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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 06-16-2005 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a piece of mixed metal, made by Tiffany in 1875, exhibited at the Centennial in 1876, and then sent over to Paris in 1878 for the Exposition Universelle. There, after helping Tiffany win more prizes, it was purchased by Mary Jane Morgan, and then sold out of her estate in 1886 in a famous auction in NYC. It resurfaced in 1998 at Sotheby's in NYC, where I was lucky enough to get it for The Newark Museum amidst the feeding frenzy over all the Manoogian silver.

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IJP

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iconnumber posted 06-16-2005 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"To which of the two shall I listen?"

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 06-16-2005 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses:

Can you please cite the name, number and exact date of the Sotheby's sale at which you purchased this item?

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 06-17-2005 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Geez. It was January 1998. I think January 20th, but I'm not certain. I'd have to pull the file, and I'm not at the office. Is that enough for now? It was the sale of the Masco Collection, and included the great "Conglomerate" vase by Tiffany. I went to fondle it and "say goodbye," and then John Ward pulled this piece off the shelf, all dirty and unloved, and I almost passed out.

I've always felt I had the edge because I was a French major in college and knew exactly the reference of the old French inscription.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 06-17-2005 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mention of the Masco sale is sufficient. Thanks.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 06-18-2005 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses, It was in the afternoon sale after the morning Masco sale. I happened to be there getting a couple of not nearly as impressive pieces when Janet got it for you.

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