Rare Fairyland Lustre box tallies up $23,692

Nizami-pattern box

Rare Fairyland Lustre Nizami-pattern box depicting Persian gentlemen in a garden setting, $23,692. (All photos courtesy James D. Julia)

FAIRFIELD, Maine — For nearly 50 years James D. Julia Inc. has presented a steady string of quality auctions in each of its specialty divisions. The firm’s most recent glass and lamp auction garnered an impressive $1.6 million. The one-day sale was an array of decorative arts treasures including Tiffany lamps, French and English cameo glass, fine art glass, jewelry, accessories and more.

Tiffany proved to be a strong performer. Since its inception, the Tiffany name has been synonymous with quality and elegance. Ranging from exceptional vases, to fine leaded lamps to quality desk accessories, Tiffany had the well-heeled covered. Of the lighting highlights, a Tiffany Tulip table lamp sold for $35,197. A Tiffany Studios apple blossom example slightly surpassed expectations to sell for $27,945. An unusual Tiffany Woodbine table lamp with honeycomb confetti glass panels finished with a band of red, purple, and amber flowers went out at $27,255. A Tiffany belted dogwood table lamp with a nicely mottled green geometric background decorated with a swath of blossoms and intertwined vines sold for $32,587. Also of note is a Tiffany gold favrile decorated inverted dome shade with hooked feather design that finished up at $6,682.

The auction continued with a generous offering of Tiffany vases. A favrile decorated vase with a blue iridescent King Tut design saw strong action to sell for $14,220. A pair of numbered Tiffany red favrile vases with slender bodies, tapered shoulders and flaring neck changed hands at $9,112. A Tiffany flower form vase with subtle pulled feather design extending the length of the bowl found a buyer at $8,295. Another, more slender Tiffany flower form example with a light gold iridescence against a creamy background (that looked like it might shatter with a stout breath) sold for $9,720.

The auction continued with an offering of nearly 20 pieces of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre from the Betty & Leonard Issod collection, which is considered one of the finest collections of its type. Julia’s has handled much Fairyland Lustre over the years, but never an exceedingly rare Nizami covered box depicting Persian gentlemen in a garden setting. This unusual treasure performed admirably, selling for $23,692. A Fairyland Lustre shoulder vase decorated in the Imps on a Bridge pattern depicting a parade of innocuous goblins traversing a woodland bridge sold for $17,775. A Fairyland Lustre vase in the Sycamore Tree pattern earned $9,480, while a teacup and saucer in the Nizami pattern went out at $8,505.

From a separate collection, a Fairyland Lustre plaque in the Torches pattern depicting imps swimming in a river with a stairway leading to a distant castle in the background sold for $12,150.
The auction likewise featured a generous selection of art glass. A Steuben paperweight cologne

Steuben paperweight

A Steuben paperweight cologne bottle with a black and white swirled mottled center with scores of controlled bubbles sold for $10,665.

bottle with a black and white swirled mottled center with scores of controlled bubbles went out at $10,665. A Steuben Intarsia footed bowl with translucent raspberry leaf and vine decoration was an example of the company’s highest level of quality. Signed by Frederick Carder, the bowl sold for $8,505.

Joining the art glass parade was a variety of Loetz glass including a Medici silver overlay vase with a rainbow of iridescence surmounted by delicate sterling flowers and leaves. The piece sold for $7,290. A Loetz Titania vase with rich red flame decoration emanating from the foot sold for $4,860. A Loetz hanging lamp consisting of a cast bronze winged dragon holding in its mouth an iridescent shade with applied threading sold for $6,075.

The cavalcade of glass also included Quezal, including a 15-inch Jack in the Pulpit vase with green pulled feather design surrounding its bulbous foot and extending to the broad petal lip. It finished up at $6,682. A set of three Quezal snake skin decorated shades with green and gold iridescent zipper design brought $4,252.

French cameo highlights included a Daum winter scene lamp with stark barren trees on a snow covered ground. Its matching shade and original hand hammered iron collar and spider made for an irresistible package; it earned $16,590. A naturalistic Daum Nancy mushroom vase with excellent coloring and detail sold for $12,150. A Gallé mold blown vase with red and pink fuchsia flowers descending from the neck against a frosted background brought $11,850, as did a Gallé mold blown vase with amber flowers and leaves.

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