FAIRFIELD, Maine – James D. Julia’s spring lamp and glass auction boasts the overall highest quality and selection of fine glass in the company’s 40-year history. There will be rare leaded and painted lamps, art glass vases, shades and accessories, and cameo mini lamps. Dudley Browne, head of Julia’s glass and lamp division said, “With the current volatility of the stock market, investment in quality tangible assets such as rare glass and lamps is becoming increasingly enticing. After all, who ever heard of a rare Tiffany lamp falling 800 points in one day?”
The two-day sale will total more than 800 lots headlined by a Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp, one of only seven known to exist. It is expected to see tremendous attention, and carries a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
Another Pairpoint example has multi-colored grapes among broad green leaves resting on its original grape base. It carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. A 14-inch Pairpoint puffy apple tree with background foliage, red fruit, and buzzing bumblebees is expected to get $25,000–$30,000.
Tiffany leaded lamps include a 20-inch jonquil and daffodil table lamp with yellow, white, and amber flowers on a lavender blue background expected to sell for $100,000-$150,000. An 18-inch red peony lamp with red and pink flowers on a heavily mottled yellow and green background comes with a $125,000-$150,000 estimate.
Handel lamps include a peacock floor lamp on its original bronze feather base estimated at $30,000-$40,000. A reverse-painted six-panel mountain scene, vertically ribbed with a different scene in each panel is expected to peak at $15,000-$25,000.
A Duffner & Kimberly Louis XV leaded lamp with floral design and cast brass overlay that rests on its original base has an estimate of $45,000-$55,000. A thistle leaded lamp accented by brilliant purple medallions on its original thistle leaf base has a $15,000-$20,000 estimate.
Art glass works by Tiffany, Steuben, Quezal, Lalique, and others are highlighted by a large Tiffany vase with wheel carved and cameo decoration and padded white flowers that is expected to sell for $25,000-$35,000. An 18-inch jack-in-the-pulpit vase with gold favrile finish and iridescence from top to bottom is estimated for $15,000-$20,000.
A grouping of Steuben includes two Frederick Carder era pieces, which are sought after today. A cire perdue glass plaque depicts Isabelle Lee – a friend of Carder – with her face and upper torso emerging from a flat panel. This piece has a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. A cire purdue figure of a panther vanquishing a snake is signed and dated by Carder and is expected to finish up at $8,000-$10,000.
An offering of French and English cameo glass includes several Daum Nancy padded and wheel carved vases; a tall flaring vase with white and yellow padded flowers and green leaves carries an estimate of $8,000-$10,000; and a free form vase with cameo and enameled red flowers is expected to sell for $15,000-$20,000.
English cameo glass includes two junior-sized kerosene lamps with carved white floral decoration on blue backgrounds. The duo comes with an estimate of $5,000-$7,000 and $6,000-$8,000 respectively. A lavender mini lamp with carved white ivy decoration comes with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.
Tiffany bronze desk accessories include a scarce grapevine humidor with an open work grapevine pattern against a green slag glass background, expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000. An exceedingly rare hexagonal twine box in the pine needle pattern carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Also available will be inkwells, blotter ends, and other desk items.
Free full-color, detailed, illustrated brochures are available. Full-color catalogs are available for $39 by mail. For a complete online version of the catalog, visit www.jamesdjulia.com. For more details call 207-453-7125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.