What’s Selling on eBay: January 2018

What's Selling on eBay: January 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod

$3,550 (20 bids, 6 bidders): Large Lot Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs 32 pcs.
Dark Green, Orange and Yellow. Lot of 32 Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass shell chairs, great original condition, selling as one lot. These chairs are a mix of dark green, orange and yellow shells. Measures 31.25 high by 20 inches deep.
(Photo: eBay seller mynos)

DBA: This is a fabulous find! Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames, his wife, made important contributions in the field of architecture, furniture design and the arts. They collaborated on their works, and Charles Eames stated, “Anything I can do, Ray can do better.”

This chair is still made and sold by the Herman Miller Company and sells for $320 to $450 new. The price difference is due to the leg design. The more expensive version makes an “x” when seen from one side angle. The colors of the new ones available today are different.

The old chairs in good condition can still be found selling for $500. This buyer got the chairs for about $110 each. What a deal!

$6,357 (8 bids, 3 bidders): 1904 Charles Robert Ashbee sterling silver twin-handled bowl and enameled cover.
This auction is for a lovely antique sterling silver bowl with two looping handles and a spot-hammered base. The lid is enameled in a vibrant turquoise color and topped off with a natural pearl set in a silver basket.

This piece was designed by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), an English architect and designer who was a major figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. He established the Guild of Handicraft, Ltd (1888-1906), which produced this stunning piece.

The diameter is 5.25 inches, and it measures 11 inches from handle to handle. It stands 4.25 inches tall with the lid in place. There are some small nicks in the rim of the lid and a slight bend in the rim of the lid at the spoon opening and a small dent in the base. There are no repairs; the enamel is intact, and the pearl is original. It presents very well. The hallmark, which appears on the base and on the lid includes: G of H Ltd (Guild of Handicraft Ltd); Lion passant; London mark; and 1904 date letter (i). In addition, there are numbers lightly etched into the bottom-possibly a style number: 5363.

This bowl was a gift to my mother from an English friend when our family was departing England in 1953 after a 3.5-year stay. I believe a matching spoon was part of the gift, but it was lost in the move. I didn’t realize how special this piece was until I decided to sell it and began researching. I discovered that other similar examples of this form attributed to Ashbee are in a number of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Bavarian National Museum.
(Photo, eBay seller skinnielapels)

DBA: This object was called a jam dish. A similar-sized dish, a porringer, was sold by Christie’s in 2006 for $6,600. There are very few of these to find in the marketplace. Even the knock-offs of these bring close to this amount of money. I believe that the rarity of this silver will keep the price growing in coming years.

$5,657 (50 bids, 22 bidders): Pre-Colombian antique heavy 88% gold spiritual mask face pendant artifact.
This beautiful piece of jewelry is crafted in gorgeous rich 88% gold and features a distinctive-looking mask face pendant design. This piece has a built-in, approximately 4.5mm-diameter bail and is sure to enthrall anyone who wears it. Rare style and fine quality old-world craftsmanship in same purchase!

Tested: 88% gold, Measures: height, 4.2 Inches; depth, 0.6 inch; width, 6.1 inches. Total weight: 88.4 pennyweights (137.5 grams). Condition: very good. Presents beautifully.
(Photo courtesy of eBay seller sflmaven, who normally sells vintage estate jewelry)

DBA: This is definitely an image of a shaman from Pre-Columbian times. A shaman is a person having influence with the spirit world who would converse with the spirits in a trance state and practice divination and healing. The slit form of the eye indicates a drug-induced trance, and the person is shown transforming into an animal as evidenced by the bird-like creature coming from his head. The person is wearing ear spools and a nose ring that many in that culture wore. Retail prices from dealers are much higher for similar objects. Given the price of gold, this is about the value of the gold content in today’s market, so how could you lose?

$6,600 (11 bids, 5 bidders): Pairpoint Puffy Glass “Pansies” Shade on 11-inch Boudoir Type #3079 Electric Lamp.
A gorgeous small Pairpoint lamp, 11.25 inches tall overall, with properly signed glass and well-marked base; every indication this is an original matched body and shade from Pairpoint, early 1900s. Gorgeous reverse-hand-painted “Puffy” glass shade with brilliant colored Pansies design. Shade signed on bottom edge “Pat Applied For.” Shade is 5 inches wide and 3.75 inches high approximately. Base is metal, marked well, #3709, below impressed Pairpoint logo, plus paper label. Foot is 3 3/8 inches across. Cord and plug appear to be original; lamp works fine, no switch. Small nightlight bulb included.

Glass shade is in wonderful condition, no chips or cracks, tiny points of wear only; exterior is satin finish. Base is metal, probably brass, no dents or dings; original “Lacquered Finish” has deteriorated, shows spots and wear, some light corrosion under bulb socket. Cord is quite good, but plug has chips. No on-off switch. Overall, a remarkable little lamp from Pairpoint, striking shade, in great condition.
(Photo eBay seller johnsmolen)

DBA: The puffy shade is the most valuable of the Pairpoint lamp shades. They were the hardest to make and were the most expensive when sold initially, and they are the ones for which collectors pay the most. It is very hard to find these glass shades in a very good condition. I did find an identical one selling for substantially less money, but when reading the description, I found that it had a “small crack.” This price could be considered the going rate for a similar type lamp.

Deborah Abernethy is a certified appraiser with the International Association of Appraisers. She can be contacted at 1-404-262-2131 or Deborah@expert-appraisers.com. Her website is www.expert-appraisers.com.

What’s Selling on eBay: January 2018