Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Apollo Studios - A Worthy Contemporary

I’d never heard of the company when I picked the vases up and looked for any marking on the bottom. But they were beautiful and I knew that I had to bid on them. I didn’t get a chance to actually do any research on the maker until after I won them at auction and I was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered.

The Apollo Studios was a company in New York that was a contemporary of Tiffany Studios and produced some of the same type of items that Tiffany did. One of their areas of specialty was in the production of jeweled vanity items as well as other jeweled metal objects. The items marked with the Apollo stamp were made from 1909 to 1922. While they continued to manufacture products after that time period, they were not as finely detailed as the earlier pieces. The metalwork on the Apollo pieces was often done with brass or gold colored material and was very ornate and lacy.

Apollo items are not readily available and the prices for the pieces reflect that. Depending on the object, you can expect to pay from $100 to up to a $1,000 for a piece in very good condition.

The Apollo Studios Amber Glass fan vase above is in mint condition and is listed for $295.00. Inquire for availablility.