Read this account of how Takeo Horiuchi's collection of some of the rarest pieces of Tiffany art glass designs are coming to auction in San Francisco.
Priceless Tiffany Collection Flees One Earthquake Zone, Lands in Another -- by Ben Marks on Collectors Weekly
"... The previous year, the deep-pocketed Tiffany lover had been impressed by Duncan’s “Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany” exhibition, which had made a stop in Nagoya. Naturally, Horiuchi wanted Duncan’s opinion of his burgeoning collection. “He had it stored in a warehouse,” remembers Duncan, “so we went to have a look. I asked him, ‘Where do you want to go with this, Mr. Horiuchi?’ and he said, ‘I want to be a big collector.’ And I said, ‘What level do you want?’ and he said, ‘Top.’ I’ll never forget it. He said, ‘I want everything.’ It was Horiuchi’s initiative, no one else’s. And so, off we went. It was a hell of a ride.”
Michaan will be dispersing some of the best examples of Tiffany Studios lamps, windows, mosaics, desk sets, vases, and paintings into the world. The first 170-plus Tiffany pieces from the Horiuchi collection will be auctioned off on November 17, 2012, at Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, California. Titled “Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Japan,” the works will be on view beginning November 2012 ..."[Update -- the auction grossed over $4 million (link)]
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