FAIRFIELD, Maine — For nearly 30 years, James D. Julia Inc. has treated auction goers to a spectacular end of summer auction. This year, approximately 2,600 lots will be sold over the course of four days, Aug. 20-23. The auction bill holds more than 600 American and European paintings and bronzes, in excess of 800 lots of American and European furniture and accessories, and more than 1,100 lots of Asian art and antiques, as well as folk art, weather vanes, nautical objects, historical items, Native American objects, jewelry, clocks and watches.
The four-day event kicks off with an array of fine art, including an important portrait by
Rembrandt Peale of George Washington executed in 1857 from an original portrait done over a half-century prior to this work ($150,000-$200,000).
Also offered are a variety of pieces by Maine and other New England artists, including 11 works by local favorite Waldo Peirce, which joins a selection of Rockport-Gloucester artists including Aldro Thompson Hibbard and Anthony Thieme, as well as a number of Emile Gruppe works, such as “Low Tide – Rockport,” showing ramshackle buildings serving as a backdrop to fishermen casting off the dock while another tends to a tangled net ($8,000-$12,000).
All of Day II and the first half of Day III are devoted to folk art, fine antiques, nautical items and so forth. Always popular folk art items are weather vanes; this auction will offer more than 30 fine examples. A large and important molded copper pig attributed to L.W. Cushing & Son of Waltham may bring home the bacon with its charming and whimsical expression ($20,000-$30,000).
The day continues with a broad selection of furniture (including both New England and Pennsylvania), painted furniture, high style Victorian furniture, lighting, country smalls and accessories. Furniture includes an important Queen Anne cherry secretary on frame. From the third quarter of the 18th century, this masterful work features swan’s neck pediment, flame finials, paneled doors, sloping lid, short cabriole legs with scalloped returns, pad feet and an estimate ranging from $10,000 to $12,000.
Accessories in this session include a rare Wilson 13-inch terrestrial globe from 1811, believed to be the first original dated globe from when Captain Cook was sailing the Seven Seas; it comes to the block with a $30,000 to $50,000 estimate.
The auction concludes with approximately 1,200 lots of Asian antiques. Perhaps central to the segment is a historic Imperial gilt bronze seal from the early 1700s depicting a crouching dragon chasing a pearl that is accompanied by eight other dragons within waves and cloud bands. Crafted of an alloy comprised of copper, silver, gold and tin, the piece carries a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.
The auction commences at 10 a.m. each day Aug. 20-23 at Julia’s auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine. For more information on James D. Julia’s four-day summer sale, visit www.jamesdjulia.com or call 207-453-7125.