Originally Posted by LabelKing
Interesting that I named the lesser-known "Tiffany" of iridescent glass.
Heh, yes - but they're often confused and tampered with: Antiques Roadshow
In the 1960s and 1970s, when collectors began to pay increasing sums for Tiffany, "people would take any unsigned piece of iridescent glass and put a Tiffany signature on it," Arlie explains. Unsavory and unknowing glass owners even added a Tiffany signature to quality pieces such as Steuben and Loetz, studios that sent out many of their iridescent pieces unsigned. "We once saw a beautiful Loetz flower-form glass vase "” it screamed of Loetz "” and it had a magnificent Tiffany signature," Arlie says, adding, "It's the glass you should be collecting not the signatures. I always look at forms and colors.
"As prices go up and up, objects go round and round, often with bewildering speed.....A Southern client sent a photograph of a Tiffany lamp to Christie's and, following an exchange of correspondence, the lamp arrived in New York where, on inspection, it was found to be a modern reproduction. The owner was notified and the lamp returned. It was immediately placed in a local auction where it was purchased and sent by the next owner -- to Christie's. It was again returned. Over the next three months the piece is now known to have changed hands three further times, making its way, finally, into a Tiffany collection in California just in time to be included in a shipment -- to Christie's. The entire episode, from the time the first photograph of the lamp was sent, to the time that the lamp made its third visit to New York, took only seven months, highlighting the frantic pace at which the Tiffany market can operate. Another indomitable adversary has been an unsigned iridescent Loetz glass vase which first sold at Christie's in 1977, only to reappear some months later with a full Tiffany signature. The consignor.....took it to a glass restorer to have the Tiffany signature removed. The vase was then returned to Christie's and offered in its original condition. It has recently re-appeared on the market, this time boldly inscribed Loetz Austria."