Tiffany lamp, bird diorama, Sadao Watanabe painting

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July 14th, 2016

Q: I'm interested in getting a Tiffany lamp evaluated. The glass in the shade has a few hairline cracks. —Katherine H.

A: Yours is a well-known Tiffany shade (acorn pattern) and is properly labeled “Tiffany & Co. New York” on the rim of the shade. However, the base is not labeled nor is the finial or the electric sockets. This would have authenticated it because I questioned the look of the finial and the base. The base is not as natural looking as a true Tiffany. Therefore, the value is in the shade alone. Even with the condition issues, it would be $3,000–$4,000 at auction.

Q: [A friend] is in possession of a beautiful bird diorama that was created by her late husband’s family in the 1800s. The birds, butterflies, bugs, and background are all original. The only part that was replaced was the wood frame around the diorama. —Maureen Y.

A: What a great Victorian taxidermy bird diorama. The birds perched on branches under the glass dome are quite a classic look. Taxidermy collectors admire these today, although you will not find examples in all the many parlors (living rooms) of your casual friends. If this was to sell at auction, it should bring $1,000–$1,500.

Q: My wife and I received an original painting as a gift many years ago. It was painted by the famous Sadao Watanabe, who died in 1996. The painting is in its original frame. The painting itself is 9” x 13”. —Robert & Wendy G.

A: Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) was a twentieth-century Japanese folk artist. He was a printmaker of Christian religious scenes using Buddhist-type figures. His woodblock print work is exemplary and enjoyed by many a follower, even though the monetary value of these is not that high. I see the signature on this print but cannot make out the issue number. This is one of his renditions depicting the scene of “Jesus washing the feet of Peter.” This wood block print would bring $400–$600 in one of our Internet auctions. 

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Do you have a family heirloom or special keepsake you think has value? Ask Carolyn Remmey of Remmey Antiques & Fine Art located in New York’s tristate area. 

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