Slag Glass: a brief introduction

american_bronze_and_yellow_slag_glass_chandelier_c1910543_2Slag glass, as we know it today, originated in England in the late 19th century as a means to produce attractive glass works with a new and exciting look for a lower cost. Formed in part as a byproduct from the iron smelting process, slag glass was being made by many different manufacturing companies in England and in America.  Rising to new levels of popularity in the early 1900’s, slag glass is no longer produced as it once was.  Though production has lagged, slag glass chandeliers and lamps are beautiful accent pieces to add to your modern home.

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“Since the process of making slag glass was shrouded in a certain amont of mystery, stories sprang up to try and account for the process behind the effects. For example, it was a good bet that Sowerby’s Blue Nugget color of 1883 was the result of adding cadmium to molten glass, but how to explain Gold Nugget? Stories soon spread that John George Sowerby, son of the company’s founder, was tossing gold sovereigns into batches of amber glass to create this dramatic hue.”

Although it is unlikely that this American bronze and yellow slag glass chandelier, circa 1900, contains gold sovereigns, it certainly makes for an interesting dinner conversation.

american_bronze_and_yellow_slag_glass_chandelier_c1910543_1To view the above lot online click the link below, live until October 4th, 2016. To view in person you are welcome to join us for our open house on October 1, from 1-5pm Please RSVP at oconnoralice@aol.com

http://bid.igavelauctions.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&auction_uid1=4380809

To learn more about slag glass:

https://www.thermofisher.com/blog/metals/slag-from-by-product-to-valuable-construction-material/

http://www.antiqueweek.com/ArchiveArticle.asp?newsid=143

Quote taken from:

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/lamps/slag-glass

Lark Mason Associates’ Senior Expert, Niki Tiliakos, is now an Appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow

See her Appraiser profile here: Niki Tiliakos

Watch her appraisal of a Chinese Jadeite & Diamond Ring, ca. 1920

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“Niki Tiliakos has been the Senior Expert at Lark Mason Associates and iGavel Auctions in New York since 2006. She has also worked at Christie’s  in the Chinese Works of Art Department and Sotheby’s Arcade department as a consulting cataloger, working with American and European furniture, decorative art, and Asian art. Niki holds a degree from Barnard College and received her post-graduate diploma in Asian Art from Royal Holloway College, University of London, in partnership with the British Museum.”

 

Watch Clips from Season 19 of Antiques Roadshow starring iGavel Associate Seller: Lark Mason

May

05/31/14: Chinese Imperial Dress Uniform, ca. 1900 from Bismarck, Hour 2

05/31/14: Chinese Porcelain Vase, ca. 1900 from Bismarck, Hour 3

June

06/07/14: 17th-Century Chinese Transitional Wine Pot from Santa Clara, Hour 3

06/19/14: Chinese Export Huanghuali Cabinet, ca. 1740

06/21/14: Chinese Gilt Decorated Vase, ca. 1900 from Birmingham, Hour 3

06/28/15: Japanese Bronze Censer, ca. 1900 from Junk in the Trunk 5, Hour 1

06/28/14: Chinese Cloisonné Panel, ca. 1760 from Austin, Hour 2

July

07/26/14: Chinese Porcelain Water Buffalo, ca. 1880 from Chicago, Hour 1

August

08/09/14: Japanese Bronze Censer, ca. 1875 from New York City, Hour 1

08/16/14: Qing Dynasty Chinese Vases, ca. 1785 from Charleston, Hour 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lark Mason featured in the San Antonio Express News

Lark Mason featured in the San Antonio Express News, “Asian Art Ambassador at home in Central Texas” by Steve Bennett.

“When Lark Mason was growing up in Georgia, his mom owned an antique shop in Doraville, and she frequently took her son on buying trips for old treasures to stock the shelves.”

Click link to continue reading if you have a San Antonio Express News Subscription: Asian Art Ambassador at home in Central Texas

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Lark Mason Associates achieves success and high figures at recent sale of fine and decorative arts

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Lark Mason Associates achieved outstanding sales in a charged auction of Fine and Decorative Works of Art that concluded on July 7. Of the 209 lots sold, the top 10 lots approached a third of $1 million total.

An impressive Russian Silver and Silver-Plate Plique-à-Jour and Enamel Desk Set captured the uppermost price-point. So energetic was the bidding that the buying was lengthened by more than an hour, and 56 bidders eventually drove the grand total for the piece to just under $98,000, including buyer’s premium.

Another Russian objet d’art, a Silvered Figural Commemorative Award dated 1856 and marked Vaillant, went for nearly $50,000 after the auction was extended for over an hour to accommodate determined bidding on the part of 42 buyers.

In addition, more than 70 bids competed for four lots of Chinese and other Asian works of art, including a oil-on-canvas titled Girl and Flowers by the contemporary Vietnamese-French artist Le Pho (1907-2001) that hauled in close to $21,000.

A long-established auctioneer in New York City, Lark Mason, the renowned author, appraiser and “Antiques Roadshow” expert, recently expanded his operations to include a division in New Braunfels, Texas, where the rich array of antique firearms that were part of the sale also aroused strong enthusiasm.

At the conclusion of the event, both the New York and Texas offices of Lark Mason Associates sold more than 81 percent of the fine and decorative art pieces on offer, well exceeding the typical performance for an auction. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Mason. “Fine furniture, Asian art, firearms-there was something for everyone, and the high prices are clear evidence that our sale was a smashing success!”

 

Lark Mason Associates’
Fine and Decorative Works of Art Preview –
Auction Starts Tuesday, June 23rd

Lark Mason Associates is happy to present a sale of Fine and Decorative Works of Art on, Tuesday June 23rd – July 7th.

The sale will include a large selection of bronzes, silver and ceramics from a New York City Estate.

Property will be available for viewing at the New York City office from June 29th – July 3rd.

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 UPDATE: Fine and Decorative Works of Art Auction is now live! Click here to view this auction.

Lark Mason appears on Tuscon News Now: Antiques Roadshow makes a stop in Tuscon

“It is a pleasure to see the people and solve the riddles they may have. It is not about money all the time,” said Lark Mason, Asian Arts appraiser.

“One is a large object that was created in the 14th century that is going to turn out to be in the $15,000 range,” said Mason.

Read Here: Antiques Roadshow makes a stop in Tucson

Lark Mason is highlighted in the Happening Newsfeed, artdaily.org, ARTFIXdaily, Asia Week NY PR, and AFAnews: Lark Mason Named Chairman Of Asia Week New York

A special thanks goes out to Happening, artdaily.org, ARTFIXdaily, Asia Week NY, and AFAnews for sending out these press releases! Thank you for your support.

 

Happening Newsfeed: Lark Mason announced as chairman of Asia Week New York

“Until now, the event has been organized by Carol Conover, director of Kaikodo Asian art gallery. The new chairman, Lark Mason, is founding director of iGavel Auctions and former senior vice president of Chinese works of art at Sotheby’s. He is renowned for his knowledge of Asian art, and makes frequent appearances on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

 

artdaily.org: Art expert and appraiser Lark Mason named new Chairman of Asia Week New York

“I am honored to follow Carol Conover as the new Chairman of Asia Week New York, and look forward to continuing the successful paths forged by her and her predecessors,” says Mr. Mason, founding director of iGavel, the online international network of independently owned regional auction salesrooms, specializing in the sale of fine and decorative arts.”

 

ARTFIXdaily: LARK MASON NAMED CHAIRMAN OF ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

Lark Mason’s stellar reputation as a leading Asian art expert, appraiser and television personality on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, is well-established within the art world. Formerly a Senior Vice President with Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department, and a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com, Mason is the author of numerous articles on Asian art, the translator of two major works on Chinese furniture, and the author of “Asian Art,” a guide to the arts of Asia, published by The Antique Collectors Club. He is also a professor in the art business program at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.”

Asia Week New York Press Release: Lark Mason Named New Chairman of Asia Week New York

AFAnews: Lark Mason Has Been Named the New Chairman of Asia Week New York

 

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Lark Mason’s stellar reputation as a leading Asian art expert, appraiser and television personality on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, is well-established within the art world. artdaily.org

Lark Mason Associates’ Asian Works of Art Auction is highlighted in ARTFIX daily

ARTFIXdaily: Lark Mason Associates Achieves $2.6 Million for Spring Asian Art Sale

“Lark Mason Associates’ auction of Asian, Ancient & Ethnographic Works of Art that concluded on April 22nd, 2015 had 642 sold lots with more than 3,700 bids, resulting in a total of $2.6 million including buyer’s premium. This Asian sale represents the continued strength and ability of the auction house to navigate the Asian art and antiquities market.

Eight lots sold above $100,000 each, and the top five lots combined accounted for over a millon dollars in sales. The high-value lot from this auction was a superb Mongolian Gilt Bronze Seated Figure, Tara, 17th/18th century at $487,500.”

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Mongolian Gilt Bronze Seated Figure Tara 17th-18th Century, sold for $390,000

 

Lark Mason appears on NBC New York discussing Asia Week with Roseanne Colletti – March 17, 2015

“Lark Mason, founding president of iGavel Auctions, joins Roseanne Colletti to talk about next week’s exhibition showcasing the beauty of Asian culture. It will be part of “Asia Week,” running from March 24 until April 1.”

Link to video: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Asia-Week-New-York/296669041

Or watch below:

Separated At Birth

 

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NEW YORK, NY.- Thanks to the trained eye of Antiques Roadshow expert Lark Mason, a twin set of extraordinary 400-year-old Chinese chairs have been reunited and are now up for auction. Against the backdrop of China’s momentous history-wars, famines, political tumult and a long list of rulers of wildly varying dispositions-these identical museum-worthy Huanghuali chairs stood side by side, decade after decade, century after century. Then, after all that time, the chairs came to be separated.

According to Mason, the renowned authority in Chinese art and antiquities and the former director of online auctions at Sotheby’s, the story of these chairs begins with an American ambassador named Philip Manhard, who as young foreign service officer was stationed in Tientsin in late 1949 and charged with overseeing American interests in China. “It was a tense, confusing time,” says Mason. “The Nationalist government fled to Taiwan and the Chinese Communist government took over the country. And it was at this point that Manhard found himself in the advantageous position to make a very noteworthy purchase.” Chinese citizens who could get passage out of Tientsin were clamoring to sell prized possessions to the few remaining Western residents, Manhard among them.

Even in a market flooded with heart-stoppingly beautiful furniture, paintings, Imperial ceramics and other objets d’art, says Mason, Manhard could not have failed to recognize the outstanding quality of two 17th-century chairs that must have stood out very conspicuously. Says Mason: “They are simply outstanding. The quality is extraordinary; the condition, superb. The moldings are finely beaded, and the crest rails and handgrips are boldly curved. Is it any wonder Manhard could not resist them?”

Manhard continued his foreign service career, ultimately serving as ambassador to Mauritius. He and his family eventually settled outside of Washington, D.C., where he raised two sons, Philip Jr. and Richard. The pair of chairs were the standouts in a modest household inventory that included an array of other Asian works of art. Manhard passed away in 1998, but not before conveying to each scion one of the chairs. Son Phil moved to Englewood, Fla., and Rick to Sterling, Va., each taking his heirloom with him.

In late 2013, Philip contacted Lark Mason for an opinion. The moment his e-mail arrived with a photo attached, Mason recognized the chair as a masterwork of the Chinese cabinetmaker’s craft, dating from the late Ming Dynasty. After a series of conversations about a possible sale, Phil revealed that his chair is one of a pair, a discovery that all the more thrilled Mason, who reached out to Phil’s brother, Rick. A visit to him in Virginia resulted in the chair’s being brought to New York, where it was reunited with its mate in Lark Mason Associates. The chairs are now being offered for sale as a pair in an auction of works of art that closes on April 30th. (Estimate:$120,000-$180,000).

Chairs of this type rarely have both pierced aprons with upright braces and beaded legs, although both features are individually commonly associated with examples from the late 16th or early 17th centuries. The striking curvature of the S-scrolled splats and the dramatic grain enhance both chairs.

Concludes Mason: “These beautiful chairs are now ready to begin a new chapter in their long, long lives, a chapter that may well take them back to China, the location of their birth, bringing this noteworthy tale full circle.”

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/69604/Lark-Mason-reunites-rare-pair-of-17th-century-Chinese-chairs#.U1fEcOZdWJs
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Estimate: $120,000-180,000

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Lark Mason Associates Online Fall Auction of Asian, 
Ancient & Ethnographic Works of Art Achieves Over $2.2 Million

Lark Mason Associates’ auction of Asian, Ancient & Ethnographic Works of Art that closed on October 15th, 2013 had 828 sold lots with more than 4,500 bids, resulting in a total of over $2.2 million. This Asian sale represents a strong continuance of the company’s successful auction history and ability to navigate the Asian art and antiquities market.

Chinese Porcelain Flambe Glazed Hu Form Vase, Qianlong Mark and Period. Sold for $138,001

Chinese Porcelain Flambe Glazed Hu Form Vase, Qianlong Mark and Period. Sold for $138,000

 

 

Eight lots sold above $50,000 each, and the
top four lots sold for approximately half a millon dollars. The high-value lot from this auction was a Chinese Landscape Decorated Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup, 17th Century, which sold for $180,000.

 

Chinese Parcel Gilt Lacquered Bronze Seated Figure with Wood Stand, Ming Dynasty. Sold for $89,401

Chinese Parcel Gilt Lacquered Bronze Seated Figure with Wood Stand, Ming Dynasty. Sold for $89,401

 

Other highlights include: a Chinese Porcelain Flambe Glazed Hu Form Vase, Qianlong Mark and Period, which sold for $138,000; a Chinese Parcel Gilt Lacquered Bronze Seated Figure with Wood Stand, Ming Dynasty, which sold for over $89,000; a Chinese Polychrome Wood Guanyin, which sold for over $86,000; a Chinese Carved Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup with Daoist Immortals, 17th Century, which sold for $69,000;  and a Pair of Small Chinese Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Cabinets, 19th/20th Century, which sold for over $56,000.

 

Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, Harlem-based auction house specializing in Asian and other works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby’s New York. Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979-1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003.

Lark E. Mason, President of Lark Mason Associates

Lark E. Mason, President of Lark Mason Associates

From 2000-2003 he was a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com, and served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is noted for his regular appearances on PBS series, The Antiques Roadshow. He is the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts sales on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art.