Auctioneer extends summer event to 4 days


Edgar Degas’ “Danseuse Agrafant L’epaullette De Son Corsage”. (All photos courtesy James D. Julia)

FAIRFIELD, Maine — James D. Julia’s annual August Fine Arts, Asian, & Antiques auction is so large it has been extended from the usual three days to four. This $6 million dollar summer sale, scheduled for August 25-28 and now in its 35th year, is a signature event for the company and is one of the largest summer auctions in North America. The sale includes fine and decorative arts, antiques, folk art, Asian articles, and historical items and archives.

Consignments include the Rodney G. Fuller collection of Native American artifacts from western Nebraska, the John W. Armiger Jr. collection of early American flags and political ephemera from Baltimore, Maryland; the Michael Urioste estate collection of fine antiques from Gadsden, Alabama; and the third installment of precious and rare Asian items from the estate collection of a renowned Taiwanese diplomatic family (Cai Wanjun, Xu Shaochang, & Ye Gongchao). This auction also offers many top-caliber items from private estates and collections from both here and abroad.

Day one includes 450 lots of paintings and sculpture. About 300 different artists are represented overall.

Fine bronzes also play a heavy role in the auction’s debut day. At the top of the category is Edgar Degas’ “Danseuse Agrafant L’epaullette De Son Corsage” (#64D), which was gifted to and descended through the consignor’s family from German art dealer Justin Thannhauser. To our knowledge, this bronze has never previously been offered at auction. It is estimated at $150,000-$250,000. Other highlights include leading wildlife artist Carl Rungius’ “Big Horn Ram,” accompanied with full documentation and provenance ($125,000-$175,000) and American sculptor Paul Manship’s “Adjutant Stork” ($30,000-50,000). Overall, about 30 bronze artists are represented.
Auction days two and three feature over 1,300 lots fine antiques, furniture, and accessories at center stage, as well as silver, Native American items, and motorcycles.

This auction also offers remarkable items from famous and important Americans. One highlight is an archive of important documents from Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean ($40,000-$50,000.)

Earhart archive

Archive of Amelia Earhart.

The fourth and final day of Julia’s annual summer auction is dedicated to Asian Art. Julia’s is emerging as the go-to auction house in the United States for remarkable pan-Asian treasures including furniture, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, cloisonne, jades, and porcelain. This sales event features more than 850 fine Asian items.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. sharp each day at Julia’s auction facilities at 203 Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine.

For more information, visit or call 207-453-7125.