Sulky weathervane may cart off with $20,000 in three-day sale

FAIRFIELD, Maine — After a banner year achieving a company record of $46 million in sales, James D. Julia Inc. is planning a three-day auction, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2013, filled with an array of fine art, antiques, folk art and rare Asian objects from various collections and estates from across North America including selections from the collection of the late P.Y. Wang and the late John Gale collection of New England paintings.

Recently discovered in a Massachusetts home of a Portsmouth family descendant, this pair of fire buckets comes estimated for $35,000-45,000. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia)

Fine arts begin the three-day sale and features the collection of the late John Gale of Cambridge, Mass. It includes more than 130 New England paintings, most from the Rockport/Gloucester School. One of Gale’s favorite artists was Vermont’s own Aldro Thompson Hibbard, who has 26 works offered. The collection also includes 35 paintings by William L. Stevens, five paintings by Frederick Mulhaupt and 68 others, such as an oil on canvas harbor scene by Frederick Mulhaupt titled “Gloucester Gill Netters,” which depicts several fisherman in the misty morning preparing their nets for a day on the water ($50,000-$80,000).

This session continues with more than 250 other paintings and prints from other collections and estates, including an oil on board by Mable May Woodward of a Roman street scene showing two provincial women assembling bouquets for their flower stand in the shade of a big umbrella ($5,000-$10,000). Thomas Eakins’ portrait of Maybelle Schlichter (a friend of the painter) that descended from the artist’s family to the Baltimore Museum of Art and Babcock Galleries in New York is another fresh find. Having been with the present consignor since 1945, this is the first public offering of the piece ($15,000 to $25,000).

The auction continues with approximately 200 18th and 19th century prints, many of which came from the Robert Nugent estate of Montclair, N.J. Included will be such categories as sporting and equestrian, botanical and topographical. Of particular note are

This large and beautiful oil on canvas harbor scene by Frederick Mulhaupt entitled “Gloucester Gill Netters” is expected to fetch upwards of $50,000. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia Inc.)

12 Audubon prints, including a rare hand colored lithograph of a broad-winged hawk from the double elephant folio edition of “Birds of America” ($5,000-$10,000).

The second day features a vast array of more than 500 lots of antiques and folk art including more than 10 weathervanes, as well as Bellamy carved eagles, painted game boards, nautical items, painted and formal furniture, historical documents, clocks and more. The cavalcade of weathervanes includes a Nancy Hanks horse-drawn sulky with pneumatic tires attributed to the J.W. Fiske Company of New York. In gilt and verdigris surfaces, it comes in with a $15,000 to $20,000 estimate. Also featured is an exceptional Cushing & White example with well defined head and horns, and its original verdigris surfaces ($15,000-$20,000).

Folk art of a nautical variety includes ship portraits including Antonio Jacobsen’s fully rigged double masted pilot boat “Fannie” in New York Harbor ($15,000-$20,000), and an ivory model of a ship executed by a prisoner of war with exquisite detail and delicate rigging ($10,000-$15,000).

The auction commences at 10 a.m. each day. For more information visit or call 207-453-7125.

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