Rare Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp swoops to $77,025


FAIRFIELD, Maine — James D. Julia’s June 19-20 Lamp & Glass sale delighted bidders with a fresh selection of merchandise. Bidders in attendance (as well as those participating via telephone, absentee, and live over the internet) were treated to an exciting and almost unpredictable ride. At the close of the two-day sale, the auction earned nearly $2.2 million against a $1.5 million low estimate for lots sold.

Pairpoint Puffy owl lamp

An exceedingly rare Pairpoint Puffy lamp depicting a three dimensional figural owl consisting of a blown glass shade resting upon an equally detailed bronze full bodied owl figural base went out at $77,025. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia)

Of the highlights was Julia’s discovery of a rare Pairpoint Puffy lamp, depicting a three-dimensional figural owl. This is only the eighth example known. The lamp consists of a blown glass shade in the form of an owl’s head with piercing yellow eyes with large pupils. The shade rests upon an equally detailed bronze, full-bodied owl figural base. It went out at $77,025. A Pairpoint Puffy apple tree on its tree trunk base sold for $23,700, while a rare Pairpoint Puffy grape lamp done with tremendous realism and resting on its original matching grape cluster base fetched $13,035.

Still maintaining a strong following despite some ebbs and flows over the years, Victorian glass in this sale included some special pieces such as a Mt. Washington Royal Flemish kerosene lamp. With a Middle Eastern motif of camels and figures with the Great Pyramids in the distance across both the base and matching shade, it commanded $12,442.

A large, highly ornate Moser glass decorated center bowl with applied amber ruffled rim and decorated with acorns, leaves and branches as well as a variety of insects settled at $10,072. English Cameo glass fared well: a Webb vase with carved cameo flowers against an acid carved background, further enhanced by applied cabochons and padded flowers, saw $18,367. It was followed by a Webb cameo vase, carved in an Oriental pattern on light celadon green glass that finished at $18,960.

Art pottery included a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre vase in the Imps on a Bridge pattern that sold for $9,480. And a covered vase in the Jewel Tree pattern against a midnight luster background sold for $7,110.

For more information or to place offers on unsold items, contact James D. Julia’s offices at 207-453-7125 or info@jamesdjulia.com, or visit www.jamesdjulia.com.

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