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Kovels’ May 2021 newsletter features Tiffany lamps and décor, the modernist jewelry of Mildred Ball, the midcentury furnishings of George Nelson, Southern folk art pottery, and vintage license plates, all with photos and prices.
Lamps with leaded glass shades, candlesticks, and other beautiful and useful objects made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany Studios and Tiffany & Co. sold at auction in California and are featured in a sale report in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles May 2021 newsletter. Pictured are lamps, Favrile glass vases, candleholders and desk accessories in iconic Tiffany designs that sold for thousands and tens of thousands of dollars.
Auction prices are rising for pieces by modernist jewelry designer Mildred Ball. Nearly 20 lots of her jewelry sold in Indiana where prices ranged from $150 to over $1,100. See a number of Mildred Ball pendants, choker necklaces and a bolo tie in her signature style with large and colorful polished stones in Kovels’ May newsletter, along with the paneled bracelet with abstract enamel decoration that took top price honors at the auction.
Pottery collectors at a Georgia auction paid a wide range of prices for folk pottery made by generations of Southern U.S. potters. Face jugs are now an icon of this art form and Kovels’ latest issue pictures some of the fanciful face jugs and animal figures that sold for hundreds of dollars.
Furnishings designed by George Nelson brought high auction prices in Chicago. As collectors re-think home office design, Nelson’s sleek storage systems continue to make storage both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. See some of his multi-use storage and cabinet designs as well as his Bubble Cluster lamp, Swaged Leg chair and his take on fireplace tools—and their prices—in Kovels’ May issue.
Many collectors love old automobile license plates and are on the hunt for the perfect rustic decoration for their garage, basement or bar. A recent Pennsylvania auction offered more than 250 vintage license plates that sold for collector-friendly prices. Enjoy seeing early 20th century plates used in California, Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania and other states in Kovels’ May newsletter.
Don’t miss Terry Kovel’s take on the sale of her 40-year collection of artists’ enamels or the May market report on rare Pokémon cards. The Dictionary of Marks lists marks used by Mildred Ball and other American studio jewelers. The illustrated Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about a Staffordshire dish, a Vernon Kilns Fantasia vase, a carousel horse, and a carved Black Forest plaque. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in the May Buyer’s Price Guide.