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A rare and possibly unique Monart cameo glass lamp

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The price achieved is an indication of what happens when rarity value overides aesthetic judgment.  This often occurs as collectors and sometimes museums consider it important for historical reasons to acquire examples of a factory's output even when they are unattractive.

How do you differentiate between a trade sample, a failed trial, and an experiment that did not justify full-scale production?  

I don't know the answer to this but perhaps the first stage is to ask yourself "why" were there only a few of these?...if theyare aesthetically unappealing, possibly because nobody found them interesting at the time. If they are attractive pieces, more likely they were too difficult to produce at a profitable level.


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