• Tiffany Lamp Appraiser Arlie Sulka: An Interview with Collectors Weekly When I was an art history major in college, there were very few programs that had a concentration in the decorative arts. So when I graduated, I thought I’d be working with paintings, sculpture, and prints.In 1979, when I was working at Plaza Auction Galleries, a small auction house in New York, I met Lillian Nassau, and she asked me to work for her. I’ve learned almost everything I know on the jo…
  • Antique Oil Lamps and Chimneys My grandparents were antique collectors all their lives, their whole house was furnished in antiques. They had a lot of oil lamps and I suppose that’s where I got my first interest. I’ve always had more of an interest in the glass lampshades than the lamps but it kind of just evolved into lamp collecting instead of glass, and not pattern glass per say, just colored glass. I started out collecti…
  • Tacky Treasures: TV Lamps of the 1950s I’ve always had an interest in the tackier artifacts of the 1950s and '60s. The cheesy stuff, the kitsch. Old B movies, monster and sci-fi movies, the stuff you can poke fun at a little bit. When I was growing up, we didn't have TV lamps around our house. But there was a book called "Turned On: Decorative Lamps of the 50s" written by Leland and Crystal Payton in 1989, about different kinds of lamp…
  • Burglars Horror Some years ago a police commissioner in a large city offered the practical suggestion that one small electric light bulb left on while the family was out for the evening was one of the best forms of burglar insurance that any householder could have. The supposition was, of course, that the average marauder would think twice before trying to make informal entry into a house lighted even dimly, sinc…