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Magazine    April 2002

Breakfast with Tiffany

Tiffany carved favrile glass vase

In a tale worth telling on Antiques Roadshow, a 1919 Tiffany vase found laying around a Scottish bed and breakfast will be auctioned off by Bonhams in Edinburgh on May 10. The auction estimate is $8,500.

Although elegant and fragile, the vase is not a rare property, compared to a recent Tiffany Wisteria Laburnum chandelier on the block at Sloan's that brought in $370,000. But the vase's story is priceless. Two American guests noticed the Tiffany favrile glass piece, which had been on the floor in the corner of their room for more than a decade. They told the owner the vase was valuable, but she left it where it was. After receiving two reminders from the Americans, the owner took it for an appraisal and was given a valuation that surprised her. More amazing was the fact that the vase had survived three house moves and two grandchildren in the past 25 years.

The vase is part of a Bonhams sale billed as Design from 1860 to the Present Day.

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