Lamp and glass antique auction may gather $2-$3M

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FAIRFIELD, Maine — Hot on the heels of their hugely successful firearms auction that grossed $10 million, James D. Julia, Inc. is about to impress their glass buying clientele with a two-day auction of fine lamps and art glass, Dec. 2-3. The outstanding array of treasures is comprised of over 700 lots expected to total $2 to $3 million. 

This highly diverse auction is sure to excite collectors with offerings such as a spectacular Tiffany peony border floor lamp on a decorated senior base. Its massive shade features a wide band of nicely detailed multihued mottled flowers below a geometric pattern of blue silver panels. Topped with a pigtail finial with curlicue tip, the shade rests on its original highly desirable bronze senior base. This rarity is a singular opportunity and carries a presale estimate of $125,000 to $175,000.

A Tiffany Arrowroot table lamp with heavily mottled flowers and leaves is a striking example in greens and yellows, resting on a stylized bamboo shaft with hand hammered base with ball feet. This piece comes to the block with a $35,000 to $50,000 estimate.

The lamp portion of the sale continues with numerous examples by Handel including a peacock floor lamp on its original tall, slender peacock feather base topped with an unusual ball finial, that comes with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

Also up for bid will be a variety of desirable Pairpoint Puffy table lamps including a Puffy Poppy with a brilliant cluster of flowers that come to life when the lamp is lit. It is expected to sell for $8,000 to $12,000. Another offering is a Pairpoint Puffy Rose Bouquet comprised of blossoms in varying states of bloom. This prize comes with an estimate of $9,000 to $12,000.

A selection of Duffner & Kimberly is highlighted by an unusual Viking leaded table lamp that features an intricate abstract polychrome pattern segmented by bronze bands that terminate in Viking-esque griffin ship’s figureheads that is expected to bring $25,000 to $35,000.

Aside from the tremendous offering of lamps is an impressive fresh-to-the-market selection of English and French cameo glass. Included is an outstanding Daum Nancy Crocus vase with bulbous form estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 and a Daum Nancy Crane bowl with cameo cranes flying above a pond with lily pads that is expected to sell for $7,000 to $10,000.

Other French glass includes several early Gallé enameled glass pieces, including a Gallé glass basket with enameled rim decoration, ruffled foot, and applied bronze handle in the shape of a cherry branch that carries an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.

Also worthy of mention is a select grouping of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre. An advanced style of decorated pottery, the line is considered scarce because maker Daisy Makeig Jones was let go from her position at Wedgwood shortly after its introduction. In her fury she destroyed the remaining pieces, limiting surviving pieces to those already in the hands of buyers or retail outlets. Of the offering, a standout is the only known advertising plaque, created for retailers, that comes with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

For more information visit or call 207-453-7125. The auction commences at 10 a.m. each day at the Julia auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine. ?


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