Tiffany look-alike lamp could be worth about $500


May 01, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a lamp that I have. It looks like a Tiffany but has no markings. It is in perfect shape. Could it be a lamp he made before he became famous?

Do you think it is a Tiffany lamp and what is its monetary value?

A: Although this is a handsome example of a slag glass lamp with a metal overlay, it was not made by Tiffany. All Tiffany lamps were signed.

In the 1890s Louis Comfort Tiffany began designing and producing lamps. The bases were bronze and the shades were made of leaded stained glass. As the popularity of these lamps grew, other firms made less-expensive copies.

Slag glass with metal overlay to create the design were used rather than the leaded stained-glass method. Solid bronze bases were replaced by bronzed metal.

Your lamp was made in the early 1900s. It would probably be worth about $500 to $525.

Q: The name Clarice Cliff is on the bottom of an earthenware pitcher that I recently inherited. It is decorated with orange, purple and violet crocuses.

Who is Clarice Cliff, and when was my pitcher made?

A: Clarice Cliff was a designer for A. J. Wilkinson Ltd. in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, in the early 1920s. It was the Jazz Age and the art world was still reeling from the unprecedented cubism of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Cliff was experimenting with geometric shapes, and bold, vibrant colors. She also found inspiration in the art of ancient Aztec and Egyptian civilizations. "Crocus" was the name of a pattern she used to decorate her Bizarre ware.

With the assistance of a group of women artists, known as the "Bizarre Girls," she designed and decorated her hand-painted ware.

Clarice Cliff became popular in England and America. Most pieces were signed and included the name of the pattern. Your pitcher was made around 1928 to 1937. Its value would probably be about $500.

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