He produced stained glass for windows and mosaics, blown glass for vases and bowls, metalwork for desk sets, candlesticks and accessories and various potteries.
It is interesting to note that Tiffany originally was an artist of considerable talent. During the 1870s, while studying in Europe, he was awed by the stained-glass windows of the European cathedrals. They inspired him to create the stained-glass lamps and windows for which he achieved such fame.
We are all so intimidated by the Tiffany lamps that have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars that we tend to forget that there is a wealth of moderately priced items available, like a footed glass salt dish for $200, small ceramic vase for $400, a silver butter knife for $50, a bronze ashtray for $125 or even a few lamps for less than $1,000.
For those with a more active interest in the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, there are several fine books on the subject. Recommended are "Tiffany at Auction" by Alastair Duncan (Rizzoli), "Louis C. Tiffany's Glass-Bronze-Lamps" by Robert Koch (Crown) and "Tiffany Glassware" by Norman Porter and Douglas Jackson (Crown).
Send your questions about antiques with picture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered; published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.