Fine art and folk art highlights of Julia’s February auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine – Strong prices brought the final tally at Julia’s Feb. 6-7 auction to more than $1.5 million.

The 1,200+ lots included both fine and folk art. Folk art items included a leaping stag weathervane attributed to Harris & Company of Boston. The molded copper example featured zinc ears and antlers. It leapt past its $15,000-$25,000 estimate to sell for $83,375.

Woodwork included a carved and painted tobacco store counter figure in full feathered headdress, tunic, robe, and moccasins; it sold for $17,250 against an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Gracing the cover of Julia’s catalog for this auction was Emile Gruppe’s Water Lilies, which sold within its $30,000-$40,000 estimate for $34,500. Other works included artist Thomas Nicholas, whose Clearing Storm, Essex provides the viewer a look across a snow-covered shoreline towards the Massachusetts village while clearing blue sky advances from the left. It sold for $11,500 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

This auction marked the third of three collections sold on behalf of the Geraldine Gaba estate of Scottsdale, Ariz. The proceeds are earmarked for charitable distribution to the American Cancer Society, the University of Arizona Medical School, and the Phoenix Zoo. Gaba’s estate included early California and Western art. An oil on canvas by Edwin Deakin of a massive mountain range overlooking a waterfall and lake while a Native American woman tends to a campfire surpassed a $10,000-$20,000 estimate to sell for $24,150. William Keith’s Western landscape showing a lake nestled among the foothills with rocky ledges in the foreground brought $17,825 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

American art included Ernestine Fabbri whose interior scene of a young woman knitting sold for $8,625, ignoring an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. A pencil drawing by John Singer Sargent of a winged cherub blowing horns in a doorway sold for $8,050 versus a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.

The Gaba estate included a collection of Staffordshire in blue and white with American scenes. Rare ceramic plates, teapots, pitchers, sugars, and the centerpiece of the collection a Belleville soup tureen with cover, undertray, and ladle were offered. From Enoch Wood’s “Views of the Hudson” series, the set sold for $14,950 against a presale estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

An autograph album featuring actors, authors, and historical people from the late 1800s was a sleeper, selling at $5,060 (estimate $1,000-$2,000). And an outstanding Gendron Packard pedal car from the 1920s with classic styling and all the bells and whistles brought a solid $10,350 (estimate $7,500-$9,500).

For more information, call 207-453-7125, write  James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937 or e-mail