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July 17, 2017 - table lamp

DEAR HELAINE AND JOE: we bought this flare during an estate sale. we call it a “Czech grape cluster Murano lamp.” There is usually one grape half broken. How many is it worth?

— D.A.

DEAR D.A.: This is unequivocally a smashing list flare with 5 kaleidoscopic potion grape clusters that are unequivocally gratifying and attractive. Many lamps of this form have usually dual clusters, and a grapes are infrequently usually a singular shade of white grape green.

We do have a tiny nomenclature problem with a description. The flare was indeed crafted in a Bohemian segment of what is now a Czech Republic, though Murano, a collection of 7 tiny islands in a Venetian firth in Italy, has zero whatsoever to do with a pleasant lighting device.

Glass creation was critical in Murano and Bohemia. The Venetians were famous for potion during a Gothic period, though in 1291 all a potion makers were systematic to leave Venice and pierce to Murano since it was feared a fires used to make potion would get out of palm and bake down a city (its structures were mostly done from timber during a time).

The Bohemian potion attention unequivocally got a start in a 16th century, when artisans schooled that by blending potash and marker they could make a clear, drab potion that was some-more fast than a potion done on Murano. Over a years, and in a many ubiquitous sense, Venetian/Murano potion became a cost product, while Bohemian potion became some-more inexpensive.

In fact, Bohemian potion is mostly credited with putting some American 19th-century potion

manufacturers out of business since of a cost differential. It should also be remarkable it was Bohemian potion makers who desirous and forked Louis Comfort Tiffany toward creation his now-famous potion products.

There is no doubt a flare is Czech/Bohemian, though that does not harm a square one small bit. Collectors seem to adore a Czech lamps, be they baskets with mounds of potion fruit, flowers aflame from within or lamps with unresolved bunches of grapes clustered around a light bulb.

These were unequivocally renouned during a 1920s. We feel a square is circa 1925. There are dual problems we need to try quickly. The initial is a peculiarity of a flare base, that in this box is sincerely pedestrian. Better examples have birds and other embellishments.

The second emanate is a half-broken grape. We feel that if a forsake can be dark from easy view, a rebate in value should usually be about 20 percent overall. If a flare were in ideal condition, it should have a sell value in a $1,200 to $1,500 range. But a damaged grape — if it does not detract too many from a cultured interest of a flare — reduces this value to $1,000 to $1,200. We wish we got a good understanding during a estate sale.

Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson have created a series of books on antiques. If we have an object you’d like to know some-more about, hit them during Joe Rosson, 2504 Seymour Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. 37917, or email them during If you’d like your doubt to be deliberate for this column, greatfully embody a high-resolution print of a item.

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